Chiefs plays his last game in the tournament – the last date is free – and wants to retire with his head held high after 7 losses in a row throughout the season. He Saturday at 4.05, live on ESPN Play, and the Sunday at 9 deferred on ESPN 3, faces the Hurricanes at Sky Stadium on the night of Wellington.
Hamilton’s team coach Warren Gatland makes five modifications among the 15 who will start and another 4 among the substitutes. The first line is reorganized with the entry of Ollie Norris as the left pillar, while the hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho changes with Bradley Slater, who goes to the substitute bank. On the third line Lachian Boshier exits and Luke Jacobson enters. In the second line, Naitoa Ah Kuai enters through Tupou Vaa´ri and between the backs only Aaron cruden exits through Kaleb Trask.
On the substitute bench will be 2 young players like Rob Cobb and Kini Naholo (brother of the All Black Waisake) waiting for their debut in Super Rugby. Others who also enter the side of the playing field and aspire to have a few minutes will be Tupou Vaa’i and Mitchell Karpik. Gatland said, “This weekend is a great opportunity to grow and give some of the younger players minutes. We have two rookies sitting on the bench who trained hard and this is a good opportunity for them to try out Super Rugby. “
CHIEFS: 1. Ollie Norris, 2- Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3- Nepo Laulala; 4- Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 5- Mitchell Brown; 6- Luke Jacobson, 7- Sam Cane (c), 8- Pita Gus Sowakula; 9- Brad Weber, 10- Kaleb Trask; 11- Sean Wainui, 12- Alex Nankivell, 13- Anton Lienert-Brown, 14- Shaun Stevenson; 15- Damian McKenzie.
Substitutes: 16- Bradley Slater, 17- Robb Cobb, 18- Angus Ta’avao, 19- Tupou Vaa’i, 20- Mitchell Karpik, 21- Lisati Milo-Harris, 22- Quinn Tupaea, 23- Kini Naholo.