The Saturday, at 3.05 (Argentine time) are measured in Hamilton, Chiefs and Blues, Two teams dreaming of severing the Crusaders’ reign, game that can be seen live on ESPN Play.
Chiefs head coach, Clayton McMillan, named his team to face the Blues at home following their 35-29 win over the Hurricanes last weekend and decided three changes to his initial XV, while two new faces will join the bank.
In the only change between the forwards, the rookie Samipeni Finau has been promoted from the bench to start on the second row in place of All Black Tupou Vaa’i, who has been ruled out after suffering a concussion against the Hurricanes.
Sean Wainui has been named to start on the left wing in his 50th Super Rugby game. Wainui made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 for the Crusaders before heading north to don the Chiefs jersey in 2018. The Māori All Blacks’ outside wing, Shaun stevenson, returns as a starter in place of Jonah Lowe, ruled out due to illness.
The pillar of Taranaki, Reuben O’Neill, He returns at 23, just like the mighty number eight Pita Gus Sowakula to complete the changes in the bank.
On the Blues side, Ofa Tuungafasi He will become the eighth player to reach 100 matches in the blue Super Rugby jersey, should he enter from the bench.
Dalton papalii and the wing Mark Telea return after missing a week from blows to the head, while the scrum-half Finlay christie makes his first start of the season after an injury timeout.
Bolstered by returning players, the Blues will seek to return to their winning ways after a close loss to Crusaders.
They will not have the hooker suspended Kurt eklund, but they have significant depth with the Auckland hooker, Leni Apisai, with 20 Super Rugby games under his belt ..
Chiefs: 1. Aidan Ross (38) 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho (39) 3. Angus Ta’avao (38) 4. Samipeni Finau (2) 5. Naitoa Ah Kuoi (15) 6. Mitchell Brown (48) 7. Sam Cane (125) (cc) 8. Luke Jacobson (28) 9. Brad Weber (88) (cc) 10. Kaleb Trask (10) 11. Sean Wainui (40) – (49 Super Rugby Games) 12. Quinn Tupaea (14) 13. Anton Lienert-Brown (84) 14. Shaun Stevenson (54) 15. Damian McKenzie (87)
Alternates: 16. Bradley Slater (18) 17. Ollie Norris (6) 18. Reuben O’Neill (12) 19. Simon Parker (2) 20. Pita Gus Sowakula (28) 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (40) 22. Alex Nankivell (33) 23. Chase Tiatia (3)
BLUES: 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (C), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Luteru Tolai, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Alternates: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tom Robinson, 21 Adrian Choat, 22 Jonathan Ruru, 23 TJ Faiane.