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Chiefs make four changes for Crusaders clash

Tim Nanai-Williams will play his 50th Super Rugby match for the Chiefs

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Article Published: Wednesday 3 July 2013

The Chiefs have named their team to play the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday in a match that should decide the New Zealand Super Rugby Conference winner.

The New Zealand derby is one of the most anticipated matches of the Super Rugby round robin competition with both teams coming off solid wins last week.

Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line up. Prop Ben Tameifuna will start with Ben Afeaki moving to the pine.

Sam Cane and Charlie Ngatai will start at flanker and centre respectively and Patrick Osborne on the right wing with Tanerau Latimer and Tim Nanai-Williams moving to the bench.

"The Crusaders are a quality side," said Dave Rennie

"They will be desperate so we know they are going to be huge challenge down in Christchurch."

The match will be Tim Nanai-Williams 50th match for the Chiefs.


1.Pauliasi Manu , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Craig Clarke (c) , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Sam Cane , 8.Matt Vant Leven , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12.Bundee Aki , 13.Charlie Ngatai , 14.Patrick Osborne , 15.Robbie Robinson

Replacements : 16.Mahonri Schwalger , 17.Ben Afeaki , 18.Michael Fitzgerald , 19.Tanerau Latimer , 20.Augustine Pulu , 21.Andrew Horrell , 22.Tim Nanai-Williams

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