Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named a team with four changes for this Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Western Force in Perth.
Saturday’s game is the final fixture of the Chiefs three-week international tour. In Round 7, the team suffered their only defeat of the season thus far, losing 34-26 to the Stormers in Cape Town.
The Chiefs showed remarkable composure a week later against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, returning from the halftime break 10 points down to run in four unanswered tries and record a 41-27 win over the home side.
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to the starting fifteen that fronted the Cheetahs last Saturday.
In the forwards, there’s just one change to the front row with Siegfried Fisi’ihoi being promoted from the reserves to start at loosehead prop.
Dominic Bird rekindles his partnership with Brodie Retallick in the second row, while Liam Messam will start this week at blindside flanker.
There’s just one change in the backs with Shaun Stevenson moving from the bench to start on the right wing.
Of note in the replacements is the inclusion of former New Zealand Under 20s representative Aidan Ross. The 21-year old Bay of Plenty prop is in line to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench.
1. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 3. Atu Moli , 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) , 11. James Lowe, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown , 13. Sam McNicol , 14. Shaun Stevenson , 15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Aidan Ross** 18. Sosefo Kautai , 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Finlay Christie , 22. Stephen Donald , 23. Toni Pulu
**denotes Super Rugby debut