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Chiefs make three changes for Crusaders

NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 06: Charlie Ngatai of the Chiefs kicks during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Reds at Yarrow Stadium on May 6, 2017 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Chiefs Super Rugby head coach Dave Rennie has named his strongest possible team to play the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Semi-final in Christchurch on Saturday.

There are just three changes to the side that defeated the Stormers 17-11 in a spirited Cape Town quarterfinal contest last weekend.

Resilient midfielder Charlie Ngatai returns from an ankle injury to start at second five-eighth, with veteran utility back Stephen Donald vacating the number 12 jersey to bolster the bench.

Experienced Samoan-International Tim Nanai-Williams is promoted from the reserves to start on the right wing.

Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Sam McNicol, Toni Pulu, Taleni Seu, Hika Elliot and Johnny Faauli were not considered for selection.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Mitchell Brown , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane (cc), 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (cc), 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Atu Moli , 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Stephen Donald , 23. Shaun Stevenson