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Chiefs make three changes for Hurricanes

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 a team with three changes to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday this weekend

With the Crusaders cementing first place in the New Zealand Conference, the Chiefs and Hurricanes are fighting for the first wildcard qualifier position.

The Chiefs are the masters of their own destiny – securing 10 points from their remaining two regular season games will guarantee the team fifth place.

There’s one change to the forwards with Michael Allardice replacing the injured Brodie Retallick.

The remaining two changes affect the backline with midfield sensation Charlie Ngatai to start at second five-eighth and exciting young utility back Solomon Alaimalo to don jersey 14.

Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Glen Fisiiahi, Sam McNicol, Brodie Retallick, Taleni Seu, Stephen Donald, Sosefo Kautai, Tim Nanai-Williams and Toni Pulu were all unavailble for selection.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Michael Allardice , 6. Mitchell Brown , 7. Sam Cane (co-captain), 8. Liam Messam , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) , 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Solomon Alaimalo , 15. Damian McKenzie ,

Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Atu Moli, 19. Tom Sanders , 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Alex Nankivell , 23. Shaun Stevenson