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Hurricanes make three changes for Chiefs

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Hurricanes Super rugby head coach Chris Boyd has named a team with three changes for this Friday’s final round match againsty the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen is promoted from the bench along with lock Michael Fatialofa in changes to the pack while competition leading try scorer Ben Lam also returns.


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Lam is the only change to a back line which produced six tries against the Blues, including a club record equaling four for second five-eighth Ngani Laumape who will again form a midfield combination with Wes Goosen.

Boyd has also made a few tweaks to the bench where Chris Eves, Reed Prinsep and Finlay Christie all return after a week away.

The Hurricanes need to win, get a bonus point or avoid a heavy defeat against the Chiefs to guarantee a home quarterfinal the following week.

Boyd said there was real determination in the squad to perform in Hamilton, not only to maintain momentum heading into the play-offs, but to ensure they had a home quarterfinal in front of their fans.

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder , 13 Wes Goosen , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara , 8 Blade Thomson , 7 Sam Henwood , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Ben May , 19 Gareth Evans , 20 Reed Prinsep , 21 Finlay Christie , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Julian Savea

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