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Chiefs make four changes for Crusaders clash

Andrew Horrell moves from fullback to centre for this Crusaders match

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Article Published: Wednesday 25 July 2012|

The Chiefs have named their team to face the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium in Super Rugby semi final with four changes to the starting team that lost to the Hurricanes.

Andrew Horrell moves back to centre from fullback to partner Sonny Bill Williams which makes the Chiefs backline the same line up that faced the Crusaders three weeks ago.

Robbie Robinson has been replaced on the wing by Asaeli Tikoirotuma but is moved to fullback while Horells selection at centre means that Jackson Willison is on the bench.

In the front row Chiefs' top try scorer Sona Taumalolo returns at loosehead prop replacing Toby Smith and Mahonri Schwalger replaces Hika Elliot at hooker.

Smith drops out of the match 22 while Elliot will start of the bench. Also named on the bench is Ben Afeaki returns from a concussion injury which has ruled him out for seven weeks.

If the Chiefs beat the Crusaders and the Sharks beat the Stormers the Super Rugby final will be held in Hamilton.


1. Sona Taumalolo , 2. Mahonri Schwalger , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Craig Clarke (c) , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Tanerau Latimer , 8. Kane Thompson , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Andrew Horrell , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Robbie Robinson.

Replacelements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Ben Afeaki , 18. Michael Fitzgerald , 19. Sam Cane , 20. Brendon Leonard , 21. Jackson Willison , 22. Lelia Masaga

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