Gibbes set to lead Chiefs from the start



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Chiefs captain Jono Gibbes is named to start at lock for the Chiefs v Western Force match in Round Three of the Rebel Sport Super 14 in Perth this weekend.

Gibbes, the Chiefs captain for the fourth season, played his first 20 minutes of Super 14 rugby last week against the Cats. That outing was his first rugby match in five months due to a long recovery from serious foot injuries.

Chiefs coach Ian Foster says Gibbes came through last week well and was looking strong in training this week.

Gibbes will lock alongside the Chiefs’ tallest player Sean Hohneck against the new Super 14 team the Western Force, with Bernie Upton named in the reserves. While versatile forward Kristian Ormsby will start at blindside flanker this week ahead of Steven Bates.

Other changes to the Chiefs forward pack include Aleki Lutui at hooker, with Tom Willis on the bench. Ben Castle and Simms Davison make up the Chiefs’ front row starting line-up.

Foster says his selection of the forwards is about managing the resources we’ve got.

We are keen to manage our forwards well, particularly given the challenging climates we are experiencing early on in this campaign.

In the backs, Byron Kelleher will start in the number 9 jersey, with Jamie Nutbrown in the reserves. The rest of the Chiefs backline remains unchanged from last week.

The youngest Chiefs player, 19-year-old Lelia Masaga, is named in his first Chiefs line-up this week as the reserve winger.

The Chiefs play the Western Force on Saturday 25 February at 12.05am (NZ time) at Subiaco Oval in Perth. This match is sold out.

Simms Davison
Aleki Lutui
Ben Castle
Sean Hohneck
Jono Gibbes (c)
Kristian Ormsby
Marty Holah
Sione Lauaki
Byron Kelleher
Stephen Donald
Sitiveni Sivivatu
Sam Tuitupou
Mark Ranby
Sosene Anesi
Mils Muliaina

Tom Willis, Deacon Manu, Bernie Upton, Steven Bates, Jamie Nutbrown, Loki Crichton, Lelia Masaga.

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