Nutbrown gets the nod for Chiefs


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The Chiefs will play their final home round robin match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday night when they take on the Reds in round 11 of the Rebel Sport Super 14.

Chiefs coach Ian Foster said: ‘not only are we looking forward to our last round robin home game, but it is also a vital match for us before we head overseas for three weeks.’

Foster believes the Reds represent a significant challenge for the Chiefs this weekend having come off a good win over the Western Force last Friday night.

‘That game highlighted a consistent improvement in the Reds performance from last year,’ he said.

There are a couple of changes to the Chiefs starting line-up for the Reds encounter.

In the front row, burly prop Ben May gets to start at loosehead prop and in the backs Jamie Nutbrown will run out in the number 9 jersey.

‘This match is a good opportunity for Jamie to perform after coming back from a significant knee injury and for Ben May who has been a great contributor off the bench for us in recent weeks,’ said Foster.

Niggling injuries have resulted in Foster bracketing players on the reserves bench for this match.

Halfback Brendon Leonard (bruised knee) has been bracketed with David Bason; Callum Bruce (foot strain) with Murray Williams; and prop Simms Davison (upper leg strain) with Simon Lemalu from the Chiefs Wider Training Group.

Chiefs prop Craig West was not considered for selection after suffering a significant groin strain this week.

Foster will make final decisions on his starting 22 late on Saturday.

The Chiefs team to play the Reds on Saturday 26 April at 7.35pm at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton is:

1-15- Ben May , Tom Willis ,Ben Castle ,Toby Lynn ,Kevin O’Neill ,Liam Messam ,Tanerau Latimer ,Sione Lauaki ,Jamie Nutbrown , Stephen Donald , Sitiveni Sivivatu ,Dwayne Sweeney , Richard Kahui , Lelia Masaga , Mils Muliaina (capt)

Reserves:Aled de Malmanche , Simms Davison/Simon Lemalu , Jay Williams , Faifili Levave , Brendon Leonard/David Bason ,
Callum Bruce/Murray Williams , Sosene Anesi.

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