Seven changes to Chiefs lineup

first_imgDue to All Blacks commitments Damian McKenzie, Brodie Retallick, Anton Leinert-Brown and Nathan Harris have returned to New Zealand following last week’s win over the Stormers in Cape Town.Add to that the injury toll the chiefs have suffered and they’re without a total of 20 players for the match.In the forwards, Liam Polwart starts at hooker for Harris, Tyler Ardron moves to lock in place of Retallick and Pita Gus Sowakula gets a start in the number eight jersey.In the backs, Charlie Ngatai moves into centre for Lienert-Brown and Shaun Stevenson starts at fullback.Replacement player Matt Matich is named in the reserves and could make his debut, while Luteru Laulala will take the number 22 jersey after linking up with the team this week.Prop Sosefo Kautai who is named on the bench for the first time this season after making four appearances in his debut campaign last year.It will be co-Captain Ngatai’s 50th game for the Chiefs colours.Head Coach Colin Cooper is looking forward to the challenge the Sharks will bring in Durban.”We are in our second week of this tough tour and we were very happy to beat the Stormers. We are looking forward to a great contest in Durban against the Sharks. It’s going to be another tough game for us, but we are really excited about the challenge ahead. The team has united really quickly and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge in the Shark Tank.”The Chiefs team to take on the Sharks is:1. Karl Tu’inukuafe2. Liam Polwart3. Angus Ta’avao4. Tyler Ardron5. Michael Allardice6. Luke Jacobson7. Liam Messam8. Pita Gus Sowakula9. Brad Weber10. Marty McKenzie11. Solomon Alaimalo12. Johnny Faauli13. Charlie Ngatai14. Sean Wainui15. Shaun StevensonRESERVES:16. Samisoni Taukei’aho17. Sam Prattley18. Sosefo Kautai19. Jesse Parete20. Matt Matich21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi22. Luteru Laulala23. Toni Pululast_img

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