Chiefs coach Ian Foster is looking forward to another “big battle” with a New Zealand team when the Chiefs take on the Hurricanes in Round Three of the Rebel Sport Super 14 in Wellington this Friday night.
The Chiefs website reposts that Foster said: “taking on the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium will be a massive challenge. We still have fresh in our minds the lessons we learned from our first New Zealand team clash in the opening round. So we are keen to take those learnings into this week’s game.”
“It has been a short preparation week for us and with a couple of injury clouds around it has been harder than normal to get organised. But the guys have continued to train well this week and have come through the week well.”
“We’ve obviously enjoyed our first win last week, but are also realistic about the areas we need to improve in,” he added.
The Chiefs forward back remains the same as the previous two weeks.
However, in the backs David Bason earns his first start in the number 9 jersey for the Chiefs this Friday night. Brendon Leonard was ruled out of the starting 22 due to a haematoma in his left thigh. Matt France, a former New Zealand Colt and Crusaders Wider Training Group member and Taranaki representative, will provide cover in the reserves for this position.
In the midfield Dwayne Sweeney will combine with Mils Muliaina, while Sitiveni Sivivatu moves to fullback for this match. Richard Kahui is not named due to an ankle injury incurred during last Saturday’s Waratahs victory.
The Chiefs team to play the Hurricanes on Friday 29 February at 08:35 (SA Time)at Westpac Stadium in Wellington is:
Starting XV: 1. Simms Davison, 2. Tom Willis, 3. Ben Castle, 4. Jono Gibbes (captain), 5. Kevin O’Neill, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Sione Lauaki, 9. David Bason, 10. Stephen Donald, 11. Viliame Waqaseduadua, 12. Dwayne Sweeney, 13. Mils Muliaina, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Sitiveni Sivivatu.
Reserves: 16. Aled de Malmanche, 17. Ben May, 18. Toby Lynn, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Matt France, 21. Callum Bruce, 22. Sosene Anesi.Tweet