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Chiefs drop 3 All Blacks


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 21 Apr 2010 at 05:00
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The Chiefs have dropped All Blacks Brendon Leonard, Richard Kahui and Sione Lauaki for Friday night’s clash with the Cheetahs in Hamilton.

Rugbyheaven NZ reports that coach Ian Foster has reacted seriously to last week’s season-ending defeat to the Stormers.

The Chiefs have lost two All Blacks for the rest of the season as a result of that defeat – Lelia Masaga with a knee injury and Mike Delany with a shoulder problem requiring surgery.

But Foster has decided there is a need for further changes in a major shakeup of his side.

Junior Poluleuligaga will start at halfback ahead of Leonard.

Stephen Donald returns to first five-eighths to cover Delany’s absence with Callum Bruce at 12 and Jackson Willison taking over at centre from Kahui who has been struggling for form.

A fit-again Sitiveni Sivivatu returns to the left wing after recovering from a knee strain.

Up front Colin Bourke regains the No 8 jersey at the expense of Lauaki while prop Nathan White returns to a starting spot in the front row.

The reserves include lock Kevin O’Neill, who has recovered from an Achilles injury incurred in round one of the competition and prop James McGougan who makes a belated return from a back injury.

Leonard, Laukai and Kahui are all on the bench.

Foster said the Chiefs are focussed and determined to bounce back strongly after being upstaged buy the Bulls and Stormers.

”We have come off two very tough, physical games and now face our third South African team in a row. We believe we are still a very good team, in spite of the horrendous injury list this season,” Foster said.

”We are absolutely determined to show our character on the park this Friday night.”

CHIEFS: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (c), 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Nathan White, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Reserves: 16 Vern Kamo, 17 James McGougan, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Sione Lauaki 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Richard Kahui, 22 Jason Hona.



27 Comments

  • Go Chiefs!!
    just cos i despise the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.10 06:53:27 by wpw Reply
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  • Go Cheetahs just cos I despise kiwi teams. :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.10 07:31:47 by try time Reply

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  • I don’t care either way….I won’t be watching it anyway :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.10 08:11:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : @try time (Comment 2) : Nice :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.10 09:35:43 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I hardly think anyone has been dropped though. Look at who the opposition is. I am surprised they aren’t fielding an academy side. :oops:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.10 16:43:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : The correct word is “resting” :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.10 16:49:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.10 16:54:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Those three did all miss try saving tackles in fact there is probably no chance of any of them featuring for the AB’s this year…..they were all rubbish last week.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.10 18:12:42 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) :
    Not even the world’s greatest centre Kahui?? :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.04.10 18:34:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : i doubt they will be judged by one game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.04.10 18:42:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : I never had him as the world’s greatest centre wes…..however i am a big fan…..Conrad looks like he has that spot ! :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.04.10 18:52:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : They may …he was woeful….has been poor since returning from SA.

    Still a excellent player though !

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.04.10 18:53:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 11) :
    I know bro. But you did put him in your ‘World XV’. Lol
    He is a good player though. He was awesome during last yr’s S14

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.04.10 18:58:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 11) : it looks like you are stuck with Kahui :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.04.10 18:58:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 12) : chiefs let their season slip a bit, completely opposite to last year when they had a bad start and fantastic recovery.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.04.10 19:03:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : No wpw i didn’t if you look at my World XV…..

    …..i made the very controversial pick of Sonny Bill Williams at centre….the only man on the planet to sort Fourie out.

    ….have you ever seen him play…..at Toulon !

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.04.10 19:04:19 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : Slips an understatement….they just have no forwards …at all !

    When Lauaki starts looking good you know your forwards are rubbish ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.04.10 19:06:00 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : i though luaki was quite good. at least it seems that everybody is weary of him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.04.10 19:10:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : I’d definitely be wary off him the same way you would be wary of Quade Coopper in a cyber cafe. :???:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.04.10 19:29:38 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 19) : :lol: too true :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.04.10 19:40:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 19) : am i missing something here :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.04.10 19:47:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • Cheetahs will lose by plenty I’m afraid. :evil:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.04.10 20:11:54 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : you do look afraid :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.04.10 20:13:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 21) : All you need to know is that they are criminals …. and excellent rugby players…..a combination not often seen ! :???:

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.04.10 20:15:43 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : And nervous. :|

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.04.10 20:16:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : Might be closer than a lot of punters will predict. I thought the Cheetahs we ok for large parts of the second half against the Saders.

    …the same could hardly be said for the Chiefs.

    ….plus dropping the 3 AB’s is hardly going to strengthen them.

    ……who knows, think i will give it a miss anyway, too many other interesting games to waste my time on that lot. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.04.10 20:19:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 26) : I will certainly not be watching this one.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.04.10 20:32:30 by McLovin Reply

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