Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper has made just one change to his starting XV for Friday’s Super Rugby quarter-final against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
Atu Moli, Nathan Harris and Angus Ta’avao will once again pack down a powerful front-row. Experienced locking duo of Brodie Retallick and Tyler Ardron will complete the tight five.
Lachlan Boshier will start on the blindside flank with Sam Cane captaining the team at openside. Pita Gus Sowakula rounds up the pack at number eight.
In the back-line, the newfound halfback combination of Brad Weber and Jack Debreczeni will lead the attack. In the only change to the matchday 23, Anton Lienert-Brown will shift to inside centre and Tumua Manu will start at outside centre. The threatening back three of Sean Wainui, Shaun Stevenson and Solomon Alaimalo remain unchanged.
In the reserves, hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho, loosehead prop Aidan Ross and tighthead prop Nepo Laulala will make an impact off the bench. Jesse Parete and Mitchell Jacobson will provide cover for the loose forwards. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Marty McKenzie will again inject energy off the bench. Alex Nankivell will await clearance from the medical team and is bracketed with Ataata Moeakiola to complete the 23.
Cooper said the team are energised for the challenge ahead.
“We have had a good week over here, there is plenty of energy in the team especially from our leaders. We know the Jaguares are a quality side. They have performed well, and we have the utmost respect for them.
As a team we need to draw on the confidence we have gained from our past couple of games. We are not strangers to quarter-finals rugby, we just need to stay focused and deliver a performance our fans and whanau are proud of,” said Cooper.
Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Jacbobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Alex Nankivell/Ataata Moeakiola
Date: Friday, June 21 Venue: José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires Kick-off: 19:05 (23:05 BST, 22:05 GMT) Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Federico Anselmi (Argentina) TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)