7 Apr 2017

Five changes to Chiefs team to meet Stormers

5:47 am on 7 April 2017

The Chiefs have made five changes to their side to meet the Stormers in their Super Rugby game in Cape Town on Sunday morning.

Chiefs loosie Lachlan Boshier.

Chiefs loosie Lachlan Boshier. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Both sides are unbeaten heading into the clash.

From the side that beat the Bulls in Hamilton last weekend, Kane Hames and Atu Moli are promoted from the bench to start alongside veteran hooker Hika Elliot in the front row. Taranaki loose-forward Lachlan Boshier returns to the 23 to replace the injured Sam Cane in jersey 7.

There are two changes to the backline with explosive Counties Manukau back Toni Pulu returning from a hamstring strain to start on the right wing and fan favourite Stephen Donald moving from the bench to claim jersey 12.

Of note in the reserves is the inclusion of 20-year-old Waikato prop Sosefo Kautai. The former New Zealand Under 20s representative is in line to make his Investec Super Rugby debut off the bench. It's also an exciting night for Sam McNicol who has diligently worked his way back from concussion to make his first appearance in the 23 for 2017.

The Chiefs team to play the Stormers at 3.15am Sunday (NZT) is:

1. Kane Hames (14)

2. Hika Elliot (109)

3. Atu Moli (16)

4. Dominic Bird (16)

5. Brodie Retallick (76)

6. Liam Messam (150)

7. Lachlan Boshier (11)

8. Michael Leitch (26)

9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (72)

10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) (78)

11. James Lowe (41)

12. Stephen Donald (94)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (29)

14. Toni Pulu (17)

15. Damian McKenzie (38)


16. Brayden Mitchell (1)

17. Siegfried Fisi'ihoi (16)

18. Sosefo Kautai**

19. Taleni Seu (22)

20. Mitchell Brown (6)

21. Finlay Christie (3)

22. Sam McNicol (12)

23. Shaun Stevenson (12)

Unavailable for selection: Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Nathan Harris, James Tucker, Glen Fisiiahi, Chase Tiatia, Charlie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Williams, Liam Polwart, Michael Allardice, Nepo Laulala, Sam Cane and Johnny Faauli.