Chiefs team for Stormers

March 7, 2013
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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Stormers in their Investec Super Rugby game at DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Sunday morning at 4.05am (Saturday 9 March 5.05pm SA time).

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made several changes to his side.  Mahonri Schwalger starts at hooker and Tanerau Latimer at No 6 for the first time this season, while Craig Clarke resumes his starting spot at lock and Liam Messam moves to No 8.

Charlie Ngatai starts in the No 12 Jersey.  Nick Crosswell makes his debut for the Chiefs and Andrew Horrell comes back in from injury.  Hika Elliot and Augustine Pulu join the reserves.

Chiefs team

  1. Pauliasi Manu
  2. Mahonri Schwalger
  3. Ben Afeaki
  4. Craig Clark ©
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Tanerau Latimer
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Liam Messam
  9. Tawera Kerr Barlow
  10. Aaron Cruden
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Charlie Ngatai
  13. Tim Nanai-Williams
  14. Lelia Masaga
  15. Gareth Anscombe
  16. Hika Elliot
  17. Ben Tameifuna
  18. Michael Fitzgerald
  19. Nick Crosswell*
  20. Augustine Pulu
  21. Andrew Horrell
  22. Patrick Osborne

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9 Comments

  1. avatar KingPaul says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Ai…..going to be another looooong day at Newlands

  2. avatar Americano says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Are trades allowed mid-season in S15?
    I think the only way for Stormers to rectify things is to bring their Prodigal Son back to his home town….
    That’s right. Stormers need Messerschmitt – Willie.
    Craven – I know you’re with me on this. Stormers backline would “jump like a Willy in 4 wheel drive” if he was a part of that setup.

  3. avatar out wide says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Stormers need to be up to it for this game. The Chiefs have a set of forwards which performs better with Japan-bound Craig Clarke back as captain. However, AC needs to use the Stormers superior lineout skills. The Chiefs did not cover themselves in glory in the lineouts in their wins over the Highlanders and Cheetahs. Kick for touch rather than infield perhaps?. If the Stormers give possession back to the opposition they are going to get hurt by the Chiefs love of running back at the opposition.

    The Chiefs centres are probably not well known in Cape Town, the ex-Hurricanes 100kg centre Charlie Ngatai brought in to counter Jean de Villiers and Tim Nanai-Williams. Hope our much vaunted backline defence are aware of their abilities. Please, Stormers, no giving away penalties, the fullback, Gareth Anscombe has been a penalty kicking machine since moving to the Chiefs from Auckland.

  4. avatar Craven says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Reply to Americano @ 9:28 pm:

    :lol:

    Sounds like a plan!

  5. avatar Craven says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I am actually looking forward to this game. I trust the Stormers will play better at home and I am quite keen to see what the Chiefs make of some decent defense. But, and this is a huge but, if the Stormers forwards get rolled on Saturday it is going to be a long afternoon at Newlands (as KingPaul predicted).

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Cruden IMO the best 10 on the planet at the moment – Chiefs with him at 10 are dangerous!.

  7. avatar Craven says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 9:17 am:

    Pfffttt, we have Elton…..

  8. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This Chiefs team looks in serious need
    for some transformation.

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    One of their best packs in quite some time… Rettalick is the ultimate lock for the modern game!

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