The Hurricanes and Chiefs will start Round 4 of Super Rugby Aotearoa in Wellington.
Both teams have not gotten that “w” behind their name yet this season, so plenty on the line for both. The Chiefs could not win any matches last season in the first Super Rugby Aotearoa which make their loosing streak a real worry for their fans.
This weekend will give them the opportunity to try and lift their game against the Hurricanes who has been struggling as well. With the two teams backs against the wall it might just be the right receipt for a brilliant match.
The Chiefs has made five changes to their side for the clash, with some new faces on the bench as well. It will be a debut for Joe Apikotoa when he comes on later in the match.
At loosehead Aidon Ross and at lock Naitoa Ah Kuoi have been given a shot at starting this weekend. They are the only changes for the Chiefs in the pack.
Kaleb Trask will return to the starting XV after injury layoff. He wil take the number ten jumper this week with Brad Weber next to him at nine.
In the midfield we have Quinn Tupaea and Anton Lienert-Brown with Lowe also coming in on the wing this week.
He will be joined by Damien McKenzie and Etene Nanai-Seturo to complete the back three.
With Garnen-Bachop out due to injury, debutante Orbyn Leger will start the match for the home side at ten on Saturday.
We also see Holland made a few other changes to his side after their bye from last week.
Luke Campbell, Rayasi and Proctor get a chance to start this week with Julian Savea moving to the right wing.
In the pack Numia gets his first start for the season as Fraser Armstrong will make his impact felt later in the match. He will have Umaga-Jensen, Flnders and Wes Goosen joining him on the bench this week.
There are so much potential in both these sides and just maybe this week they will both show us their real potential. This is a game that could be one off those NZ classics so do not miss it.
Prediction: Sound like a broken record but for us the Chiefs is so close to get that win, Chiefs by 6
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Xavier Numia.
Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 23 Wes Goosen.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Jonah Lowe, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber (co-captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Joe Apikotoa, 19 Samipeni Finau, 20 Simon Parker, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Chase Tiatia.