Chiefs Tweak Forward Pack
The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Crusaders in the Super Rugby semi-final at Waikato Stadium this Friday
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made a few changes to his side for the winner-takes-all semi-final which includes Chiefs' top try-scorer, prop Sona Taumalolo, starting and Ben Afeaki returning to the bench from injury.
Mahonri Schwalger starts at hooker while Tanerau Latimer takes over from All Black Sam Cane in the number seven jersey.
The backline remains in tact, with All Blacks Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams set to pull the strings at flyhalf and inside centre respectively.
Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga.