Chiefs stick with winning formula to face Blues

Last updated 13:39 09/07/2014
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RECALL: Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki replaces the injured Charlie Ngatai.

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Dave Rennie stuck almost exclusively to the winning formula which saw the Chiefs get past the Hurricanes last week in naming his side to face the Blues on Friday.

Midfielder Bundee Aki is the only change to the starting 15, coming in to replace Charlie Ngatai, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Newly crowned Chiefs rookie of the year Nathan Harris comes onto the bench, and is joined by Dwayne Sweeney who missed last weeks match.

The match is a must win for the Chiefs if they want to make the Super Rugby playoffs, and should be tough at the Blues fortress of Eden Park.

Traditionally matches between the two neighbours have proven to be highly physical with test match intensity and with so much at stake, this Friday's encounter is expected to be the same.

Chiefs: Tom Marshall, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tim Nanai-Williams, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow; Liam Squire, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Mike Fitzgerald, Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh. Res: Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu, Nick Barrett, Matt Symons, Tevita Koloamatangi, Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe, Dwayne Sweeney.

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