Chiefs make big changes for clash with Lions

Last updated 16:24 01/05/2014
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MOTIVATION: Tanerau Latimer will head to Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season after seven seasons and over 100 games for the Chiefs.

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The injury-hit Chiefs have made 14 changes, including nine to their starting lineup, for the Super Rugby match against the Lions in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Only one of the Chiefs backline that started against the Brumbies in Canberra last Friday night retains the same position for the Waikato Stadium fixture - first five-eighth Gareth Anscombe.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow returns at halfback, with Augustine Pulu resting an injury, Tom Marshall moves from fullback to second five-eighth and Charlie Ngatai returns from a lingering calf injury at centre.

James Lowe comes in on the left wing for the injured Asaeli Tikoirotuma, and former Chief Dwayne Sweeney gets his first start since rejoining the team as a replacement for Mils Muliaina and will wear the No 14 jersey.

Tim Nanai-Williams moves from wing to fullback.

In the forwards, hooker Nathan Harris, another replacement in the squad, and tighthead prop Josh Hohneck get their first starts for the Chiefs.

Tanerau Latimer returns from Achilles tendon problems to replace Nick Crosswell at blindside flanker.

Hooker Mahonri Schwalger, tighthead prop Ben Tameifuna and midfield backs Bundee Aki and Andrew Horrell move to the bench, where they are joined by lock-loose forward Mike Fitzgerald, who returns from a one-match suspension.

Chiefs: Tim Nanai-Williams, Dwayne Sweeney, Charlie Ngatai, Tom Marshall, James Lowe, Gareth Anscombe, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Messam (c), Sam Cane, Tanerau Latimer, Brodie Retallick, Ross Filipo, Josh Hohneck, Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh, Ben Tameifuna, Matt Symons, Mike Fitzgerald, Brad Weber, Bundee Aki, Andrew Horrell. 

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