Chiefs change two for Brumbies

Date published: March 31 2016

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Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has made just two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with the Brumbies in Canberra. 

Both changes affect the backline with Anton Lienert-Brown returning from injury to start at outside centre and Toni Pulu getting an opportunity to impress on the right wing.

There are three changes to the reserves with Maama Vaipulu coming in as loose-forward cover, midfield powerhouse Seta Tamanivalu to don jersey 22 and exciting young utility-back Shaun Stevenson making his return to the matchday 23 after sustaining a minor shoulder injury in round one against the Crusaders.

"It’s good to get some consistency in selection after last week," said Rennie.

"Anton Lienert-Brown comes back from injury to start after an outstanding performance against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. Toni Pulu gets his first start after an exciting cameo off the bench against the Western Force last week. 

"It’s always a big challenge going to Canberra and playing against the best Australian side. It’ll be a test of us as individuals and a gauge as to where we’re at as a group” said Rennie.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19 James Tucker, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Seta Tamanivalu, 23 Shaun Stevenson

Date: Saturday, April 2
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:40 local (08:40 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: William Houston, James Leckie
TMO: Ian Smith

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