Chiefs change three for Rebels

Date published: June 12 2019

Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper has made three alterations to his run-on side for their clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday. 

The 23-man side is hungry to put on a performance worthy of a spot in the Super Rugby quarter-finals next week.

All three changes feature in the forwards. Consistent performer Angus Ta’avao will start at tighthead prop with Nepo Laulala primed to make an impact off the bench in jersey 18.

Nathan Harris returns refreshed from All Blacks leave to start at hooker. Co-captain Brodie Retallick returns from injury eager to impress at lock, combining with workhorse Tyler Ardron.

Joining Laulala on the reserves bench is explosive hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho and versatile loose forward Jesse Parete.

Cooper revealed that the Chiefs were excited for the challenge this weekend.

“It is great to have key men like Brodie and Nathan return for this game,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to taking on the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night. There’s plenty to play for, for both teams. It will be a fantastic contest for spectators to enjoy.

“The team is excited to don the Chiefs jersey and put on performance our fans will be proud of back at home.”

Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Tumua Manu

Date: Friday, June 14
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19:45 local (10:45 BST, 09:45 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)