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Chiefs keep their Blues slayers for Crusaders

Article Published: Wednesday 7 March 2012

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The Chiefs have kept the starting team that beat the Blues last week for this week's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders in their Round three Super Rugby encounter at McLean Park on Friday.

The run on team remains unchanged from last week with two changes on the bench. Mike Fitzgerald and Jackson Willison have replaced Fritz Lee and Declan O'Donnell.

Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie said, "This is a big game for us and the boys know it. The Crusaders will come back fighting after last week's loss and we are keen to keep our momentum going so it is going to be an intense contest. "

Even though it is an official Crusaders home fixture, the Chiefs are viewing it as another home game.

Chief's assistant coach Tom Coventry, young new prop Ben Tameifuna, his cousin Sona Taumalolo, Kane Thompson, Hika Elliot, Andrew Horrell and Maritino Nemani all called McLean Park home last season so are looking forward to getting the support of the locals.

Ben Tameifuna who made his Super Rugby debut against the Blues on Friday night said "For me this is the next closest thing to a home game."

"It will be great to have family and friends there to support us as we play under the McLean Park lights"


1.Arizona Taumalolo , 2.Mahonri Schwalger , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Craig Clarke , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Tanerau Latimer , 8.Kane Thompson , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Tim Nanai-Williams , 12.Sonny Bill Williams , 13.Richard Kahui , 14.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 15.Robbie Robinson

16.Hika Elliot , 17.Shane Cleaver , 18.Mike Fitzgerald , 19.Sam Cane , 20.Augustine Pulu , 21.Andrew Horrell , 22.Jackson Willison

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