Chiefs v Reds - Super Rugby match preview
Last Updated: 11/04/13 4:12pm
The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made three changes to his line-up for Saturday's clash with the Reds in Hamilton.
Tim Nanai-Williams, who has previously impressed in the No 13 jersey, starts on the wing while prop Ben Tameifuna and flanker Sam Cane are added to the pack.
Ben Afeaki and Japan-bound Lelia Masaga drop out the squad, while Fritz Lee starts on the bench.
Michael Kainga is also named among the replacements as front-row cover.
Reds winger Rod Davies makes his long-awaited return to the starting line-up for Saturday's clash with the defending champions.
Davies has been sidelined this year with a hamstring injury, however he showed he is back to his best after coming off the bench against the Highlanders.
Davies is one of two changes made to the Reds squad, with fellow winger Chris Feauai-Sautia named on the bench.
Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Tim Nanai Williams, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 August Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Michael Kainga, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Fritz Lee, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Patrick Osborne.
Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Rod Davies, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 22 Aidan Toua.
What they said...
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie
"The Reds are a high quality side that has got some world-class players.
"I have been impressed by what I saw of them against the Highlanders.
"We got toweled up against them last year so it is going to be a hell of a challenge."
Reds winger Rod Davies
"It's a big game to be back.
"I'll be going hard and putting my best foot forward and trying to the spark back that I had."
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