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The Chiefs are looking to get back to winning ways against Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.
Now back at home after a defeat to the Force was backed up by two draws in South Africa, Dave Rennie's men need an 80-minute performance.
Sluggish starts have been the Chiefs' problem and have led to a raft of changes - both in personnel and positionally - in the team to face the Rebels.
Gareth Anscombe steps in at fly-half for the injured Aaron Cruden, Augustine Pulu is retained ahead of All Black scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow, while Bundee Aki makes his 2014 debut as Tom Marshall moves to full-back.
In a pre-planned move, Liam Messam is rested from the starting line-up but is on the bench, meaning Kane Thompson, Sam Cane and Tanerau Latimer form the back row.
The Rebels, who prop up the Australian conference on eleven points from six Super Rugby games this season, have made one change to the starting XV on duty during the 33-30 defeat at the Highlanders last weekend.
Flanker Colby Fainga'a is fit to return on the blindside, relegating Sean McMahon relegated to the bench. Utility back Tom Kingston has also recovered from injury and replaces Alex Rokobaro among the replacements.
Lock Hugh Pyle will become the first player to make 50 Super Rugby appearances for the fourth-year franchise.
Last year's meeting saw a high-scoring affair that the Chiefs won 39-33, with Anscombe scoring a hat-trick from full-back.
Chiefs: 15 Marshall, 14 Nanai-Williams, 13 Horrell, 12 Aki, 11 Muliaina, 10 Anscombe, 9 Pulu; 1 Mackintosh, 2 Marshall, 3 Tameifuna, 4 Fitzgerald, 5 Retallick, 6 Latimer, 7 Crane, 8 Thompson
Replacements: 16 Harris, 17 Manu, 18 Hohneck, 19 Filipo, 20 Messam, 21 Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lienert-Brown, 23 Payne
Melbourne Rebels: 15 Woodward, 14 Sau, 13 Ellison, 12 Inman, 11 English, 10 Hegarty, 9 Stirzaker; 1 Smith, 2 Horie, 3 Weeks, 4 Pyle, 5 Jones, 6 Fainga'a, 7 Fuglistaller, 8 Higginbotham (capt)
Replacements: 16 Leafa, 17 Ah-Nau, 18 Alo-Emilie, 19 Neville, 20 McMahon, 21 Burgess, 22 Kingston, 23 Roberts
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|Saturday 2nd August|
|Waratahs 33 - 32 Crusaders|
|Saturday 26th July|
|Waratahs 26 - 8 Brumbies|
|Crusaders 38 - 6 Sharks|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Sharks 31 - 27 Highlanders|
|Brumbies 32 - 30 Chiefs|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Stormers 10 - 34 Sharks|
|Lions 60 - 25 Cheetahs|
|Reds 3 - 34 Waratahs|
|Crusaders 34 - 8 Highlanders|
|Friday 11th July|
|Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne Rebels|
|Brumbies 47 - 25 Western Force|
|Blues 8 - 11 Chiefs|
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