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- 25th May 2012
- KO 08:35
- Ground: Waikato Stadium
Chiefs v Bulls: Teams
At Waikato Stadium, Friday May 25, kick-off 8.35am
The Chiefs have made six changes to their line-up for the mouth-watering encounter with fellow title-challengers, the Bulls.
Props Ben Afeaki and Toby Smith, hooker Hika Elliot, No.8 Kane Thompson, centre Jackson Willison and scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow all come in following their loss to the Reds last time out.
The match will also see Liam Messam become the most-capped Chiefs player of all time.
Messam will make his 90th appearance for the Waikato franchise - meaning he moves clear after sharing the record with Sitiveni Sivivatu.
The Bulls also go into the game on the back of a defeat - with the Pretoria-based outfit having lost to the Highlanders.
However coach Frans Ludeke has made just the one change to the match-day squad, with Juandre Kruger dropping to the bench to accommodate Wilhelm Steenkamp in the second row.
That means Dewald Potgieter and CJ Stander, who suffered knocks in the 16-11 loss in Dunedin, have both mean passed fit to play.
Chiefs: 15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Lelia Masaga , 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick , 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Arizona Taumalolo, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 Maritino Nemani.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.
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