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Chiefs name eight All Blacks in team to play the Reds

By Ben Smith
Luke Jacobson of the Chiefs leads his team in ahead of the round 14 Super Rugby Pacific match between Chiefs and Hurricanes at FMG Stadium Waikato, on May 24, 2024, in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

The Chiefs have named eight All Blacks in their team to play the Queensland Reds in a quarter-final rematch in Hamilton on Friday night.

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The two sides kick off the playoffs for 2024 where they met each other for the second consecutive season. The Chiefs prevailed 29-20 in last year’s clash on route to the final at FMG Stadium.

The Reds come to Hamilton in hot form, having won four of their last five. They also carry confidence into the match up having defeated the Chiefs earlier in the season in Brisbane.

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“When we play the Reds, we tend to bring out the best in each other. Both teams like to express themselves with ball in hand and we are expecting a fast-paced and fierce encounter,” said Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan.

“We have been impressed with how the Reds have been playing, they are clear on their identity, have threats across the park to impose their game on you, and generally look a cohesive happy unit. They will be up for this game and have our full respect.”

In key personnel decisions, the back row looks particularly strong with powerful Wallace Sititi getting the nod at No 8, captain Luke Jacobson has been named at openside to combat the threat of Fraser McReight while All Black blindside Samipeni Finau starts at 6.

Up front All Blacks Samisoni Taukei’aho and Tupou Vaa’i have been named to start.

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In the halves Cortez Ratima partners All Black Damian McKenzie.

A surprise start has been handed to Rameka Pohipi at second five-eighth over Quinn Tupaea, who will play from the bench.

The ever-reliable back three of Shaun Stevenson, Emoni Narawa and Etene Nanai-Seturo all start, with Daniel Rona named as utility cover.

Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Queensland Reds:

1. Aidan Ross
2. Samisoni Taukei’aho
3. George Dyer
4. Jimmy Tupou
5. Tupou Vaa’i
6. Samipeni Finau
7. Luke Jacobson (c)
8. Wallace Sititi
9. Cortez Ratima
10. Damian McKenzie
11. Etene Nanai-Seturo
12. Rameka Poihipi
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
14. Emoni Narawa
15. Shaun Stevenson

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Reserves

16. Bradley Slater
17. Jared Proffit
18. Reuben O’Neill
19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi
20. Simon Parker
21. Xavier Roe
22. Quinn Tupaea
23. Daniel Rona

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Andrew 19 days ago

Come on Chiefs. Show us you are more than flat track bullies. Tight 5 has to step up.

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