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Hurricanes name surprising lineup for Chiefs clash

Hurricanes name surprising lineup for Chiefs clash
The Hurricanes are taking no risks against the Chiefs

The Hurricanes have made minimal changes to their starting team for their last Super Rugby round-robin match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night, deciding to name a full-strength team.

Head coach Chris Boyd has made just three changes to the team that will run on to FMG Waikato Stadium from the one which faced the Blues last round.

Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen is promoted from the bench along with lock Michael Fatialofa in changes to the pack while competition leading try scorer Ben Lam also returns and Julian Savea moves to the bench.

Lam is the only change to a back line which produced six tries against the Blues, including a club record-equaling four for second five-eighth Ngani Laumape who will again form a midfield combination with Wes Goosen.

Boyd has also made a few tweaks to the bench where Chris Eves, Reed Prinsep and Finlay Christie all return after a week away.

The Hurricanes need to win, get a bonus point or avoid a heavy defeat against the Chiefs to guarantee a home quarterfinal the following week.

Boyd said there was a real determination in the squad to perform in Hamilton, not only to maintain momentum heading into the playoffs, but to ensure they had a home quarterfinal in front of their fans.

The Hurricanes squad to face the Chiefs is:

15 Jordie Barrett
14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
13 Wes Goosen
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Ben Lam
10 Beauden Barrett
9 TJ Perenara
8 Blade Thomson
7 Sam Henwood
6 Brad Shields (c)
5 Sam Lousi
4 Michael Fatialofa
3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen
2 Ricky Riccitelli
1 Toby Smith

Reserves

16 James O’Reilly
17 Chris Eves
18 Ben May
19 Gareth Evans
20 Reed Prinsep
21 Finlay Christie
22 Ihaia West
23 Julian Savea

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Hurricanes name surprising lineup for Chiefs clash