May 10, 2018

Gallagher Chiefs team fired up to face Stormers

The Gallagher Chiefs are fired up to face the Stormers in Cape Town this week after a hard fought loss to the in-form Jaguares in Rotorua last week.

It is always an intriguing battle in Cape Town - the teams last met in the Quarter Final of last year’s competition, where the away side were victorious 17-11.

Colin Cooper is taking the learnings from the Jaguares game and is excited with the focus the team has shown.

“We took a lot of learnings from the Jaguares, particularly on our attack. We know what to expect from the Stormers, and have been focussed this week. The team travelled smoothly and have come over here wanting to do really well.”

Sam Cane is rested at home with an abdominal strain but Head Coach Colin Cooper is pleased for the opportunity it presents others.

“Losing Sam Cane is always going to be a loss for any team, but alongside Sam is the leadership group led by Charlie Ngatai. It has given an opportunity for a number of young men to step up and come into this contest in South Africa, which is exciting for them, and for us coaches to watch.”

In the forwards, Cooper has brought All Blacks Nathan Harris and Brodie Retallick back into the starting line-up, moving Tyler Ardron from lock into the number 8 jersey.

In the backline, both Brad Weber and Anton Lienert-Brown will start in their 50th games for the Gallagher Chiefs.

“Getting to 50 games for each of these two men is a good reward for their commitment to the Chiefs Rugby Club for a number of years. Both have displayed Chiefs Mana each time they’ve played, and it is great to be involved with them as a coach”

Johnny Faauli returns to the side, and the exciting Shaun Stevenson comes back from an injury sustained against the Blues in the second round.

The game kicks off at 1:05am this Sunday morning (NZT).

The Gallagher Chiefs team to take on the Stormers is:
1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (8)
2. Nathan Harris (39)
3. Angus Ta’avao (9)
4. Brodie Retallick (93)
5. Michael Allardice (26)
6. Luke Jacobson (6)
7. Liam Messam (171)
8. Tyler Ardron (6)
9. Brad Weber (49)
10. Damian McKenzie (59)
11. Solomon Alaimalo (18)
12. Johnny Faauli (14)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (49)
14. Toni Pulu (26)
15. Charlie Ngatai (48) (c)
16. Liam Polwart (15)
17. Sam Prattley (2)
18. Jeff Thwaites (6)
19. Jesse Parete (1)
20. Pita Gus Sowakula (4)
21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (9)
22. Marty McKenzie (13)
23. Shaun Stevenson (25)

Gallagher Chiefs team fired up to face Stormers