March 27, 2024

Jacomb rewarded with No.10 jersey for Crusaders clash

The Gallagher Chiefs have named an astute side for their Good Friday clash against the Crusaders.

The successful return of Emoni Narawa last weekend sees him named for his season debut in the starting 15. He is joined by stand-out rookie, Josh Jacomb, who is promoted to the No.10 jersey for the first time.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan said: “It’s an awesome opportunity for Josh Jacomb who gets his first start in a Chiefs Jersey, not only through Damian's absence but as a reward for the hard work he has put in to get to this point. We believe he can develop into something pretty special and can’t wait to see him run the cutter this week.”

McMillan is looking forward to the team’s second fixture against their “ formidable foe” which will be played at Apollo Projects Stadium.

“No one is accustomed to seeing them start a season as they have, but in our view that makes them a dangerous beast. They have a lot of quality people down there and know they have the capacity to improve quickly. The challenge is to ensure it’s not against us.

“We are far from the finished product ourselves, where we have fluctuated between moments of brilliance and others that are sometimes short of our own expectations. But I love how this group own that, and there is no better opposition to see if the lessons learned can be applied quickly and effectively. It should make for another great game,” said McMillan.

This week’s group will include a forceful front row of Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho and George Dyer. Completing the tight five is the relentless locking duo of Manaaki Selby-Rickit and Josh Lord who will be beneficial at lineout time with their lofty two-meter frames.

Naitoa Ah Kuoi shifts to loose forward, despite mostly playing at lock this season, with Kaylum Boshier and Luke Jacobson returning at No.8.

Xavier Roe reclaims the starting halfback role, while Quinn Tupaea and Anton Lienert-Brown will convene in the midfield. Etene Nanai-Seturo will continue to bring his flair on the left wing, as will Shaun Stevenson at fullback.

The match kicks off at 7.05pm this Friday and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.

Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Crusaders:
1. Aidan Ross
2. Samisoni Taukei’aho
3. George Dyer
4. Manaaki Selby-Rickit
5. Josh Lord
6. Naitoa Ah Kuoi
7. Kaylum Boshier
8. Luke Jacobson
9. Xavier Roe
10. Josh Jacomb
11. Etene Nanai-Seturo
12. Quinn Tupaea
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
14. Emoni Narawa
15. Shaun Stevenson

16. Bradley Slater
17. Jared Proffit
18. Reuben O’Neill
19. Jimmy Tupou
20. Simon Parker
21. Cortez Ratima
22. Josh Ioane
23. Daniel Rona

Unavailable for selection: Kaleb Trask, Tupou Vaa’i, Tyrone Thompson, Malachi Wrampling, Damian McKenzie (All Blacks rest).

Jacomb rewarded with No.10 jersey for Crusaders clash