Here is your Gallagher Chiefs team to play the Blues in their final preseason game this Friday! The game kicks off at 5pm tomorrow and is being played at the Suburbs Rugby Club in New Lynn, Auckland. Entry is free of charge so get down there and see for yourself how both teams are shaping up 7 days out from the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season opening.
The Gallagher Chiefs team to play the Blues is:
1. Kane Hames, 2. Samisoni Tuake’iaho, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Taleni Seu, 7. Mitchell Karpik, 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. James Lowe, 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Shaun Stevenson. RESERVES: Hika Elliot, Sosefo Kautai, Atu Moli, Jonathan Taumateine, Findlay Christie, Dwayne Sweeney, Siegfried Fisiihoi, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier, Matiaha Martin, Latu Vaeno, Solomon Alaimalo, Tim Nanai-Williams, Aidan Ross.
A big Chiefs welcome to three players who are joining us as injury replacements! Congratulations guys on this awesome opportunity.
While we are gutted to see players sidelined through injury, we are rapt to have you join the Gallagher Chiefs.
PROP: Aidan Ross, 21-years old, Bay of Plenty. Aidan joins us as a replacement player for Mitchell Graham.
HALFBACK: Jonathan Taumateine, 20-years old, Counties Manukau. Jonathan joins us as a replacement player for Brad Weber.
LOCK: Matiaha Martin, 24-years old, Counties Manukau. Matiaha joins us as lock cover.
After outstanding performances at the Brisbane Global Tens this past weekend, unfortunately it’s not great news on the injury front for three of our Gallagher Chiefs.
We wish Fin, Brad and Mitch a full and fast recovery!
Brad Weber: Fractured femur (thigh bone) which required surgery. Estimated recovery is a minimum of 6 months.
Mitchell Graham: Fractured tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Estimated recovery is a minimum of 6 months.
Fin Hoeata: Ligament damage to ankle which required surgery. Estimated return to play is 2-3 months.
The Gallagher Chiefs have capped off an emotional day, winning the first-ever Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament in Brisbane.
Up against rivals the Crusaders in the final, the Chiefs fought admirably, coming from a try behind to lead at half-time thanks to a hard-fought effort by youngster Luke Jacobson, who chased up his own kick and crossed the line.
The determined Chiefs came fired up after the break, with Shaun Stevenson dancing through the Crusaders defence, before distributing wide to Seu who dotted down in the corner.
Resolute defence and huge determination saw the Chiefs home, winning the final 12-5, much to the liking of the Chiefs faithful inside Suncorp Stadium who roared their approval.
Emotional celebrations followed with the players dedicating the tournament win to Chiefs brother Sione Lauaki.
Youngster, Shaun Stevenson topped off a great tournament, winning the Brisbane Tens MVP award as well as being the tournament’s top try scorer.
Earlier in the day, the Chiefs saw off the Panasonic Wild Knights to top Pool A and advance to the quarter finals, before beating the Reds and Bulls in the quarter-finals and semi-final respectively – playing their consistent brand of scintillating attacking rugby that they’re renowned for.
The Chiefs now turn their focus to the upcoming Investec Super Rugby season, with a NZ derby against Highlanders in 12 days, followed by two huge New Zealand clashes against the Blues and Hurricanes in the following weeks at FMG Stadium Waikato.