The Chiefs will return to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato when they take on the Sharks on Saturday.
According to the Chiefs’ website, head coach Colin Cooper knows that the Sharks are currently a powerful pack to face.
The Sharks are undefeated in their last four regular season Super Rugby games against New Zealand opposition, having won three and drawn one, the most recent the 21-all draw against the Crusaders last weekend.
“The Sharks are a powerful pack and are coming off a strong performance against the Crusaders. Again we will be challenged this week.
“In order for us to be successful, we need to capitalise on our opportunities and remain focused on delivering our game for a full 80 minutes. We do this then we will continue the momentum from where we finished last week and deliver an improved performance.”
Chiefs team and injury news
Cooper had to reshuffle his forward pack following injuries to Michael Allardice (ankle) and Lachlan Boshier (ribs) against the Highlanders last week.
Tyler Ardron will shift into lock combining with Mitchell Brown. Jesse Parete moves from the bench to start at six, with Luke Jacobson moving to number eight. Mitch Karpik returns from a knee injury to start on the openside.
Cooper has named an unchanged backline from the side that took the field in Dunedin. Halfback Brad Weber will captain the side in the absence of co-captains Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane.
The reserves bench is largely unchanged with the exception of Pita Gus Sowakula named in jersey number 20 and utility back Alex Nankivell is named as the twenty-third player.
Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Jesse Parete, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 Alex Nankivell
Sharks team and injury news
Akker van der Merwe has been forced to return home with a shoulder injury while head coach Robert du Preez has given Daniel du Preez a rest.
Jacques Vermeulen will join the loose-forward trio while Hyron Andrews will take the place of Ruben van Heerden at lock.
Marius Louw replaces Andre Esterhuizen in an otherwise unchanged backline.
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Fezokuhle Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Kobus van Wyk
Kick off time
Saturday, 11 May at 09:35 (SAST).
TV & Live Stream
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).