18th July 08:24 PM
Hurricanes makes 5 changes ahead of Chiefs clash
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 12/04/2018
Beauden Barrett breaks the Chiefs defence [Photo: Getty]

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has made five changes to his starting team to play the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium tomorrow.

Beauden Barrett has recovered from a minor leg injury and will start at first five‑eighth.

In other changes, prop Toby Smith will make his first start since the opening Hurricanes match of the season against the Bulls.

In the second row, coach Chris Boyd has recalled Vaea Fifita after he started on the bench against the Sharks, with Michael Fatialofa moving to the reserves.

There is also a change at halfback with TJ Perenara sidelined with a knee injury with Jamie Booth taking over.

Matt Proctor will start at centre as Vince Aso moves out to the wing in place of Julian Savea who has a week off.

The Hurricanes have won 19 of their last 21 matches at home, the only losses being against the Chiefs in 2016 and 2017.

The Hurricanes meet the Chiefs at 7.35pm tomorrow.

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga‑Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith

Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen

 

Source: Superxv.com

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