– Brett Sheehan starts at scrum half.
– Alby Matthewson is rested on the bench.
– Jayden Hayward starts at fullback.
“Our performance versus the Reds can be directly attributed to the squad’s hard work and desire to play for each other and our supporters. Being able to repeat good performances is something every team aspires to and I believe the boys are taking important steps towards achieving consistency through the high standards they’re setting and expecting of each other.” Said coach Bernard Foley.
“The Chiefs are the reigning Super Rugby champions and we see the match on Friday night as an exciting challenge, We will need to reproduce the same guts we showed in defence against the Reds as well as ensuring our decision-making, work rate and accuracy with the ball allows us to build consistent pressure on the Chiefs. We’re in a fortunate position to have depth at ‘9’ with Alby, Brett and Mick Snowden, and having Brett return to the field last week allows us to use two internationals as part of our match squad against the Chiefs.” He added.
Chiefs vs Force, Pukekohe, KO 19:35 NZ (08:35 CAT, 08.35 BST)
1. Pek Cowan ,2. Heath Tessmann,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Toby Lynn ,5. Sam Wykes,6. Matt Hodgson (c),7. Chris Alcock,8. Ben McCalman ,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Ben Jacobs ,14. Patrick Dellit ,15. Jayden Hayward
Replacements : 16. James Hilterbrand,17. Tetera Faulkner,18. Rory Walton,19. Richard Brown ,20. Alby Mathewson ,21. Junior Rasolea,22. Sam Norton-Knight