Chiefs named for Cheetahs - Four changes

Getty Images and James Mortimer     02 Mar 2013     Getty Images

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line up. Hooker Hika Elliot’s calf injury has recovered to see him take the reins off young hooker Rhys Marshall who moves to the bench. Lock Michael Fitzgerald, halfback Augustine Pulu and winger Lelia Masaga all start with Craig Clarke, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Patrick Osborne moving into the reserves.

Chiefs’ coach Dave Rennie said “Out of all the South African sides the Cheetahs probably play a style that is closest to ours. They are innovative and can score tries from anywhere around the park and like all South African sides they are big and physical.

“We had a really free flowing match against them in Bloemfontein last year, and we are expecting them to play a style of game similar to us, which is a free flowing, high paced, ruck and run game.”

This weekend’s match against the Cheetahs will have plenty of excitement for the fans. There will be Chiefs flag giveaways and Waikato Draught will introduce ‘Catch for Cash’. The new Chiefs song will be launched and there will be performances from 60 dancers from Drury Lane Dance Studio, the new Chiefs Cheerleaders and the infamous Maori Toa group.

In the Waikato Times Kid Zone alcohol free area there will be a special face painter with unique Chiefs designs, a bouncy castle and free goodie packs for the kids. One lucky Chiefs season member will also win a trip to Melbourne to watch the Chiefs play the Rebels.

The Chiefs and the Hamilton City Council will run a free bus on game night. Buses start from 6pm from Hood St to the Stadium and back to Hood St after the match and leave approximately every 15minutes.

Tickets for the Chiefs first home game against the Cheetahs on Saturday 2 March at Waikato Stadium start from as little as $14 for Adults and $5 for kids 14 years and under $5 (plus service fees). Kids 4 years and under are free on the knee are. Kick off is at 7.35pm and gates open at 5.45pm.

Tickets are available from Gate One at Waikato Stadium from each Monday of game week from 8am till 6pm until game day with map seating locations on site for viewing. For all other options to purchase tickets click here.

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Pauliasi Manu
Hika Elliot
Ben Afeaki
Michael Fitzgerald
Brodie Retallick
Liam Messam ©
Sam Cane
Fritz Lee
Augustine Pulu
Aaron Cruden
Asaeli Tikoirotuma
Bundee Aki
Tim Nanai-Williams
Lelia Masaga
Gareth Anscombe

Rhys Marshall
Ben Tameifuna
Craig Clarke
Tanerau Latimer
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Charlie Ngatai
Patrick Osborne