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One change as Chiefs prepare to make last stand

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    09 Jul 2014     Getty Images

Traditionally matches between the two neighbours have proven to be highly physical with test match intensity and with so much at stake, this Friday’s encounter is expected to be the same

The Chiefs have made only one change to the starting line up that beat the Hurricanes last week.

Bundee Aki comes in to replace Charlie Ngatai who is out with a shoulder injury. Chiefs newly crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’ Nathan Harris comes onto the bench and he is joined by Dwayne Sweeney in the only other change to the reserves.

In the Chiefs awards held at Sky City in Hamilton on Monday night, impressive lock Brodie Retallick won the Chiefs Player of Year as voted for by the Chiefs coaches. He also picked up the Chiefs Player of the Year award as voted for by the Chiefs fans.

The other finalists for the fan voted award were Tim Nanai-Williams and Liam Messam.

Chiefs team to play Blues:

Jamie Mackintosh
Mahonri Schwalger
Ben Tameifuna
Mike Fitzgerald
Brodie Retallick
Liam Messam
Tanerau Latimer
Liam Squire
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Aaron Cruden ©
James Lowe
Bundee Aki
Tim Nanai-Williams
Asaeli Tikoirotuma
Tom Marshall

Nathan Harris
Pauliasi Manu
Nick Barrett
Matt Symons
Tevita Koloamatangi
Augustine Pulu
Gareth Anscombe
Dwayne Sweeney