Rugby: Clash of NZ titans


The Chiefs take on the Crusaders in a clash of the best New Zealand teams in Christchurch tonight.

The derby is one of the most anticipated matches of the round, with both teams coming off wins last week.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line-up. Prop Ben Tameifuna will start with Ben Afeaki moving to the pine. Sam Cane starts at openside ahead of Tanerau Latimer, who moves to the bench, and Charlie Ngatai will start at centre.

Former Crusader Patrick Osborne will start against his old mates on the right wing with Tim Nanai-Williams moving to the bench in his 50th game for the Chiefs.

Chiefs: Robbie Robinson, Patrick Osborne, Charlie Ngatai, Bundee Aki, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Matt Vant Leven, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Tameifuna, Hika Elliot, Pauliasi Manu. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Ben Afeaki, Michael Fitzgerald, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu, Andrew Horrell, Tim Nanai-Williams.

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