Rugby: Another ding-dong battle shaping up

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Gareth Anscombe is in tomorrows line-up for the Chiefs against the Blues.
Gareth Anscombe is in tomorrows line-up for the Chiefs against the Blues.

The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Blues at Yarrow Stadium in Taranaki tomorrow night.

The Chiefs are back on top of the New Zealand Conference after beating the Lions 38-8 at Waikato Stadium last Saturday, and the Blues are coming off a strong win against the Reds last week.

Over the last few years the Chiefs and the Blues have played out some epic battles.

The Chiefs have made two changes to the forwards with prop Ben Tameifuna and lock Michael Fitzgerald starting. Bundee Aki comes in at second five-eighth and Tim Nanai-Williams moves to centre with Tom Marshall at fullback. Josh Hohneck moves to the reserves and is joined by Liam Squire, who has returned from injury, and Anton Lienert-Brown.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said: "It is exciting for us to play our first home game in Taranaki and I know the boys are keen to earn the respect of the locals by putting on a good performance. "Traditionally our games against the Blues have been real ding-dong battles, and with not much between any team in the New Zealand Conference it is a massive game for both sides."

One lucky fan could win a $350,000 Generation Homes house in the 'Score a house' competition by registering for the competition and attending the match tomorrow night.

Chiefs supporters have to go online at to register and the winner must be at the stadium for the game to win and be contactable.

If the Chiefs player wearing the number 14 jersey scores a try in the 14th minute of the game some lucky Chiefs fan who has entered the competition will win a Generation Homes house.

The Yarrow Stadium match will begin at 7.35pm.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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