Rugby: Chiefs close to full strength for Reds

The Chiefs have named something resembling a full-strength side to tackle the Reds in Brisbane on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.
The Chiefs have named something resembling a full-strength side to tackle the Reds in Brisbane on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.

After resting a number of players last week in a scratchy 34-21 win over the Lions, the Chiefs have named something resembling a full-strength side to tackle the Reds in Brisbane on Sunday.

Tawera-Kerr Barlow is unavailable due to minor illness but Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Sona Taumalolo, Mahonri Schwalger and Alex Bradley come back into the starting lineup, with Kane Thompson, Sam Cane, Hika Elliot, Toby Smith and Robbie Robinson on the bench.

The table-topping Chiefs are searching for a 10th consecutive win before a bye next week.

"We know the Reds are starting to hit form with their top players coming back at the right time," Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith said. "They have targeted this game on their home track as a must-win match for them, so we are expecting an intense fixture in front of a large Sunday afternoon crowd."

Chiefs team to play the Reds at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Sunday (6.10pm NZT): Andrew Horrell, Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Sonny Bill Williams, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Brendon Leonard, Alex Bradley, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Sona Taumalolo. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Toby Smith, Kane Thompson, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Jackson Willison, Robbie Robinson.

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