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Chiefs Top Guns Here To Win

Expect a star studded Chiefs to take on the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in the final round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.
24 May 2022 17:00
Chiefs Top Guns Here To Win
Gallager Chiefs veteran tighthead prop Angus Ta’avao (left) and halfback Brad Weber will play against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua, this Saturday. Ta’avao has played 20 Test matches for the All Blacks while Weber has 17 Test caps under his belt. Other All Blacks in the Chiefs squad are Luke Jacobson, hooker Samisoni Taukei’alo, Quinn Tapaea, Brodie Rettalick and Tupou Va’ai. Photo: Chiefs

Expect a star studded Chiefs to take on the Swire Ship­ping Fijian Drua in the final round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.

The Chiefs, who are in fourth spot on the points table, are in for a must-win situation to avoid any playoff implications.

According to Rugby News, if the Chiefs loss, they could be forced to head out on the road, which head coach, Clayton McMillan wants to avoid. McMillan was confident that he would have anyone that isn’t out for the season back this week for the ‘must win’ fixture in Lautoka.

“That’s the nature of the beast in a contact sport,” McMil­lan said of the Chiefs latest run of injuries.

“We still managed to put out a fair­ly consistent side this week. Touch wood, Sam’s (Cane) was the only in­jury that came out.

“We are really confident that eve­ryone that isn’t a season-ending injury, that wasn’t available this week, will be back next week.”

McMillan was hopeful it was a ‘minor’ leg injury as his openside flanker was walking freely around the dressing room post-match but the Chiefs coach was willing to wait before making a call on his avail­ability.

“He (Cane) is walking around fine, so hopefully just minor,” McMillan said of the All Blacks and Chiefs captain.

“I think he would’ve carried on, because he’s just that type of guy. The advice of the medical team was that it just wasn’t worth risking, so we didn’t.”

It is likely that burly All Blacks veteran lock Brodie Rettalick will travel to Fiji, after he re­covered from a thumb inju­ry. Rettalick was supposed to play the Force in the weekend but instead was rested again.

The Chiefs forwards have the likes of All Blacks tighthead prop Angus Ta’avao, Super Rugby seasoned cam­paigners Aidan Ross, Bradley Slater, Samisoni Taukei’alo, Tupou Vaa’i, Pita Gus Sowakula, Luke Jacobson and Cane.

All Blacks’ Brad Weber is to set to start at No.9 while strong running centre Quinn Tapaea is a sure starter along with Fiji- born flyer Emoni Narawa.

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