Chiefs back at full strength

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Chiefs back at full strength

Scrumhalf Brendon Leonard has been named in a full strength Chiefs squad for Friday’s final round-robin game against the Brumbies.

The two teams meet in a vital Super 14 clash Hamilton which could have a massive impact on the make-up of the semi-finals.

After three weeks on the sidelines with a chest injury the Leonard takes his place in a team that also features a revamped front row.

Chiefs coach Ian Foster has shuffled his props with James McGougan back in favour at tighthead with the versatile Ben May switching over to loosehead to accommodate the change.

Sona Taumalolo drops to a bench that also features the return of talented backline utility Dwayne Sweeney now that he has overcome his ankle injury. Deputy halfback Toby Morland is also there after making way for Leonard.

The second-placed Chiefs are on the verge of just their second playoffs appearance. A solitary bonus point would be enough to make the playoffs and if they can nail a bonus point win they will be assured of a home semifinal.

The fifth-placed Brumbies have everything to play for in Hamilton, making for a fascinating contest.

CHIEFS – 15 Mils Muliaina (c), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 James McGougan, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Ben May.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Dwayne Sweeney, 22 Sosene Anesi.