Chiefs favour Taumalolo

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has decided to start Sona Taumalolo in the front row in Friday’s semi-final against the Crusaders.

Taumalolo will pack down against All Blacks prop Ben Franks. The Crusaders scrum has been one of the strongest in the tournament.

Rennie has also included prop Ben Afeaki on the bench. The game in Hamilton will mark Afeaki’s first following a lengthy injury layoff.

Chiefs – 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga.