Siti sidelined

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Siti sidelined

Sitiveni Sivivatu’s shoulder injury has ruled him out of the clash with the Lions in Hamilton on Saturday.

Utility back Dwayne Sweeney comes in on the wing with 20-year-old Jackson Willison sitting on the bench.

The only other change sees coach Ian Foster opting for bulkier hooker Aled de Malmanche in place of All Black tourist Hika Elliot to counter the Lions’ heavy tight five.

The Chiefs have been on scintillating attacking form in the past two weeks but captain Mils Muiliaina hopes for a better defensive showing against the Lions.

‘Defence has to be the big one for us this week,’ Muliaina told rugbyheaven.co.nz. ‘In the last couple of weeks we have let in some soft tries and that’s probably the one disappointing aspect of our game so far.’

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