Chiefs start Dwayne Sweeney ahead of Tom Marshall
July 17, 2014
Greg Growden and Russell Barwick preview the Super Rugby qualifying finals
The Chiefs have made one change to their team to face the Brumbies in the Super Rugby qualifying final at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday, with Dwayne Sweeney replacing Tom Marshall at fullback.
Tom Marshall (centre) is back on the bench © Getty Images
Marshall takes Sweeney's place on the bench.
The back-to-back Super Rugby champions secured their finals berth only in the final round of the minor premiership, with a grinding performance against the Blues in awful conditions at Eden Park that also saw them retain the BNZ Cup for claiming the most derby wins over their New Zealand rivals, but Chiefs co-captain Liam Messam accepts they must do more again if they are to defeat the Brumbies.
"This is do or die time for us," Messam said. "We have a lot of belief in our group and now we need to convert that into our performance on the field on Saturday night."
Chiefs: Dwayne Sweeney; Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tim Nanai-Williams, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Aaron Cruden (co-captain), Tawera Kerr-Barlow; Liam Squire, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam (co-captain); Brodie Retallick, Mike Fitzgerald; Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh. Replacements: Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu, Nick Barrett, Matt Symons, Tevita Koloamatangi, Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe, Tom Marshall.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
As Ewen McKenzie exits stage left, the ARU remains under huge pressure, with CEO Bill Pulver feeling the brunt of Australian rugby's displeasure, Greg Growden writes
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the remarkable events in Brisbane and the first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup
Following Saturday's shock announcement, we look at the highs and the lows of Ewen McKenzie's brief stint as Wallabies coach.