Slater to notch up 50 games at Super Round Melbourne

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All 12 DHL Super Rugby Pacific teams will convene at AAMI Park this weekend for Super Round Melbourne with the Gallagher Chiefs to face the Brumbies on Sunday afternoon.

The second match of the season will be a momentous occasion in particular for Taranaki forward Bradley Slater who will celebrate his 50th match for the Gallagher Chiefs. 25-year-old Slater debuted for the team in 2019 and has become a core part of the team since that first game.

Slater said: “It’s very special for me to play 50 games for the Gallagher Chiefs. The club has offered me a lot and I am very grateful to be a part of this team.”

Alongside Slater in the tight five is All Black lock Tupou Vaa’i as well as Ollie Norris, George Dyer and Manaaki Selby-Rickit who move into the starting lineup this week. Meanwhile, the relentless loose forward trio of Samipeni Finau, Kaylum Boshier and captain Luke Jacobson will consolidate the forward pack.

Enlivened after last week’s try on his return to Super Rugby after an injury last season is Xavier Roe who starts at halfback, with playmaker Damian McKenzie retaining the No.10 jersey. In the midfield, Rameka Poihipi steps into second-five alongside the experienced Anton Lienert-Brown.

Meanwhile, the electric backline from round one remains unchanged with Etene Nanai-Seturo and Liam Coombes-Fabling on the wing and Shaun Stevenson at fullback.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan said: “Early on in the season we want to give our people legitimate opportunities to stake a claim for a jersey. Those that we have brought into the starting lineup have had really positive moments throughout the preseason so are duly rewarded this week. That’s the beauty of our squad, there are a lot of very capable people who can step into positions when that opportunity presents itself. If you look at the balance of the squad though it is relatively unchanged with a lot of cohesion.

“We know what we are coming up against this weekend with the Brumbies who are one of the best teams in the competition. They have a clear understanding of where their strengths lie and really play to them so we just have to be good enough to impose our own strengths against them.”

The Gallagher Chiefs round two game kicks off against the Brumbies at 4.05pm NZT this Sunday at AAMI Park.

 

Gallagher Chiefs team to face the Brumbies:

1. Ollie Norris

2. Bradley Slater

3. George Dyer

4. Manaaki Selby-Rickit

5. Tupou Vaa’i

6. Samipeni Finau

7. Kaylum Boshier

8. Luke Jacobson

9. Xavier Roe

10. Damian McKenzie

11. Etene Nanai-Seturo

12. Rameka Poihipi

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

14. Liam Coombes-Fabling

15. Shaun Stevenson

Reserves

16. Samisoni Taukei’aho

17. Jared Proffit

18. Reuben O’Neill

19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi

20. Simon Parker

21. Cortez Ratima

22. Josh Ioane

23. Daniel Rona

 

Unavailable for selection: Kaleb Trask, Emoni Narawa, Josh Lord, Gideon Wrampling, Quinn Tupaea.

 

Match Details

Super Round Melbourne

Gallagher Chiefs v Brumbies

AAMI Park

Sunday 3 March

Kick Off 4pm NZST

Broadcast: Sky Sports / Stan Sport

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