13 Mar 2014

Savea to start, Perenara benched for Hurricanes

5:08 pm on 13 March 2014

The under-fire Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has made six changes to his side after going three rounds without a win in Super Rugby.

The All Black-in waiting TJ Perenara has been dropped to the bench with journeyman Chris Smylie set to start at halfback.

Ardie Savea gets his first start of the season on the openside flank while Faifili Levave starts on the blind side.

Alapati Leuia has been named on the left wing after Corey Jane was ruled out with a broken nose.

All Black prop Jeffrey Toomaga Allen starts at tight head and while second five Hadleigh Parks returns to the midfield.

The Hurricanes play the Cheetahs in Wellington on Saturday.

1. Ben Franks

2. Dane Coles

3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

4. Jeremy Thrush

5. Mark Reddish

6. Faifili Levave

7. Ardie Savea

8. Blade Thomson

9. Chris Smylie

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Julian Savea

12. Hadleigh Parkes

13. Conrad Smith (c)

14. Alapati Leiua

15. James Marshall


16. Motu Matu'u

17. Chris Eves

18. John Schwalger

19. James Broadhurst

20. Jack Lam

21. TJ Perenara

22. Matt Proctor

23. Marty Banks