Reds rest Kerevi for Chiefs game

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019    Getty Images

The leadership duties will fall to lock Izack Rodda while Duncan Paia'aua will take Kerevi's place at second five-eighths. 
In other changes to their team Harry Hoopert will start at loosehead prop and Seb Wileman will make his Super Rugby debut at centre after Chris Feauai-Sautia's knee injury prevented him being considered.

Two other potential debutants could come from the bench with halfback Scott Maloua and outside back Liam McNamara being included.

Apart from Kerevi's break, the changes had been forced by injury considerations while Maloua's naming was the result of Moses Sorovi not having had necessary match fitness in the wake of Tate McDermott's rise at halfback.
Reds assistant coach Jim Mckay said while changes had been made it was a good opportunity for those included.

"We won there [Hamilton] last in 2013, so we're going over there to get the job done," he said.

"We picked up a bit of damage last week with injuries, especially in the centres.

"It's an opportunity for Duncan to come on to the park and show people what he can do and we know he's a very good player."

The changes should not handicap the side.

"They're going to bring energy and enthusiasm, they know our systems and I'm really looking forward to the game and how they go as well," he said.

He had no concerns regarding the change of captain.

"He [Rodda] won't be doing anything different in the game but he's a leader in the team as one of our nominated senior leaders anyway. It's a great responsibility for him and he'll own that and do a great job."