The first action in Round 5 of Super Rugby sees the Chiefs host the Hurricanes in Hamilton in a New Zealand Conference derby on Friday and the home side come into the game at the bottom of the overall standings.
Chiefs v Hurricanes, Friday 15th March, Hamilton, KO 08:35 (South African time)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Refs: Brendon Pickerill, Nick Hogan
TMO: Shane McDermott
Weather Forecast –Hamilton
The Chiefs disastrous start to the season continued away to the Crusaders in Christchurch last week when they went down 57-28, conceding 9 tries and scoring 4. After 4 rounds of matches the Chiefs only points return came in the opening week of the season when they lost 30-27 at home to the Highlanders in a game they led 19-10 at half time. That first match is the only game the Chiefs have threatened to win this season. In Round 2 they were hammered 54-17 by the Brumbies in Canberra and a week later despite starting as 25.5 point favourites they went down 30-15 at home to the Sunwolves.
The Chiefs remain bottom of the overall standings with a points difference of -84.
The Hurricanes snatched a late victory at home to the Highlanders last week, edging the game 25-22 with the teams sharing the total try count of 6. The Canes now have an overall record of 3 wins and 1 defeat and that loss came in a derby away to the Crusaders (38-22) where they were flattered by the final scoreline. Other matches saw the Canes edge out the Waratahs in Sydney by a single point in Round 1 and in Round 3 they put the Brumbies away 43-13 in Palmerston.
The Canes come into the game in second spot in the New Zealand Conference, 4 points behind the Crusaders who are in action later in the weekend.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Etene Nanai-Seturo
Hurricanes: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du'Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Salesi Rayasi
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Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 Wellington Hurricanes 32-31 Chiefs (Tries 4-4) (Playoff)
2018 Hamilton Chiefs 28–24 Hurricanes (Tries 4-4)
2018 Wellington Hurricanes 25-13 Chiefs (Tries 3-1)
2017 Wellington Hurricanes 14-17 Chiefs (Tries 2-2)
2017 Hamilton Chiefs 26–18 Hurricanes (Tries 2-2)
2016 Wellington Hurricanes 25-9 Chiefs (Tries 3-0) (semi final)
2016 Wellington Hurricanes 27-28 Chiefs (Tries 4-4)
2015 New Plymouth Chiefs 13–21 Hurricanes (Tries 1-3 )
2015 Wellington Hurricanes 22–18 Chiefs (Tries 3-2 )
2014 Hamilton Chiefs 24–16 Hurricanes (Tries 2-1 )
2014 Wellington Hurricanes 45–8 Chiefs (Tries 6-1 )
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of the last update but are subject to change.
It’s getting more difficult to find excuses for this Chiefs side who must feel they owe their fans a performance and indeed a positive result. Whether we will see either here is questionable but whilst there are fewer negatives about the Hurricanes start to the season, you could argue they were fortunate in 2 of their 3 wins which were secured very late.
I’ll swerve the handicap and go for a 7 point game either way with the draw running for me as well.
Bet: 2 units, Either team wins by 7 or Less (incl. Draw) at 16/10
(Unit Scale 1 to 5)
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