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150chiefsThe Lions next assignment on tour sees them cross to New Zealand for a Round 10 Super Rugby clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

 

 

 

Chiefs v Lions, Friday 19th April, Hamilton, KO 09:35 (South African time)

Referee:  Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Refs: Mike Fraser, Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Shane McDermott 

Weather Forecast –Hamilton

 

Chiefs:

The Chiefs continued to repair the damage from their disastrous start to the season with a third successive win last week. They beat the Blues 33-29 in Hamilton in Round 9, scoring 5 tries to 4 and they are now fourth best in the NZ Conference with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats.

This will be the second time the Chiefs have faced South African opposition this season. In Round 6 they were underdogs for their visit to the Bulls at Loftus but they romped to a 56-20 victory. Their other win this season came at Jaguares in Buenos Aires a week later and they have drawn at home with the Canes.

There was bad news for the Chiefs last week with Damian McKenzie picking up a nasty looking injury that will keep him out long term and Brodie Retallick and Nathan Harris are also ruled out

The Chiefs have an excellent record at home to South African opponents with 14 wins and 1 defeat in the last 15. That defeat came against the Lions in Hamilton in 2016 which was the last time these sides met.

 

 

Lions:

The Lions tour began in Australia last week when they came up against the Brumbies in Canberra. There was betting support for the Brumbies which proved to be justified as the Lions went down 31-20, conceding 5 tries and scoring 3.

The Lions overall record now comprises of 4 wins and 4 defeats and they have slipped to the bottom of the South African Conference although only 5 points covers all 5 of the teams.

This will be the Lions first match up with New Zealand opposition since they lost last season’s final to the Crusaders (37-18) in Christchurch. In the 2018 regular season they also lost at the Highlanders (39-27) and the Hurricanes (28-19).

The Lions have Warren Whiteley and Kwagga-Smith back in the side but Marx and .Elton Jantjies hve been named on the bench.

 

Team News

Chiefs: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Angus Ta'avao 

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Tumua Manu, 23 Shaun Stevenson 

 

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Sti Sithole 

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Frans Van Wyk, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Ruan Combrinck

 

 

 

 

Recent Head to Head (any venue)

2016 Hamilton Chiefs 32–36 Lions (Tries 4-4 )

2014 Hamilton Chiefs 38–8 Lions (Tries 6-1 )

2012 Pukekohe Chiefs 34–21 Lions (Tries 4-3 )

2011 Johannesburg Lions 30–34 Chiefs (Tries 3-5)

2010 Johannesburg Lions 65–72 Chiefs (Tries 9-9)

2009 Hamilton Chiefs 36–29 Lions (Tries 5-4 )

2008 Johannesburg Lions 33–27 Chiefs (Tries 3-3)

 

The Betting,

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Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

Betting Angle

This looks a tough call with the Chiefs missing key men and the Lions having a couple of their star performers starting from the bench.

After much consideration I’ll go with the home side by a 1-12 point margin. I don’t see the Chiefs running away with this in the manner they put the Bulls away at Loftus but they have won their last 2 matches by narrow margins and that sort of winning mentality is taken to see them through here.

 

Bet: 1.5 units Chiefs win by 1-12 points at 18/10

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