The Western Force pulled of the surprise of Round 5 last week when they beat the Highlanders 29-31 in Dunedin and have returned home to face the Chiefs.
The Force had not won back to back matches since April 2011 prior to last week but they have shocked almost everyone in the last two weeks by picking up back to back bonus point victories which they have never done before in 117 matches.
The Western Force have played the Chiefs 7 times since 2006 and the Force have won just once. There have been no draws between the teams.
That gives the Force a record of winning 14% of their matches against the Chiefs and the average score between the teams is Force 19 Chiefs 32.
The match this week will be in Perth where the teams have played each other four times. The one Force victory was in Perth in 2008 and they won 22-21.
The Force therefore have a record of winning 25% of their home matches against the Chiefs in Perth. They have however never won at the nib Stadium as the 2008 victory was at the Subiaco Oval.
The average score when the Force play the Chiefs in Perth is Force 16 Chiefs 26.
The Force have tried to maintain consistency for this match but have brought in Hugh McMeniman in the second row. The big blow for the Force though is the loss of Ben McCalman who has been one their best players. He will be back in two weeks after being suspended.
The backline and the replacements bench have been retained for the last two matches.
The Chiefs on the other hand have named Mils Muliaina on the wing while in the forwards Mike Fitzgerald starts at lock and Sam Cane will have his first start of the Super Rugby season having returned back from injury.
In the backs, Asaeli Tikoirotuma reclaims the number 11 jersey with Tim Nanai-Williams joining the newly capped Tom Marshall in the midfield and All Blacks centurion Mils Muliaina takes his place on the other wing.
Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu and Andrew Horrell are all added to the reserve bench alongside eighteen year-old Anton Lienert-Brown who will become the eighth player to make his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs this season.
The Bookies have given the Force a 10 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Chiefs are the current champions and it's unfortunate that they have come up against such tough opposition given their recent form. The Chiefs should win this by 6.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.
Average score: Force 19 Chiefs 32
Last five results
10 May 2013 Force v Chiefs 21-22 Pukekohe
06 Apr 2012 Force v Chiefs 12-20 Perth
27 Feb 2010 Force v Chiefs 19-37 Perth
06 Mar 2009 Force v Chiefs 13-31 Hamilton
03 May 2008 Force v Chiefs 22-21 Perth
Force's overall record against the Chiefs
Played 7 , Wins 1, Losses 6 , Draws 0
Match No.34: Force v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 22 March
Venue : nib Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:00
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO : Steve Leszczynski
1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes ,5. Wilhelm Steenkamp ,6. Hugh McMeniman,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Angus Cottrell,9. Alby Mathewson,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Junior Rasolea,14. Luke Morahan ,15. Jayden Hayward
Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Ollie Hoskins,19. Adam Coleman,20. Brynard Stander,21. Ian Prior,22. Zack Holmes ,23. Marcel Brache
1. Jamie Mackintosh,2. Mahonri Schwalger,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Michael Fitzgerald ,5. Brodie Retallick,6. Liam Messam,7. Sam Cane ,8. Liam Squire,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,10. Aaron Cruden (c),11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma ,12. Tom Marshall, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams ,14. Mils Muliaina ,15. Gareth Anscombe
Replacements :16. Rhys Marshall,17. Pauliasi Manu ,18. Josh Hohneck,19. Kane Thompson ,20. Tanerau Latimer,21. Augustine Pulu ,22. Andrew Horrell ,23. Anton Lienert-Brown