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Brumbies vs Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

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Article Published: Thursday 24 April 2014|

The Brumbies match against the Chiefs on Friday is a rematch of the 2013 Super Rugby final only that in this match the Brumbies will have home advantage.

Out of the last five matches between the Brumbies and the Chiefs the Hamilton based Chiefs have won three matches and the Brumbies two.

The last two matches between the teams have both been played in Hamilton and both were won by the Chiefs.

Overall the Brumbies have played the Chiefs 19 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 11 matches and lost 7 matches. There was one draw in 2005 when the teams both scored 28 points in Canberra.

Those 11 wins give the Brumbies a record of winning 58% of their Super Rugby matches against the Chiefs.

The average score across all venues when the Brumbies play the Chiefs is : Brumbies 29 Chiefs 23.

As mentioned earlier the Brumbies will have home advantage in Canberra this weekend which they have had 10 occasions. From those 10 matches the Brumbies have won 7 times, lost twice and drawn once.

That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 70% of their home matches against the Chiefs. Statistically they have not been on the losing side for 80% of the matches due to the draw.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Chiefs in Canberra is : Brumbies 34 Chiefs 24.

The last two matches in Canberra between the teams have both been won by the Brumbies and they have not lost to the Chiefs at home since 2008 - six years ago.

In terms of form the Brumbies have played eight matches this season and won six. They have played four matches at home and lost one.

The Chiefs have also played eight matches this season - four at home and four away from home and they but they have only won one match away from home.

The Brumbies go into the match on the back of two victories and a bye while the Chiefs go into the match coming off a home loss and two draws. The Chiefs have been playing well this season but they have been inconsistent.

In selection terms the Brumbies have made two changes to the team that beat the Reds in Brisbane. Christian Lealiifano returns to the starting line up at inside centre while Pat McCabe moves back to the bench, while Tom Staniforth drops out of the match day 23.

The Chiefs have continued with their rotation policy and they have made six changes to the side that lost at home to the Crusaders. It's hard to know who the Chiefs see as their best 15 players are due to the rotation policy.

One interesting selection is that Dwayne Sweeney is named on the replacements bench having re-joined the Chiefs after two years playing in Japan.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. Home advantage should be key in this match and the Brumbies have gone all out to make this one of their biggest matches of the year. The Brumbies should edge this by two.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Brumbies 29 Chiefs 23

Last five results
03 Aug 2013 (Final) Brumbies v Chiefs 22-27 Hamilton
16 Mar 2012 Brumbies v Chiefs 22-29 Hamilton
19 Feb 2011 Brumbies v Chiefs 28-20 Canberra
26 Mar 2010 Brumbies v Chiefs 30-23 Canberra
15 May 2009 Brumbies v Chiefs 7-10 Hamilton

Brumbies overall record against the Chiefs
Played 19, Wins 11 , Losses 7, Draws 1

Match No. 63: Brumbies v Chiefs
Date :Friday 25 April
Venue : GIO Stadium Canberra
Kick Off local: 17:40
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Lees
TMO: George Ayoub



1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Scott Fardy , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Jordan Smiler , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (c) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Joe Tomane , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements: 16. Siliva Siliva , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. JP Smith , 19. Jack Whetton , 20. Tom McVerry , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Andrew Smith , 23. Pat McCabe


1. Pauliasi Manu ,2. Mahonri Schwalger ,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Ross Filipo ,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Nick Crosswell ,7. Sam Cane ,8. Liam Messam (c) ,9. Augustine Pulu ,10. Gareth Anscombe,11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma ,12. Bundee Aki,13. Andrew Horrell,14. Tim Nanai-Williams ,15. Tom Marshall

Replacements :16. Nathan Harris ,17. Jamie Mackintosh ,18. Josh Hohneck,19. Matt Symons ,20. Tevita Koloamatangi ,21. Brad Weber ,22. Dwayne Sweeney ,23. James Lowe

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