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The second Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Wellington where the Hurricanes host the Chiefs and could well be the match of the weekend.

The Hurricanes made an awful start to the Super Rugby season as they were well beaten by the Brumbies but since then they have really turned things around. They lost their first two matches but have now won five in a row.

The Chiefs lead the Super Rugby standings but the Hurricanes are just four points behind them in sixth place. In a table that works on points alone (no conference rules) the Hurricanes would be third.

Conference derbies are crucial as not only does the winning team earn four point but they are prevent the opposition from earning four points so both teams will be hunting for the victory in what is expected to be a fast-paced, physical battle.

Both teams have won their last five matches so they are both enjoying similar form but the Hurricanes will have home advantage.

The Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 26 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Canes have won 14 matches and drawn one. This gives them a record of winning 54% of their matches against the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes have had home advantage over the Chiefs in 13 of those matches and the Hurricanes have won 9. That gives them a record of winning 69% of their home matches against the Chiefs. The average score when these teams meet and the Hurricanes have home advantage is Hurricanes 28 Chiefs 21.

The Hurricanes have won the last two matches between the teams in Wellington and 9 of the last ten in the city.

The Hurricanes have made one change to the team that beat the Rebels last week as Blade Thomson returns to the side replacing Vaea Fifita who rotates to the bench.

The Chiefs had a bye last week and in their last outing they beat the Blues 29-23. Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made a number of changes to the side that beat the Blues as Mitchell Graham, Rhys Marshall and Atu Moli will pack down in the front row, with Michael Allardice and Brodie Retallick partnering at lock.

Tom Sanders, co-captain Sam Cane and Michael Leitch form a formidable loose-forward trio to complete the forward pack. In the backs, the combination of halfback Brad Weber and first five-eighth Aaron Cruden starts for the fourth consecutive game.

Charlie Ngatai and Seta Tamanivalu team up in the mid-field with Sam McNicol, Toni Pulu and Damian McKenzie rounding out the backline. Andrew Horrell returns to the side for the first time this season through the replacements bench.

The Bookies have given the a Chiefs a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. This match will be tight and anyone could win it. Really the only difference between these two in form teams is that one of them has home advantage. The Hurricanes should edge this by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 2.

Average score: Hurricanes 23 Chiefs 22

Last five results
13 Jun 2015 Hurricanes v Chiefs 21-13 New Plymouth
16 May 2015 Hurricanes v Chiefs 22-18 Wellington
04 Jul 2014 Hurricanes v Chiefs 16-24 Hamilton
24 May 2014 Hurricanes v Chiefs 45-8 Wellington
28 Jun 2013 Hurricanes v Chiefs 22-34 Hamilton

Hurricanes overall record against the Chiefs
Played 26 , Wins 14, Losses 11, Draws 1

Match No.66:Hurricanes v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 23 April 2016
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jason Woodward , 14 Cory Jane , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Vince Aso , 11 Julian Savea , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (vc) , 8 Victor Vito , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Blade Thomson , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Dane Coles (c) , 1 Reggie Goodes

Replacements: Motu Matu’u, Chris Eves, Loni Uhila, Vaea Fifita, Callum Gibbins, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, James Marshall, Willis Halaholo.

Chiefs

1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Rhys Marshall , 3. Atu Moli, 4. Michael Allardice , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Sam Cane (CC), 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Aaron Cruden (CC), 11. Sam McNicol , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 19. Taleni Seu , 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Andrew Horrell , 23. Glen Fisiiahi

 

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