Current Super Rugby leaders the Chiefs have not beaten the Hurricanes since the 2009 Super 14 Semi-final when they won 14-10.
The last time the Chiefs and the Hurricanes met was back in June last year and the teams drew 18 all in Hamilton. The two matches prior to the draw were both won by the Hurricanes.
Overall the Chiefs and the Hurricane have played each other 18 times and the Chiefs have won 7 of those matches and lost 10 and drawn the once. That's a 38.9% win record.
On average when the Chiefs play the Hurricanes they score 23 points and the Hurricanes score 24 points.
When the Chiefs are at home in Hamilton (and once in Rotorua 1996) when they play each other the average score is Chiefs 22 and the Hurricanes 19.
The Chiefs have played nine matches at home against the Hurricanes and have won four times, lost four times and draw once making it perfectly even.
Due to the draw the Chiefs win record at home to the Hurricanes is 44.4%.
The Chiefs have brought in Brendon Leonard for this match along with Tanerau Latimer and Tim Nanai Williams. The Chiefs flew back to New Zealand from South Africa and the general feeling is that travelling from West to East is the worst so they will feel the travel later in the match.
The Hurricanes meanwhile have made three changes as Cory Jane, TJ Perenara and Julian Savea are all back in the starting line up. The Hurricanes will go into the match recovering from a sound thumping by the Crusaders.
The Bookies have given the Hurricanes an 8 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We were impressed with the Chiefs form on tour but they have to handle the travel. The Chiefs should hang on to win this by four.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports 1/HD channel.
Average score: 23-24
Last five results
10 Jun 2011 Chiefs v Hurricanes 18-18 Hamilton
12 Mar 2011 Chiefs v Hurricanes 26-29 Wellington
01 May 2010 Chiefs v Hurricanes 27-33 Wellington
22 May 2009 Semi Chiefs v Hurricanes 14-10 Hamilton
09 May 2009 Chiefs v Hurricanes 16-8 Hamilton
Chiefs overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 18 , Wins 7, Losses 10, Draws 1
Match No .63: Chiefs v Hurricanes
Date Saturday 28 April
Venue : Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant
TMO: Shane McDermott
1. Arizona Taumalolo, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Craig Clarke, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Alex Bradley, 9. Brendon Leonard, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Tim Nanai Williams, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Richard Kahui, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Andrew Horrell.
Replacements: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Toby Smith, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Asaeli Tikoirotuma.
1. Ben May,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Faifili Levave,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor,
Replacements : 16. Motu Matu'u,17. Reg Goodes,18. Mark Reddish,19. Jack Lam,20. Chris Eaton,21. Charlie Ngatai,22. Alapati Leiua