The Bulls have won the last four consecutive matches against the Chiefs including the 2009 Super 14 Final at Loftus Versfeld.
The Chiefs and the Bulls have played each other 15 times and the Chiefs have won 7 and lost seven. There was a 26-all draw in 2006 so the Chiefs have won 50% of their matches against the Bulls.
While the Bulls have won the last four matches the Chiefs won the first five matches between the teams which were played between 1998 and 2002.
On average when the Chiefs play the Bulls they score 32 points and the Bulls score 30 points so the Chiefs have a slight historical advantage.
This match will be played in Hamilton and on Chiefs home ground (twice in Rotorua) the Chiefs and Bulls have played each other 7 times and the Chiefs have won 5 times.
That one draw in 2006 was in Hamilton and since then the Bulls have only visited Hamilton on one other occassion and they won then 19-33 in 2010.
Overall when the Chiefs have played the Bulls at home they have won 71% of their matches and the average score is 35-23.
The Chiefs can be expected to start slowly in this match as they had the bye last weekend. Before the bye the Chiefs lost 42-27 to the Reds so as the Bulls lost last weekend 16-11 to the Highlanders both teams will be coming off a loss.
The Bookies have given the Bulls a 5 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. It's been a long tour for the Bulls and we think their minds will be a little more on the trip home. The Chiefs should win by 4.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.
Average score: Chiefs 32 Bulls 30
Last five results
30 Apr 2011 Chiefs v Bulls 27-43 Pretoria
09 Apr 2010 Chiefs v Bulls 19-33 Hamilton
30 May 2009 (Final) Chiefs v Bulls 17-61 Pretoria
25 Apr 2009 Chiefs v Bulls 27-33 Pretoria
22 Mar 2008 Chiefs v Bulls 43-27 Rotorua
Chiefs overall record against the Bulls
Played 15 , Wins 7 , Losses 7 , Draws 1
Match No.88:Chiefs v Bulls
Date : Friday 25 May
Venue : Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Bryce Lawrence
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Nick Briant
1. Toby Smith,2. Hika Elliot,3. Ben Afeaki,4. Craig Clarke (c),5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam - 90th game,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Kane Thompson,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,10. Aaron Cruden,11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma,12. Sonny Bill Williams,13. Jackson Willison,14. Lelia Masaga ,15. Andrew Horrell
Replacements : 16. Mahonri Schwalger,17. Arizona Taumalolo,18. Michael Fitzgerald,19. Sam Cane,20. Brendon Leonard,21. Robbie Robinson,22. Maritino Nemani
Zane Kirchner , Akona Ndungane , Johann Sadie , Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (c), CJ Stander , Dewald Potgieter , Wilhelm Steenkamp, Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger ,Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling .
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Rayno Gerber, Juandre Kruger, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak , Louis Fouche , JJ Engelbrecht.