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Hurricanes v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

Brendon Leonard is tackled by Victor Vito in the last clash between the teams

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012|

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In the last five Super Rugby matches between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs the Hurricanes have won two and drawn once so it's fairly even between the teams in recent history.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 19 teams they have beaten the Chiefs 10 times since 1996. That translates to the Hurricanes winning 53% of their matches against the Chiefs.

On average when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs they score 23 points and the Chiefs also score 23 points so in all 19 matches both teams have scored a total of 439 points against each other.

In Wellington the Hurricanes have a much better record against the Chiefs as they have played them 9 times and won 6 - or 66 % of their matches against the men from Waikato.

However all six of those matches have been won in the last six clashes and the Chiefs have not beaten the Hurricanes in Wellington in 11 years as their last positive result was a 27-51 victory in May 2001.

On average the when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs in Wellington they score 28 points and the Chiefs score 23 points.

The Hurricanes are currently in eighth place and they are the lowest ranked team who can still make the play offs. A bonus point victory would help the Hurricanes but they would still need other results to go their way.

The Chiefs however have the chance to finish on top of the Super Rugby standings which would give them the right to host the Super Rugby final and a bye in the play offs. They will no doubt be fully focused on winning this match.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 4 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Chiefs don't have a good record against the Hurricanes in Wellington but they have a fantastic record overall so we have to back them to win this one. The Chiefs should win this by five.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/ HD.

Average score: Hurricanes 23 Chiefs 23

Last five results
28 Apr 2012 Hurricanes v Chiefs 14-33 Hamilton
10 Jun 2011 Hurricanes v Chiefs 18-18 Hamilton
12 Mar 2011 Hurricanes v Chiefs 29-26 Wellington
01 May 2010 Hurricanes v Chiefs 33-27 Wellington
22 May 2009 Hurricanes v Chiefs 10-14 Hamilton

Hurricanes overall record against the Chiefs
Played 19, Wins 10, Losses 8 , Draws 1

Match No.114 : Hurricanes v Chiefs
Date Friday 13 July
Venue : Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Keith Brown
TMO : Mike Fraser

Teams

Hurricanes

1. Reg Goodes ,2. Dane Coles ,3. Ben May ,4. Jeremy Thrush ,5. Jason Eaton ,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. Chris Eaton / Frae Wilson,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea ,12. Tim Bateman ,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane / Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Reserves :16. Motu Matu’u ,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen ,18. James Broadhurst,19. Brad Shields ,20. Frae Wilson / Jamie Nutbrown,21. Tusi Pisi ,22. Jayden Hayward

Chiefs

1.Toby Smith , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Craig Clarke (c) , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Tanerau Latimer , 8.Kane Thompson , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11.Robbie Robinson , 12.Sonny Bill Williams , 13.Jackson Willison , 14.Lelia Masaga , 15.Andrew Horrell

Replacements :16.Mahonri Schwalger , 17.Sona Taumalolo (50th Chiefs match) , 18.Michael Fitzgerald , 19.Sam Cane , 20.Brendon Leonard , 21.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 22.Tim Nanai-Williams

 
 
 
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