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Chiefs v Sharks - Super Rugby Final Preview

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Article Published: Thursday 2 August 2012|

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The Chiefs could not have asked for a better scenario than the one they will have in this year's Super Rugby final as they will be playing at home against a team that has all the odds stacked against them.

Not only have the Sharks had to travel this week for the final but they have also had to travel for their last two matches as they beat the Reds in Queensland and the Stormers in Cape Town.

To cut down on the travel fatigue the Sharks stopped two thirds of the way to Hamilton from South Africa in Sydney and waited until Thursday to fly out to New Zealand.

Another positive for the Chiefs is that they beat the Sharks earlier this season when the Sharks were at home and they have not lost to the Sharks in their last three matches.

The Sharks have been scoring tries fairly freely in recent weeks but history suggests that this won't be the case this weekend as in their last three matches against the Chiefs they have failed to score a try.

The last Sharks try against the Chiefs was scored way back in February 2009.

Overall the Chiefs have played the Sharks fifteen times and the Chiefs have won 53% of their matches with eight wins and seven losses.

On average when the Chiefs play the Sharks they score 24 points and the Sharks score 25 points.

In Hamilton the Chiefs have played the Sharks 7 times and they have won 57% of their matches or won four and lost three.

When the Chiefs play the Sharks in Hamilton they score on average 24 points and the Sharks score 21.

The last time the Sharks won in Hamilton was in 2009 and they won 15-22.

This year the Chiefs have played 9 matches at home in Hamilton and have won 78% of their matches or won 7 and lost 2.

Against South African teams the Chiefs have played the Bulls and the Lions in Hamilton and they won both matches.

In fact the Chiefs have not lost to a South African team they were at Loftus last year and that was their only loss to a South African team in the last two years.

Against South African teams the Chiefs last ten matches have produced 7 wins, one draw and two losses.

Neither team has won a Super Rugby tournament and both have felt the pain of losing a Super Rugby final. The Chiefs lost to the Bulls in 2009 but the Sharks have so far lost two finals.

The Sharks also lost to the Bulls (19-20 in 2007) and they lost 36-6 to the Brumbies in 2001.

The Chiefs have kept the faith and named the same team that beat the Crusaders for this week's final.

The Sharks on the other hand have made two changes and brought back Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan for the match.

Tim Whitehead was injured so the Sharks are hoping that Jordaan will be able to contain the Chiefs midfield threat which includes Sonny Bill Williams.

Just about every stat suggests that the Chiefs will win this match and the title as they have everything they could have asked for including facing the lowest ranked finals qualifier.

As they have done in recent weeks the Sharks can be expected to make a strong start but three weeks of travel has to have an effect.

In last week's clash against the Stormers the Sharks did start to fade a little at the death as they let the Stormers come back at them.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 7 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. There are too many factors that favour the Chiefs in this match. The Chiefs should win this by five points.

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

Average score: Chiefs 24 Sharks 25

Last ten results
21 Apr 2012 Chiefs v Sharks 18-12 Durban
18 Mar 2011 Chiefs v Sharks 15-9 Hamilton
13 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Sharks 19-18 Durban
28 Feb 2009 Chiefs v Sharks 15-22 Hamilton
17 May 2008 Chiefs v Sharks 25-47 Durban
21 Apr 2007 Chiefs v Sharks 35-27 Hamilton
11 Feb 2006 Chiefs v Sharks 21-30 Durban
09 Apr 2005 Chiefs v Sharks 40-5 Hamilton
16 Apr 2004 Chiefs v Sharks 34-27 Durban
12 Apr 2003 Chiefs v Sharks 25-31 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Sharks
Played 15, Wins 8 , Losses 7 , Draws 0

Match No.125: Chiefs v Sharks - Super Rugby Final
Date: Saturday, 4 August, 2012
Venue : Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Kick Off local: (1935 local, 0735 GMT, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935 SAT)
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2:Keith Brown
TMO : Garratt Williamson

Teams

Chiefs

1. Sona Taumalolo, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 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. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Andrew Horrell, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 15. Robbie Robinson.

Replacements: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Ben Afeaki, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Brendon Leonard, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Lelia Masaga.

Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Willem Alberts , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Keegan Daniel ( C ) , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Paul Jordaan , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Louis Ludik , 15. Patrick Lambie

Replacements : 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Steven Sykes , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Riaan Viljoen

 
 
 
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