Many Super Rugby fans will be expecting the Chiefs to run riot against the Cheetahs this weekend but some loyal fans will remember the Cheetahs last visit to Hamilton ended in a draw.
Somewhat surprisingly the 2010 draw between the Chiefs and Cheetahs was not the first between the teams as they also drew in 2007.
The Chiefs and the Cheetahs have played each other six times and as there have been 2 draws 33% of the matches have been draws.
While the Chiefs have never lost to the Cheetahs the stats say that the Chiefs have only won 66% of their matches against the Cheetahs.
The average score when the Chiefs play the Cheetahs is Chiefs 28 Cheetahs 24.
The Chiefs have played the Cheetahs three times in Hamilton and the Cheetahs have won two and drawn twice.
This means that while they have a record of winning 66% of their matches due to the draw the Chiefs have not beaten the Cheetahs in Hamilton since 2008!
In Hamilton when the Chiefs host the Cheetahs the average score is Chiefs 27 Cheetahs 26.
While it seems the Cheetahs like Hamilton their record in New Zealand of one win and one draw from 16 matches (they beat the Hurricanes in Wellington last year).
The Chiefs beat the Highlanders 27-41 in Dunedin while the Cheetahs lost 22-29 to the Sharks in Bloemfontein.
The Chiefs have made four changes to their team. One change is the return of Hika Elliot who will go up against Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss.
The Cheetahs have brought in one of their most exciting players Sarel Pretorius who has returned from a stint with the Waratahs.
The Cheetahs have had to make the long journey to New Zealand so they can be expected to suffer from fatigue giving the hosts and extra advantage.
The Bookies have given the Cheetahs an 18 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE £50 BET. The stats suggest that the match will be a close one but we think it will be comfortable victory for the Chiefs. Chiefs to win by 11.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports1 HD.
Average score: Chiefs 28 Cheetahs 24
Last five results
14 Apr 2012 Chiefs v Cheetahs 39-33 Bloemfontein
23 Apr 2010 Chiefs v Cheetahs 25-25 Hamilton
18 Apr 2009 Chiefs v Cheetahs 28-10 Kimberley
08 Mar 2008 Chiefs v Cheetahs 22-20 Hamilton
02 Mar 2007 Chiefs v Cheetahs 22-22 Bloemfontein
Chiefs overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 6 , Wins 4, Losses 0, Draws 2
Match No.12. : Chiefs v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 2 March
Venue : Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Glen Jackson
TMO : Vinny Munro
1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Michael Fitzgerald 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam ,(c) 7. Sam Cane, 8. Fritz Lee, 9. Augustine Pulu ,10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma ,12. Bundee Aki, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams ,14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Gareth Anscombe
16. Rhys Marshall,17. Ben Tameifuna, 18. Craig Clarke, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21. Charlie Ngatai ,22. Patrick Osborne
Hennie Daniller, Willie le Roux, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Johan Goosen, Sarel Pretorius , Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Frans Viljoen, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuizen, Landman Ligtoring, Boom Prinsloo, Piet van Zyl, Riaan Smit, Ryno Benjamin.