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Chiefs v Western Force Super Rugby Preview

Richard Brown tries to get the ball in the Chiefs vs Force last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 9 May 2013|

The Chiefs and the Western Force have played each other six times since the Force joined Super Rugby back in 2006 and the Chiefs have won five times.

The last three matches between the Chiefs and the Force have been won by the Chiefs.

As the Chiefs have won 5 out of their six matches between the teams they have won 83% of the clashes.

The average score when the Chiefs play the Western Force is Chiefs 33 Force 19.

The Chiefs have only played the Western Force twice at home in Hamilton and this match will be played in Pukekohe for the first time.

Both of the past two Chiefs home matches were won by the Chiefs and the average score from the two matches is Chiefs 48 Force 25.

The Chiefs are currently in second place - a point behind the Brumbies - and the Force are currently sitting in 13th place.

The Chiefs lead the New Zealand Super Rugby Conference while the Force are last in the Australian Conference.

The Force drew at home last week to the Reds and lost the two matches before last week. Their last victory was at home when they beat the Crusaders in Round 9.

The Chiefs have won their last two matches - against the Rebels and the Sharks - and their last loss was against the Waratahs in Sydney in Round 10.

The Chiefs have used this week to rest and rotate some of the players such as Aaron Cruden who has been named on the replacements bench with Asaeli Tikoirotuma.

Patrick Osborne starts on the wing and Save Tokula comes in at 13 in place of Tim Nanai-Williams and Gareth Anscombe starts at 10 alongside Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

The Force have been able to start Wallabies scrum half Brett Sheehan and Jayden Hayward at fullback.

The Force have been improving in recent weeks but they have only won one match away from home this season and that was in Round 5.

The Bookies have given the Force a 15 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Chiefs should have too much power for the Force who are away from home. The Chiefs should win by 14.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Chiefs 33 Force 19

Last five results
06 Apr 2012 Chiefs v Force 20-12 Perth
27 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Force 37-19 Perth
06 Mar 2009 Chiefs v Force 31-13 Hamilton
03 May 2008 Chiefs v Force 21-22 Perth
14 Apr 2007 Chiefs v Force 64-36 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Force
Played 6, Wins 5, Losses 1, Draws 0

Match No.: 76. Chiefs v Force
Date : Friday 10 May
Venue : ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Vinny Munro



1.Toby Smith , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Afeaki , 4.Craig Clarke (c) , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Sam Cane , 8.Matt Vant Leven , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10.Gareth Anscombe , 11.Patrick Osborne , 12.Bundee Aki , 13.Save Tokula , 14.Lelia Masaga , 15.Robbie Robinson

Replacements : 16.Mahonri Schwalger , 17.Ben Tameifuna , 18.Michael Fitzgerald , 19.Tanerau Latimer , 20.Augustine Pulu , 21.Aaron Cruden , 22.Asaeli Tikoirotuma

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan ,2. Heath Tessmann,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Toby Lynn ,5. Sam Wykes,6. Matt Hodgson (c),7. Chris Alcock,8. Ben McCalman ,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Ben Jacobs ,14. Patrick Dellit ,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. James Hilterbrand,17. Tetera Faulkner,18. Rory Walton,19. Richard Brown ,20. Alby Mathewson ,21. Junior Rasolea,22. Sam Norton-Knight

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