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The second Super Rugby match in Round 16 is in Queensland Australia where the Reds host the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Chiefs victory over the Crusaders last weekend in Fiji moved them above the Crusaders and into the top spot in the Australasian Group.

The victory means that that can now control their own destiny and as they are only one point behind the Lions they could potentially finish the season on top of the standings. They do however still need to win both of their remaining matches to qualify for the next phase.

The Reds on the other hand are playing for pride as they cannot qualify for the quarter finals.

The Reds and the Chiefs have played each other 19 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 10 matches and the Chiefs 9. That gives the Reds a record of winning 53% of their matches against the men from Waikato.

The Reds have hosted the Chiefs in Brisbane on 9 occasions and they have won 5 matches and lost four which gives them a record of winning 56% of their home matches against the Chiefs.

The average score when the Reds host the Chiefs in Brisbane is Reds 27 Hurricanes 25.

The Chiefs have won three out of their last four matches in Brisbane.

The Reds have made two changes to the side that lost to the Brumbies last week. Wallabies and former Waratahs lock Kane Douglas will make his first start for the Queensland side after making a successful return from injury through the bench last week against the Brumbies.

Douglas’ return means Australian Under 20s lock Lukhan Tui has been shifted to the reserves bench, after a promising run in the starting side last week.

In the other change to the starting side, an ankle injury to regular flyhalf Jake McIntyre has presented an opportunity for playmaker Duncan Paia’aua to earn his first start in Super Rugby.

Paia’aua came on as an injury replacement for McIntyre at half time last week.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has rotated his players for this match as they play Super Rugby champions the Highlanders in Dunedin next week.

In the forwards, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Atu Moli form a powerful front row, with Dominic Bird and Taleni Seu partnering at lock. All Black Sam Cane will lead the pack at number 8, he’s joined in the loose forwards by workhorse Tom Sanders and exciting openside Lachlan Boshier.

There’s a reshuffle in the backline with Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Aaron Cruden returning to the starting fifteen to start at nine and 10 respectively.

The powerful combination of Anton Lienert-Brown and Seta Tamanivalu team up again in the midfield while James Lowe and Toni Pulu retain their places on the wings. Damian McKenzie will start at fullback for his 14th consecutive Super Rugby game this season. Former captain Liam Messam is on the replacements bench.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. In recent years the Chiefs have won 75% of their matches at Suncorp and they still have everything to play for. The Chiefs should win by 15 – and with a bonus point.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: Reds 24 Hurricanes 25

Last five results
06 Jun 2015 Reds v Chiefs 3-24 Brisbane
3 Apr 2013 Reds v Chiefs 31-23 Hamilton
13 May 2012 Reds v Chiefs 42-27 Brisbane
8 Jun 2011 Reds v Chiefs 19-11 Hamilton
05 Mar 2010 Reds v Chiefs 23-18 Hamilton

Reds overall record against the Chiefs
Played 19, Wins 10, Losses 9, Draws 0

Match No.119 :Reds v Chiefs
Date : Friday 8 July 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO :Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Kane Douglas (run-on debut) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Curtis Browning , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Duncan Paia’aua (run-on debut) , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Henry Taefu , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Kuridrani , 15. Jack Tuttle

Replacements : 16. Matt Mafi , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Lukhan Tui , 20. Leroy Houston , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Anthony Fainga’a , 23. Campbell Magnay

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Atu Moli, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Taleni Seu, 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Lachlan Boshier , 8. Sam Cane (cc) , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden (cc), 11. James Lowe , 12. Anton Lienert-Brown , 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Siate Tokolahi , 19. Mitchell Brown , 20. Liam Messam , 21. Brad Weber , 22. Andrew Horrell , 23. Sam McNicol

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