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Super Rugby reaches it’s seventh round this weekend and the action starts on Friday in Hamilton where the Chiefs host the Blues.

The Chiefs go into the match on a high as they thumped the Brumbies last weekend and have won their last four matches.

The Blues are undefeated in their last two matches (W1, D1), they’ve not gone three matches without loss in a single season since Round 12, 2011.

The Chiefs have played the Blues 25 times in Super Rugby and they have won 15 matches and lost ten. There have been no draws between the teams.

The Chiefs 15 victories translate to a record of the Hamilton side winning 60% of their matches against the Auckland side.

The Chiefs have moved some of their home matches around against the Blues but they have had home advantage on 12 occasions and they have won 7 and lost five. This gives the Chiefs a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Blues.

The average score when the Chiefs play the Blues at home is Chiefs 26 Blues 20.

The Chiefs have won their last nine matches against the Blues, their longest winning streak against any opponent in Super Rugby.

The Chiefs have won only one of their last three matches on home soil against fellow New Zealand teams, though they’ve not lost consecutive home matches against NZ squads since Round 9, 2011.

The Chiefs have been able to bring All Black Brodie Retallick back from injury while former Crusaders lock Dominic Bird will make his debut for the franchise this weekend.

There are several other changes to the starting fifteen who defeated the Brumbies last Saturday in Canberra.

Atu Moli earns his first start at tighthead prop, Maama Vaipulu is promoted from the bench to start at blindside flanker along with impressive outside back Shaun Stevenson.

In the replacements, flanker Sam Henwood and winger Sam McNicol return to the 23 where they are joined by a powerful lineup of players ready to add impact off the bench.

Meanwhile the Blues have included Otago and Wellington lock Hoani Matenga to make his starting debut having come off the bench several times this season.

The lock comes into the starting line up replacing Patrick Tuipulotu, who will be out for two weeks with a fracture of his hand.

Prop Sam Prattley gets his first start of the season, coming in for Nic Mayhew, who is out for two to three weeks with a knee injury suffered in his debut against the Jaguares last week.

The rest of the starting team is unchanged from that which beat the Jaguares at North Harbour Stadium last weekend.

The Chiefs have played just two matches at home this season and they have won one (Force) and lost one (Lions). The Blues have lost their last 11 matches away from home.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Blues might be improving but the Chiefs look to be on a different level. The Chiefs should win this by 15 or more.

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

Average score: Chiefs 25 Blues 22

Last five results
04 Apr 2015 Chiefs v Blues 23-16 Hamilton
14 Feb 2015 Chiefs v Blues 23-18 Albany
11 Jul 2014 Chiefs v Blues 11-8 Auckland
09 May 2014 Chiefs v Blues 32-20 New Plymouth
13 Jul 2013 Chiefs v Blues 26-16 Auckland

Chiefs overall record against the Blues
Played 25 , Wins 15 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No.49:Chiefs v Blues
Date : Friday 8 April 2016
Venue : FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1:Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Shane McDermott



1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Atu Moli , 4. Dominic Bird* 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Maama Vaipulu , 7. Sam Cane (cc) 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber, 10. Aaron Cruden (cc) 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Shaun Stevenson , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Sam Henwood, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Seta Tamanivalu , 23. Sam McNicol

*denotes Chiefs debut


Sam Prattley, James Parsons (c), Charlie Faumuina, Hoani Matenga, Josh Bekhuis, Joe Edwards, Blake Gibson, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, Rene Ranger, Rieko Ioane, Lolagi Visinia.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Namatahi Waa, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Akira Ioane, Kara Pryor; Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan, George Moala.


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