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The first Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round five is in Hamilton where the Chiefs host the Western Force.

The Force played the Hurricanes in Palmerston North last week while the Chiefs had to fly back from Argentina so the visiting side has had less travel for this match.

The Chiefs have played four matches so far this season and they have won three and lost one. Their one loss was at home to the Lions but look to have found their intensity since then and this was evident in their late victory over the Jaguares last week.

The Force have also played four matches but they have won one. Last week the Force were well beaten and the coach has largely kept the faith by making just two changes.

Hooker Heath Tessmann returns to the starting XV and Brynard Stander starts a blindside flanker in the only changes to the side.

The Chiefs have made a number of changes and Stephen Donald returns to the starting line up to win his 86th game for the Chiefs, five seasons after he last appeared for the side in 2011.

In the forwards, Siate Tokolahi is promoted from the bench to start alongside Mitchell Graham and Hika Elliot. Taleni Seu gets an opportunity at lock Johan Bardoul sidelined with a broken thumb.

Seu partners with Michael Allardice in the second row and in the loose forwards Tom Sanders, Sam Cane and Michael Leitch combine for the second week.

There are just two changes in the backs, with Brad Weber to start at halfback and Seta Tamanivalu to wear jersey 13, replacing Anton Lienert-Brown who is unavailable for selection due to a minor knee injury.

First five-eighth Aaron Cruden, wing James Lowe, second five-eighth Charlie Ngatai and fullback Damian McKenzie offer continuity and confidence, starting for the fifth consecutive week in a row.

The bench has wide changes and only hooker Rhys Marshall retains his place from last week and three players could come on to make their debut.

The Chiefs have played the Force 9 times in Super Rugby and won 7 matches or 78% of the matches. On New Zealand soil the Chiefs have played the Force four times and won all four.

The average score when the Chiefs host the Force is Chiefs 38 Force 24.

The Bookies have given the Force a 17 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Chiefs have made a lot of bold changes but they should still be favourites with home advantage. The Chiefs should win this by 12.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Chiefs 30 Force 20

Last five results
24 Apr 2015 Chiefs v Force 35-27 Hamilton
22 Mar 2014 Chiefs v Force 15-18 Perth
10 May 2013 Chiefs v Force 22-21 Pukekohe
06 Apr 2012 Chiefs v Force 20-12 Perth
27 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Force 37-19 Perth

Chiefs overall record against the Force
Played 9 , Wins 7 , Losses 2 , Draws 0

Match No.35: Chiefs v Force
Date : Saturday 26 March 2016
Venue : FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Brett Johnson
TMO : Glenn New

Teams

Chiefs

1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Siate Tokolahi , 4. Michael Allardice , 5. Taleni Seu , 6. Tom Sanders , 7. Sam Cane (c-c) , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Aaron Cruden (c-c) , 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai , 13. Seta Tamanivalu , 14. Sam McNicol , 15. Damian McKenzie , ,

Replacments ; 16. Rhys Marshall , 17. Atu Moli , 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi** , 19. James Tucker , 20. Sam Henwood** , 21. Kayne Hammington** , 22. Stephen Donald , 23. Toni Pulu**

**denotes Super Rugby debut

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan , 2. Heath Tessmann , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Ross Haylett-Petty , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Brynard Stander , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Angus Cottrell , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Peter Grant , 11. Semisi Masirewa , 12. Solomoni (Junior Rasolea) , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Marcel Brache , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Chris Heiberg , 17. Nathan Charles , 18. Jermaine Ainsley , 19. Sitiveni (Stevie) Mafi , 20. Ben McCalman , 21. Ryan Louwrens , 22. Ian Prior , 23. Albert Nikoro

 

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