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The first match on Saturday in the second round of Super Rugby 2016 takes place in Hamilton where the Chiefs host the Lions of Johannesburg.

Both teams won their opening matches and the Chiefs victory over the Crusaders put them on top of the New Zealand Conference while the Lions victory over the Sunwolves sees them sitting in third place in the South African Group.

For this match the Lions have made six changes – three in the starting line up and three on the replacements bench.

Harold Vorster will partner Lionel Mapoe in midfield with Howard Mnisi moving to the bench and among the forwards the old KES pairing of Malcolm Marx and Dylan Smith gets a start in the red and white jersey.

Akker van der Merwe will wear the number 16 jumper and next to him on the bench is Corné Fourie while Fabian Booysen will make his Super Rugby debut should he get a run.

The Chiefs have made just two changes for their first home game of the 2016 season. In the forwards, Maama Vaipulu gets the start at number 8, with Tom Sanders moving to blindside flanker.

Meanwhile in the backs, Latu Vaeno gets his first start on the right wing, with Shaun Stevenson forced to sit out the game due to a minor shoulder complaint.

In the replacements, Japan captain Michael Leitch is expected to make his highly anticipated return to Super Rugby, while former Warrior Glen Fisiiahi looks set to earn his first Super Rugby cap from the bench.

The Chiefs have played the Lions 16 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 12 matches and lost four. That gives them a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Lions.

The Chiefs have hosted the Lions on 8 occasions and in all eight matches the Chiefs have finished as the winner. They are unbeaten by the Lions at home so have a 100% record. .

The average score when the Chiefs play the Lions at home is Chiefs 37 Lions 18.

The Bookies have given the a Lions a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Lions have never beaten the Chiefs in New Zealand and even at home they rarely get a win. The Chiefs should win this comfortably by 14 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and delayed in the UK on Sky Sports 2.

Average score: Chiefs 34 Lions 27

Last five results
03 May 2014 Chiefs v Lions 38-8 Hamilton
05 May 2012 Chiefs v Lions 34-21 Pukekohe
23 Apr 2011 Chiefs v Lions 34-30 Johannesburg
19 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Lions 72-65 Johannesburg
04 Apr 2009 Chiefs v Lions 36-29 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Lions
Played 16 , Wins 12 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No.12:Chiefs v Lions
Date : Saturday 5 March 2016
Venue : FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 17:15 local
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO :Aaron Paterson

Teams

Chiefs

1. Pauliasi Manu (46) , 2. Rhys Marshall (23) , 3. Hiroshi Yamashita (1) , 4. Michael Allardice (8) , 5. Brodie Retallick (60) , 6. Tom Sanders (1) , 7. Sam Cane (66) co-captain , 8. Maama Vaipulu (11) , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (57) , 10. Aaron Cruden (57) co-captain , 11. James Lowe (22) , 12. Charlie Ngatai (32) , 13. Seta Tamanivalu (7) , 14. Latu Vaeno (1) , 15. Damian McKenzie (17)

Replacements:16. Nathan Harris (13) , 17. Mitchell Graham (12) , 18. Siate Tokolahi (18) , 19. Taleni Seu (1) , 20. Michael Leitch (13) , 21. Brad Weber (25) , 22. Anton Lienert-Brown (10) , 23. Glen Fisiiahi **

( ) = Chiefs caps in brackets
**denotes Super Rugby debutant

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee , 14.Ruan Combrinck , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 12 Harold Vorster , 11 Courtnal Skosan , 10 Elton Jantjies , 9 Faf de Klerk , 8 Warren Whiteley , 7 Warwick Tecklenburg , 6 Jaco Kriel , 5 Franco Mostert , 4 Andries Ferreira , 3 Julian Redelinghuys , 2 Malcolm Marx , 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements: Akker van der Merwe, Corné Fourie, Ruan Dreyer, Robert Kruger, Fabian Booysen, Jaco van der Walt, Howard Mnisi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg

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