This weekend the Super Rugby Aotearoa action starts with the Chiefs and the Crusaders in Hamilton and after last week’s loss for the Crusaders against the Hurricanes the pressure is back on them.
The Chiefs have a different kind of pressure as they are still without a win in Super Rugby Aotearoa and they will have no doubt taken note of how the Hurricanes edged the Crusaders last weekend.
The Blues make the trip down to Dunedin on Sunday and they are now just two points behind the Crusaders. They will have a job to do though as the Blues have not won in Dunedin since 2011.
Chiefs v Crusaders Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview
The Chiefs have played the Crusaders 36 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 16 matches, lost 21 times and drawn none.
The Chiefs 16 wins out of 36 matches gives them a record of winning 42% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Hamilton which is home for the Chiefs and the venue where the teams have met 15 times.
In those 15 matches played in Hamilton the Chiefs have won 7 matches and lost 8. This gives the Chiefs a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Crusaders at home.
The average score when the Chiefs play the Crusaders in Hamilton is : Chiefs 23 Crusaders 23.
Over the last five matches between these teams in Hamilton, the Chiefs and Crusaders have alternated wins. The Chiefs won the most recent match which was earlier this year in 2020. If the trend continues the Crusaders will win this weekend.
Average score: Chiefs 22 Crusaders 27
Last five results
Sat, 08 Feb 2020 Chiefs v Crusaders 25-15 Hamilton
Sat, 01 Jun 2019 Chiefs v Crusaders 40-27 Suva
Sat, 09 Mar 2019 Chiefs v Crusaders 28-57 Christchurch
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 Chiefs v Crusaders 20-34 Hamilton
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 Chiefs v Crusaders 23-45 Christchurch
Chiefs overall record against the Crusaders
Played 36, Wins 15, Losses 21, Draws 0
Match Officials and details
Assistant Ref 1:;Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kelly
TMO :Glenn Newman
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Reuben O’Neill
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Simon Parker, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Quinn Tupaea
15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Sione Havili, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (captain), 1 George Bower
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Billy Harmon, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku
Highlanders v Blues Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview
The Highlanders have played the Blues 33 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 16 matches, lost 17 times and drawn none.
The Highlanders 16 wins out of 33 matches gives them a record of winning 46% of their matches against the Blues regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin which is home for the Highlanders and the venue where the teams have met 16 times.
In those 16 matches played in Dunedin the Highlanders have won 11 matches and lost 5. This gives the Highlanders a record of winning 69% of their matches against the Blues at home.
The average score when the Highlanders play the Blues in Dunedin is : Highlanders 24 Blues 22.
The Highlanders have won the last seven matches against the Blues in Dunedin and the Blues have not won in the city since 2011.
Average score: Highlanders 23 Blues 26
Last five results
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 Highlanders v Blues 24-12 Dunedin
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 Highlanders v Blues 26-33 Auckland
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 Highlanders v Blues 34-16 Auckland
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 Highlanders v Blues 41-34 Dunedin
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 Highlanders v Blues 26-20 Dunedin
Highlanders overall record against the Blues
Played 33,Wins 16 , Losses 17,Draws 0
Match Officials and details
Assistant Ref 1: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO :Chris Hart
15 Mitch Hunt, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Scott Gregory, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith (co-captain), 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Jeff Thwaites, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Ayden Johnstone
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Jona Nareki
15 Matt Duffie, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Luteru Tolai, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Otere Black, 23 Harry Plummer