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The Super Rugby AU Qualifying final this weekend will see the Brumbies and Western Force battle it out for the opportunity to play the Reds next weekend in the Grand final.

In Super rugby Aotearoa, The Hurricanes and Highlanders meet in a match that will only have honour as the prize for the winner. Interestingly former Hurricane Nehe Milner-Skudder will make his Highlanders debut in his Super Rugby first match since 2018. He comes in as a late replacement for the injured Josh Ioane.

In the other Super Rugby Aotearoa match the Chiefs have made big changes to their team as they are five points clear of the Blues on the Super Rugby Aotearoa table and are guaranteed a spot in the final against the Crusaders already.


Brumbies v Western Force Super Rugby AU Qualifying final Preview

The Brumbies have played the Western Force 22 times in Super rugby since 2006 and the Brumbies have won 17 matches, lost 4 times and drawn once.

The Brumbies 17 wins out of 22 matches gives them a record of winning 77% of their matches against the Western Force regardless of venue.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Western Force is : Brumbies 26 Western Force 16.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Brumbies and they have had home advantage in 11 of the 22 matches.

In those 11 Brumbies home matches they have won 9 matches and lost 2.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Western Force at home is : Brumbies 28 Western Force 17.

The Brumbies have won the last eleven meetings between these teams. The last Western Force victory was in 2013.

The Bookies have given the Western Force a 15 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Brumbies 26 Western Force 16

Last five results
2017-03-10 Brumbies 25-17 Western Force
2020-07-25 Western Force 0 – 24 Brumbies
2020-08-28 Brumbies 31 – 14 Western Force
2021-02-19 Western Force 11 – 27 Brumbies
2021-03-26 Brumbies 42 – 14 Western Force

Brumbies overall record against the Western Force
Played 22, won 17, lost 4, drawn 1

Match Officials and details
Match :  Brumbies v Western Force
Date :  Saturday 1 May
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO : James Leckie

Teams

Brumbies  

James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Rory Scott, Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks

Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen

Western Force

Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Tim Anstee, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Tomas Cubelli, Domingo Miotti, Jordan Olowofela, Kyle Godwin (c), Richard Kahui, Toni Pulu, Jake Strachan

Replacements: Andrew Ready, Angus Warner, Greg Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Fergus Lee-Warner, Ian Prior, Henry Taefu, Jack McGregor


Hurricanes v Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview

The Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 36 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 21 matches, lost 15 times and drawn none.

The Hurricanes 21 wins out of 36 matches gives them a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Highlanders regardless of venue.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders is : Hurricanes 25 Highlanders 22.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Hurricanes and they have had home advantage in 18 of the 36 matches.

In those 18 Hurricanes home matches they have won 12 matches and lost 6.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders at home is : Hurricanes 28 Highlanders 21.

The Hurricanes have won four of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 4 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Hurricanes 25 Highlanders 22.

Last five results
2019-03-08 Hurricanes 25 – 22 Highlanders
2019-04-05 Highlanders 28 – 31 Hurricanes
2020-07-12 Hurricanes 17 – 11 Highlanders
2020-08-15 Highlanders 38 – 21 Hurricanes
2021-03-26 Highlanders 19 – 30 Hurricanes

Hurricanes overall record against the Highlanders
Played 36, won 21, lost 15, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Hurricanes v Highlanders
Date : Friday 30 April
Venue : Sky Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO :  Brendon Pickerill

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Ruben Love, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Brayden Lose, 21 Cam Roigard, 22 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 23 Pepesana Patafilo

Highlanders

15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Sam Gilbert, 13 Patelesio Tomkinson, 12 Scott Gregory, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (cc), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (cc), 1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ethan De Groot, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 20 Hugh Renton, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Michael Collins, 23 James Lentjes


Blues v Chiefs Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview

The Blues have played the Chiefs 36 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the
Blues have won 13 matches, lost 22 times and drawn once.

The Blues 13 wins out of 36 matches gives them a record of winning 36% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

The average score when the Blues play the Chiefs is : Blues 22 Chiefs 25.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Blues and they have had home advantage in 18 of the 36 matches.

In those 18 Blues home matches they have won 7 matches and lost 10.

The average score when the Blues play the Chiefs at home is : Blues 23 Chiefs 24.

The Blues have won three of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 13 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 22 Chiefs 25.

Last five results
2019-05-18 Blues 23 – 8 Chiefs
2020-01-31Blues 29 – 37 Chiefs
2020-06-20 Chiefs 12 – 24 Blues
2020-07-26 Blues 21 – 17 Chiefs
2021-03-27 Chiefs 15 – 12 Blues

Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 36, won 13, lost 22, drawn 1

Match Officials and details
Match : Blues v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 1 May
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee:  Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO :  Brendon Pickerill

Teams

Blues

15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane (cc), 12 Tanielu Tele’a, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Adrian Choat, 6 Tom Robinson (cc), 5 Sam Darry, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Josh Goodhue/Taine Plumtree, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 AJ Lam

Chiefs

15 Kaleb Trask, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Sean Wainui (c), 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Shaun Stevenson, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Zane Kapeli, 6 Viliami Taulani, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Samipeni Finau, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Ollie Norris

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Joe Apikotoa, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Tom Florence, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Rivez Reihana, 23 Gideon Wrampling


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