2010 Super14 Round 4 Preview – Part 1

Round 4 of the Super14 kicks off on Friday with the Chiefs playing their first home game of the season and they will be hosting the Reds.

There is one match less this weekend as the Force and the Bulls have the bye so they get the weekend off.

Here we take a quick look at the matches coming up on Friday in the Super14.

Chiefs vs Reds in Hamilton

The Chiefs have not lost to the Reds in the Super 14. In all Super Rugby matches the Reds have beaten the Chiefs six times but in the Super 14 it has been a run of defeats for the Reds.

The result of this match will largely be decided by Reds number 10 Quade Cooper who was brought up in Waikato. Every time he has played against the Chiefs he has had a howler. He spoke in the week about ending his Hamilton nightmares but that is easier said than done.

The Reds have been impressive this season but last week’s match against the Blues at Ballymore was a disappointment for the Queenslanders and it often matches like last week’s result that brings team’s like the Reds back down to earth. However if the Reds do manage to beat the Chiefs in Hamilton their confidence would soar and it could turn out to be a turning point in their season especially since they have been hit – again – by injury.

The Chiefs normally start their season’s slowly and gather pace as the season progresses. This has been very different and they has said some of their form can be attributed to the confidence they gained from reaching the Super14 final last season.


The Chiefs are unbeaten this season and the scary part of that is they are only getting Mils Muliaina and Sitiveni Sivivatu back this weekend and that this will be their first home match of the season. They are currently sitting in a very strong third place on the table. They will also have the benefit of an all New Zealand match official panel.

The Bookies have given the Reds an 18.5 point start. With the injuries that the Reds have had over the past few weeks and the threat of Quade Cooper have another howler we think that a 20 point victory should be about right for the Reds. Chiefs to win by 20.

Chiefs overall results against the Reds
Played 14 ,Wins 8 , Losses 6, Draws 0,

Last Five results
28 Mar 2009 Chiefs v Reds 50-26 Brisbane
26 Apr 2008 Chiefs v Reds 32-20 Hamilton
24 Mar 2007 Chiefs v Reds 21-19 Brisbane
03 Mar 2006 Chiefs v Reds 35-17 Hamilton
18 Mar 2005 Chiefs v Reds 6-20 Hamilton

Match Officials
Referee: Chris Pollock (NZ)
Ass. refs: Garratt Williamson (NZ), Shane McDermott (NZ)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZ)

Chiefs – 15 Mils Muliaina (c), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Nathan White, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Sona Taumalolo.

Reserves 16. Aled de Malmanche, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Jarrad Hoeata, 19 Luke Braid , 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Dwayne Sweeney.

Reds – 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Will Chambers, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Brando Va’aulu, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.

Reserves 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Robert Simmons, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Ben Tapuai, 22 Blair Connor.

Brumbies vs Lions in Canberra

This match is more about The Brumbies and in particular Matt Giteau playing in his first home game in Canberra this season. The home support for the Brumbies is expected to be huge. The Brumbies are currently sitting in seventh place but they have only l

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