Hurricanes v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Wellington based Hurricanes and the Hamilton based Chiefs the Hamilton side have won three and lost two.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 24 times in Super Rugby and the Hurricanes have won 12, lost 11 and drawn one match.

That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Chiefs with an average score of Hurricanes 23 Chiefs 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Wellington which is home for the Hurricanes and where the teams have met 10 times.

In those 10 Wellington matches the Hurricanes have won 8 and lost two which translates into them winning 80% of their home matches.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs in Wellington is Hurricanes 30 Chiefs 21.

In terms of form the Hurricanes are still having their best ever season and they have played 11 matches and won 10. Their only loss was to the Waratahs who are the champions.

The Hurricanes have played 6 matches at home and they have won five – the loss was to the Waratahs.

The Chiefs have also played 11 matches and they have won 8 matches and lost three. The Chiefs have played 5 matches away from home and won 3.

On the total number of points accumulated and disregarding conference the Hurricanes are first in the standings on 48 points and the Chiefs are second on 38 points.

In terms of selection neither team will be with their first choice first five as Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett are both still injured. The Hurricanes have named James Marshall at 10 and Julian Savea and TJ Perenara return to the team, with Dane Coles on the bench.

The Hurricanes and All Blacks midfield pairing of Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu will play their 50th match as a pair.

The Chiefs have named Damian McKenzie at first-five while lock Michael Allardice get his first start of the season and while Hosea Gear takes over the duties on the right wing.

Sonny Bill Williams will line up against Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith which should be a contest to relish.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. This is a tough match to call as both teams would dearly love to have their first choice 10 back for this. At the end of the day though the Hurricanes have home advantage which could “just” give them the edge. The Hurricanes should edge this by 2.

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

Average score: Hurricanes 23 Chiefs 23

Last five results
04 Jul 2014 Hurricanes v Chiefs 16-24 Hamilton
24 May 2014 Hurricanes v Chiefs 45-8 Wellington
28 Jun 2013 Hurricanes v Chiefs 22-34 Hamilton
17 May 2013 Hurricanes v Chiefs 12-17 Wellington
13 Jul 2012 Hurricanes v Chiefs 28-25 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Chiefs
Played 24 , Wins 12 , Losses 11 , Draws 1

Match No.87:Hurricanes v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 16 May 2015
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO :Vinny Munro

Teams

Hurricanes

1. Reggie Goodes , 2. Motu Matu’u , 3. Ben Franks , 4. Jeremy Thrush , 5. James Broadhurst , 6. Brad Shields , 7. Ardie Savea , 8. Victor Vito , 9. TJ Perenara , 10. James Marshall , 11.Julian Savea , 12. Ma’a Nonu , 13. Conrad Smith , 14. Cory Jane , 15. Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements : 16. Dane Coles, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19. Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, 20. Blade Thomson, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Otere Black, 23. Rey Lee-Lo

Chiefs

1. Pauliasi Manu , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Michael Allardice , 5. Michael Fitzgerald , 6. Liam Messam(c), 7. Sam Cane , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Damian McKenzie , 11. James Lowe , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Charlie Ngatai , 14. Hosea Gear , 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Mitchell Graham , 19. Liam Squire , 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Augustine Pulu , 22. Andrew Horrell , 23. Bryce Heem

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