Chiefs v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Hamilton based Chiefs and Pretoria based Bulls the Pretoria franchise have won four and the Chiefs two.

The most memorable of the last six matches was the 2009 final which was won 61-17 by the Bulls in Pretoria and in the last match between the teams they drew 43 all.

Overall the Chiefs have played the Bulls 17 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Chiefs have won 8 matches and lost 7. There has also been two draws between the teams.

That gives the Chiefs a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Bulls regardless of the venue. The average score when these teams play across all venues is : Chiefs 32 Bulls 30.

This weekend the match will be played in Rotorua which will be home for the Chiefs although it is not their regular home and the teams have only never met there before twice.

In those two matches played at Rotorua the Chiefs have won two and the average score in the city is Chiefs 41 Bulls 17.

The Chiefs have had home advantage over the Bulls 8 times and in those eight matches they have won 6, lost one and drawn one which gives them a record of winning 75% of their home matches. The average score when the Chiefs have home advantage is Chiefs 34 Bulls 23.

The Chiefs are fourth in the overall Super Rugby standings due to the conference system and in a points only system they would be second. They have played 12 matches to date and they have won 8 and lost four. It should be noted that in all four of the Chiefs losses they have picked up the losing bonus point so they have been close losses. The Chiefs have played six matches at home and won five.

The Bulls on the other hand are third overall but in a points only system they would be sixth. The Bulls have played 12 matches and they have won 7 matches and lost five. Away from home they have played 5 matches and won two.

In terms of selection the Chiefs have been forced into making changes through injury for this match and coach Dave Rennie will confirm closer to kick off the starting second row. Michael Fitzgerald has been bracketed with former Chief and All Black Ross Filipo, who was called into the side earlier this week as cover.The confirmed starting lock will be joined in the second row by the newly re-signed Johan Bardoul.

In the front row Mitchell Graham starts at loosehead prop while the only other change to the run on side sees Augustine Pulu assume the starting role at halfback. Prop Pauliasi Manu and halfback Brad Weber move to the reserves while utility back Tim Nanai-Williams returns to the match day 23. There is no Sonny Bill Williams again this week.

The Bulls have made three changes to the side that lost to the Blues last week. Hooker Callie Visagie makes his first start of the season replacing Adriaan Strauss who has been rested.

Jaco Visagie replacing his namesake on the bench and coach Ludeke has also made two changes in his loose trio, with Jacques du Plessis and Deon Stegmann starting after playing off the bench against the Blues, and Arno Botha and Lappies Labuschagne this time tasked to provide spark as impact players.

The Bookies have given the Bulls an 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Both teams will be coming off a loss but home advantage for the Chiefs is usually the deciding factor in these matches. The Chiefs should win this by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Chiefs 32 Bulls 30

Last six results
29 Mar 2014 Chiefs v Bulls 34-34 Pretoria
25 May 2012 Chiefs v Bulls 28-22 Hamilton
30 Apr 2011 Chiefs v Bulls 27-43 Pretoria
09 Apr 2010 Chiefs v Bulls 19-33 Hamilton
30 May 2009 Final Chiefs v Bulls 17-61 Pretoria
25 Apr 2009 Chiefs v Bulls 27-33 Pretoria

Chiefs overall record against the Bulls
Played 17, Wins 8 , Losses 7 , Draws 2

Match No.91:Chiefs v Bulls
Date : Friday 22 May 2015
Venue : Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Chiefs

1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Michael Fitzgerald/Ross Filipo , 5. Johan Bardoul , 6. Liam Messam (c) , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Augustine Pulu , 10. Damian McKenzie , 11. Bryce Heem , 12. Anton Lienert-Brown , 13. Charlie Ngatai , 14. Hosea Gear , 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Pauliasi Manu , 19. Brian Alainu’uese* , 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Brad Weber , 22. Andrew Horrell , 23. Tim Nanai-Williams

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Callie Visagie, Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Lappies Labuschagne, Arno Botha, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel.

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