Brumbies vs Chiefs Super Rugby preview

Match number four of the 2011 Super rugby season is the first inter-conference clash of the year. Remember there are now four table to keep you eye on and teams play two home derbies and four teams in each of the other conferences.

Brumbies vs Chiefs

Brumbies star playmaker Matt Giteau announced earlier this week that he will be joining Toulon in France next year and that he wanted to get the deal done so that he can concentrate on Super rugby.

Giteau is hungry for a big season as he spent a fair amount of time at the end of last season on the Wallabies bench.

The Chiefs reached the Super 14 final in 2009 but had a disastrous 2010 season where they finished in 11th place.

The 2011 squad is familiar to the 2010 squad and even this week’s team is relatively familiar.

However there is one notable name in the Chiefs starting line up and it is that of 37 year old Tana Umaga at number 12.

The Brumbies have something of a fortress in Canberra as they win 80 per cent of their matches at home while the Chiefs win just 36 per cent or a third of their away matches.

On average when these two teams meet the Brumbies score 30 points and the Chief score 22 points which points to a Brumbies home victory.

In the last five matches the Brumbies have won three but overall the teams have met 16 times and the Brumbies have won 10 times with 1 draw.

In 16 matches the Chiefs have won just twice in Canberra.

The Bookies are predicting another close match and have given the Chiefs a 2 point start – Free £ 20 bet for all new customers. We think the Brumbies will win this match relatively comfortably. Brumbies to win by 7.

Brumbies overall record against the Chiefs
Played 16 , Wins 10 , Losses 5 , Draws 1

Last five results.
Fri, 26 Mar 2010 Brumbies v Chiefs 30-23 Canberra
Fri, 15 May 2009 Brumbies v Chiefs 7-10 Hamilton
Fri, 04 Apr 2008 Brumbies v Chiefs 28-42 Canberra
Sat, 03 Feb 2007 Brumbies v Chiefs 21-15 Hamilton
Sat, 25 Mar 2006 Brumbies v Chiefs 28-26 Canberra

Match No4: Brumbies vs Chiefs
Date :Saturday 19 February
Venue : Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Kick Off GMT: 8:40
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Gardner
TMO : George Ayoub


Brumbies :1. Ben Alexander , 2. Steve Moore , 3. Dan Palmer , 4. Ben Hand , 5. Mark Chisholm , 6. Mitch Chapman , 7. Julian Salvi , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Josh Valentine , 10. Matt Giteau (c) , 11. Francis Fainifo , 12. Robbie Coleman , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Pat McCabe

Reserves , 16. Huia Edmonds , 17. Salesi Ma’afu , 18. Stephen Hoiles , 19. Colby Faingaa

Chiefs :1. Ben May , 2. Aled de Malmanche , 3. Nathan White , 4. Craig Clarke , 5. Romana Graham , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Tanerau Latimer , 8. Fritz Lee , 9. Brendon Leonard , 10. Stephen Donald , 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu , 12. Tana Umaga , 13. Dwayne Sweeney , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Mils Muliaina (Captain)

Reserves: , 16. Toby Smith , 17. Daniel Perrin , 18. Hayden Triggs , 19. Scott Waldrom , 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 21. Jackson Willison , 22. Lelia Masaga

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