Chiefs vs Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The last three matches between the Chiefs and the Waratahs have all been won by the Waratahs including a 27 point hammering in Hamilton.

The last time the Waratahs toured Hamilton they hammered the Chiefs 19-46.

The Chiefs and the Waratahs have played each other 16 times and the Chiefs have won just six times and lost ten times.

On average when the Chiefs and the Waratahs play each other the Chiefs score 24 points and the Waratahs score 28 points.

In New Zealand the teams have played each other eight times and they have a 50/50 record as both teams have won four and lost four. That is not a good home record at all.

On average in New Zealand the Chiefs score 28 points against the Waratahs who score 30 points when the two teams meet. The stats suggest that the Waratahs will edge the Chiefs this week.

The Waratahs have named an unchanged starting team for this week’s match with live-wire number 9 Sarel Pretorius on the bench again

An exciting on field battle in this match is Sonny Bill Williams going up against Waratahs centre Tom Carter.

The Waratahs have had something of a shaky start to the Super Rugby season but they will head into the match with confidence having beaten the Sharks last weekend.

The Chiefs had the bye last week and it came at a good time for them with the injuries that were building up. Their last match was a victory over the Brumbies but with a bye in between they can be expected to start slowly while they blow off the cobwebs.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 6 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Waratahs snatched victory at the death last week when the Sharks faded. That shouldn’t happen this week. The Chiefs should win by 4.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports HD3.

Average score: Chiefs 24 Waratahs 28

Last five results
01 Apr 2011 Chiefs v Waratahs 16-23 Sydney
08 May 2010 Chiefs v Waratahs 19-46 Hamilton
20 Feb 2009 Chiefs v Waratahs 7-11 Sydney
23 Feb 2008 Chiefs v Waratahs 20-17 Hamilton
27 Apr 2007 Chiefs v Waratahs 28-23 Sydney

Chiefs overall record against the Waratahs
Played 16 , Wins 6 , Losses 10 ,Draws 0

Match No.37: Chiefs v Waratahs
Date Saturday 31 March
Venue : Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 2:Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
TMO : Shane McDermott (New Zealand)



1. Arizona Taumalolo , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Craig Clarke (c) , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Tanerau Latimer , 8. Kane Thompson , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Tim Nanai-Williams , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Richard Kahui , 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 15. Robbie Robinson

Replacements : 16. Mahonri Schwalger , 17. Josh Hohneck , 18. Michael Fitzgerald , 19. Sam Cane , 20. Augustine Pulu , 21. Andrew Horrell , 22. Lelia Masaga


15. Bernard Foley , 14. Tom Kingston , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 10. Berrick Barnes , vice captain , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 8. Wycliff Palu , 7. Chris Alcock , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson , captain

Replacements , 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Lopeti Timani , 20. Jono Jenkin

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