Force v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

The Force and the Chiefs have played each other five times and the Chiefs have won four and lost once with no draws between the teams.


Due to the new Super Rugby draw with teams playing some teams twice and other not at all the Force and Chiefs missed each other in 2011 so the last time they played each other was in the Super 14 and Hika Elliott scored the first try.


The Force’s only victory over the Chiefs was back in 2008 and in Perth when the Force won 22-21.


In both of the Force’s two matches against the Chiefs since then the Chiefs have won by 18 points.


On average when the Force and the Chiefs play each other the Force score 20 points and the Chiefs 36 points.


In Perth when the teams play each other the Force score on average 17 points and the Chiefs 28 points which is an 11 point margin.


The teams have played each other three times in Perth and the Force have won one and lost two.


The Chiefs go into the match this week riding high on a four match winning streak with their most recent result a 30-13 victory over the Waratahs who the Force beat 20-21 in Sydney during Round 4.


The Force are also on a bit of a high as they hammered the Reds 45-17 last week in Perth.


The Bookies have given the  Force an 8 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We agree with the bookies on this one as the men from Waikato are on a roll. The Chiefs should win by 9.


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


Average score:


Last five results
27 Feb 2010 Force v Chiefs 19-37 Perth
06 Mar 2009 Force v Chiefs 13-31 Hamilton
03 May 2008 Force v Chiefs 22-21 Perth
14 Apr 2007 Force v Chiefs 36-64 Hamilton
24 Feb 2006 Force v Chiefs 9-26 Perth


Force’s overall record against the Chiefs
Played 5 , Wins 1, Losses 4 , Draws 0


Match No .45: Force v Chiefs
Date Friday 6 April
Venue : Perth
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Julian Pritchard
TMO:George Ayoub


Teams


Western Force


1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 6. Richard Brown, 7. David Pocock (Captain), 8. Matt Hodgson, 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. Ben Seymour, 11. Alfie Mafi, 12. Winston Stanley, 13. Nick Cummins, 14. Samu Wara, 15. David Harvey.


Reserves: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Kieran Longbottom, 18. Phoenix Battye, 19. Ben McCalman, 20. Josh Homes, 21. Rory Sidey, 22. Patrick Dellit.


Chiefs


1. Arizona Taumalolo,2. Mahonri Schwalger,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. Lelia Masaga ,15. Robbie Robinson


Replacements :16. Hika Elliot,17. Josh Hohneck,18. Michael Fitzgerald,19. Sam Cane,20. Augustine Pulu,21. Andrew Horrell,22. Jackson Willison

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