Queensland Reds v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between Brisbane based Reds and the Hamilton based Chiefs the Brisbane side have won four and the Hamilton side two.

These team missed each other in the draw last year so the last time they faced each other was in April 2013. The last four matches between the teams have all been won by the Reds.

Overall the Reds have played the Chiefs 18 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 10 matches and lost 9 matches.

That gives the Reds a record of winning 56% of their matches against the Chiefs.

The average score across all venues when the Reds play the Chiefs is : Reds 26 Chiefs 25.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane which is where the teams have met on 8 occasions. In those 8 matches the Reds have won 5 times and lost three times.

Those 5 victories give the Reds a record of winning 63% of their home matches against the Chiefs. The average score when these teams play in Brisbane is Reds 30 Chiefs 25.

The Reds who are in 12th place have played 14 matches so far this season and they have won four matches. They have played 7 matches at home and won just two.

The Chiefs in comparison have also played 14 matches but they have won nine matches and lost five. The Chiefs have played 7 matches away from home and won three.

The Chiefs are currently in fifth place overall and they need to beat the Reds this week to remain in contention for the play offs.

In terms of selection the Reds have named an unchanged starting team from last week when they beat the Force. On the replacements bench while Saia Fainga’a returns from a rib injury and there is a potential debut for New Zealand-born Japanese Test player Hendrik Tui, who has recovered from a broken leg suffered while playing in Japan.

The match will be match will be Reds centurions Will Genia and James Horwill final home game for Queensland.

The Chiefs have been able to bring back Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam for this week as well as some new personnel in the forward pack with Mitchell Graham and Siate Tokolahi starting in the front row.

Halfback Augustine Pulu will play his 50th match in Chiefs colours. In the midfield Tim Nanai-Williams starts on the left wing with Andrew Horrell joining Charlie Ngatai in the midfield. Sonny Bill Williams is still out injured.

Bryce Heem moves to the right wing and Tom Marshall returns at fullback while the bench gets a make over with Pauliasi Manu, Jarrod Firth, Matt Symons, Maama Vaipulu, Damian McKenzie and Anton Lienert-Brown all joining the reserves.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Reds have been improving lately and the return of Quade Cooper has been a big boost for the side. The Chiefs will be smarting after last week’s loss and will know that they have to win this week to stay alive. The Chiefs should edge this by four.

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

Average score: Reds 26 Chiefs 25

Last six results
13 Apr 2013 Reds v Chiefs 31-23 Hamilton
13 May 2012 Reds v Chiefs 42-27 Brisbane
18 Jun 2011 Reds v Chiefs 19-11 Hamilton
05 Mar 2010 Reds v Chiefs 23-18 Hamilton
28 Mar 2009 Reds v Chiefs 26-50 Brisbane
26 Apr 2008 Reds v Chiefs 20-32 Hamilton

Reds overall record against the Chiefs
Played 18, Wins 10 , Losses 8, Draws 0

Match No.111: Reds v Chiefs
Date : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Venue : Saturday 6 June 2015
Kick Off local: 19:40 local, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Andrew Lees
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons (VC) , 5. James Horwill , 6. Adam Thomson , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Lachie Turner , 12. Samu Kerevi , 13. Karmichael Hunt , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. James O ‘Connor

Extended bench (one to be omitted) , 16. Saia Fainga ‘a , 17. Pettowa Paraka , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ed O ‘Donoghue , 20. Beau Robinson , 21. Hendrik Tui (potential debut) , 22. Nick Frisby , 23. Ben Tapuai , 24. Jake McIntyre

Chiefs

1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Siate Tokolahi , 4. Michael Fitzgerald , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam (c) , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Augustine Pulu (50th match) , 10. Marty McKenzie , 11. Tim Nanai-Williams , 12. Andrew Horrell , 13. Charlie Ngatai , 14. Bryce Heem , 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Pauliasi Manu , 18. Jarrod Firth , 19. Matt Symons , 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Brad Weber , 22. Damian McKenzie , 23. Anton Lienert-Brown

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