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Super Rugby Preview: Hurricanes v Chiefs (27/04/19)

    • Nine of the last 11 Super Rugby meetings between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs have been decided by margins of eight points or fewer, with the sides evenly split in that period, winning five games each and sharing one draw.
    • The Hurricanes are unbeaten in their last two games against the Chiefs (W1, D1), not since 2011 have they managed to go three games without loss in this fixture (W2, D1).
    • The Hurricanes lost their last home game, against the Crusaders, however they’ve not lost consecutive matches at home since a run of four such defeats stretching across the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
    • The Chiefs have won their last two away games, they’ve not enjoyed a longer such run since winning their first five road matches of 2016.
    • The Hurricanes have lost just one of their last seven Super Rugby matches (W5, D1), although each of their last four victories in that run have seen their opponents claim a losing bonus point.
    • The Hurricanes overturned a halftime deficit to beat the Sunwolves in their last Super Rugby fixture, the third time they’ve managed that feat this season, more than any other side.
    • The Hurricanes and Chiefs have each crossed the try line 11 times in the final quarter of games this year, only the Jagaures (12) have crossed more often in the final 20 minutes of matches.
    • The Hurricanes have scored six tries following kick returns, the joint most of any side this year (level with the Crusaders), while they’ve also scored the joint most tries after winning possession via a successful turnover (8, level with the Lions).
    • Ben Lam (Hurricanes) made four successful offloads in Round 10, no player made more (level with Samu Kerevi), although it is the Chiefs’ Anton Lienert-Brown who has made the most overall in 2019 (21).
    • The Chiefs’ Lachlan Boshier won four turnovers against the Lions last weekend, the most by any player in Round 10; it was the second time he’d won four turnovers in a game this year, no other Chiefs player has managed that feat since 2013 (Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 4 v Stormers).

The Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 34 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 17 matches, drawn 2 and lost 15 times.

The Hurricanes 17 wins out of 34 matches gives them a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Wellington which is home for the Hurricanes and the venue where the teams have met 16 times. In those 16 matches played in Wellington the Hurricanes have won 12 matches.

and lost 4. This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Chiefs at home.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs in Wellington is : Hurricanes 28 Chiefs 21.

The Hurricanes have won the last two matches against the Chiefs in Wellington and the Chiefs have not won in the city since 2017.

Average score: Hurricanes 23 Chiefs 22

Last five results 
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 Hurricanes 23-23 Chiefs @Hamilton
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 Elim Hurricanes 32-31 Chiefs @Wellington
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 Hurricanes 24-28 Chiefs @Hamilton
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 Hurricanes 25-13 Chiefs @Wellington
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 Hurricanes 14-17 Chiefs @Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Chiefs
Played 34 , Wins 17 , Losses 15 , Draws 2

Teams
Hurricanes
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Chase Tiatia, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Kane Le’aupepe, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Richard Judd, 22 James Marshall, 23 Salesi Rayasi

Chiefs
15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Michael Allardice (captain), 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Alex Nankivell

Match Officials and details
Date :
 Saturday 27 April

Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO :Shane McDermott

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