01-04-2023 Daily Rugby Predictions Super Rugby Pacific Chiefs Vs Blues

Chiefs vs Blues

In the clash of the round the Chiefs welcome the Blues to the FMG Stadium for this Super Rugby encounter. The home side is the only unbeaten team in the competition and will be looking to make it six wins in a row to start the season. The Blues have only lost one match and that was to the champion Crusaders. The Chiefs have looked excellent in all their matches with their defence and counter attacking the hallmarks of their victories. The Blues will be expecting much more from Beauden Barrett as the two times former World Player of the Year has looked a shadow of himself.

TIP: The Blues have a star studded team but the loss of their best player this season, Mark Telea is a cruel blow as he been beating defenders for fun. The Chiefs best player has been Shaun Stevenson and he is finally fulfilling the potential he showed when he was a teenager. He is the leading try scorer in the competition and his speed and huge boot make him a pivotal link for the Chiefs. The bookies have the Chiefs as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.75, Gbets 1.72 and Hollywoodbets 1.72

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Chiefs vs Blues

  • The Blues have won the last three matches against the Blues.
  • The home team have won four of the last five matches between the teams.

Latest results for both teams

The Chiefs beat the Waratahs 24-14 in their last match while the Blues beat the Force 30-17 in their last match.

PREDICTION

There is a minor battle within the match as Barrett goes head to head with Damian Mckenzie as these two players are probably playing for one World Cup spot. The Chiefs flyhalf has been in excellent form this season and is one of the main reasons for his team being unbeaten. This will be the perfect opportunity for Barrett to come good and show his class. The home team have been dominating sides with their powerful pack and have the luxury of All Black Pita Gus Sowakula to call on from the bench. The better cohesion of the Chiefs along which their dominant pack makes me predict a home win by 7 points

Probable Starting XVs

Chiefs

15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Daniel Rona, 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (cc), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Samipeni Finau, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 John Ryan, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ollie Norris

Blues

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 AJ Lam, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (c), 6 Anton Segner, 5 Sam Darry, 4 Cameron Suafoa, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Jordan Lay

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Blues victory are as follows:

Betway 1.75

Gbets 1.72

Hollywoodbets 1.72

Odds comparison on the Blues handicap:

The complete odds on the Blues handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-2.5)

Gbets 1.90 (-2.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are decent returns on the Blues outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-2.5), Gbets 1.90 (-2.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)

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