Hurricanes vs Chiefs background
Hurricanes will be keen to kick start their campaign against the Chiefs. Both teams are without a win this season and the Chiefs have lost a club record 11 successive games. The desperation of both teams could see this match be very cagey and close which neither team willing to take risks. The Hurricanes have injury concerns at flyhalf while the Chiefs have dropped Bryn Gatland and brought in Caleb Trask at pivot. The Chiefs will want to nullify the fetching ability of Ardie Savea and clear out the rucks at speed. It is time that players like All Blacks skipper Sam Cane and fellow internationals Damian McKenzie stood up and showed leadership to a fast sinking Chiefs ship. The Hurricanes will look for direction around the park as they have lacked this since TJ Perenara has gone to Japan. On paper the Chiefs look to have the edge over the Hurricanes in the pack but the Hurricanes have game breakers in the backline like Jordie Barrett and Ngami Laumape so we set for an intriguing tussle.
TIP: This is not an easy match to predict purely because the sheer desperation of both teams to get their first win. A proud team like former champions Chiefs must be hurting and it’s this record run of defeats that makes me tip them to cause an upset and beat the Hurricanes. The Chiefs look the more settled team and I expect the All Blacks in their team to finally showcase their undoubted skills. Supabets has the Chiefs win at 2.73 while Worldsportsbetting has them at 2.60. Sunbet has them at 2.25 for the win.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Hurricanes vs Chiefs
- In the last 5 matches the Hurricanes have won 4 and there has been 1 draw.
- The Hurricanes have won their last 4 home matches against the Chiefs
- There has been just 1 Chiefs win in the last 8 fixtures.
Latest results for both teams
The Hurricanes lost their last match against the Crusaders 33-16 although they had a bye last week. The Chiefs lost their match against the Crusaders 39-17.
The odds seem to be stacked against the Chiefs having won just 1 in the last 8 against the Hurricanes but this is when they are most dangerous. The Chiefs will need their bench to perform as they have fallen away badly in the last 20 minutes of matches. I predict this match to come down to wire and the Chiefs snatching victory by less than 4 points. This could be the day when a moment of magic from Dmac will decide the result.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Salesi Rayasi, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Caleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber (co-captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Reuben O’Neill
Odds for this bet
This match looks to be the first upset of the season and the Chiefs odds for victory are as follows:
The best odds on a Chiefs victory are at Supabets at 2.73 while Worldsportsbetting has the Rebels at 2.60 for the victory. Sunbet has them at 2.25 for the win.
Predictions and Odds in details
The Chiefs have started their games like a house on fire but seem to get doused off quickly. Their coach and management team has no doubt been working hard on the fitness levels and we should see the results this weekend. The best odds on a Chiefs victory are at Supabets at 2.73 while Worldsportsbetting has the Rebels at 2.60 for the victory. Sunbet has them at 2.25 for the win.
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