Chiefs vs Hurricanes
The table topping Chiefs welcome the Hurricanes to Hamilton for this top of the table clash. The home team lost their first match last time out when they were shocked 25-22 by the Reds. The visitors could not have asked for a worst time to play the league leaders as they will want to emphatically bounce back from that defeat. The Hurricanes underlined their attacking threats in the last match as they notched up 71 points against a hapless Moana Pasifika team. The Chiefs looked blunt in attack in the last match as they went through over 20 phases in the last play of the game but could not score.
TIP: The Hurricanes put themselves in a corner by not resting their first team regulars against Moana in the last match as they were forced to rest All Blacks Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett in this match. The Chiefs on the other hand rested their key players in the last match and welcome back the likes of Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Samisoni Taukei’aho. They will bring that power game that was so badly lacking in the last match. 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 1.24, Gbets 1.22 and Hollywoodbets 1.25
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Chiefs vs Hurricanes
- Toulon have won all three of the previous meetings between the sides.
- The last time these sides met was back in 2014 when Toulon won 15-8.
Latest results for both teams
The Chiefs lost 25-22 to the Reds in their last match while the Hurricanes beat Moana Pasifika 71-22 in their last match.
The Chiefs have attacking threats across the field especially on turnover ball they are deadly. The Reds showed the blueprint on how to beat them and that is to defend heroically as the Chiefs had no answer to the rush defence. The Hurricanes are missing key personnel so it remains to be seen how the younger players cope with the pressure. For the visitors to have any chance of causing an upset they will need to be accurate with their kicking as the Chiefs have the deadliest back three in the competition. I am predicting a Chiefs win by 15 points over the weakened Hurricanes.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (cc), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Pita Gus Sowakula, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 George Dyer, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross
15 Josh Moorby, 14 Julian Savea (c), 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Kini Naholo, 10 Aidan Morgan, 9 Cam Roigard, 8 Brayden Iose, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Jacob Devery, 1 Xavier Numia
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Chiefs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Chiefs handicap:
The complete odds on the Chiefs handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-11.5)
Gbets 1.88 (-11.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.88 (-11.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Chiefs 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 (-11.5), Gbets 1.88 (-11.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.88 (-11.5)
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