Hurricanes vs Chiefs
The Hurricanes take on the Chiefs in a match sure to contain plenty of fire and brimstone. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:35pm (AEDT).
In 2016, the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes 28-27 in the round robin in controversial circumstances.
Chiefs vs Hurricanes
Super Rugby, 10 March, 2017
FMG Stadium Waikato
Fulltime – Chiefs 26, Hurricanes 18
The Chiefs ended that game with 14 players, not because of cards, but because Chiefs management advised substitutes controller David Walsh that Siegfried Fisiihoi couldn’t play tighthead prop while replacing the injured Siate Tokolahi.
The former had, in fact, played several games of first class rugby in the position.
The Chiefs were being smashed in the scrums, but uncontested ball helped them stagger over the line in that contest.
The teams met again in the semi-finals and the Hurricanes were resounding victors.
The Hurricanes have won ten games on the trot and in the past fortnight scored 154 points – the most by any team in Super Rugby history in consecutive games. The calibre of opposition has been poor, but the Hurricanes are brimming with confidence.
There are only two changes to the Canes starting XV that demolished the Rebels in Wellington last Saturday; Loni Uhila returns from injury at loosehead prop, while Mark Abbott is preferred at lock ahead of rookie James Blackwell. The Chiefs boast arguably the best lineout in Super Rugby so the selection of the more experienced Abbott is recognition of that threat.
The Chiefs have made a handful of changes from the side that bashed the Blues. All Black openside Sam Cane returns, while Taranaki flanker Mitchell Brown will start on the blindside, replacing Liam Messam who is being rested following two massive performances.