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Something will have to give at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Friday, when the Chiefs and the Hurricanes clash in a New Zealand derby in Round 3 of the 2017 Super Rugby tournament, as both sides have begun the new campaign with two victories each. For the Chiefs, this will be their third derby fixture of 2017. They have already beaten the Blues by 41-26 in Hamilton last weekend, following on from a 24-15 success in Dunedin against the Highlanders. As well as winning both matches, the Chiefs have picked up a try-scoring bonus point on both occasions. The reigning Super Rugby Champions, the Hurricanes, top the New Zealand Conference ahead of the Chiefs on points difference.
However, the Canes opening fixtures have been in stark contrast to those of the Chiefs. They have crushed the Sunwolves 83-17, scoring 13 tries in the process, before scoring another 11 tries in Round 2, as they thrashed the Rebels in Wellington by 71-6. The two sides faced each other in Wellington during the regular season in 2016, with the Chiefs sneaking a 28-27 victory, the teams scoring four tries each. However, when they met in the semi-final later in the season, again in Wellington, the Canes reversed the result with a 25-9 success, outscoring the visitors by 3-0 tries.
Posted: 13th June 2015
Although the Hurricanes are already assured of top seeding in the play-offs, and therefore, home advantage through the knockout stages, the Chiefs who entertain the in New Plymouth on Saturday are battling to finish above the Highlanders, to secure a home match in the first round of the play-offs. The Chiefs and the Highlanders have almost identical playing records going into the final round of the regular season, but the Chiefs have the advantage of kicking off later than their rivals who travel to Auckland to tackle the lowly Blues. The Chiefs will know exactly what they have to do by the time they kick off. Champions in 2012 and 2013, the Chiefs have stumbled their way through the latter part of the 2015 season, with just two wins from their last five matches, against the Bulls in Rotorua the Reds in Brisbane. When the played in New Plymouth earlier in the season, they squeezed through against the Brumbies 19-17 in Round 2.
Saturday's visitors have won 13 out of 15 regular season matches, and battered an understrength Highlanders in Wellington by 56-20 last weekend. The teams previously met in Round 14, when the Canes took the points in Wellington 22-18. However, it was back in 2007 that the Canes last emerged victorious on Chiefs soil, although they did manage an 18-18 draw in 2011.
Posted: 4th July 2014
The match on Friday at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes is an absolute must win fixture for both teams. The reigning champions the Chiefs have slipped to ninth position in the table, though their game in hand on the Canes and the Brumbies, who occupy two of the wildcard play-off positions, keeps them in with some hope of continuing their season past the completion of the regular season fixtures.
The Hurricanes are five points ahead of their hosts, but Friday is their last fixture. While a win, with their large positive points difference, will almost certainly clinch a play-off spot, defeat will by the same token almost certainly condemn them to missing out on a post season place. The Chiefs have made a number of changes to their starting XV for the important clash, with the biggest changes coming in the backs. Tawera Kerr-Barlow begins the game at halfback, while the midfield pair consists of Charlie Ngatai and Tim Nanai-Williams. Out wide Asaeli Tikoirotuma and James Lowe fill the wing berths, with Tom Marshall as the last line of defense at fullback. Hurricanes will hope that they can continue the momentum of last week's surprise 16-9 success over the Crusaders to propel them into the play-offs. However, injuries picked up in that win by Alapati Leiua and Victor Vito, mean that Hadleigh Parkes starts at second five-eighth, with Brad Shields moving to the back of the scrum.
Posted: 28th June 2013
Super Rugby resumes after the international break as the Chiefs host the Hurricanes in Hamilton this weekend. Catch Chiefs v Hurricanes live on your computer by joining watchliverugby.tv today. Victory for the Chiefs against the Canes will see them take a massive step towards clinching the New Zealand conference. They are ten points ahead of the Crusaders with three games to play. A win for the men from Waikato will also see them replace the Brumbies as competition leaders.
The Hurricanes have practically no hopes of making it to the playoffs but will be raring to go after thrashing the Crusaders 38-17 in a warm up last weekend. Rey Lee-Lo set up three tries and scored two of his one as the Canes outscored Canterbury six tries to three. Prior to the international break, the Canes traveled to Canberra and fought gamely against the Brumbies before going down by seven points. The reverse fixture against the Chiefs in Wellington this season saw the home side go down 12-17, with Beauden Barrett kicking all of their points. Tanerau Latimer scored the Chiefs’ only try of the game, with Cruden scoring four penalties. Will the Chiefs do the double over the Canes? See Chiefs v Hurricanes and find out.
Posted: 28th April 2012
Saturday, April 28th, Super Rugby continues with a match between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes in Hamilton. This game will be at 19:35 local time and 03:35 GMT. Right now, the Chiefs take the top spot in the standings, one of the three conference leaders. They have eight games played so far, and have been able to win seven of them. The other one was a loss. That gives them thirty five points right now. As for the Hurricanes, they are in eighth right now with four wins out of eight games played and twenty five points, which ties with them with Waratahs.
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