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The Blues make a swift return from South Africa where they lost to the Stormers (30-22) last week. The Blues finished that game with 14 men and they left Newlands empty handed and their overall record now comprises of six wins and six defeats. Last week’s defeat means the Blues remain bottom of the New Zealand Conference with the gap to the fourth placed Highlanders now standing at 10 points. Five earlier losses this season all came in New Zealand derby matches and going further back the Blues have won just one of their last 21 against NZ opposition.
The Chiefs were in Fiji last weekend where they lost to the Crusaders (34-21) and they are now 11 points off the summit with just the one game in hand. The Chiefs had won all three of their NZ derby matches prior to last week and that includes the first meeting with the Blues in Hamilton back in Round 2. They also beat the Canes (26-18) in Hamilton in Round 3 and they won away to the Highlanders (24-15) in Round 1.
The Chiefs ran out 41-26 winners in Hamilton earlier this season. First-half tries from Liam Messam, Damian McKenzie and Hika Elliot saw them go into the break 22-9 ahead before Lachlan Boshier and James Lowe crossed early after the break, with Anton Lienert-Brown also getting on the board. The Blues, despite having Steven Luatua red carded towards the end of the first-half, got second-half scores from Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie Faumuina and Rene Ranger but it was too little too late as the Chiefs got the maximum.
As mentioned above the Blues only really clicked into gear against the Chiefs in Round Two when lock Patrick Tuipulotu and prop Charlie Faumuina came off the bench. They start this time around and will be key to their hopes on Friday, with the former also hoping to press his claims to return to the All Blacks matchday squad. The Blues need both to have a big impact if they are to prevail.
For the Chiefs we were impressed with fly-half Aaron Cruden last week in Fiji. While his goal-kicking was poor – no doubt he would have worked hard on that during the week – his form in every other aspect was excellent. He set up Tim Nanai-Williams with his break and pass before his kick led to James Lowe crossing. Cruden also claimed a try, but no doubt he will rue those missed kicks at goal at full-time.
The Blues had a three-game winning streak ended last week at the Stormers as they went down 30-22. Before that they seemed to have turned a corner with victories over the Brumbies, Waratahs and Cheetahs so that was a setback to their slim hopes of making the play-offs.
The Chiefs also lost last week, going down 31-24 to the Crusaders in a thrilling game in Suva. They had won their previous four games but know that loss to their New Zealand rivals has left them with a tough job in usurping them at the summit. They are 11 points behind them but do have a game in hand. They have averaged four tries per game in 2017 and concede just two while the Blues score four and leak three.
In big games the Chiefs tend to stand up. They looked solid last week in defeat and we fancy them to bounce back. Chiefs by 5.
Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faiane.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Solomon Alaimalo, 23 Shaun Stevenson.