This weekend sees the Chiefs return from South Africa to face the Hurricanes in Hamilton in what can only be described as “The fight to finish first”.
This is likely to be the game most closely monitored by South African fans this weekend. The loser will almost certainly end behind The Sharks and the Bulls, barring any giant killers getting in on the action, of course.
The winner will walk away knowing that they have all but sown up a home semi and probably a home final by almost assuring that they will finish first on the log.
Venue: Hamilton – New Zealand
Kick-off: 19:35 Local time, 09:35 SA Time
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
15 Mils Muliaina (captain), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Toby Morland, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben May, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
16 Hika Elliot, 17 James McGougan, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 David Bason, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Sosene Anesi.
15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison/Zac Guildford, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
16 Ged Robinson, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Bryn Evans, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Jason Kawau, 22 Zac Guildford/Robert Fruean.