The first of a few matches this weekend that will determine the fate of the Sharks and the Bulls.
The Chiefs are 2nd on the log, one point behind the Bulls. A bonus point win for the Chiefs would mean the Bulls require a bonus point win from their match or a win with sufficient points to wipe out a pretty substantial points difference to return to the top of the table. The Chiefs currently have a 33 points difference advantage over the Bulls.
Should the Brumbies win it will be one of the two final nails that could be driven into the Sharks’ coffin.
Both teams have back to back wins under the belt, who will manage the third?
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19:35 Local Time, 07:35 SA time
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
ARs: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Ben Skeen (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 Brendon Leonard, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 James McGougan, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Ben May.
16 Hika Elliot, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Dwayne Sweeney, 22 Sosene Anesi.
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Tyrone Smith, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Patrick Phibbs, 8 Stephen Hoiles (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Julian Salvi, 5 Peter Kimlin, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore/Huia Edmonds, 1 Ben Alexander.
16 Huia Edmonds/John Ulugia, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Joshua Holmes, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Sanualio Afeaki.