The Chiefs are facing another kind of pressure because they still haven't won in Super Rugby Aotearoa and they will no doubt have noticed how the Hurricanes defeated the Crusaders last weekend.
The Blues make their way to Dunedin on Sunday and they are currently only two points behind the Crusaders. They will have work to do, however, Blues haven’t won any match in Dunedin since 2011.
Since 1996, the Chiefs have played 36 games with the Crusaders in Super Rugby. The Chiefs have won 16 games and lost 21 times.
The Chiefs have won 16 in 36 games, which allowed them to win a 42% record against the Crusaders everywhere.
The match will be held in Hamilton this weekend, which is home for the Chiefs and the venue where teams played 15 times with each other.
Those 15 matches which were held in Hamilton, the Chiefs have won seven matches and eight dropped. This gives the Chiefs a record 47% of their home games against the Crusaders.
The Chiefs’ average score for the Crusades in Hamilton is 23 Chiefs, 23 Crusaders.
Both teams have played five matches with each other in Hamilton, the Chiefs and the Crusaders have alternated victories. The Chiefs won the most recent game, which will take place in 2020 this year. If this trend keeps on, the Crusaders will win the game this weekend.
Average score: Chiefs 22, Crusaders 27
Crusaders Vs Chiefs 25-15 Hamilton - Sat, 08 Feb 2020
Crusaders Vs Chiefs 40-27 Suva - Sat, 01 Jun 2019
Crusaders Vs Chiefs 28-57 Christchurch - Sat, 09 Mar 2019
Crusaders Vs Chiefs 20-34 Hamilton - Sat, 02 Jun 2018
Crusaders Vs Chiefs 23-45 Christchurch - Sat, 24 Feb 2018
They played 36 matches, won 15, lost 21, and draws none.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kelly
TMO: Glenn Newman
Chiefs: Reuben O’Neill, Bradley Slater, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa’I, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane (captain), Pita Gus Sowakula, Brad Weber, Aaron Cruden, Sean Wainui, Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Shaun Stevenson, Damian McKenzie.
Replacements: Quinn Tupaea, Kaleb Trask, Lisati Milo-Harris, Simon Parker, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Angus Ta’avao, Ollie Norris, Samisoni Taukei’aho.
Crusaders: George Bower, Codie Taylor (captain), Michael Alaalatoa, Sam Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Sione Havili, Tom Christie, Tom Sanders, Mitchell Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Jack Goodhue, Fetuli Paea, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan.
Replacements: Leicester Fainga’anuku, Brett Cameron, Bryn Hall, Billy Harmon, Quinten Strange, Oliver Jager, Isi Tu’ungafasi, Andrew Makalio
The Highlanders won 16 of 33 games, which set them a record of 46% against the Blues, no matter where they are.
The Highlanders will play at their home place in Dunedin this weekend, where both teams have played sixteen times with each other.
The 16 matches which are played in Dunedin the Highlanders have won 11 matches and lost five matches. This gives the Highlanders a record 69% of their home wins against the Blues.
The average score of the Highlanders playing the Blues in Dunedin is 24 Blues and 22 for the Highlanders.
When Highlanders played with Blues in Dunedin the average score is Highlanders 24, Blues 22.
The last seven matches in Dunedin Highlanders have won against the Blues, while the Blues have never won in the city since 2011.
Average score: 23 Highlanders, 26 Blues
Blues Vs Highlanders 24-12 Dunedin - Sat, 20 Apr 2019
Blues Vs Highlanders 26-33 Auckland - Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Blues Vs Highlanders 34-16 Auckland - Fri, 20 Apr 2018
Blues Vs Highlanders 41-34 Dunedin - Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Blues Vs Highlanders 26-20 Dunedin - Sat, 08 Apr 2017
Highlanders played 33 matches from which they have won 16, losses 17, and no draw between them.
Match Officials and Info
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Chris Hart