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Chiefs vs Fijian Drua Predictions & Tips - Drua backed in handicap market against Chiefs

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Last updated: 14 Mar 2024
Ralph Staniforth 14 Mar 2024
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Chiefs vs Fijian Drua Preview


The Chiefs are usually very strong at home and should resume normal service after last weeks surprise defeat in Queensland. Fijian Drua will however be confident after their victory over the Crusaders. While the hosts are clear favourites, the visitors are backed to get inside the 22-point handicap.
  • Chiefs vs Fijian Drua Preview
  • Head to Head
  • Chiefs Form
  • Chiefs Injuries & Team News
  • Fijian Drua Form
  • Fijian Drua Injuries & Team News

  • Chiefs have won 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • Chiefs have won their last 2 matches against Fijian Drua.
  • Fijian Drua beat the Crusaders in their last match.
  • Fijian Drua have lost 2 of their last 3 matches.

Head to Head


Chiefs have won both previous matches against Drua. Last season the Chiefs won 50-17 at home.

Chiefs Form


The Chiefs are second on the table after three games. They won their opening two but lost last weekend.

Last season the Chiefs lost only one match in the regular season. That was a surprise loss to the Reds, the same team that beat them last weekend 25-21 in Queensland.

Prior to that, the Chiefs beat the Crusaders at home in round one and then saw off the Brumbies 46-12 in Melbourne in round two.

Chiefs Injuries & Team News


(1-15): Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei'aho, Reuben O'Neill, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Jimmy Tupou, Samipeni Finau, Kaylum Boshier, Luke Jacobson (c), Cortez Ratima, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Rameka Poihipi, Anton Lienert-Brown, Daniel Rona, Shaun Stevenson

Subs: Bradley Slater, Ollie Norris, George Dyer, Josh Lord, Tom Florence, Xavier Roe, Josh Ioane, Quinn Tupaea

Fijian Drua Form


Fijian Drua have managed just one win in their opening three games, but they will still fancy their chances to making the quarter-finals.

In round one, the Drua went down 34-10 to the Blues in Auckland. A week later, they suffered a 39-36 loss to Moana in a superb contest.

Last week the Drua showed what they are truly capable of, beating the Crusaders 20-10 on home soil. It was a magnificent performance and the second time they have beaten the Crusaders in the regular season after last season’s victory.

Fijian Drua Injuries & Team News


(1-15): Haereiti Hetet, Mesulame Dolokoto, Jone Koroiduadua, Mesake Vocevoce, Ratu Leone Rotuisolia, Etonia Waqa, Vilive Miramira, Meli Derenalagi (c), Simione Kuruvoli, Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula, Junior Ratuva, Michael Naitokani, Iosefo Masi, Selestino Ravutaumada, Ilaisa Droasese

Subs: Zuriel Togiatama, Emosi Tuqiri, Samuela Tawake, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Elia Canakaivata, Peni Matawalu, Kemu Valetini, Taniela Rakuro

Verdict

While the Chiefs should be too good at home, I feel the 22-point handicap is a bit steep. My best bet is for Drua to lose by less.

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