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Hurricanes vs Chiefs Predictions & Tips - Hurricanes backed to win battle of the winless

  • Hurricanes vs Chiefs predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa fixture
  • Match is being played at 06:05 GMT at Sky Stadium in Wellington
  • The Hurricanes have won 5 of their last 6 encounters against the Chiefs
  • I am tipping to the Chiefs to cover the -2 handicap in Wellington
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Hurricanes have won five of their last six matches against the Chiefs (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 18 Mar 2021
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Hurricanes vs Chiefs Predictions


Both the Hurricanes and Chiefs will be in search of their first win of the season. It promises to be a tight clash but recent history favours the Canes. The best bet is for the Hurricanes to win by more than two points.

  • Hurricanes have covered the -2 handicap in 3 of their last 4 matches against the Chiefs.
  • Hurricanes have won 5 of their last 6 matches against the Chiefs.
  • Hurricanes have had a full week off for recovery.

Head to Head


The Hurricanes have won five of their last six matches against the Chiefs. The other match ended in a draw.

In their last match the Hurricanes won 31-18 during the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Hurricanes Form


The Hurricanes have suffered defeats in both of their opening two Super Rugby Aotearoa matches. Consistency was a struggle last season and it seems to be continuing into this season.

On the opening weekend the Hurricanes went down 31-16 to the Blues at home. That was after a good first half performance where the Canes held a decent half time lead.

The Hurricanes then traveled to Christchurch to face a Crusaders side that is close to unbeatable at home. That said, the Hurricanes are the only side to win there over the last four years.

Unfortunately the Canes couldn’t re-enact last season’s heroics as they went down 33-16 to the Crusaders. Bar for a late try, the scoreline could have been far uglier for the Wellington-based outfit.

Hurricanes Injuries & Team News


The Hurricanes performances have thus far been very disappointing. On paper they have a lineup full of internationals.

Wes Goosen has yet to replicate his form from 2020 which could see another star in Salesi Rayasi make a start on the right wing.

Chiefs Form


Much like their opponents this week, the Chiefs have yet to win in their two matches. They started the season with a bang, leading comfortably at home against the Highlanders at half time.

They went on to concede five second half tries and lose 39-23 to the Highlanders. Last week the Chiefs were completely outplayed in a 39-17 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The dominant Chiefs side of the last few years has almost completely disappeared as they now find themselves in a rebuilding phase. This encounter against the Hurricanes gives them an opportunity to get their season back on track.

Chiefs Injuries & Team News


The Chiefs dropped New Zealand international, Anton Lienert-Brown for their last match. He should be back at inside centre for this fixture.

Chase Tiatia will want to get his first start of the season after coming off the bench at flyhalf in the Chiefs last encounter.

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Verdict

The Hurricanes have won five of their last six matches against the Chiefs and covered the -2 handicap in three of their last four encounters. I'm backing the Hurricanes to be too strong at home and cover the -2 handicap against the Chiefs.

Best Bet: Hurricanes -2 Handicap Handicap @-107.53 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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