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Chiefs vs Brumbies
Super Rugby, 7 July, 2018
|FMG Stadium Waikato|
|Fulltime - Chiefs 24, Brumbies 19|
|Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge|
|Touch judges: Glen Jackson & Angus Mabey|
|TMO: Shane McDermot|
The Chiefs have beaten the brave Brumbies 24–19 in Hamilton in a bizarre game that had periods of huge frustration as the error count rose and rose but then periods of incredible excitement as both sides battled hard for the win.
The Chiefs will go head to head with the Brumbies on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. Both sides have some momentum going into the game and will want to keep that going right for as long as possible. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 3:15pm AEST.
Both sides will be wanting to win this game and know it really matters for them. The Chiefs are sitting in 5th at the moment overall but they’ve got a tough final game of the season against the Canes and the Highlanders are currently just one point behind them.
If they end the season with two losses they could be in real trouble. Yes they are definitely favourites for this match against the Brumbies and considering how well they tore the Highlanders to pieces in Fiji last week, their fans will be expecting not just a win but a statement.
They have talent all over the park and with Damian McKenzie really growing into the #10 role they are a constant threat from anywhere on the field.
The back row of experienced Sam Cane and Liam Messam is formidable and relative new boy Luke Jacobson brings some exciting young talent.
Charlie Ngatai brings so much talent as well to the centres that the Brumbies defence is going to have its hands full all game long trying to contain all the potential threats.
While the Brumbies are definite underdogs in this game they should not be underestimated. It’s so easy to put too much expectation on David Pocock but when you see how quickly he’s slotted back in and regained his place as one of if not the best flanker in the world, it’s totally justified.
With their win against the Canes last week, the Brumbies will know that they can mix it with the best on their day and while far too often this season they have been one dimensional and error prone, confidence can make a whole heap of difference to a team.
They are going to have to play as well if not better than last week to stand a chance against the Chiefs though and players like Isi Naisarani, Christian Lealiifano and especially Joe Powell are all going to have to have their best games of the season.
Momentum is a big thing in sport and the Brumbies definitely have the big mo at the moment. However so do the Chiefs and with them at home as well they are just going to have too much firepower across the park for the Canberra guys.
Chiefs to win by 15 points.
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