RECAP: Chiefs v Brumbies
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round Two encounter between the Chiefs and Brumbies in Hamilton.
The Brumbies have won their last two Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Chiefs; the last and only time they won more in succession against them was a six-game stretch from 2000 to 2004.
The Brumbies have lost two games on the bounce heading into this fixture; the last time they lost more than two consecutive Super Rugby games was a five- game stretch from April to May in 2018
The Chiefs and Brumbies have each made 30 clean breaks within the opposition 22-metre zone in Super Rugby competitions since the beginning of 2021, the joint-most of any team in that time (also Blues).
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Chiefs: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Rameka Poihipi, 23 Kaleb Trask.
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Henry Stowers 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant referees: Paul Williams & Dan Waenga
TMO: Aaron Paterson