The Chiefs are back at home and will be facing the Hurricanes this Friday in round 5.
With rumours going around that coach Cooper has lost his dressing room it can not be easy for the coaching team and players this week.
The Hurricanes is 3 from 4 and looking a different team since Barrett returned to the side after his honeymoon and it is not going to be easy but doable.
There is a clear mood in the camp to come out fighting this weekend and players have excepted that most of the blame lies with them.
The only way they know how to handle it is to come out fighting against the Hurricanes.
Cooper made a few important changes to his side with Damien McKenzie moving back to fullback and his brother Marty coming in at ten.
Young gun winger Etene Nanai-Seturo has been demoted to the bench with Ataata Moeakiola joining the starting side.
The Chiefs have 13 players unavailable for selection which means Damien will have to cover first five-eight.
Set pieces is going to be huge as the Hurricanes struggled with it so far this season.
“We’re just looking for solutions. It obviously wasn’t a good performance from us up front against the Highlanders. It’s [about] working hard really. I know they’ve all been doing that.” Plumtree said.
The other major change to his side is Vaea Fifita moving from blindside flanker to lock, which sees Reed Prinsep start in the No 6 jersey and lock Liam Mitchell drop to the bench.
The only other change to Plumtree side sees Ben Lam moving out of the 23 match day squad for a rest. His place will be taken by We Goosen.
The Hurricanes is one of those teams that have so much game breakers, but they will face a desperate Chiefs side which can be very dangerous.
Some Interesting Facts (By Opta):
- The Chiefs have won four of their last five regular season Super Rugby games against the Hurricanes, despite leading at half-time just twice in that span.
- The Chiefs have lost their last five games on the bounce heading into this fixture; the last time they lost more consecutive Super Rugby games was a six-game stretch across the 2008 and 2009 campaigns.
- Each of the Hurricanes’ last eight New Zealand derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team on the day.
- The Hurricanes have beaten 29 defenders per game this Super Rugby season, more than any other team in the competition, the Chiefs rank third with 25 beaten per game.
- TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) has scored four tries in his last six games against the Chiefs, including a brace in his last game against them; he needs just one more for his 50th career try in Super Rugby.
Prediction: Would so love to say Chiefs, but Hurricanes will take this one by 13 +
Chiefs: Damian McKenzie, Sean Wainui, Tumua Manu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ataata Moeakiola, Marty McKenzie, Brad Weber, Tyler Ardron, Mitchell Karpik, Mitchell Brown, Michael Allardice, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Nathan Harris, Aidan Ross.
Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ryan Coxon, Angus Ta’avao, Taleni Seu, Luke Jacobson, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Alex Nankivell, Etene Nanai-Seturo.
Hurricanes: Chase Tiatia, Jordie Barrett, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ardie savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Ben May, Dance Coles, Toby Smith.
Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Alex Fidow, Liam Mitchell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Finlay Christie, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Salesi Rayasi
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