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Chiefs vs Blues Predictions & Tips - Blues tipped to take down Chiefs

  • Chiefs vs Blues predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa clash
  • The match is being played at 08:05 SAST at the FMG Stadium in Waikato
  • The Blues have won 7 of their last 9 away from home
  • I'm tipping the Blues to win by more than 5 points
  • Betting tips, predictions and team news for Chiefs vs Blues
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Chiefs vs Blues Predictions


The Chiefs won their first match in 11 attempts last weekend, but their defence is still a cause for concern. The Blues will be licking their lips at that fact, so my best bet is for the Auckland side to cover the -5 handicap with relative ease.

  • Chiefs have lost 10 of their last 11 matches.
  • Chiefs have lost 2 of their last 3 matches by 16 & 22 points.
  • Chiefs have conceded the joint most tries (14) in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
  • Chiefs have conceded 107 points in their last 3 Super Rugby Aotearoa matches.
  • Blues have won 7 of their last 9 away matches.
  • Blues have won 2 of their last 3 matches by 22 & 15 points.
  • Blues have conceded the least tries (8) in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Head to Head


The Blues have won their last two matches against the Chiefs.

Last season the Blues won 24-12 in Waikato and 21-17 in their last match in Auckland.

Chiefs Form


The Chiefs sit second bottom after three matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa. They have won one and lost two of their opening three fixtures.

In round one the Chiefs had a bye and then looked on course for victory in week two against the Highlanders. They led comfortably at half time but the Highlanders produced a brilliant second half performance to win 39-23.

The Chiefs then went down 39-17 at the Crusaders in what was their 10th consecutive defeat after losing all eight matches last season.

Last week however saw the Chiefs turn their fortunes around with an impressive 35-29 victory at the Hurricanes. The Waikato side will hope the victory signals a change in momentum.

Chiefs Injuries & Team News


The Chiefs have changed both left and right wing for this encounter. Jonah Lowe and Etene Nanai-Seturo both miss out through injury with Shaun Stevenson and Sean Wainui coming in.

In the forward pack, lock Tupoi Vaa’I makes way for Samipeni Finau. 

Blues Form


The Blues hold second place in the Super Rugby Aotearoa table. The Auckland-based outfit is the one side that can challenge the Crusaders for the title.

The Blues kicked off their Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign with a 31-16 win at the Hurricanes. That result was followed by a bye in round two before the Blues outplayed the Highlanders in a 39-19 victory at Eden Park.

This past weekend saw the match everyone had wanted to see as the Crusaders visited Eden Park. The Blues were superior in many facets including possession, metres carried and defenders beaten but crucial mistakes cost them.

The Crusaders managed to win 43-27 but the match was much tighter than that suggests as both teams crossed for four tries each.

Blues Injuries & Team News


At right wing, Mark Telea comes in this week to replace Bryce Heem. The only other change in the Blues backline sees Jonathan Ruru missing out and Finlay Christie coming in at scrumhalf.

Among the forwards there is one enforced change. Dalton Papali’I replaces the injured Blake Gibson at flank.

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Verdict

The Chiefs have been defeated in 10 of their last 11 games in Super Rugby Aotearoa, while the Blues are playing some good rugby. The Blues should have too much for the Chiefs to handle, with value on them covering the -5 handicap on Saturday.

Best Bet: Blues -5 Handicap Handicap @1.93 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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