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Super Rugby: All eyes on Canberra as Brumbies and Chiefs clash

There’s a mouthwatering Super Rugby encounter to look forward to on Saturday as third-place Brumbies host first-placed Chiefs in Canberra.

Both sides will hold title ambitions this season and this weekend provides a good acid test for both clubs to see how they measure up. 

Brumbies determined to keep up home form against Chiefs

WhatBrumbies v Chiefs
WhereGIO Stadium, Canberra
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 27th May 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsBrumbies 2.35, Chiefs 1.60

The GIO Stadium has become a tough place for the Chiefs to win at over recent years, with the Brumbies winning five of their last six games with the New Zealand outfit on home soil in Super Rugby. 

Winning three of their last four games against the Chiefs, the Brumbies have had the better of this fixture of late but are still the 2.35 underdogs going into Saturday’s encounter.  

Head coach Dan McKellar has overseen some impressive performances this season, with his side being able to rack up the points over 80 minutes. 

The Brumbies have scored 40+ points in five of their games already this season. The club’s current record for 40+ points over a Super Rugby campaign currently stands at six games and that was back in 2004. 

Andy Muirhead and Corey Toole are the two favourites in the Anytime Tryscorer market to open the scoring for the Brumbies at 2.05

Chiefs looking to avoid landmark defeat 

It was back in July 2014 the last time the Chiefs suffered back-to-back defeats to Australian teams in Super Rugby and they will be determined to make sure that wait continues beyond the weekend. 

The Chiefs suffered their first defeat of the season thanks to a shock 25-22 defeat to the Queensland Reds earlier this month and now face a tough trip to Canberra to face the Brumbies. 

Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan has stuck with the majority of the side that secured a 23-12 win over the Hurricanes last time out, although he won’t be able to call upon New Zealand internationals Tupou Vaa’i and Anton Lienert-Brown. 

The All Blacks’ mandatory policy means Vaa’i to be rested for this game, which gives Laghlan McWhannell a chance to impress in the second row. 

Lienert-Brown is rested for the same reason but McMillan is upbeat on his team’s chances on Saturday. 

“We have selected a largely stable team, with Tupou Vaa’i and Anton Lienert-Brown the obvious absentees as they sit out their last All Blacks rest weeks,” he said. 

“The team has had an excellent week of preparation and is excited about the opportunity of being on the road, building our connection as a group and finding growth in our game.” 

The Chiefs have been impressive this season and do look like the team to beat in the competition. It’s why there will be plenty of attention on this blockbuster clash in Canberra on Saturday, with the Chiefs the 1.60 favourites going into this mouthwatering contest.

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