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Super Rugby: Chiefs and Hurricanes set to clash

We have a top-of-the-table clash to look forward to in week eight of Super Rugby with the Hurricanes and the Chiefs set to go head-to-head on Saturday.

The Chiefs did not play in week seven and that allowed the Hurricanes to join them at the top of the pile with a win over the Highlanders. 

Now they will be out to inflict the Chiefs' first defeat of the season and move three points clear, but the visitors will be fresh and raring to go on their return to action. 

There are two games on Friday to get the action underway with Moana Pasifika looking for their first win of the season when they entertain the Reds. 

The Brumbies sit in third, right on the coattails of the Chiefs and Hurricanes, and they will need another victory at home to Fijian Drua. 

In the late game on Saturday the Waratahs entertain the Force. There are just eight weeks of the regular season remaining and there is everything to play for. 

Let’s take a closer look at what is in on the agenda for week eight.

Moana Pasifika eyeing maiden win

WhatMoana Pasifika v Reds
WhereApia Park, Apia
When15:05 (AEST) Friday 14th April 2023
OddsMoana Pasifika 2.20, Reds 1.68

It is a massive game for Moana Pasifika as they look to pick up their first win in eight attempts. 

And the fact they are representing in front of their home supporters makes it even more special. 

Whether it can inspire them to victory remains to be seen. Coach Aaron Mauger will have to do without the injured Alamanda Motuga, but that hands an opportunity for Niko Jones to shine at openside flanker. 

The Reds, who have picked up just two wins so far, have lost their last three games and are in desperate need of a win. 

They are boosted by the return of James O’Connor, who will play at inside centre following the news Isaac Henry has a hamstring issue. Liam Wright is also ruled out and will be replaced by Jake Upfield.

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Brumbies on the charge

WhatBrumbies v Fijian Drua
WhereGIO Stadium, Canberra 
When20:35 (AEST) Friday 14th April 2023
OddsBrumbies 1.071, Fijian Drua 8.00

The Brumbies have won their last two to take them to third on the ladder and they are the hot fancies to make it three on the bounce. 

Sam Thomson is set to make his Super Rugby debut in the game. Coach Stephen Larkham is keen to field a new lock pairing to give some players a rest and that means Thomson will start alongside Darcy Swain. 

Larkham will also make a number of other changes to his Brumbies side. Ryan Lonergan will start at halfback, Ollie Sapsford will play in the centres, while Ben O’Donnell will play on the left wing. 

The Drua, who beat the Rebels last match, have added prop forward Haereiti Hetet to their squad after he made a successful return from injury.

All eyes on Wellington

WhatHurricanes v Chiefs 
WhereSKY Stadium, Wellington
When13:35 (AEST) Saturday 15th April 2023
OddsHurricanes 2.05, Chiefs 1.78

Hurricanes versus the Chiefs is the game of the round and both sides will be fired up to get an all-important win. 

The Hurricanes will hand a first start of the season to Peter Umaga-Jensen, who replaces the injured Billy Proctor in the centres. 

Hooker Asafo Aumua, flanker Devan Flanders and winger Julian Savea have also been called into the side by coach Jason Holland. 

The Chiefs know they will be in for a real arm wrestle and with that in mind they have made three changes to their starting XI. 

Pita Gus Sowakula, Aidan Ross and George Dyer will come in for Samipeni Finau, Ollie Norris and John Ryan.

Sydney hosts battle at the bottom

WhatWaratahs v Force 
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:35 (AEST) Saturday 15th April 2023
OddsWaratahs 1.28, Force 3.75

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