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Super Rugby: Chiefs set for mouthwatering Blues test

Super Rugby Pacific continues with round six and the Chiefs could be in for a tough test against the Blues in the big game of the week.

The Chiefs have been the dominant side so far this season when winning all five of their games. They are the only unbeaten side in the competition but that run could be under threat this weekend.

The Blues, who sit in fourth place, will be out to stop them and we have a mouthwatering clash in prospect on Saturday. Meanwhile, there are two games on Friday night. Moana Pasifika take on the Highlanders, while the Reds play the Crusaders.

In the other games on Saturday Fijian Drua entertain the Rebels, while the Brumbies play the Waratahs. There is just one game on Sunday to wrap up the round.

The Hurricanes, who sit second on the ladder, play the Force, and will be the hot fancies to win as they look to keep the pressure on the Chiefs.

It looks set to be an exciting round so let’s take a closer look at each match-up as the action fast approaches.

Moana Pasifika v Highlanders

Moana Pasifika are still searching for their first win of the campaign and will be up against it when they take on a Highlanders side that are starting to find their feet.

The Highlanders had lost their first three games, but have since won the last two and will sense a great opportunity to get another one against MP. The home side, who are priced at 6.00 to win, have been hit by the news captain and star playmaker Christian Leali'ifano is out with a neck injury.

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The Highlanders are boosted by the return of All Blacks back-rower Shannon Frizell.

Reds v Crusaders

 In the other game on Friday night, sixth play fifth when the Reds take on the Crusaders with four points separating the two sides. 

The Reds have picked up just the two wins so far this season and Brad Thorn has made four changes to the side that lost to the Rebels last week. Hunter Paisami is out injured and will be replaced by Isaac Henry, while Peni Ravai is set to make his starting debut. 

Tate McDermott is set to start and Suliasi Vunivalu will play on the wing. The Crusaders have won the last two games to get them climbing the ladder and could do with win number three against the Reds. They do have a devastating injury list to contend with as well as 16 players remain on the sidelines. 

Ethan Blackadder is the latest to join it after being ruled out for six weeks with a calf injury.

Fijian Drua v Rebels

The Rebels know they will be in for a tough game against Fijian Drua who have already shocked the Crusaders on home soil this season.

They should be full of confidence though after a good win over the Reds last week. The Rebels are also boosted by the return of Andrew Kellaway with the utility-back overcoming a foot injury.

However Joe Pincus is expected to stay at full back after impressing so far this season.

Chiefs v Blues

In what appears the game of the weekend, the Chiefs look to make it six wins on the bounce against the Blues. It could be tough though against a Blues side that have won two of the last three games. The Chiefs are priced at 1.68 to get the win with the Blues available at 2.20.

Brumbies v Waratahs

The Brumbies saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end last week when they slipped to defeat against the Crusaders. However they are still third on the ladder and will be keen to bounce back.

They are priced at 1.30 to do just that with the Tahs, who have won just once all season, available at 3.60.

Hurricanes v Force

The Hurricanes sit second on the ladder with four wins from five games and are priced at 1.05 to beat a Force side that do not travel well.

Their only two wins this season occurred in Perth and that is why they are available at 8.50 to cause a big upset.

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