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The Chiefs are set to kick off their Super Rugby Pacific season

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The Chiefs are set to kick off their Super Rugby Pacific season against the Highlanders on February 19 and after last year’s slow start, which almost saw them losing sight of the play-offs just three games into the competition, coach Clayton McMillan will be hoping his charges come racing out of the blocks.  All the news, links, tickets, merchandise, viewing options and much more relating to Chiefs v Highlanders

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Chiefs Form

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE
W WARAT 7-40 CHIEF 12th Jun, 2021
W CHIEF 36-26 REBEL 5th Jun, 2021
L REDS 40-34 CHIEF 29th May, 2021
W CHIEF 40-19 BRUMB 22nd May, 2021
W FORCE 19-20 CHIEF 15th May, 2021

Although the Chiefs boast 10 All Blacks in their ranks from last year’s test season, many of those men played smaller roles in the national side’s lengthy campaign and, as such, may be expected to be ready to suit up for the opening round of the competition. There are also a number of players in the squad whose provincial campaigns were disrupted by injury or Covid, which could also factor into McMillan’s selections for the Round 1 clash.

Highlanders Form

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE
L BLUES 23-15 HLAND 19th Jun, 2021
W BRUMB 12-33 HLAND 11th Jun, 2021
W HLAND 59-23 WARAT 5th Jun, 2021
W HLAND 42-27 REBEL 29th May, 2021
W FORCE 15-25 HLAND 21st May, 2021

Perhaps the biggest difficulty in predicting their opening line-up, however, is that there’s so much competition in the team’s ranks. In most positions, there’s little separating the various candidates who will be putting their hands up for starting jerseys. Just last week, McMillan made it clear that pre-season performance will have a big impact on early season selections which means this Friday’s match-up between the Chiefs vs Moana Pasifika will be significant.

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