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Both sides remain unbeaten after two rounds and the defending champions the Hurricanes have started the season at an eyebrow-raising pace, putting 83 points past the Sunwolves and then more impressively 71 on the Rebels last weekend.
The Chiefs’ defence is undoubtedly made of sterner stuff than those two limp efforts but nevertheless, watching the Hurricanes’ attack seamlessly kick back into gear despite many months passing from their title win to the start of the 2017 season has been frightening.
The Hurricanes major stars all look in fine shape, with Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett easing their way back in, but it has been the performances of the likes of Ngani Laumape, Vince Aso and also Brad Shields that have helped to produce those two enormous victories.
Head coach Chris Boyd and the rest of us wll be intrigued to see how they handle the greater threat of the Chiefs, who the Hurricanes defeated in the semi-final last season en route to their first title.
Barrett that day was at his majestic best, creating the first try and then sinking the Chiefs’ hopes with an interception, and the sense heading into Friday’s game is that the Hurricanes will need to be equally clinical against a Chiefs outfit who caused an upset in Round 1 by knocking off the Highlanders away from home.
That victory on the opening weekend was put largely down to the Highlanders’ persistent failures to finish off chances, but that would be a disservice to the Chiefs’ defensive efforts and the quick-thinking of James Lowe, whose two poached tries set the tone.
They were utterly ruthless against the Blues; dominant up front with their rolling maul and once Steven Luatua was red carded the result was never in doubt.
The hype around the Blues proved short-lived but the Hurricanes without doubt are the real deal, a juggernaut attack capable of scoring from everywhere.
When you factor in the Chiefs’ own backline boasting Damian McKenzie, Lowe, Anton Lienert-Brown and Aaron Cruden, then Friday’s match becomes one you cannot afford to miss.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Sebastian Siataga, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson
Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Loni Uhila
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Jordie Barrett