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Key players out for the Tahs

This weekend is looking like a tough week for the Australian Super Rugby teams.

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Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday, 5.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 17 2011 - Chiefs 18 drew Hurricanes 18 at Waikato Stadium
Head-to-head:
Played 18 Chiefs 7 Hurricanes 10 drawn 1
In Hamilton: Played 8 Chiefs 4 Hurricanes 3 drawn 1
Referee: Jonathon White (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Chiefs $1.38 Hurricanes $2.90

Greg Growden writes: The Hurricanes are hoping jetlag hits the Chiefs after their memorable South African road trip when they beat the Cheetahs and Sharks. Fatigue may be the Hurricanes only chance as the Chiefs are cooking up a fine rugby smorgasbord.

AAP writes: The Chiefs' roll continued with a gritty five-point win in Durban and they will like their chances of an eighth straight win back at home. With their forward pack doing the tough stuff admirably, Aaron Cruden is expertly pulling the strings and they look a better equipped outfit than the inconsistent Canes. However the visitors will enter the match with a point to prove following their 42-14 thrashing by the Crusaders. The Hurricanes have been boosted by the return of dangerous wing duo Cory Jane and Julian Savea as well as rising No.9 TJ Perenara. Brendon Leonard is fit again will start for the Chiefs at halfback.

CHIEFS: Andrew Horrell, Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Sonny Bill Williams, Tim Nanai Williams, Aaron Cruden, Brendon Leonard, Alex Bradley, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke, Ben Tameifuna, Hika Elliott, Arizona Taumalolo. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Toby Smith, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Jackson Willison, Asaeli Tikoirotuma

HURRICANES: Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (capt), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben May. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes, Mark Reddish, Jack Lam, Chris Eaton, Charlie Ngatai, Alapati Leiua.

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Cheetahs v Highlanders

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Waratahs v Crusaders

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, 4.10pm (AEST)

Blues v Queensland Reds

Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Lions v ACT Brumbies

Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Saturday 3.10am (AEST)

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