Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 10 2012 - Chiefs 33 bt Hurricanes 14 at Waikato Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 19 Hurricanes 10 Chiefs 8 drawn 1
In Wellington: Played 7 Hurricanes 6 Chiefs 1
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet: Hurricanes $2.50 Chiefs $1.50
Greg Growden writes: A great way to start the final round. One team on fire, and the other desperate to make the big time. The Chiefs have shown the way by playing enlightening, unpredictable football. Hint, hint Moore Park.
AAP writes: No one expected the Hurricanes to still be in contention in the last round of the competition but the shocks must continue if they are to sneak into the play-offs. The Canes come off a bye but need a bonus-point victory over the front-running Chiefs. While they’re safe at the top of the Kiwi conference, the Chiefs must win well to ensure they keep pole position and home ground advantage in the finals. A tight loss to the Crusaders has kept them hungry and Aaron Cruden and SBW are the dominant 10-12 combination in the competition. Canes do have Victor Vito and Cory Jane back in a double shot in the arm.
HURRICANES: Andre Taylor, Cory Jane/Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (c), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Chris Eaton/Frae Wilson, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Ben May, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Brad Shields, Wilson/Jamie Nutbrown, Tusi Pisi, Jayden Hayward
CHIEFS: Andrew Horrel, Lelia Masaga, Jackson Willison, Sonny Bill Williams, Robbie Robinson, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Tameifuna, Hika Elliot, Toby Smith. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Sona Taumalolo, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Brendon Leonard, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tim Nanai-Williams.