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Reds v Chiefs

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Sunday 4.10pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
June 18 2011 - Reds 18 bt Chiefs 11 at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Played 16 Reds 8 Chiefs 8
In Brisbane: Played 7 Reds 4 Chiefs 3
Referee: Marius Jonker (RSA)
Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Reds $2.00 Chiefs $1.77

Greg Growden writes: The Brumbies sycophants think otherwise, but the Reds are still a big chance of winning the Australian conference. Winning this match would give them a big leg-up, and it all revolves around containing Sonny Bill Williams. Link McKenzie will have a plan.

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AAP writes: The Chiefs are on a club record nine-match winning streak to be justifiable favourites at Suncorp Stadium. But the Reds are working their way back to the form which won them last year’s title. their defence in the 15-11 loss to the Crusaders was sensational, keeping the Cantabs tryless at home for the first time in 12 years. Queensland must improve their scrummaging and their discipline but will be happy Kiwi referee Bryce Lawrence won’t be in charge. Aaron Cruden and SBW have struck up a fine 10-12 combination for the Chiefs and present a huge danger.

REDS: Luke Morahan, Dom Shipperley, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas, Will Genia; Scott Higginbotham, Liam Gill, Jake Schatz, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, James Slipper, James Hanson, Ben Daley. Reserves: Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Beau Robinson, Eddie Quirk, Nick Frisby, Rod Davies.

CHIEFS: Andrew Horrell, Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Sonny Bill Williams, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Brendon Leonard, Alex Bradley, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (capt), Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Sona Taumalolo. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Toby Smith, Kane Thompson, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Jackson Willison, Robbie Robinson.