Chiefs to test skills against Reds in preseason

Last updated 05:00 15/11/2013

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Phil Gifford: Beauden Barrett shows he's the man for all seasons Super Rugby: Highlanders assistant coach Clarke Dermody ready for more scrum pressure Highlanders primed to win it all again after edging the Brumbies in Canberra Brumbies fume as referee controversy ends season in Highlanders loss Digging the Data: Why did Super Rugby try scoring explode in 2016? Super Rugby: Highlanders 2016 title hopes remain alive Recap: Highlanders v Brumbies Chiefs legend Jono Gibbes was candidate for Queensland Reds coaching job Hurricanes props have massive task against Sharks Now is the hour for Chiefs, as Super Rugby quarterfinals arrive

The defending Super Rugby champion Chiefs will again include a preseason trial against the Reds in Queensland as part of the preparations for their title defence.

The Queensland Rugby Union has confirmed the teams will meet in Toowoomba on February 8, the weekend after a proposed match between the Chiefs and Heineken Cup holders Toulon in France.

The Chiefs' buildup for the defence of their maiden Super Rugby crown last year included a trial against the Reds in Sunshine Coast last February, a match they won 20-8.

Next year's clash will open the Reds' trial programme with head coach Richard Graham saying the two-time champions would provide a useful launching pad.

"We have aspirations of winning another Super Rugby title in 2014 and playing the winners of last year's competition in our first trial match will be an excellent starting point," Graham said.

"The Chiefs have won successive Super Rugby titles and will provide us with a physical and high-paced contest.

"We want to challenge ourselves to be the best and deliver the best possible rugby we are capable of playing," he said.

The Reds open their campaign with an away game against the Brumbies in Canberra on February 22; the Chiefs start their bid to match the Crusaders three-peat of titles (1998-2000) the night before in Christchurch.

Ad Feedback

- Waikato Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content