Super Rugby Final

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Sonny Bill Williams will play his last game for the Chiefs. Picture: David Rowland/AAP

The Sharks  will be looking to make history on Saturday night when they face the Chiefs  at Waikato Stadium in the Super Rugby final. Only once in the history of the competition has a team won the decider in a foreign country, with that feat achieved by the Crusaders with their win over the Brumbies in Canberra twelve years ago. Having beaten the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend, just a week after their shock win over the Reds in Brisbane, the Sharks must now travel to New Zealand as part of a hectic travel schedule that must surely be taking its toll on the players. Despite that, Tim Whitehead is the only player expected to miss the match for the South African based side after breaking his hand in his team’s 26-19 victory over the Stormers at Newlands.

The Chiefs have elected not to change the side that registered a gutsy 20-17 victory over the Crusaders in last weekend’s semi-final in Hamilton. All eyes will no doubt be on Sonny Bill-Williams as the dual international plays his last game for the New Zealand franchise before his returns to the NRL to link up with the Sydney Roosters.

When these teams met in the Super Rugby regular season, the Chiefs scored a hard fought 12-18 win over the Sharks in Durban on April 21st. Only two tries were scored in the match, with Chiefs replacement Augustine Pulu scoring the clincher after the siren.

Prediction: Chiefs 21-16 Sharks

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