Chiefs en­joy get­ting out to re­gional fans

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By EVAN PEG­DEN

The 2012 Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons the Chiefs will again play their only home pre­sea­son match in Taupo next year.

They will take on the High­landers in their open­ing trial game at Owen De­lany Park at 3pm on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2.

That will be fol­lowed by away matches against the Reds at Stock­land Sta­dium on the Sun­shine Coast in Queens­land on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, and the Hur­ri­canes at Man­gatain­oka on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

The Chiefs then open their 2013 Su­per Rugby cam­paign away to the High­landers at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium in Dunedin on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 22.

Head coach Dave Ren­nie said the Taupo game was a key part of the Chiefs in­ter- act­ing with their fans in the re­gion and it was a prime op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to bring pic­nics and watch the Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons in ac­tion.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to the Chiefs’ fam­ily to re­main con­nected to our com­mu­nity,’’ Ren­nie said.

The Chiefs are also play­ing two of their com­pe­ti­tion home games out­side of Hamil­ton against the Blues on Easter Satur­day, March 30, at Bay­park Sta­dium in Mt Maun­ganui and the fix­ture against the West­ern Force at ECOLight Sta­dium, Pukekohe, on Satur­day, May 10.

Prices for the Taupo match start at $15 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion with chil­dren 14 and un­der free on the day. Grand­stand seat­ing is $25 and is on a first-in, first-served ba­sis.

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