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Super Rugby Picks: Injury-plagued Chiefs hosts Lions while Blues and Highlanders clash in Dunedin

It's a long weekend with Easter arriving but there's no breaks for the Super Rugby teams or the TVNZ sports buffs picking winners from the contests!

How it works: TVNZ sports buffs will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with some adding a little insight into their thinking. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point.

Round 10

Chiefs v Lions
Sunwolves v Hurricanes
Highlanders v Blues

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter, LEADER

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 13+
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 1-12 - "Surely they're due to break their duck, especially at home."

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Lions 1-12 - "No McKenzie, Retallick or Harris for the Chiefs - they struggled without their big names early this season... and I can't tip them due to my rule, so there's that."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Chiefs v Lions: Lions 1-12 - "Really uncertain how the Chiefs will fire without Retallick and McKenzie leading their respective groups. Lions aren't at their best but we've seen the Chiefs far from theirs without those two."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12 - "Going to be really close but the hoodoo will continue."

Maddy Lloyd - Breakfast Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 13+

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12

Matt Manukia - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12 - "No Damian and no Brodie means Chiefs should struggle... problem is I don't rate this Lions side. Chiefs by about 10."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 1-12

Alex Powell - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12

Dewi Preece - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Lions 1-12 - "The Lions don’t strike me as a team who’d be content at the bottom of the SA conference... Combined with a weakened Chiefs team, this could be the reminder that the Lions are still to be taken seriously."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+ - "The Sunwolves are more than capable of a few more upsets this season - home & away - but a post-bye week Hurricanes is a stretch. Fletcher-Smith needs a good game for his confidence, this has to be it."
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 1-12 - "Can see a reversal of their Round 6 clash, where the Blues won 33-26. And if the Chiefs lose tonight, that’s an extra incentive to get off the bottom of the NZ conference. Otherwise they’re running out of game."

Michelle Prendiville - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Editor

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 13+
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 13+

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 13+ - "Even without the bad luck story of the year, Damien McKenzie, and no Brodie Retallick, who was immense last weekend, the resurgent Chiefs should be too strong."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+ - "Canes after a week to take stock should run away from plucky Wolves."
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 1-12 - "Yet another extremely tough derby to pick. Just think Highlanders too desperate at home not to win what should be another tight one!"

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Lions 1-12 - "Lions simply aren't as good as last year but the return of Smith and Whiteley is timely against a Chiefs side missing their best."
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Sunwolves 1-12 - "Same scenario. Canes missing too many gamebreakers against a Kiwi-laden side which loves sticking it to the 'big boys'."
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12 - "Have finally won a NZ derby match at home! The Blues can repeat on the road against the same outfit which is now headed for the Kiwi wooden spoon."

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer, 2018 Champ

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Blues: Blues 1-12

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Lions: Chiefs 1-12
Sunwolves v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Blues: Highlanders 13+

Scoreboard: Hall-Smith 63, Reich 63, Heveldt 56, Wilson 55, Saville 52, Stuart 52, Waters 51, Lloyd 51, Knuckey 49, Preece 49, Prendiville 47, Powell 46, Manukia 45, Malili 40, McKenzie 32

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