The Blues travel south with their final hopes in the balance while the Crusaders have the chance to sew up a home final with victory over their archrivals from the north at Orangetheory Stadium on Anzac Day.
Setting the bar in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa had seen other sides lift to compete with the Crusaders and the defending champions' challenge, heading into their last regular-season outing, would be lifting the bar higher.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Rugby Australia (RA) have confirmed the final schedule for Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman with additional home matches for the Blues, Hurricanes and Highlanders and trips to Wollongong and Townsville respectively for the Crusaders and Chiefs.
Head coach Warren Gatland may be far removed from the Chiefs' environment as he prepares for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, but he is keeping his finger on the pulse with the Hamilton-based side.
The Gallagher Chiefs will be hoping for another huge crowd at FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday night as they continue their push towards the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa final. They are on a four-game winning streak, which started against the Hurricanes in Round Four in Wellington.