The Gallagher Chiefs have gone down to the Waratahs 45-25 in a high paced and physical encounter at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Four weeks of matches between schools across the Chiefs region involving rising rugby talent culminates this week in the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup, Trophy and Bowl finals.

Eagle-eyed supporters will observe a colourful variation on the Gallagher Chiefs playing strip this Friday when they take to the field at Allianz Stadium in Sydney for their round 14 Investec Super Rugby match against the NSW Waratahs.

The Gallagher Chiefs have bounced back from their Round 11 defeat to the Highlanders in style with a solid 36-15 bonus point win over the Melbourne Rebels at FMG Stadium Waikato.