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Super Rugby | New Plymouth
06:35 (GMT) | 20-02-2015
Join us shortly for our next game where the Rebels will be facing the Waratahs!
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The Chiefs drive their way with pick ups to the try line and they get a penalty. Cruden sets up the kick to win the game and he gets the PENALTY over and the Chiefs win it 19-17!. FULL-TIME
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The Brumbies give away an accidental offside and the Chiefs have an opportunity to win the game with an attacking scrum five out from the Brumbies try-line
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.Cruden sends a cross kick but Tamanivalu can;t get hold of the ball and the Brumbies have a defensive line-out five metres from their own try line.
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The Chiefs decide to wide from the scrum with Lowe but are met with good defence by the Brumbies. Chiefs get a penalty and take it quickly as they make their way towards the Brumbiess 22
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Carter knock on in the midfield and the Chiefs will have a scrum now on their 10 metre line
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The Chiefs turn it over and are now in the Brumbies half and the away team gets the penalty with a Chief's player hanging onto the ball. White finds touch near the touch near the Chiefs 10 metre line
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The Brumbies now have an attacking line-out in the Chiefs half and they decide to maul it over the Chiefs 10 metre line before going wide to Kuridrani as they make their way towards the Chiefs 22
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Cruden gets the PENALTY over ! 16-17 to the Brumbies.
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This time the Chiefs get the penalty at the scrum and Cruden points to the polls.
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Ngatai find a good gap for the chiefs from the scrum on halfway but he loses it forward in the tackle from Nic White. The Brumbies have a scrum now on their own 10 metre line
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Chiefs, from a line-out in their own 22 is cleared by Cruden and he finds a good touch finder in the Brumbies half. Butler takes the ball up the midfield for the Brumbies before they lose it forward on halfway
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A great run by Smiler gets the Brumbies out of trouble but the Chiefs run it back and find themselves just outside the Brumbies 22 before they lose it forward. Tomane kicks it forward and and the Brumbies have a line-out on the Chiefs 22
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Christian Lealiifano gets the PENALTY over and its 13-17 to the Brumbies
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Penalty again the the Brumbies at scrum time and Christian Lealiifano points to the polls
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Penalty to the Brumbies at the scrum. Ben Tameifuna collapsing it and White finds touch in the Chiefs 22. The Brumbies can't do anything with it in the maul and the Chiefs get the scrum
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The Brumbies get another penalty at the scrum and are proving to be dominate in that facet. White finds touch on the Chiefs 10 metre line. But the Brumbies cannot make anything of it as it is not in straight by Moore
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.The Chiefs go out wide to Gear from the scrum but he is met with some good defence before Cruden and Speight return kicks and the Chiefs lose it forward on the Brumbies ten-metre line
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A great take by Coleman from the high ball puts the Brumbies in a good position now inside the Chiefs half. White kicks the ball straight to Gear with a kicking dual happening before the Brumbies knocks on just inside their own half
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Lowe finds an amazing touch finder in the Brumbies 22, but cannot do anything with it and give away a free kick. They start again with a line-out just inside the Brumbies half. The home team look good with ball in hand as they make their way in the Brumbies 22
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Christian Lealiifano gets the PENALTY over and it is Chiefs 13 - 14 Brumbies
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The Brubies have the ball on halfway with Kuridrani making good ground for the visitors.The Brumbies decide to take it through the phases but are met with good defence from the Chiefs and the Brumbies get a penalty just outside the Chiefs 22.
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Toomua gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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The Chiefs decide to run it from the scrum before Bryce Heem knocks it on in dangerous position in his own 22. It brings HALF-TIME with the Chiefs in front 13-11
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White doesn't get the penalty over, but they have another opportunity with a line-out just outside the Chiefs 22. They go in the midfield but knock it on. Scrum to the Chiefs
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It is over thrown and the Chiefs are able to get possession back in their 22 after a Toomua knock on in the tackle. Lowe clears down field. The Brumbies get the penalty just inside the Chiefs 10 metre line
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The brumbies get the ball back after the restart but the Chiefs are offside on their 10 metre line and White finds touch inside the Chiefs 22.
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Cruden gets the PENALTY over at the Chiefs regain the lead 13-11
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The chiefs go to the midfield from the line-out with Lowe finding a half gap. They get the penalty with Brumbies forwards diving in at the ruck just on the Brumbies 22
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Charlie Ngatai gets the ball just inside the Brumbies half and finds a good touch inside the Brumbies 22. Toomua clears and finds touch 7 metres from their own 22
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Carter takes the line-out anthe Brumbies forwards make good ground over halfway. They spread the ball wide before it is turned over by the Chiefs who kicks down field. The Chiefs gett the ball back and are nearly in for the try before they lose it forward
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Brumbies get another penalty at scrum time and White relieves the pressure towards halfway with a goo kick.
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A wasted opportunity for the Chiefs as the Brumbies get a free kick after an early engagement. But the Chiefs get another opportunity as a cross kick for Messam is kicked by the skipper but Maama Vaipulu spills it over the try-line. Scrum to the Brumbies
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Chiefs go straight onto the attack after the restart and get a penalty. They maul from a line-out deep in the Brumbies 22 but are held up over the try-line and the get a scrum
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The CONVERSION is missed and the score is 10 - 11 to the Brumbies
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Brumbies with a line-out 5 metres from the Chiefs try-line and they maul it over for a try by Scott Sio!
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Cruden gets the CONVERSION and it is 10-6 to the Chiefs
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Charlie Ngatai gets a TRY for the Chiefs after breaking through three Brumbies tackles in the 22!
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A strong scrum from the Brumbies on halfway and they get the penalty. Nic White steps up for the kick at polls and gets the PENALTY over! Chiefs 3 - Brumbies 6
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The Brumbies go wide but give away a penalty for not releasing. Cruden clears for touch near halfway. Chiefs opt to go with a pick and go with the forwards but its a scrum to the Brumbies after an accidental offside
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The Brumbies now have an attacking line-out in the Chiefs 22 after a Chiefs infringement and they get a penalty with Michael Fitzgerald offside at the maul. Brumbies opt for another attacking line-out
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Michael Fitzgerald is nearly through for the Chiefs after a well worked move in the Brumbies 22. They come back for the PENALTY! which Cruden knocks over. 3-3
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Christian Lealiifano gets the PENALTY over and it is Chiefs 0 - 3 Brumbies
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White sends a a grubber but Tomane can't hold on. The Brumbies get the ball back and they get a penalty in the Chiefs 22.
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.And straight from the restart Liam Messam is offside from the ruck and the Brumbies have an attacking line-out just inside the Chiefs half.. The Brumbies keep ball in hand with Speight getting a half gap
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KICK-OFF: Aaron Cruden gets the game under way in perfect conditions in New Plymouth!
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All Blacks Liam Messam and Aaron Cruden returns for the Chiefs, while World Rugby Player of the Year, Brodie Retallick, will be on the bench.
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The last 10 games between these sides have seen the Chiefs follow two defeats with two victories, with the Brumbies triumphant in six of these matches.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round two of Super Rugby with the Chiefs taking on the Brumbies in New Plymouth.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Charlie Ngatai
  • 14 Sean Wainui
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 11 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 10 Damian McKenzie
  • 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 8 Pita Gus Sowakula
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 5 Tyler Ardron
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 3 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 2 Liam Polwart
  • 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe
RESERVES
  • 23 Alex Nankivell
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 21 Brad Weber
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 19 Luke Jacobson
  • 18 Jeff Thwaites
  • 17 Sam Prattley
  • 16 Samisoni Taukel'aho
START LINE UP
  • 15 Tom Banks
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Andrew Smith
  • 11 Chance Peni
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 9 Joe Powell
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 7 Tom Cusack
  • 6 Blake Enever
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 2 Folau Fainga'a
  • 1 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 Andy Muirhead
  • 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 20 Lolo Fakaosilea
  • 19 Darcy Swain
  • 18 Ben Alexander
  • 17 Faalelei Sione
  • 16 Robbie Abel
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Preview: S15 Round Two, Part One

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:11

Will the madness continue or will we have some semblance of normality when Super Rugby's Round Two gets underway on Friday?

Will the madness continue or will we have some semblance of normality when Super Rugby's Round Two gets underway on Friday?

The Round One mayhem saw just one home team win, while tournament favourites like the defending-champion Waratahs and seven-time champion Crusaders got upstaged by supposed minnows.

This Friday's Round Two action start with two of the most impressive teams from Round One, the Chiefs and Brumbies, going head-to in New Plymouth.

The setting may have a rural feel about it, given the dairy farming community that supports the Taranaki region, but the on-field action will be colossal.

Then we will make a quick hop across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne for an all-Australian derby - one of last week's giant killing acts, the Rebels, hosting on the opening round's big losers, the Waratahs.

The final match of the day takes us another 14,000-odd kilometres across the Indian Ocean to Pretoria, where the Bulls, losers last week, meet the Hurricanes, who won their opening match.

We look at Friday's games!

Friday, February 20

Chiefs v Brumbies
(Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will host the Brumbies in New Plymouth in what is set to be an exciting battle.

The Chiefs, already loaded with superstar players, welcome back several All Blacks to the fold - including the likes of Aaron Cruden, Liam Messam and Jamie Mackintosh in the starting XV - with players like Ben Tameifuna and Brodie Retallick on the bench.

However, their real star value is at flyhalf and in the midfield - where Charlie Ngatai, Sonny Bill Williams Aaron Cruden will combine.

Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua, who has faced his share of midfield bruisers, regards Cruden (at flyhalf) and Williams (inside centre) as one of the most skilful combinations he has come up against.

"Cruden probably offers a bit more of that offload game, he's probably one of silkiest No.10s in the competition," Toomua told the Canberra Times.

"I've played against him a lot, played in the Under- 20s against each other and played against each other a few times last year.

"Sonny outside him offers a huge threat as well. There's no bigger name in Australian or New Zealand sport than Sonny Bill, so that'll be a huge challenge for us.

"Getting them down is one thing, stopping them offload is another, so we'll look do that in pods of threes - trying to get guys around the ball there.

"Those two individually are very dangerous and when you've got the combination you've got to be wary about it ... we've come up against similar combinations but to be fair I think this is one of the most skilful ones."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 32-30, Canberra (preliminary play-off match)
2014: Brumbies won 41-23, Canberra
2013: Chiefs won 27-22, Hamilton (Final)
2012: Chiefs won 29-22, Hamilton
2011: Brumbies won 28-20, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 30-23, Canberra

Prediction: The last 10 games between these sides have seen the Chiefs follow two defeats with two victories, with the Brumbies triumphant in six of these matches. If that run were to continue, the New Zealanders would win the next two contests against the Canberra-based outfit. The last seven games between the sides have been won by the home team. The Brumbies' 47-3 victory over the Reds in round one was their largest win since a 61-15 success against the Cheetahs in April 2010. The Chiefs managed the most metres (597), breaks (12) and off-loads (19) in round one, while the Brumbies topped the charts for carries (126), time in possession (19 minutes 52 seconds) and tries (six). They also missed the fewest tackles last weekend (eight). The Brumbies have won four of their last five regular season games on New Zealand soil after previously losing seven in a row on their trips across the Tasman. The Reds were rabble last week, which makes it difficult to gauge the real strength of the Brumbies. The Chiefs, who overcame a slow start, showed enough last week to suggest they could sneak a win - by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 James Lowe, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacments: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White (captain), 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy , 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler , 20 Sean Doyle, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Rebels v Waratahs
(AMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.40; 08.40 GMT)

The Rebels will be buoyed by their victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch in Round One.

However, they know they can't afford to ease off even the slightest, given the quality of the opposition.

The Waratahs won the 2014 Super Rugby championship and whilst they suffered defeat at the hands of the Western Force in Sydney last week, they remain a world class outfit.

The Waratahs and Rebels have developed a healthy rivalry, while both possess plenty of individuals with history at both franchises.

For the Waratahs there is certainly a lot more riding on this game, which is important if they are to reach their stated goal of becoming the first Australian side to win back-to-back titles.

And history points to this being more likely than first thought - with four of the seven Super Rugby teams to have lifted the Super Rugby title in the 19 year history of the competition - Blues, Crusaders (twice), Bulls and Chiefs - having done just that.

"Off the back of knowing that we're the defending champions and we can be the first Australian Super Rugby team to do it twice in a row, there's a lot of motivation and a lot of excitement around that," veteran Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

Driving the excitement and motivation around the current group of Waratahs is the culture that has been built over the past couple of seasons.

"About the 80 minutes on the weekend it's about going the distance and we're certainly reminded day in and day out here by the coaching staff that games are won in that last couple of metres of a drill or that last minute of an exercise or that last rep in the gym. It's about doing that yard extra and it certainly transfers onto the field.

"Once your goal and your ambitions are clear it gives the team purpose and we're certainly all on board and buying into the culture and working hard to give ourselves and the club purpose to reach that end goal.

"Culture I guess is the glue to any winning formula; it binds everyone together and allows teams to enjoy their hard work and enjoy their success," said Ashley-Cooper.

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 41-19, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 32-8, Sydney
2013: Rebels won 24-22, Melbourne
2013: Waratahs won 31-26, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 30-21, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 35-19, Melbourne

Prediction: Against the Force, the 2014 champions conceded four tries in a home match for the first time since June 2012 (against Hurricanes). The Tahs have won seven of eight games against the Melbourne side, denying the Rebels a bonus point in all but one of those seven victories. The Waratahs have never lost their opening two matches of a Super Rugby season. The Waratahs managed the best tackling success rate (92 percent) in the opening round, but won just one turnover, a weekend low. They also won all 10 of their line-outs and stole ball from the Force on four occasions. In contrast, no side lost more line-outs on their own throw than the Rebels in round one (four). The wake-up call has been received and the Waratahs should start showing some of their 2014 - to record a 10-point win.

Teams:

Rebels:  15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.Replacments: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Sam Lousi, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro, Pat McCutcheon, Peter Betham.
 
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Bulls v Hurricanes
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.19; 17.10 GMT; 06.10, Saturday, February 21 NZ time)

The Hurricanes are chasing a rare double on South African soil and more valuable competition points on the road.

Their 22-8 win over the Lions last week was their first win to start the season since 2010, while the last time the Hurricanes won two consecutive matches in South Africa was in 2006 - the year they reached the Final.

Victory over the Lions was built on patience and resilient defence, the Hurricanes surviving on a minority of possession to outscore their opposition two tries to one.

In contrast, the Bulls failed to fire in their opening 17-29 loss to the Stormers last week, which was their first Super Rugby defeat at home since dipping out to the Brumbies in their 2013 home semifinal.

The Bulls were mistake-ridden against the Stormers.

Super Rugby champions in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the Bulls will be eager to get on the front foot and beat the Hurricanes to register their first win of the season.

On his return as captain of the Bulls, Pierre Spies says they will be looking to make amends for last week's defeat on Friday.

"We had a hard look at ourselves, and the guys are really working hard to get the result and produce a more consistent performance," Spies told a media briefing in Pretoria.

"We've got to take care of our ball, be disciplined in our approach and be clinical as we made way too many mistakes against the Stormers."

Coach Frans Ludeke also expressed his disappointment in last week's showing, especially in the scrums - where they were schooled by the Stormers' pack of forwards.

"It wasn't good enough, and there was a lot pressure from that battle where we were on the back foot," he said.

"We gave away penalties that gave them field position and easy exits and we lost two vital turnovers at the base of the scrum in the right areas.

"That wasn't up to our standards, and we would like to improve this weekend."

Recent results:
2014: Hurricanes won 25-20, Wellington
2013: Bulls won 48-14, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 26-14, Napier
2010: Bulls won 19-18, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 19-14, Wellington
2008: Hurricanes won 50-22, Pretoria

Prediction: The Bulls have won four of the last five clashes between the sides, limiting the 'Canes to fewer than 20 points in each of those matches. The Bulls won all nine of their line-outs last weekend, but had the lowest tackling success (80 percent) having missed 26 of 129 attempted hits. The Canes meanwhile won five of seven line-out throws, a weekend - low success rate of 71 percent. The Hurricanes managed the most turnovers won (10) last weekend and conceded fewer turnovers (seven) than any other side. The Canes were the only side to manage less than 10 minutes in possession of the ball last week (nine minutes and 23 seconds). It is a tough call to make, as it is uncertain which Bulls team will turn up. However, we are going for a narrow home win - the Bulls by five.

Teams:

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie), 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Jurgen Visser.

Hurricanes: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Ardie Savea, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

By Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


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Cruden steals late winner for Chiefs

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:32

REPORT: All Black Aaron Cruden slotted a penalty right on full-time to secure the Chiefs a 19-17 win over the Brumbies on Friday.

All Black Aaron Cruden slotted a penalty right on full-time to secure the Chiefs a 19-17 win over the Brumbies in their Super Rugby Round Two match in New Plymouth on Friday.

The lead changed hands throughout the match, with the Brumbies taking an early lead the Chiefs claiming a narrow 13-11 lead at the break.

Going into the final quarter the Brumbies had worked themselves into a 17-13 lead, but two late penalties - in the 67th and 80th minutes - by Cruden saw the Chiefs snatch the win.

The Chiefs suffered a couple of setbacks before the game - with Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Cane withdrawing from the side, despite being named to start earlier this week.

The Brumbies were also missing injured skipper David Pocock for the fixture, a rematch of the 2013 Final - won by the Chiefs.

Pocock's replacement as captain, Nic White, was frustrated at losing a match that his team dominated for long periods, particularly at set pieces.

"We've got to learn to close out these games, I think maybe we thought we had it closed out too early but the Chiefs were here to play and that's what got them over the line," he said.

"I'm really proud of the effort but being proud doesn't get you four points."

A successful penalty by Brumbies centre Christiaan Lealiifano opened the scoring, but the Chiefs replied with one of their own shortly after through the boot of All Black Aaron Cruden - who was back in the starting line-up after sitting out last week's win over the Blues.

It was Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai that scored the first try, with a burst of speed up the middle, that stretched the Brumbies defence too far.

The Brumbies then capitalised on being awarded a penalty, opting for a line-out and rumbling over - front row forward Scott Sio getting the armchair ride.

The Chiefs conceded nine penalties in the first half, and were issued with a warning from referee Steve Walsh to clean up their act.

However, it fell on deaf ears as they infringed early in the second half for the Brumbies to regain the lead.

It was then tit for tat between the two sides, who continued to run with plenty of pace, the points coming from penalty opportunities.

Neither side were able to take command of the game setting it up for a nail-biting finish.

The Chiefs threw everything they could muster at the Brumbies, but were unable to finish off their opportunities.

It eventually fell to Cruden to shoulder the pressure in the 80th minute when the Brumbies infringed at scrum time.

The All Black super-boot knocked over the winning points to finish the game and ensure the Chiefs remain undefeated after two rounds.

Man of the match: Jarrad Butler was the stand-out player in an impressive Brumbies team, while the Chiefs' big heroes all came off the bench. All Black Brodie Retallick, who came on a half-time, made a huge impact, while 19-year-old wunderkid Damian McKenzie was just as impressive after he took to the field in the final 15 minutes. However, we can't look past the match-winner - Aaron Cruden.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Try:
Ngatai
Con: Cruden
Pens: Cruden 4

For the Brumbies:
Try:
Sio
Pens:  Leali'ifano 3, White

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 James Lowe, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White (captain), 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy , 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler , 20 Sean Doyle, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Charlie Ngatai (15min)
TRIES
Scott Sio (19min)
 
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE New Plymouth
REFEREE Steve Walsh (Australia)