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Super Rugby | Hamilton
07:35 (GMT) | 22-05-2015
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McKenzie misses the conversion to bring the game to FULL-TIME.
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Chiefs win the scrum and they begin to run the clock down. However the attack the blind-side as Lietch shows some good hands to find McKenzie. McKenzie throws one out the backdoor to Nanai-Williams who powers over for the try.
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Ngatai puts a great kick in which rolls out 5m from the Bulls line. Matfield secures and they maul it forward. Hougaard makes a break but his offload to Ismaiel goes forward. Chiefs given a scrum on halfway.
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Bulls need to score quickly as they rush into the Chiefs 22m. They receive a penalty and Pollard kicks for the corner. Visagie over throws the line-out and the Chiefs have possession.
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Pollard needs to nail this conversion, but he misses.
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The Bulls set the drive and push it over for the try. Labuschagne the scorer.
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After a penalty for playing the ball on the ground, the Chiefs have a line-out on their 10m which they win. The home-side is attacking on the 22m after 8 phases. Bulls win the ball back as Kruger takes it up. The Bulls are quick up the field and Matfield takes it to the 22m of the Chiefs. The Chiefs are pinned again at the ruck and Pollard kicks for the corner.
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Bulls win the line-out and take it forward with the forwards. Du Plessis makes a terrible pass and hands possession to the Chiefs.
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Chiefs go blind from the scrum and Nanai-Williams is released down the touchline. He is ankle-tapped but Messam quickly follows up and puts a chip over the top, Engelbrecht is back to clean up and he does well beating 3 defenders, and off-loads to Basson. The Bulls attack now as Odendaal finds space. Paige brings play back left but Botha is bundled into touch.
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McKenzie kicks on Pollard and Pollard counters well as he finds a gap, Labuschagne follows up and takes it forward. Sam Cane is penalised and sent to the bin.
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Bulls opt for the line-out but they make a handling error giving the Chiefs a scrum.
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Bulls win the line-out and are 5m out. They are pushing but the Chiefs defence is strong. Messam is penalised for an infringement at the ruck which should have been a yellow card.
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Bulls win the line-out and the Chiefs are caught off-side. Pollard kicks for the corner to set the Bulls line-out.
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Pollard puts a kick out on his 10m and the Chiefs have a line-out. They secure the ball and play wide as McKenzie brushes off some tackles. Chiefs up to the 22m now and their tails are up. Mckenzie puts a chip in and Potgieter kicks it deep onto Gear and the Bulls get the line-out.
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McKenzie again converts the kick.
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The Chiefs attack from the kick-off as McKenzie finds a hole and busts up the middle of the park, he steps two defenders on the inside, and he off-loads to Fellipo. Pulu picks and goes for his second try.
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McKenzie converts the kick.
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The Ball eventually comes out for the Chiefs, and they are keeping it tight. They spread the ball wide an McKenzie takes it to contact. Pulu picks and goes blind and runs over for the try.
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Chiefs earn a penalty and McKenzie kicks for touch. Lietch wins the line-out and they form the maul. The Bulls are pinged for Collapsing the maul by Chris Pollock. Chiefs opt for the scrum.
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Marshall looses the ball forward for a Bulls scrum on their 10m. Bulls win the scrum and Pollard kicks onto Gear. Chiefs looking to play, but they kick onto Potgieter. He returns with a touch-finder.
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Chiefs attacking after the 22m. The Bulls manage a trunover and the Bulls kick but only to find Messam.Messam runs it back but goes into touch and the Chiefs win the line-out. Stegmann mkes the steal but after they play wide Visagie cannot hang on. Chiefs on the offense on halfway.
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McKenzie, from 40m, is wide and the scores remain level.
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Bulls receive an early penalty after the restart and Pollard kicks for touch. The Bulls form a maul from the line-out but are penalised for joining the maul incorrectly. McKenzie will take a shot at goal.
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SECOND-HALF: Chiefs flyhalf Damien McKenzie gets the half underway.

Half Time

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Pollard takes no chances and kicks the ball out to take the game to HALF-TIME.
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Bulls get the ball back and Pollard again drives the ball down-field. The Chiefs run it from deep. McKenzie spills it in contact and the Bulls counter and spread wide as Van der Merwe takes it to contact. The Chiefs are penalised at the ruck.
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Matfield secures the ball, but the Bulls are in touch for a Chiefs line-out. Lietch secures the ball and McKenzie puts a chip kick in and Lietch collects. The Chiefs are in the Bulls 22m. Solid defence by the Bulls, and McKenzie tip-toes down the touchline but is just out. Bulls win the line-out and Pollard kicks but only gains 10m.
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Heem has possession now deep in the Chiefs half and Marshall kicks deep. Potgieter returns with a high kick and McKenzie catches and counters well. The Chiefs play left but the ball finds touch for a Bulls line-out on their 10m.
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Cheifs are awarded a penalty for sealing at the ruck by the Bulls. McKenzie kicks it out for a line-out on their 10m.
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Chiefs win a line-out on halfway and Pulu outs a box-kick in. Hougaard is safe under the ball. The Bulls kick back on the Chiefs and Pulu counters well breaking tackles, however the Bulls win possession back after a loose off-load from Pulu.
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McKenzie shanks the kick from the corner, as the Bulls keep the lead.
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Van der Merwe secures but their mall is sacked. The Bulls drive it forward with forwards but they lose it forward, Chiefs counter through Pulu as he puts the accelerator down and finds space up the middle. The Bulls defence is scrambling as the Chiefs juggle passes. The move it wide eventually and Heem crosses over for a try.
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The Bulls are lucky to get a penalty after the restart and Pollard hits the corner for a Bulls line-out.
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McKenzie converts the kick to bring the scores closer.
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Pulu goes blind and Hosea Gear is close but Stegmann hits from the side and takes him back over the line. Messam picks and goes as Pollock awards the try.
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After a kicking battle, the Chiefs get a penalty for Matfield advancing forward to early. The Bulls win the line-out but the Chiefs manage to hack through a loose ball, Serfontein is tracking back to cover and he carries the ball over the line for a Chiefs 5m scrum.
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Pollard's radar is off this time and the Chiefs will restart with a 22m.
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Bulls with their tails up, as they win a powerful scrum, Serfintein puts another well-weighted grubber though but Marshall is there to clean up. Bulls awarded another penalty at the breakdown for an illegal entry. Pollard will have a shot from the corner.
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McKenzie makes an error as he puts a boot in that goes too far, and play will come back into the Chiefs half for a Bulls scrum.
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Bulls receive an early penalty and Pollard attempts a long-ranged penalty. The strike is good and he raises the flags.
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Pollard's kick is good to add another 2 points.
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Bulls earn an early penalty after the restart, and Pollard makes good metres with the touch finder. Bulls secure the ball and Serfontein bashes up well. The Bulls are 5m out and have strung 9 phases together. Serfontein stabs a grubber through for Hougaard, its a good nudge and Heem makes a hash of it as Basson touches down for another try.
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Pollard can't add the extras as his kick sails wide.
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Chiefs win the scrum and use a set-move from the scrum, Pollard reads it well and smokes McKenzie dislodging the ball. Basson hacks it through and the race is on between Basson and Gear. The ball eludes them both but Serfontein is there to dot it down for a try.
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Chiefs with possession in their 22m, before Marshall clears for touch taking play to the 50m line for a Bulls line-out. The Bulls lose it forward and the Chiefs have a scrum.
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McKenzie takes shot at goal and converts the opening penalty of the game.
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Stegmann made a great steal and the Bulls quickly counter as Basson is released down the touchline, but Kriel spills it in contact. The Chiefs run it back and have made their way 5m from the Bulls line after many phases. Pulu is in support and he stretched for the line but he is just short. Play will go back for a Chiefs penalty for off-side play by the Bulls.
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Bulls have a line-out deep in their 22m which the secure and Pollard clears. Chiefs run it back through Gear.
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The Bulls squandered and early attacking opportunity and McKenzie clears. Kriel returns the favour, and the Chiefs launch an attack from their 22m, before Marshall clears.
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KICK-OFF: Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard gets the game underway.
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The weather is cold but clear in Rotorua, and there is a big crowd that has rolled in. Looking forward to a great clash.
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The Chiefs have won just one of their last six games against the Bulls, conceding an average of 38 points per game in this run. However, the Chiefs have won their last 10 home games against South African opposition. Conversely the Bulls are on a run of eight consecutive Super Rugby defeats outside of South Africa.
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby Round 15, with the Bulls taking on the Chiefs first up in Rotorua.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Tom Marshall
  • 14 Hosea Gear
  • 13 Charlie Ngatai
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 11 Bryce Heem
  • 10 Damian McKenzie
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 6 Liam Messam
  • 5 Johan Bardoul
  • 4 Ross Filipo
  • 3 Ben Tameifuna
  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 1 Mitchell Graham
RESERVES
  • 23 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 22 Andrew Horrell
  • 21 Brad Weber
  • 20 Maama Vaipulu
  • 19 Brian Alainu'uese
  • 18 Pauliasi Manu
  • 17 Siate Tokolahi
  • 16 Quentin MacDonald
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Francois Hougaard
  • 13 JJ Engelbrecht
  • 12 Jan Serfontein
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 8 Pierre Spies
  • 7 Jacques du Plessis
  • 6 Deon Stegmann
  • 5 Victor Matfield
  • 4 Flip van der Merwe
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 2 Callie Visagie
  • 1 Trevor Nyakane
RESERVES
  • 23 Werner Kruger
  • 22 Travis Ismaiel
  • 21 Burger Odendaal
  • 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 19 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 18 Arno Botha
  • 17 Dean Greyling
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
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Preview: S15 Round 15, Part One

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:53

To say it is crunch time is to state the obvious. With just four rounds of the Super Rugby competition to go, every loss now is a killer blow.

To say it is crunch time is to state the obvious. With just four rounds of the Super Rugby competition to go, every loss now is a killer blow.

That is why it is a 'must win' situation for the Chiefs and Bulls in the opening match of the weekend - at the Rotorua International Stadium on Friday.

Both are still comfortable in the top six, but a loss this week could see them drop out of the play-off zone and then left with the arduous task of travelling during the knock-out stages.

The second match on Friday is between two teams playing for pride - the Reds hosting the Sharks in Brisbane.

While the Reds have ended their horror run - seven defeats in eight matches - with an impressive win over the Rebels last week, the Sharks are desperately seeking to end their record six-match losing streak.

Don't expect anything fancy. It will be brutal, with lost of 'feeling'.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, May 22


Chiefs v Bulls
(Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)

Questions have been asked about the Chiefs' ability to go all the way, coming off back-to-back defeats  that saw them lose valuable ground to the table-topping Hurricanes.

Sandwiched in between their defeats to the Rebels (15-16) and Hurricanes (18-22) was a bye.

However, there is no doubt they will be in much better shape this week - having had enough time to reflect of the errors of the last few weeks.

Japan captain Michael Leitch, who has settled very nicely into the Chiefs' No.8 jersey, is expecting the Bulls to be hurting just as much the home team - after the men from Pretoria were upset 23-18 by the Blues in their opening tour match in Auckland last week.

He also feels the Bulls are very "predictable" in what they will do.

"They've been pretty consistent over the past couple of games with their maul and kicking game, so we're not expecting any surprises," Leitch told NZ Newswire.

"But if they do try and do something different, I'm sure we'll be able to adapt."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke this week spoke at length about the need for his team to be more clinical in their execution.

They are likely to get fewer opportunities this week and will need to make them all count.

The Chiefs have been one of the most miserly teams on defence this year - having conceded just 17 tries in 12 outings, with only the Brumbies, on 14, doing better.

The Bulls' attack has showed promising signs at times, but has simply not been consistent. The men from Pretoria's attack have them in mid-table, with 27 tries scored in their 12 matches, while the Chiefs are only marginally more productive - 31 in 12.

"We've had so many opportunities and we didn't convert a lot of them after we squeezed them [the Blues] into turnovers and we created opportunities to score tries," Ludeke said in a teleconference call from Rotorua.

"We can say a lot, but our execution wasn't good enough for our standards. We felt that we let ourselves down and we hope to bounce back this weekend," he added.

The Bulls coach said they made a lot of "adjustments" in training this week, as they look towards Friday's outing.

"They [the Chiefs] are a quality side and they are definitely one of the contenders again this season.

"They bring an intensity to the breakdown and workrate.

"We know we need to work hard this weekend to get the points on the board and there are obviously some areas that we can capitalise on, but it will be a tough contest."

Recent results:
2014: Chiefs and Bulls drew 34-all, Pretoria
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 33-19, Hamilton
2009: Bulls won 61-17, Pretoria (Final)
2009: Bulls won 33-27, Pretoria

Prediction: The Chiefs have won just one of their last six games against the Bulls, conceding an average of 38 points per game in this run. However, the Chiefs have won their last 10 home games against South African opposition, with their last defeat coming back in 2010 against the Stormers. Conversely the Bulls are on a run of eight consecutive Super Rugby defeats outside of South Africa. The Chiefs have averaged 17.2 offloads per game this season, a tournament-high, whilst the Bulls have averaged the fewest (5.3). Jesse Kriel (1,044 metres) is one of just two players to have gained over 1,000 metres in this year's competition (Israel Folau - 1,217). It will be a brutal arm-wrestle and we can only hope the match officials don't spoil what could be an intriguing and entertaining game. The Chiefs should sneak, but by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Chiefs:
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Johan Bardoul, 4 Michael Fitzgerald/Ross Filipo, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Pauliasi Manu, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Arno Botha, 19 Pieter Labuschagne, 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21 Burger Odendaal, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Werner Kruger.
 
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Aki Aso (Japan)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Reds v Sharks
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.40; 11.40 SA time; 09.40 GMT)

We can only hope that the rain hovering around Brisbane has cleared by Friday. With nothing but pride to play for, these two teams may just throw of the shackles and entertain.

Reds coach Richard Graham admitted his team will need to replicate last week's form - a 46-29 demolition of the Rebels.

"We need to prepare for this game with the same mental approach as we did the Rebels," Graham said.

"We were urgent, abrasive and full of running.

"Anything short of that will negate the efforts of last week."

The Reds mentor admitted the visitors this week will bring a different challenge.

"The Sharks will be desperate to finish their [Australasian] tour with a win," he said, adding: "They have copped a fair bit of criticism recently and we know all too well how that stings.

"There is a lot of quality in their squad and they will want to return to South Africa with some wind in their sails for the remaining few games.

"Over the past few seasons it has been the Sharks' set piece that has given them some ascendancy.

"The forwards understand fully that it is their responsibility to dominate that area of the game. That will go a long way towards determining the outcome Friday."

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold was just as complimentary of the opposition in the calm before the storm.

"You look at the players in their team - [James] Slipper, [James] Horwill, [Will] Genia, [James] O'Connor - these are really good rugby players, highly experienced internationals and this is a team going through a similar season to us," Gold said from the team's base in Australia.

"A couple of injuries, a couple of poor performances and they've found themselves on the end of a couple of bad results.

"But credit to them, they turned the corner last weekend against a good Rebels team and we know we're going to have our hands full this weekend."

Reds and Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia said it will be a 'brutal' battle in the tight exchanges and like his coach he believes the game will be won or lost up front.

"They have some big boys, so we have to make sure we front up physically again," Genia said of the Sharks.

"It has been a massive point made throughout the week."

Recent results:
2014: Sharks won 35-20, Durban
2013: Reds won 32-17, Brisbane
2012: Sharks won 30-17, Brisbane (preliminary play-off match)
2012: Sharks won 27-22, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-28, Durban
2009: Reds won 25-13, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have won just two of their last nine Super Rugby fixtures against the Sharks. The Sharks have lost six games on the bounce, it is only the second time they have lost six on the spin in a single campaign (2000). The Reds have held a half-time lead in just one of their last 14 Super Rugby games, they went on to win that game (versus the Western Force) and have turned two other half-time deficits into victories in that period. Only the Lions (109) have conceded more point in the 20 minutes before half-time than the Sharks (99) and the Reds (94). The Sharks' Marco Wentzel has won the most line-outs this season (58 - including steals), while the Reds' Jake Schatz is equal fourth in that regard (44). The Sharks are due a bit of good luck (especially from the match officials) and they could sneak this one - with single digits.

Teams:

Reds:
15 James O'Connor, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Karmichael Hunt, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Chris Kuridrani, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ben Tapuai.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Etienne Oosthuizen, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Andre Esterhuizen.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports


 

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Chiefs teach naive Bulls a lesson

Fri, 22 May 2015 09:42

MATCH REPORT: The Chiefs recorded a vital 34-20 bonus-point win over the Bulls to cement their place in Super Rugby's play-off zone.

The Chiefs recorded a vital 34-20 bonus-point win over the Bulls to cement their place in Super Rugby's play-off zone.

For the Bulls, who were naive in their approach and less than ordinary in their execution, the result almost certainly spells the end of their play-off hopes.

While they still sit in third place, as South African conference leaders, they are likely to be overtaken by the end of the round's fixtures and drop out of the top six.

Despite an impressive and energetic start, which saw the Bulls race into a 15-3 lead inside the opening quarter, the men from Pretoria lost their way.

The Chiefs drew level by half-time and two quickfire Augustine Pulu tries ended the game as a contest.

The Bulls briefly restored hope with a rolling maul that resulted in a try, closing the gap to 20-29.

However, the Chiefs showed their superior skills and tactical nous to rub salt into the festering wounds with a fifth try right on full-time.

The only black mark on an otherwise sublime performance by the Chiefs was that their lack of discipline was again blatantly obvious for all to see - earning their 11th yellow card of the season.

To put that into perspective, the Bulls, who again resisted the off-the-ball niggle, have not conceded a single yellow card this season.

The New Zealanders scored five tries to three, as that second-half brace by Pulu helped them run away with the game.

"It was massive, we had our backs against the wall and we did what we needed to do," said captain Liam Messam after his side bounced back from a defeat last week against competition leaders the Hurricanes.

While that loss ended the Chiefs' hopes of topping the New Zealand conference, victory over the Bulls keeps them firmly in the top six.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies was frustrated at the Bulls' second straight loss on the road.

"We had a good start, but lost a bit of momentum and made too many mistakes," he said.

The Bulls were forced to defend desperately from the start against a Chiefs onslaught that saw Pulu stopped just short of the tryline after five minutes.

Chiefs' rookie pivot Damian McKenzie then spilled the ball in a crunching tackle and Jan Serfontein swooped, outpacing Hosea Gear to score the first try of the match.

Another mistake cost the Chiefs dearly three minutes later, when Worcester-bound Bryce Heem tried to slap a the ball clear of the in-goal area. However, he sent it straight to Bjorn Basson for the Bulls' second five-pointer.

The Chiefs then hit back with two quick tries of their own, the first when Messam bulldozed his way to the line and the second resulting from slick passing that set Heem free on the wing.

The torrid first half ended with the honours even at 15-all and it took Pulu to break the deadlock in the Chiefs, favour 13 minutes after the restart.

After a strong run from McKenzie, Pulu gathered the ball and brushed off two tacklers before scoring.

The same pair created Pulu's second straight from the restart, McKenzie weaving through Bulls defenders and Pulu finishing between the posts.

The Bulls gained a one-man advantage when Chiefs flank Sam Cane was sinbinned, making the most of it with a Pieter Labuschagne try from a driving maul to make it 20-29 with five minutes to go.

But Tim Nanai-Williams sealed the win when he added a fifth for the Chiefs right on the siren after more sterling work in the lead up from McKenzie.

Man of the match: Rudy Paige showed why he is such a valuable asset for the Bulls. Pierre Spies and Deon Stegmann were impressive on defence and at the breakdown. Hosea Gear looked threatening at times, Charlie Ngatai was tactically a masterclass and Damian McKenzie was a constant threat. Michael Leitch was again a brute force, while Liam Messam and Hika Elliot again spoiled their good work with their over-the-top antics - both on and off the ball - which at times bordered on thuggery. However, our award goes to Chiefs scrumhalf Augustine Pulu. Not only was the spark that got the Chiefs the edge, but he scored two crucial tries, through brilliant individualism, when the Bulls thought they were still in the game.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Messam, Heem, Pulu 2, Nanai-Williams
Cons: McKenzie 3
Pen: McKenzie

For the Bulls:
Tries:
Serfontein, Basson, Labuschagne
Con: Pollard
Pen: Pollard

Yellow card: Sam Cane (Chiefs, 69 - repeated infringements, killing the ball)

Teams:

Chiefs:
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Johan Bardoul, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Pauliasi Manu, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Arno Botha, 19 Pieter Labuschagne, 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21 Burger Odendaal, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Werner Kruger.
 
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Aki Aso (Japan)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Liam Messam (21min), Bryce Heem (27min), Augustine Pulu (52min), Augustine Pulu (55min), and Tim Nanai-Williams (79min)
TRIES
Jan Serfontein (9min), Bjorn Basson (12min), and Pieter Labuschagne (73min)
Damian McKenzie (22min), Damian McKenzie (53min), and Damian McKenzie (56min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (13min)
Damian McKenzie (6min)
PENALTIES
Handre Pollard (14min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Sam Cane (66min)
 
 
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