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Super Rugby | Hamilton
07:35 (GMT) | 08-04-2016
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And that's it, for this action packed fixture at Waikato Stadium! Join us later as we head to the Perth Oval for the matchup between the Western Force and the Crusaders. Should be a good one.
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Full-time in Hamilton!! Blues takes home a bonus point and Chiefs are victors in this derby!
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Penalty to the Blues. They opt for the poles. Blues gets a penalty and receive a for the bonus point for the efforts. West does not make a mistake, 29-23.
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McKenzie adds the extras 29-20 to the Chiefs!
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Brodie Retallick adds a try. Giving Chiefs the upper-hand. 27-20
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Five metre scrum for the Chiefs. This is the crucial part in the game
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Chiefs on they way to the try-line. Stolen by the Blues. The game is really in the balance this is what a derby is all about. McKenzie found the touch and send the Blues way back in they own 22'
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Sam Henwood is down this does not look good it explain the intensity of the game. Sam Henwood exit means that the Chiefs has to reshuffle.
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McKenzie had plenty of time to kick but opt to run it.
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Line-out to the Chiefs deep in they own half. McKenzie has no choice but to kick the ball down field, giving Chiefs space to breath.
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Chiefs on the attack. Cruden opt for the drop and miss the poles.
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Penalty to the Chiefs. They opt for he line-out.
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Just two points separate the teams. Blues trying to find they out of they own half. They opt for the kick.
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Both teams are attacking. Some replacements for the Blues.
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McKenzie finally redeem himself. Conversion is good. 22-20 to the Chiefs.
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Seta Tamanivalu just add to the Chiefs score to equalize. 20-20!
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McKenzie takes on the Blues defensive line but is stop. Some replacements just to add some fresh legs.
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Another miss by McKenzie adds to his woeful kicking performance tonight.
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Cruden answer right back with a try! Adding to the Chiefs score
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Conversion is good! West adds the extras
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Rieko Ioane hits right back with another try for the Blues.
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Conversion is good!
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Blues get the first points on the board in the second half through Nanai.
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Welcome back to the second half of the Derby! Some changes for the Chiefs Stephen Donald makes a Super Rugby comeback.

Half Time

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And they do exactly that, Bryn Hall boots the ball into the stands, and we head into the halftime break.
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With a minute left to play in the first half, the Blues are awarded a scrum just inside their own 22. They'll be looking to win their own ball back, boot it out, head to the sheds and gather their wits.
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Blues get a penalty inside the Chiefs half, within kicking distance, and West looks to reduce the deficit for his side... and it's good! 10-6 to the Chiefs.
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Of the last five handling errors in this game, four of them belong to the Blues, and that just about sums up their efforts in the first half so far. Scrum to the Chiefs on their own 10 metre line.
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About seven minutes left in the first half here, and it's been a surprisingly low-scoring one. Here's hoping the game will open up in the second stanza.
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The frenetic pace of the game is brought to a halt by a knock-on. Scrum to the Blues on halfway, as there's another brief break in play. In the meantime, Sam Cane seems to have made his way back on the field, with a hardy looking bandage on his head.
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Chiefs imposing themselves on the Blues here, and threaten to breach their defensive line a few times, but it all comes to naught as the Chiefs are pinged for holding on at the breakdown. Line-out to the Blues just inside their own half. Possession lost to the Chiefs, who are back on attack again.
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Damian McKenzie fails to add the extras.
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Chiefs fight back immediately, and cross the whitewash after a fantastic passage of play. Shaun Stevenson adds his name to the scoresheet.
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An errant ball is snapped up by the Chiefs, who kick ahead and chase, but Tevita Li gets his side out of jail with his rocket shoes, and Chiefs are pinged for leaving their feet at the breakdown.
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So far, the Blues seem to be the team more intent on attacking, but they lack the execution and tend to spill the ball at crucial moments. Seems to be making all the difference in the game so far.
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Blood replacement for Sam Cane, who goes off to get cleaned up. He'll be back.
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Blues are awarded a penalty right in front of the Chiefs' sticks, sense prevails, and the Blues opt for a shot at goal to get on the scoreboard. Success for Ihaia West, and the score shifts to 5-3.
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From a scrum just inside the Chiefs' half, the Blues pack are awarded the penalty, giving West the chance to kick for touch to set up another line-out attempt deep inside Chiefs' territory.
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Seems there was nothing serious in that obvious early tackle by the Chiefs, according to officials, and the Chiefs get off lightly with a simple penalty to the Blues, who opt for a line-out. Their driving maul attempt is foiled, and it takes play all the way back to just outside their own half.
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There's been a bit of a delay on the pitch, as the severity of an injury was assessed, and Piers Francis finally leaves the field, replaced by George Moala. The injury to Francis looks pretty serious, as he's carted off by the medics.
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Chiefs are pinged for an early tackle with the Blues dangerously close to their tryline, and we go up to the TMO to check if there was anything more in that... could we see a professional foul called here?
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The Blues are giving as good as they're getting though, and they spread the ball wide, with coach Tana Umaga looking on pensively from the coach's box. Line-out to the Blues, successfully executed, and they try to organise their attack here, and build up some worthwhile phases on attack.
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After some back and forth with the TMO, the Chiefs are awarded the first try of the game through Mitchell Graham. 5-0 up! Conversion missed by McKenzie.
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Sam Cane, heir apparent to Richie McCaw, wins a turnover for the Chiefs at a breakdown, giving his team some breathing room. Chiefs opt for the line-out which takes them inside the opposition half.
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Chiefs absorb some early sorties from the Blues, and a game of aerial ping pong results in a penalty to the Blues, who opt for the line-out. Successfully won, and the Blues take a stab at the Chiefs defensive line, briefly breaching it before the ball is turned over.
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And it's game on at Waikato Stadium! Aaron Cruden kicks off proceedings, and it's the Blues to receive. Once again, fantastic conditions out there for a game of running rugby.
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Out of left field, Jerome Kaino has made an early return and joins his side in this battle against the high-flying Chiefs. His presence will buoy the Blues, but will it buoy them to victory?
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Excitement is building in Hamilton. As usual, with these NZ derbies, we're expecting an expansive game of running rugby, with the ball being given plenty of air, and offloads aplenty.
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It's nearly kick-off time at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, and conditions are fair, with the current temperature sitting at 17 degrees celsius. There's no rain expected, but it is rather humid out there this evening, so let's hope it doesn't affect the ball handling too much.
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Welcome to the first match of Round Seven! The high flying Chiefs play hosts to the inconsistent Blues!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Mitchell Graham
  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 3 Atunaisa Moli
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Maama Vaipulu
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Brad Weber
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Charlie Ngatai
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 14 Shaun Stevenson
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Rhys Marshall
  • 17 Siate Tokolahi
  • 18 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 19 Taleni Seu
  • 20 Sam Henwood
  • 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 22 Stephen Donald
  • 23 Sam McNicol
START LINE UP
  • 1 Sam Prattley
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Charlie Faumuina
  • 4 Hoani Matenga
  • 5 Josh Bekhuis
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Tevita Li
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Rene Ranger
  • 14 Rieko Ioane
  • 15 Melani Nanai Vai
RESERVES
  • 16 Quentin MacDonald
  • 17 Namatahi Waa
  • 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  • 19 Akira Ioane
  • 20 Kara Pryor
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 Matt McGahan
  • 23 George Moala
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND SEVEN, PART ONE

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 23:26

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Seven.

The burning question in Super Rugby is: 'Who can stop the Chiefs?'

Since their Round Two slip to the Lions, a 32-36 loss in Hamilton, they have looked almost unstoppable - scoring more than 50 points in two of their four matches and 48 in another.

The Blues have the unenviable task of taking on the two-time champions, when they go head-to-head in the weekend's opening match.

The Crusaders, one of New Zealand's other form teams, head to Perth to take on  the hapless Western Force for the conclusion of a three-match road trip - which saw them beat the Sharks and Lions.

The final match on Friday sees the Stormers host tournament newcomers the Sunwolves ion a historic match at Newlands - the Japanese outfit's first visit to South Africa.

We look at the Friday, April 8, matches below!

There is something special about domestic derbies - always full of energy and always brutal.

You can expect much of the same when these rivals on either side of the Bombay Hills go head-to-head,

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge does not see his team as outright favourites, despite their impressive form of the past month - in which they passed the 50-point mark twice and scored 48 points in another match.

"It is a derby game, because we have a huge history with the Blues and Auckland rugby," Strawbridge said.

"It is always a passionate affair and always a tough game to win."

He described the Blues a team of "powerful athletes" and a side that loves it when a game gets unstructured.

"We going to try and nullify those strengths," he added.

Blues No.7 Steven Luatua also spoke of the physicality that these games produce.

"We are looking forward to this challenge against the Chiefs," Luatua said.

"They put a number on the Brumbies last week," he said of the 48-23 win.

"The Chiefs definitely the hot team, the form team.

"We are looking forward to some big collisions and looking forward to some expansive rugby."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie also spoke of the big rivalry between the two North Island franchises.

"Our guys know a lot of the opposition and have a lot of friends in the opposition, but we'll put that aside for 80 minutes," the Chiefs head coach said.

"It's normally pretty brutal, so it's great to be playing at home."

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the key to victory was denying the Chiefs the ball for 80 minutes.

"If we don't run out of puff, that is probably a big thing," Umaga said.

"They're very good at looking after the ball and they can sustain that throughout the game."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 23-16, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 23-18, Albany
2014: Chiefs won 11-8, Auckland
2014: Chiefs won 32-20, New Plymouth
2013: Chiefs won 26-16, Auckland
2013:  Chiefs won 23-16, Mount Maunganui

Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last nine matches against the Blues, their longest winning streak against any opponent in Super Rugby. The Chiefs have won only one of their last three matches on home soil against fellow New Zealand teams, though they've not lost consecutive home matches against NZ squads since Round 9, 2011. The Blues are undefeated in their last two matches, they've not gone three matches without loss in a single season since Round 12, 2011. The Chiefs have scored 12 tries in the first half so far this season, the most of any team in the competition, while the Blues have conceded seven tries in the same period, the equal most of any New Zealand team. James Lowe (128) made more metres than any other player again in Round Five and became the first player this season to make more than 500 metres over the gain line. The Chiefs will not have it all their own way, but should have just enough in the tank to sneak the win - by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Maama Vaipulu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Seta Tamanivalu, 23 Sam McNicol.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Hoani Matenga, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 George Moala.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

History will suggest that the Force have always troubled the Crusaders in Perth, but history will count for nothing on Friday.

Their last meeting in Perth, back in 2013, resulted in an upset 16-14 win for the hosts.

However, the Force are nowhere near the quality side of three years ago and their form this season will ensure the Crusaders enter the game as outright favourites.

The Crusaders have just completed a two-match road trip to South Africa, where they overpowered the Sharks and Lions - leaving them in sixth place on the standings.

Without a doubt the one of the biggest match-ups for Friday's clash will see incumbent Wallaby No.8 Ben McCalman come up against newly appointed All Black captain and one of the best No.8s in the world, Kieran Read.

Both men provide incredible go forward for their sides and a strong performance from the international No.8s will go a long way to deciding the result.

Force coach Michael Foley said the side is looking forward to playing at home.

"It's always good to come home and play in front of our supporters after time away," he said of their loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.

"We set about changing the way we play this season by being more dynamic with ball in hand and while we haven't got the wins we'd all like, we will persevere.

"Our fans are incredibly passionate and the team is looking forward to running out at home and giving it their all for the full 80 minutes on Friday."

Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 30-7, Christchurch
2013: Force won 16-14, Perth
2012: Crusaders won 38-24, Christchurch
2011: Crusaders won 42-30, Perth
2010: Force won 24-16, Perth
2009: Force and Crusaders drew 23-all, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won three of their last four matches against the Force, though have been victorious in only one of their last three trips to Western Australia. A win for the Crusaders would be their fifth in succession, their longest streak in Super Rugby since they won five on the bounce by Round 13, 2014. The Force haven't hosted and defeated a New Zealand team since the corresponding round two seasons ago (18-15 - Round Six, 2014 v Chiefs). The Crusaders are one of only two teams (Stormers) to have a positive points differential in each of the four quarters of matches so far this season. The Force have conceded 80 points in the final quarter of matches so far this season, by far the most of any team and exactly four times as many as they've been able to score in reply. It will not be easy, but the Crusaders will win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sitiveni (Steve) Mafi, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro

Crusaders: 15 Ben Volavola, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Jimmy Tupou, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Jone Macilai.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

The Sunwolves are still searching for their first win, with most pundits believing that last week's outing against the Southern Kings had presented their best opportunity to break that duck.

The Stormers, in contrast, are the bestr among the South African teams in the competition.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is determined to keep his charges' feet firmly planted on the ground.

"Every week we speak about focussing on what we have to do and if we lose focus on that then we will face trouble," Fleck said.

"For us, it is only about improving our game from the things we have identified in the Jaguares match.

The Stormers m,entor said the Japanese outfit will present different challenges.

"They are a good attacking side, they ask different questions, their basics are good, they play at a high tempo.

"There will certainly not be any complacency from our side.

"We know they are desperate for a win and are certainly looking to grab a win in South Africa."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Sunwolves' last three games against South African opposition have been decided by five points or fewer and they've scored 55 points in their last two games against teams from South Africa. The Stormers are the only South African team who are yet to trail at the half-time break so far this season. The Stormers have won six of their last seven regular season matches at home when hosting a team from outside of South Africa. Eben Etzebeth has stolen nine lineouts so far this season, the most of any player in the competition, while having won an additional 22 on his side's throw. Sunwolves lock Tim Bond made 14 carries in his side's Round Five loss to the Kings, the equal second most of any player across the round, and teammate Tusi Pisi (13) was just one behind. The Stormers' solid set pieces and famed defence will ensuire they win by about 20 points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Damian de Allende.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura .

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Cruden sparks Chiefs comeback

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:55

REPORT: The table-topping Chiefs walked away with a bonus-point win, but not before being given a big fright by the Blues.

Coming back from being 10-20 down early in the second half, All Black flyhalf Aaron Cruden showed huge was running into some decent form - sparking the Chiefs to a 29-23 victory in Hamilton on Friday.

Cruden scored a try at a crucial stage, when the Blues seemed to be taking control, and then created another for Seta Tamanivalu that reclaimed the lead.

In the end the Chiefs scored five tries to two, with a Brodie Retallick try three minutes from time sealing the win.

The result takes the Chiefs winning streak to five matches, cementing their place at the top of the table and confirming their status as the form team of this year's competition.

It also extends their dominance over the Blues to 10 straight victories, dating back to June 2011.

While the Tana Umaga-coached Blues have been inconsistent this year, Chiefs skipper Sam Cane said they were always going to lift when facing their North Island rivals.

"If you read the paper you'd think we were going to blow them off the park but we know the history of these Chiefs-versus-Blues clashes and they had a point to prove," he said.

"We knew we'd have to grind it out."

The Chiefs took an early lead when prop Mitchell Graham picked up Brad Weber's speculative pass from the sideline and touched down.

Their second try came when Charlie Ngatai took off from deep in his own half after a line-out steal, dodging two defenders to set up a Shaun Stevenson try.

The Aucklanders created plenty of chances but let themselves down with poor discipline and handling errors, although two Ihaia West penalties meant the gap was only 10-6 at half-time.

Their execution improved with two tries just after the restart, the first a spectacular effort from Melani Nanai, who gathered a kick on half-way and zig-zagged through the Chiefs defence.

Reiko Ioane scored another two minutes later, bouncing off two tacklers to give the Blues a 20-10 lead.

But they could not hold on to the lead as Aaron Cruden clawed back a try for the Chiefs and then set up another for Seta Tamanivalu to put them ahead 22-20.

It was desperate, end-to-end play in the final 10 minutes, but Retallick sealed it when he broke free from a crush of bodies and stretched his lanky frame over the line.

Blues flyhalf West then sent over a penalty with the last kick of the game to narrow the gap to less than seven points, earning the Blues a bonus point.

Man of the match: Rieko Ioane again showed how dangerous he can be with ball in hand, while Steven Luatua and Jerome Kaino did the hard yards. Charlie Ngatai must now be the premier No.12 in New Zealand, while Michael Leitch, Sam Cane and Brodie Retallick were the Chiefs' most productive forwards. However, our award goes to Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden - who was instrumental in the second-half comeback and victory.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Graham, Stevenson, Cruden, Tamanivalu, Retallick
Cons: McKenzie 2

For the Blues:
Tries:
Nanai, R Ioane
Cons: West 2
Pens: West 3

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Maama Vaipulu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Sam McNicol.

Blues: 15  Melani Nanai Vai, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Hoani Matenga, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 George Moala.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Mitchell Graham (6min), Shaun Stevenson (24min), Aaron Cruden (48min), Seta Tamanivalu (55min), and Brodie Retallick (77min)
TRIES
Melani Nanai Vai (42min) and Rieko Ioane (45min)
Damian McKenzie (56min) and Damian McKenzie (78min)
CONVERSIONS
Ihaia West (42min) and Ihaia West (46min)
 
PENALTIES
Ihaia West (17min), Ihaia West (37min), and Ihaia West (79min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)