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Super Rugby | Hamilton
07:35 (GMT) | 21-05-2016
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Penalty to the Chiefs . McKenzie taps and kicks the ball into touch. That's the game!
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Chiefs on the attack through James Lowe, Inman shuts him down
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Chiefs on the attack near the Rebels 22, there's a massive pile up of bodies so the ref calls for a Chiefs scrum in a good attacking position .
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Rebels attack from deep through Naivalu, I think that's the first time he has seen the ball this evening
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Harris fails to add the extras
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Harris breaks the line for the Rebels and offloads to Hodge who scores in the corner! Great play from the Rebels!
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McKenzie adds the extras
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McKenzie throws a lovely pass to Horrell who scores!!!!
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Harris clears the ball into touch and the Chiefs have the lineout inside their own half.
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Cruden slots a penalty for the Chiefs
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Another knock on from the Rebels, Chiefs scrum. Far too many handling errors for professional rugby players....
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Solid defence from the Rebels as Jordy Reid forces the penalty and Harris clears the ball into touch near the halfway line.
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Chiefs attack on the Rebels 22 through James Lowe.
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Rebels on the attack near the halfway line. Chiefs defence is solid as they force the penalty. Rebels with no venom in attack.
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Chiefs attack through Weber but then Pulu loses the ball forward , Rebels have the option of a scrum on lineout. They opt for the lineout on the halfway line.
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Rebels attack through McMahon then next phases sees Debreczeni throw a forward pass, scrum Chiefs on their own 22.
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Chiefs lose the ball forward, scrum Rebels. The game has certainly lost its structure.
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Rebels on the attack near the Chiefs 22 before Meehan loses the ball forward and the Chiefs have the scrum put in.
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Offside play from Cruden results in the Rebels getting a penalty in their own half. Debreczeni kicks for touch to set up an attacking lineout for the visitors
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Couple kicks back and forth as the game starts to become fairly dull.
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Debreczeni clears the ball into touch for the Rebels. Chiefs lineout on the halfway line
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Chiefs on the attack through Toni Pulu who busts through the defence but then loses the ball forward, scrum Rebels.
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Chiefs on the attack 5 meters from the try line as Siegfried Fisiihoi crashes over for the try. TMO in action and its judged that a couple phases prior to the try James Lowe stepped into touch. No try! Rebels lineout instead.
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Debreczeni clears the ball but it doesn't go out as Lowe has a run .
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Scrum resets a couple times , ref decides to have words with both front rows.
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Harris finds his jumper and the Chiefs set the maul . The ball doesn't come out and the ref blows for a Rebels scrum.
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McKenzie bundled into touch, Rebels lineout 5 meters from their own line. Hanson finds his jumper and Debreczeni clears the ball into touch on the 22. Chiefs lineout.
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Chiefs attack through McKenzie followed by Lowe. 5 meters from the Rebels try line.
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Scrappy play from the Rebels sees the Chiefs awarded a scrum put in on the visitors 22.
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Harris adds the extras
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Rebels continue to bash at the Chiefs defence before Mike Harris busts through and scores the TRY!
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Chiefs lineout just inside their own half. Harris finds his jumper but Seu loses the ball forward and the Rebels attack near the Chiefs 22.
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Couple kicks back and forth between the two sides before McKenzie has a run from the back for the Chiefs.
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Chiefs on the attack on the halfway line before Leitch loses the ball forward and the Rebels have the scrum put in.
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Second half underway

Half Time

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Halftime! See you all in a bit for the second half. One way traffic in this match
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Rebels on the attack in the dying moments of the half, Rebels awarded a penalty , Harris sets up an attacking lineout 5 meters from the Try line. Hanson finds his jumper and the maul is set before there is an accidental obstruction and a scrum is called for the Chiefs.
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Cruden clears the ball into touch to relieve pressure for the home side.
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English crashes over in the corner for the try, TMO in action as it is judged to be a forward pass . Scrum Chiefs 5 meters from their try line
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Rebels on the attack 5 meters from the try line, Faingaa puts in a grubber which Weber cleans up but is isolated resulting in the Rebels winning another penalty for the player holding onto the ball.
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Rebels inside the Chiefs 22 as Timani has a go followed by Hanson who loses the ball forward but the Rebels are awarded a penalty , Debreczeni sets up a lineout 5 meters from the Chiefs try line.
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Chiefs running the ball from their own try line, some crazy offloads from Pulu, Leitch and Cruden results in nothing as the Rebels turn the ball over and are back on the attack in the Chiefs half
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Rebels on the attack inside the Chiefs half through Mike Harris, Hodge and Hanson
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Chiefs completely outplaying the Rebels in the first half.
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Cruden adds the extras
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James Lowe does well as he breaks the line for the Chiefs, he offloads to Tamanivalu who comes close, the next wave of attack sees Cruden dive over for the TRY!
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Rebels ball in hand inside their own half but they are met with solid defence from the Chiefs forcing Debreczeni to clear the ball upfield
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Yet another kick out on the full this time from Cruden, not the greatest kicking display from both sides. Lineout Rebels on the halfway line
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Conversion is good from Cruden
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Chiefs on the attack inside the Rebels 22, Toni Pulu comes off Webers shoulder and crashes through from the short ball scoring the TRY for the Chiefs!
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Short arm penalty at the scrum for the Rebels ,Debreczeni clears the ball into touch
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Chiefs attack through Weber who loses the ball forward and the Rebels have the scrum put in on their own 22.
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Chiefs scrum on the Rebels 22 as Debreczeni puts a 22 dropout out on the full. Rookie error.
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McKenzie clears his lines and the Rebels attack from deep through McMahon who loses the ball and the Chiefs attack on the Rebels 22.
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Chiefs scrum just outside their own 22
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Harris has a shot at goal, he strikes the ball low but its pulled wide and the Chiefs have the 22 drop-out which Mitch Graham butchers completely. Props shouldn't kick! Coach killer but extremely funny!
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Late hit from Leitch sees the Rebels get a penalty deep inside the Rebels half
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Cruden fails to add the extras
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Chiefs attack through McKenzie who is shut down, the second phase of attack sees Cruden putting through a grubber and Nathan Harris dives onto the ball and scores the TRY!
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From the kick-off the Rebels fumble the ball and the Chiefs are immediately on the attack inside the visitors 22. The Chiefs have the penalty advantage also
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Mike Harris slots the penalty for the Rebels
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Rebels on the attack inside the Chiefs 22, they win the penalty in a kickable position. Harris will have a pop at goal.
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Rebels penalty ,Debreczeni sets up a lineout on the Chiefs 22.
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Rebels lineout on their own 22. Ominous signs for the visitors in the opening exchanges, could be a long evening
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Rebels on the attack just inside the Chiefs half before Mitch Graham does well to force a penalty for the Chiefs . Weber decides to tap and go...
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Cruden converts the try
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Great play as Tamanivalu steps through the Rebels defenders and scores the TRY for the Chiefs! Just too good!
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Chiefs on the attack through Retallick, he loses the ball forward and Stirzaker kicks the ball out on the full, lineout Chiefs on the Rebels 22.
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Early exchanges sees Damien McKenzie lose the ball forward and a scrum is awarded to the Rebels near the halfway line. The Chiefs destroy the Rebels pack and win the penalty. Cruden kicks for touch to set up an attacking lineout in Rebels territory
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First half underway! Rebels kick off!
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Almost time for this game to get underway! It should be a cracker
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The Rebels, who sit seven points behind the conference leaders - the Waratahs - on the Australian Conference ladder, have just five games left to make up lost ground.
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Despite having slipped to three defeats in their last four matches - having previously topped the Australian conference - the Rebels are adamant they are not out of the play-off race yet.
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The Rebels know they have a mountain to climb against a Chiefs team determined to bounce back - after suffering only their second defeat of the season, 13-26 to the Highlanders.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and the Rebels
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Mitchell Graham
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Hiroshi Yamashita
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Taleni Seu
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Brad Weber
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 14 Toni Pulu
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Kane Hames
  • 18 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 19 Michael Allardice
  • 20 Tom Sanders
  • 21 Kayne Hammington
  • 22 Andrew Horrell
  • 23 Sam Vaka
START LINE UP
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 2 James Hanson
  • 3 Jamie Hagan
  • 4 Sam Jeffries
  • 5 Lopeti Timani
  • 6 Colby Faingaa
  • 7 Sean McMahon
  • 8 Adam Thomson
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jack Debreczeni
  • 11 Tom English
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 13 Mitch Inman
  • 14 Sefanaia Naivalu
  • 15 Mike Harris
RESERVES
  • 16 Siliva Siliva
  • 17 Cruze Ah-Nau
  • 18 Tim Metcher
  • 19 Culum Retallick
  • 20 Jordy Reid
  • 21 Ben Meehan
  • 22 Jonah Placid
  • 23 Kotaro Matsushima
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND 13, PART ONE

Thu, 19 May 2016 00:08

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the first three matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 13.

The Crusaders could set the tone for what is going to be an intriguing weekend of Super Rugby.

The seven-time former champions, Crusaders, host the one-time champion Waratahs in Christchurch - the Crusaders coming off a disappointing loss and the Waratahs on a red-hot four-match winning streak.

It is the only Friday match, but will have a huge impact on the standings just a fortnight before the June break.

In the two early matches on Saturday the Chiefs - for so long tournament leaders till they were displaced by the Crusaders two weeks ago - are at home to the Rebels; while Reds and Sunwolves Brisbane in a match where battered pride is all that is at stake.

Friday, May 20:

The main question ahead of this game is: How will the loss of Kurtley Beale affect the Waratahs

Beale, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, was the creative spark in an exciting Tahs backline.

However, they have another massive hurdle - a 12-year drought against the Crusaders in Christchurch - to overcome.

Waratahs assistant coach Chris Malone admitted losing a player of that calibre is tough.

"Losing Kurtley for us will be a be a huge loss," Malone said.

"He's been in spectacular form. He's been an integral part of our team and he's been a real leader for us on and off the field.

"We'll sorely miss him, but it gives the opportunity for someone else to cover that absence. It will have a galvanising effect."
 
The Crusaders lost their first match last week after an eight-game winning streak, while the Tahs have six wins (four on the trot at present) and four losses.

However, Malone feels they need to continue to get better, especially in this crucial fortnight before the June break.

"We need to continue to push towards an 80-minute performance," the Tahs assistant said.

"We've got the Crusaders this week, who have been the competition front runners all year.

"We head over to Christchurch and there's a huge opportunity, but also a huge task ahead of us to ensure we keep heading in the direction we want to head.

"We've just got to keep working hard on the training ground and keep getting better and better each week."

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 32-22, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 33-32, Sydney (Final)
2013: Crusaders won 23-22, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 37-33, Sydney
2011: Crusaders won 33-18, Nelson
2010: Crusaders won 20-13, Christchurch

Prediction: The Waratahs have won their last two games against the Crusaders, a third straight win would be their longest ever streak against the Christchurch franchise. The Christchurch based side have won their last four against Australian opposition, with the last two games in that run both coming by margins of 25-plus points. The Waratahs have won two of their last three games in New Zealand and will be searching for back-to-back wins there for the first time since 2009 after a 29-24 win over the Hurricanes in Round 10. The Crusaders have scored nine tries in the third quarter of matches so far this season, a 10th would make them the first team to have scored 10-plus tries in each quarter of their matches so far this season. Richie Mo'unga beat seven defenders in the Crusaders' Round 12 loss, the most of any Crusaders flyhalf in Super Rugby since 2011. The Waratahs have a realistic chance of winning in the Crusaders' back yard, but I would not bet my house in that. We feel the Crusaders will sneak it by eight points.

Teams:

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

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Angus Ta'avao, 17 Hugh Roach, 18 Jeremy Tilse, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Matt Carraro, 23 Zac Guildford.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Kane McBride
TMO: Chris Wratt

Saturday, May 21:

The Reds return to Brisbane this weekend, following two games in New Zealand, and will be hoping to maintain their good home form this season - which has seen them win their last two at Suncorp Stadium.

Saturday's game will see the first meeting between the Reds and the Sunwolves, as the Queenslanders aim to finish on a high ahead of a Round 14 bye and the month-long June break.

The Sunwolves - with a win over the Jaguares and a draw with the Stormers - the Sunwolves now believe they can start knocking teams over more regularly.

Former Reds flank Ed Quirk is adamant they are not in Brisbane to "muck around".

"We're here to compete, not participate," Quirk told the couriermail.com.au.

Ironically, the Reds will have the name of one of Japan's most iconic stars, fullback Ayumu Goromaru, on their player roster.

However, Quirk insists they are not focussed on individuals, but rather how the Sunwolves can perform AS A TEAM.

"We are playing the Reds on Saturday, not Goromaru," Quirk said.

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Reds have won their last two games at home, the same amount of wins they accrued in their previous 12 home matches. The last time they won three on the spin in the same season was at the end of their 2013 campaign. The Sunwolves have conceded 171 points in their three games away from home so far in 2016, that's an average of 57 per game. The Reds have scored 38 more points than they've conceded in the third quarter of games so far this season, the fourth best difference of any team and nine more than the next best Australian team (Brumbies). Riaan Viljoen has gained 604 metres, the most of any Sunwolves player, and has scored two tries and gained 176 metres in the Sunwolves' last two games away from home. Rob Simmons has won 58 line-outs (including one steal) to date this season, the second most of any player in the competition and 15 more than the next best Australian-based player (Sam Carter - 43).  It is difficult to know which Sunwolves team will turn up. They have been bouncing between sublime and diabolical this season. The Reds at home may be just too much and should win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (captain), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 4 Tim Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea.

Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Nic Berry
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

The Rebels know they have a mountain to climb against a Chiefs team determined to bounce back - after suffering only their second defeat of the season, 13-26 to the Highlanders.

Despite having slipped to three defeats in their last four matches - having previously topped the Australian conference - the Rebels are adamant they are not out of the play-off race yet.

The Rebels, who sit seven points behind the conference leaders - the Waratahs - on the Australian Conference ladder, have just five games left to make up lost ground.

However, Rebels coach Tony McGahan said the team will not focus on the hypothetical scenarios.

"We know exactly where we stand and what we've got to do and that's where we'll go forward this week," McGahan said in an interview on the Rebels website.

"If you get too caught up on the opposition and what they've got to do, who they've got to play, the byes they've got, and who's in and who's out, it becomes messy.

"We're keeping things pretty simple so we just worry about ourselves, what we've got control over and make sure we play well.

"We've got a tough assignment with the Chiefs away in Hamilton on Saturday."

Despite the Chiefs holding the head to head advantage, the Rebels take confidence from the fact that little has separated the two sides in their previous meetings.

"They're a fantastic side and have been leading the competition pretty much since day one, they're pretty hard to beat in New Zealand but we've done well against them the last two years and we look forward to mixing it up on Saturday," McGahan said.

Previous results:
2015: Rebels won 16-15, Melbourne
2014: Chiefs won 22-16. Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 39-33, Melbourne
2011: Chiefs won 38-10, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs have won three of their four games against the Rebels, though the Melbourne team snapped a three-game losing streak with a win in the last fixture between these franchises. Defeat to the Highlanders in Round 11 snapped a seven game winning streak for the Chiefs; they've not lost consecutive home games in the same season since 2011. The Chiefs have scored three tries on the back of a line-out steal, the equal most of any team in the competition, while the Rebels have conceded the joint most tries (three) after having their line-out stolen. The Rebels have conceded the second fewest points of any team in the final quarter of matches this season (32), just one point more than the Waratahs. Sefanaia Naivalua has made an average game of 9.7 metres from 26 carries so far this season, the most of any Australian-based player and the third most overall (minimum 10 carries). The Chiefs have too much class to be bogged down by their recent loss and should win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Lopeti Timani , 4 Sam Jeffries, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva , 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Jonah Placid, 23 Kotaro Matsushima.

Referee: Angus Gardiner
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Brett Johnson
TMO: Ben Skeen

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
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* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Chiefs go top with bonus-point win

Sat, 21 May 2016 09:28

REPORT: The Chiefs easily disposed of the Rebels, winning 36-15 in their Super Rugby Round 13 encounter in Hamilton on Saturday.

The five-tries-to-two win saw the Chiefs go top of the tournament standings - the New Zealand outfit overtaking compatriots the Crusaders, who were denied a bonus point in their win over the Waratahs a day earlier.

It had been raining heavily on the Waikato and the field was, apparently, slippery, but the crowd of 11 806 would have enjoyed seeing their team score tries enough to win comfortably and take their team to the top of the overall log in Super Rugby. And the Chiefs seem able to do it without great strain. They seem to prefer skill to strain.

The Rebels on the other hand looked like a team making efforts and won the try-scoring two-one in the second half but the first half (and missed tackles) had left them too far behind. At the break the Chiefs led 26-3, four tries to none.

It did not take the Chiefs long to score. Nic Stirzaker kicked out on the full to give the home side a line-out just outside the Rebels' 22 on the Chiefs' left. Dominic Bird caught the line-out throw, the Chiefs mauled some 12 metres and then broke to bash and then sent the ball wide where outside centre Seta Tamanivalu stepped inside Mitch Inman and Reece Hodge and  beat Lopeti Timani on the outside to score a try that Aaron Cruden converted. 7-0 after 4 minutes. It all seemed easy.

But Sam Cane was penalised at a tackle and New Zealander Mike Harris kicked the penalty goal. 7-3 after 11 minutes - the end of the Rebels' scoring in the first half.

At the kick-off  the Rebels seemed confused, the ball bounced and the Chiefs attacked on the left, went right and came back left and turned over the ball but Jack Debreczeni gave them back the ball by not finding touch and the Chiefs came back. From a tackle they went left and Cruden pushed a grubber through which hooker Nathan Harris did well to dive onto to score just in from touch-in-goal. 12-3 after 13 minutes.

For Nathan Harris (no relation to Mike) it was a glorious return to top rugby after a long absence after his ankle injury playing for the All Blacks against the USA in Chicago in November 2014.

Lively Brad Weber broke off a pass from Michael Leitch at a scrum but a knock-on produced a scrum at which the Chiefs were freekicked. From the subsequent line-out on their left, the Chiefs went through phases till Webber dummied at a tackle and gave a short pass to Toni Pulu who beat the attempted tackle of Sam Jeffries and scored. 19-3 after 24 minutes.

The Chiefs counterattacked off a Debreczeni kick and on their left James Lowe, with step and dummy, beat two defenders and gave inside to Tamanivalu who gave to Anton Lienert-Brown who was tackled near the left cornerflag. The ball came back to Cruden who ducked under the arm of Tim Metcher to score a try which he converted. 26-3 after 29 minutes.

After 41 minutes of playing time, the Chiefs scored their next try.

In the second half the Rebels set up two series of phases, 11 and then 12 of them. They twice preferred to kick for touch when kicking at goal from penalties would have brought easy points. And they went over in the left corner only for the TMO to point out that the pass from Debreczeni to Tom English was forward.

But  Rebels' hopes were not dashed. They won a Chiefs' line-out and again went through phases - 11 of them - and this time Mike Harris surfed over for a try which he converted. 26-10 after 46 minutes.

The Chiefs came close after a scrum but Sefa Naivalu tackled Damian McKenzie out at the cornerflag. Then Sieggie Fisi'ihoi was over but the TMO advised that Lowe had put a foot on the touchline in the lead-up to the 'try'. He clearly had put his left foot on the line.

From now on the game seemed to lose its sharpness as handling became wobbly. There were bursts of energy - from Pulu, Sean McMahon and Lowe.

Cruden kicked a penalty and then sat out for a rest. 29-10 after 69 minutes.

The last 10 minutes produced two tries.

From a line-out in their own half, the Chiefs suddenly came to light and a long, looping, perfect pass from McKenzie over a leaping Debreczini to Andrew Horrell saw the centre cut through for a try behind the posts, which McKenzie converted. 36-10 after 73 minutes.

A minute later Mike Harris broke ran from just outside his own 22, broke, charged ahead and gave inside to Hodge who raced some 42 metres to score in the left corner. It was a brilliant try.

Man of the Match: Certainly Brad Weber was a candidate and so was Sam Cane but our choice is lively, creative, skilful James Lowe who made opportunities for others.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Tamanivalu, N Harris, Pulu, Cruden, Horrell
Cons: Cruden 3, McKenzie
Pen: Cruden

For the Rebels:
Try:
M Harris, Hodge
Con: M Harris
Pen: M Harris

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Lopeti Timani , 4 Sam Jeffries, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva , 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Jonah Placid, 23 Kotaro Matsushima.

Referee: Angus Gardiner
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Brett Johnson
TMO: Ben Skeen

Seta Tamanivalu (4min), Nathan Harris (13min), Toni Pulu (23min), Aaron Cruden (29min), and Andrew Horrell (72min)
TRIES
Mike Harris (45min) and Reece Hodge (74min)
Aaron Cruden (5min), Aaron Cruden (24min), Aaron Cruden (30min), and Damian McKenzie (73min)
CONVERSIONS
Mike Harris (46min)
Aaron Cruden (69min)
PENALTIES
Mike Harris (11min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Angus Gardiner (Australia)