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09:40 (GMT) | 08-07-2016
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The match looked easy for the Chiefs, leading the home side 50-5. A very disappointing run from the Reds.
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Few minutes before end of the game, Chiefs still looking strong.
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Chiefs are keeping the possession and still attacking the home side.
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Chiefs again managed to win the ball from the scrum, they attacked the home side. In a nice pass through Chiefs back line, McKenzie get his easy second try of the match.
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Great run from Cruden, but his pass got intercepted by Chris Kuridrani, who lost it forward a scrum to the Chiefs in the Reds' redzone.
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Chiefs missed an opportunity to add in their scoring sheet, in a great run, however Messam lost the ball forward.
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The ball gets out, a line-out will be taken by Chiefs. The ball is out, Chiefs are attacking hard.
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McKenzie failed to convert.
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Reds keeping the possession, 8th phase - still with the ball but lost it to Chiefs. The visitors get away with the ball to the Reds half to get an easy try in the corner.
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Ref is looking for potential foul play, TMO talking, Chiefs escaped the yellow card and just penalty. Reds still has the ball in trying to fight back and keep the possession.
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Chiefs make an obstruction, penalty awarded to home side. Reds lost the ball to the Chiefs. Home side are trying to clear visitors away from their half.
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Chiefs in Reds' 22, turn over ball and Reds try to defend and makes a kick to give Chiefs line-out.
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Chiefs is making substitutions, and the Reds line-out is over throwed and Chiefs collected it. Visitors get penalty in front of Reds poles and decided on scrum.
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With almost less than 20 minutes left at Suncorp, Chiefs kept the ball possession very well and Reds are struggling to unblock Chiefs defence.
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Home team looks tired in front of their crowd, Chiefs ready with the scrum. McKenzie missed to catch the ball.
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Cruden looks frustrated as if his mind is not in the game.
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Reds awarded a penalty, trying to fight back to mighty Chiefs.
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McKenzie smiled as usual as he slot the two points adding. Chiefs leading 40-5
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Reds will get line-out, Ready gets it underway, lost the ball to the visitors. Chiefs again attacking, McKenzie ran through to the corner flag for his first try of the game.
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In an attempt for a try, Lowe managed to dive in the corner flag but Reds pushed him out. It's now line-out to the Reds.
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Reds are attacking but lost the ball to the Chiefs. The game pace is lowered compare to the first half one. Lin-out to the Reds, but lost the ball to the Chiefs.
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Reds kicking the ball through Chiefs side, in the make if few runs but ball gets knock on by both side. And it's the scrum to the Reds on 50 meters.
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Reds offside and penalty awarded to the visitors. Chiefs wins the line-out, they keeping the possession. But Lowe lost it in the tackle.
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Reds keeping the ball and the possession, grubber kick from the home side. But Chiefs managed to clear that. Now it will be Reds line-out in their half. The home side are making the substitution.
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Reds scrum in 50 meters, the home side are looking to fight back and win the possession. Reds attacks Chiefs. Slowly in visitors half.
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Line-out to the Chiefs in 50 meters. They return the ball and started with the attack. Chiefs retains the ball and the possession. Chiefs lost the ball and ref awarded scrum to the Reds.
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Chiefs starting again with the attack. Now scrum to the Reds in their 22 meter field. The ball is out and home side kicks it in to the Chiefs.
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Welcome to the second stanza of the Super Rugby clash between Reds and Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Chiefs leading home side with 33-5. Chiefs gets the game underway.

Half Time

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With one minute to play, Chiefs have not stop attacking the Reds, Chiefs have really use the two-man advantage. Scrum to the Reds in their own half and Frisby shots it out, but Henry Taefu feels like that is the last for the first stanza and kicks the ball to touch. Chiefs lead the home side with 33-15!
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Chiefs with a scrum inside the Reds' 5 meter. With a good scrum the Chiefs are making ground. Penalty to Chiefs and Cane opt for the quick kick-and-go. Some nice passes among the three attacking players sends Seta Tamanivalu behind the line for a try!!!!
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Five minutes to go for the first half. Nathan Harris makes a nice run on the wing and pops inside to Tawera Kerr-Barlow whose pass is collected by the Reds on their try-line in a rush. James Slipper the captain goes off to seek some medical attention.
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McKenzie slots over an easy two points, 28-5 to the Chiefs!!!
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A scrum on the Reds' 22 and teh ball pops out for the Chiefs, Cruden makes a nice break and Sam Cane bashes over for a try under the post!!!
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Another yellow card awarded to the Reds this time to Jack Tuttlem leaving his team in all sorts of trouble.
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McKenzie adds the easy kick, 21-5 to the Chiefs
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Frisby gets marching orders and gets a yellow card.
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Scrum to the Chiefs on their 10 meter line. Scrum is reset. Ref having a stern word with the players. Chiefs retain the ball. James Lowe with a nice break through the middle of the field give it to his support runner. Lachlan Boshier make some runs and plants the ball behind the line, the tackle by frisby is ruled illegal. The refs awards a penalty try!!!!
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Line-out on the Chiefs' 22. Reds secure the ball and Frisby feeds the backline. Again Reds are going through and setting up some phases near the Chiefs' 22.
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From the restart Cruden fails to reach the 10 meter and its a scrum to the Reds on the 50 meter line. Scrum is reset, and Reds wins a penalty Chiefs penalize for wheeling. Frisby kick to touch.
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Henry Taefu fails to add the extras.
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15 Phases have pass, Frisby pass it to Duncan Paia'aua who gives a quick pass. Chris Kuridrani burst past defenders and go down in the corner for the home side's first try.
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Chiefs kicks it downfield but Reds keeps it inside and they put on a gutsy attack again. Reds recycle and put on some phases near the Chiefs' 22. It is still there for the Reds as they break through the 22. Frisby opt to go wide and Chiefs are keeping the Reds out.
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Line-out to the Reds, they puts on a rolling maul but the Chiefs defense stood the test. ball is shift wide and Reds gets tackled to touch inside the Chiefs' 5 meter.
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Line-out to the Reds as they manage to retain the ball. Ref giving advantage to the Reds near the Chiefs' 10 meter line. Reds opt to kick to touch and this time Frisby finds the touch.
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McKenzie adds the extras and his team lead 14-0!!!
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Chiefs have a scrum just on their 10 meter line. Scrum is reset... Chiefs retain the ball and their are on the attack, the backline put on some nice passes with tentalizing footworks as Atu Moli bashes through the defense to go down for the second try!!!
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Reds' line-out and they retain the ball, Frisby with a nice box kick. Cruden penalize for obstructions and the Reds' opt to kick to touch, but Frisby overcooks it and goes behind the try-line.
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Chiefs are off-side at the ruck and Nick Frisby kicks his team out of trouble.
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Line-out to Chiefs inside teh Reds' half. A good maul is form and Cruden puts it on the toe. Reds now have the ball and they hoist a non productive ball in the air. McKenzie collects it and made some meters with a nice run but loos it in the tackle.
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We haven't evens reach the 5 minutes and there is all the actions. Line-out to the Reds on the Chiefs' 22. Penalty against the Reds and Cruden has an opportunity to kick to touch.
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The smiling McKenzi steps up and converts an easy kick, 7-0 to the Chiefs.
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The Reds gets the game underway!!! Straight away an early Reds' line-out on the 10 meter line, They are making some ground with the ball, but a turnover sends the Chiefs wide who makes a nice line-break. Chiefs puts on the passes inside the Reds' 22 and McKenzi sends it wide and Seta Tamanivalu cross for the first try of the match.
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The man taking control of the match is referee Nick Briant (New Zealand), while his assistant referees are Nic Berry (Australia) and Jordan Way (Australia). The TMO will be Damien Mitchelmore (Australia).
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Some last preparations before the match. For the homeside it is all about pride where as a Chiefs win will secure a win in the New Zealand conference.
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Some players to look out for are the tantalizing backline players of both sides Jack Tuttle, Chris Kuridrani, and Eto Nabuli will want to show their class against the likes of Damian McKenzie, Toni Pulu, and James Lowe.
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The Chiefs, who have opted to rest All Black star Brodie Retallick because of his heavy workload, will hope the return of Liam Messam will provide the inspiration for the visitors.
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The home side have made two late changes with Sam Talakai and Alex Gibbon have been called into the side in place of Greg Holmes with a neck injury and Anthony Fainga’a having problems with his back.
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Chiefs are clear favourities when it comes to this macth, however Reds already shown that they have the abilty to beat any team with they caused an upset against the defending champions Highlanders 28-27 this season.
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Welcome the Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Chiefs at the Suncorp Stadium.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 James Slipper
  • 2 Andrew Ready
  • 3 Sam Talakai
  • 4 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 5 Kane Douglas
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 Liam Gill
  • 8 Curtis Browning
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Henry Taefu
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Chris Kuridrani
  • 15 Jack Tuttle
RESERVES
  • 16 Matt Mafi
  • 17 Sef Faagase
  • 18 Taniela Tupou
  • 19 Lukhan Lealaiauloto
  • 20 Leroy Houston
  • 21 James Tuttle
  • 22 Alex Gibbon
  • 23 Campbell Magnay
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Atunaisa Moli
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Taleni Seu
  • 6 Tom Sanders
  • 7 Lachlan Boshier
  • 8 Sam Cane
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 14 Toni Pulu
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Siate Tokolahi
  • 19 Mitchell Brown
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 21 Brad Weber
  • 22 Andrew Horrell
  • 23 Sam McNicol
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S18 Preview: ROUND 16, PART ONE

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:55

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 16.

There is not a single game where the result will not have an impact on the standings and influence the play-off positions.

The Blues may not have a snowball's hope of reaching the play-offs, but they can certainly put a huge dent in the Brumbies' prospects and leave the front door wide open for the Waratahs to claim pole position in the Australian conference.

The Reds are in the same position. Out of the running for some time, but in a position to have a major impact on the most hotly contested conference in the competition - the Chiefs (first in the New Zealand conference), Crusaders, Hurricanes and Highlanders, who are all separated by three points on the standings.

The table-topping Lions have the most to lose in the Friday matches when they host the hapless (or some would claim the hopeless) Southern Kings. The Lions would hope to take a full-house of five points from the match and go into the final round of league matches in a commanding position.

Their biggest threat, it seems is overconfidence - underestimating a Kings team sans seasoned campaigners like Steven Sykes and Schalk Ferreira, not to mention injured players like Cyril-John Velleman and Martin Ferreira.

Friday, June 7

Conditions are going to play a crucial role - as pre-match predictions suggest it will be wet and windy - with the Brumbies readily admitting that they may be forced to put boot to ball a bit more than usual.

The  Brumbies, who are looking to turn a four-game winning streak into a five-game victory run, have struggled against New Zealand teams in the last two seasons.

They are currently on a three-game losing streak against New Zealand teams - the Brumbies' only positive result in their last six games against their cousins from across the Tasman Sea a 52-10 demolition of the Hurricanes in the opening round of the 2016 campaign.

The ACT team have conceded 111 points in their last three encounters with teams from across the ditch. Of those points, 53 were conceded in the opening half of fixtures to which they replied with only 23 points of their own.

However, the Brumbies are determined to ignore the historical data and solidify control of the Australian Conference with a win over the Blues.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admitted conditions will "dictate how they play" on Friday.

"We are expecting a bit of rain and Eden Park can get a bit windy as well," Larkham told a media gathering in Canberra.

He said they expect the Blues to kick a bit more, but also bring their usual physical game.

"They do like their forward play, mauls and scrums, and we have to step up and make sure we are nice and physical in those contests."

He added that they spoke a lot this week about their defence.

Midfield playmaker Matt Toomua also spoke of the testing conditions and how the Brumbies will cope with it.

"We have to ensure we are nice and structured, and not run around like a bunch of scallywags," Toomua said.

"Our defence and discipline will need to be good and we also need to play down their end of the field."

Recent results:
2015: Blues won 16-14, Auckland
2014: Brumbies won 26-9, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 20-13, Auckland
2012: Blues won 30-16, Canberra
2010: Blues won 39-34, Auckland
2009: Brumbies won 37-15, Canberra

Prediction: The Blues won the last meeting between the two sides. However, they lost four of their previous six against the Brumbies before that. The Auckland side have won six of their last eight at home against the Brumbies; the last four meetings in that run have seen the defeated side pick up a losing bonus point. The last three meetings between the Blues and the Brumbies have seen just 33 points scored per game on average; the three games prior to that had yielded an average of 57 points in total. The Blues' last six home games have all been won by margins of eight points or fewer with the Auckland side winning four of those fixtures. The Brumbies have won four away games this season, including three of their last four; a fifth away victory would be their most in the regular season since 2012. However the Canberra side have lost on each of their last four regular season trips to New Zealand, this after winning four in a row on their trips across the Tasman before that. The Blues have won 12 of their last 14 when hosting Australian sides, including each of the last five in a row; the last time they went on a longer winning streak at home to teams from Australia was between 2002 and 2007 when they won 11 on the bounce. The Blues enjoy exactly 18 minutes of possession per game this season, the most of any team in the competition and almost half a minute more than the second highest team in the competition, the Brumbies. Christian Lealiifano has kicked 77 percent of his attempts at goal, the most of any player who has made more than 50 attempts so far this season. David Pocock (23) and Scott Fardy (19) lead the tournament in turnovers won, having won significantly more than Blues best Blake Gibson (nine). It won't be pretty and will be close, but the Brumbies should squeeze out a win - by eight points or less.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Male Sa'u/Matt Vaega, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis/Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Vaega/Michael Little, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

The Chiefs are well aware that, as one of the competition favourites, they have a target on their collective backs.

And they are up against a Reds team that already caused one boilover of the season - when they edged the defending champions Highlanders 28-27 in April.

The Chiefs, who have opted to rest All Black star Brodie Retallick because of his heavy workload, will hope the return of Liam Messam will provide the inspiration.

Messam, who has missed out on Olympic selection with the national Sevens team, will look to unleash his frustrations on opponents in Super Rugby.

Reds interim head coach Matt O'Connor admitted they are up against a team "thinking about silverware".

"We are playing against the best team in the competition at home and for us it is a 'final'," O'Connor said.

"We will have to be at our very best to stay in the hunt."

The Reds expect the Chiefs challenge them in "every facet of the game".

"It is a daunting challenge because of the pace they play at and how solid their game is across the board," the coach said.

"Every facet of our game will have to be very accurate."

The Reds, stuck in 15th position after a poor season that has yielded just three wins from 13 starts, are still working hard to salvage something from the disastrous campaign that saw coach Richard Graham axed just two rounds into the competition.

"The desire in the environment to work hard is the most pleasing thing," said O'Connor - one of two interim coaches.

"That is how you get better, by working on your game," he said, adding: "The guys understand we've had deficiencies and have tried to be better.

"We understand that moving forward we don't deliver the same errors.

"From that aspect it has been pretty pleasing."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 24-3, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 31-23, Hamilton
2012: Reds won 42-27, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-11, Hamilton
2010: Reds won 23-18, Hamilton
2009: Chiefs won 50-26, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds lost the last meeting between these sides, in Round 17 last season. However, they won each of the four fixtures between the two before that. The Chiefs have won three of the last four meetings between the sides in Queensland, this after winning just once in five attempts away to the Reds in Super Rugby before that. The Reds have won their last three at home, but have not won four consecutive home matches in a single season since their last four regular season home games in 2012. The Chiefs have scored 23 more tries than they've conceded this year, the largest positive disparity of any team in the competition and 40 higher than the Reds disparity (-17). The Reds back rower Hendrik Tui has stolen five line-outs so far this season, the fifth most of any player and more than any other Australian-based player. Expect the Chiefs to pull clear in the final quarter and win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Jack Tuttle, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Sam Cane (co-captain), 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam McNicol.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

The biggest threat to the Lions is complacency not the Southern Kings.

Yes, the Kings will be willing and will throw everything (including the kitchen sink) at the Lions.

However, the chasm in the difference of the class of the two sides will mean that only if the Lions don't pitch mentally will the Kings win.

"The biggest threat is if the players believe the public talk [about the Kings being a weak team]," captain Jaco Kriel said, when asked about the favourites tag now attached to the table-topping Lions.

"The people are entitled to their opinions, but as a group we will not alter our preparation from any other week or team.

"It does not matter who we are facing, our preparation will be unchanged."

"We are always looking to improve ourselves, and we will continue doing that because we are not changing that routine.

"We will continue to work hard and prepare as we do every week - we certainly won't underestimate the Kings."

Kriel admitted that if the Lions are not mentally ready for the game, they will be in trouble.

"The big challenge for us is to be mentally up for this game and pitch up on the day."

Coach Johan Ackermann, who named his best available team, said it is important to get the win and retain their position at the top of the competition's totem pole.

"It is going to be tough for the Springboks, as we are asking for another game from them," Ackermann said.

"We believe mentally they are ready for that challenge.

"However, if I rest a player this week, it means I have to play him next week [against the Jaguares] and then it includes travelling  [to Buenos Aires].

"I would rather have that option [of resting key players] next week. Some of the games this weekend will give us an indication [what to do next week].

"We must first get a victory this week and after that we can look at Saturday's games and make a call on Sunday."

Previous result:
2016: Lions won 45-10, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: This will be just the second official meeting between these sides in Super Rugby (the 2013 promotion-relegation series excluded); the Lions defeated the Kings 45-10 in their first meeting, in April this year. The Kings are searching for their second away win in Super Rugby; they've lost each of their last 10 with those defeats coming by an average margin of 30 points. The Lions have won their last four Super Rugby games, a fifth straight win would equal the franchise record winning streak in the competition. The Lions have starved their opposition of possession so far this season, allowing their opponents only 13 minutes and 13 seconds with the ball in hand each game, the fewest of any team. Kings lock John-Charles Astle has won 60 line-outs so far this season, including three last week, the fourth most of any player after 15 rounds in 2016. The Kings might keep it close for the first half, but by the end the Lions should have a winning margin of 30 points or more.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle (captain), 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Dewald Human, 23 Jeremy Ward.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper(South Africa), Ben Crouse(South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:40

MATCH REPORT: The Chiefs cemented their place at the top of the New Zealand conference with a commanding 50-5 win over the Reds in Brisbane on Friday.

With just one round of Super Rugby league action remaining, the Chiefs - who also temporarily go to the top of the global standings - are in a commanding position.

The Reds, reduced to 13 men in the last 10 minutes of the first half through their own poor discipline, were never a match for the New Zealand franchise.

In the end the Chiefs outscored them by eight tries to one.

The Chiefs were almost unstoppable, scoring 33 points in the first half and 17 in the second to record their biggest ever winning margin in Super Rugby.

They dominated from the outset against a home side that were no match for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the second minute thanks to a converted try centre to Seta Tamanivalu, then doubled that lead 10 minutes later when front row forward Atu Moli touched down.

The Reds struck back thanks to a Chris Kuridrani try in the corner, but that was as good as it got for the hapless home team, who were rocked when scrumhalf Nick Frisby was shown a yellow card for kicking the ball out of Sam Cane's hands as he was in the process of scoring.

Referee Nick Briant awarded a penalty try to the Chiefs, then reduced Queensland to 13 men soon after when he sent fullback James Tuttle to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.

In the 10 minutes the two players were off the field, the Chiefs scored 19 points and the game was over as a contest.

The Chiefs lost some momentum in the second half but with 23 minutes to go they kicked into gear and ran in three tries, two to fullback Damian McKenzie, who also booted five conversions for a personal tally of 20 points.

The Chiefs play the Highlanders in their last match of the regular season next week, while the Queenslanders will hope to finish the season on a better note when they host the Melbourne Rebels.

Chiefs captain Sam Cane said despite the scoreline, his team would have to improve against the Highlanders next week.

"A lot of our tries would have come from one or two phases so it was pleasing to be able to convert those," Cane said.

"But next week against the Highlanders we'll probably have to hold onto the pill a wee bit longer.

"At this stage of the season it's all about building momentum heading into the play-offs."

Man of the match: Samu Kerevi and Eto Nabuli proved to be the Reds' most productive players with ball in hand. Damian McKenzie, with a try-double, displayed his usual attacking flair. Seta Tamanivalu also crossed the line twice, while Toni Pulu and James Lowe also showed their blistering pace. Up front players like Sam Cane, Lachlan Boshier, Tom Sanders and Nathan Harris all produced massive workloads. However, our award goes to Chiefs scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who was the creative spark for the victors.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Try:
Kuridrani

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Tamanivalu 2, Penalty try, Moli, Cane, McKenzie 2, Harris
Cons: McKenzie 5

Yellow card: Nick Frisby (Reds, 29 - foul play, kicking the ball out of an opponent's half), Jack Tuttle (Reds, 30 - foul play, taking a man out in the air)

Teams:

Reds: 15 Jack Tuttle, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Sam Cane (co-captain), 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam McNicol.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Chris Kuridrani (20min)
TRIES
Seta Tamanivalu (1min), Atunaisa Moli (12min), Sam Cane (32min), Seta Tamanivalu (36min), Damian McKenzie (54min), Nathan Harris (67min), and Damian McKenzie (76min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Damian McKenzie (3min), Damian McKenzie (13min), Damian McKenzie (29min), Damian McKenzie (33min), and Damian McKenzie (55min)
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
27min
 
DROP GOALS
Nick Frisby (28min) and Jack Tuttle (30min)
 
 
VENUE Brisbane
REFEREE Nick Briant (New Zealand)