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Super Rugby | Hamilton
06:35 (GMT) | 03-03-2017
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues. West kicks but it doesn't go into touch. McKenzie picks it up and just as the horn sounds boots it out.
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The Chiefs trying hard to make their way forward and secure their bonus point without doubt, but the Blues fighting to deny them that victory. The ball is turned over by the Blues and they start building from their 10
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The Chiefs take another Blues line-out and send it forward. The Blues touch it down in their try area and i's a 22 restart. The referee blows shortly after for a scrum at the 22 of the Blues for am infringement. Chiefs scrum
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McKenzie kicks deep into the 22 and the ball is sent back. He hoists it high again. The Chiefs get the ball but the referee blows. West takes it and kicks into touch around the Chiefs 10
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West misses another kick
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The Blues try to push through and the Chiefs holding firm. They can't find a way through until they send it far wide to Ranger who sprints to reach the line and score the TRY
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The Blues again trying to make space with the maul and the Chiefs hold. The ball is sent down field. Reiko Ioane trying to force his way through but the turnover comes but the Blues win it back at the 5
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The Blues get a penalty after the line-out. West kicks it into touch just before the 22. The Blues move it op field to Duffie who tries to makes some space but he is converged upon quickly. The referee blows for another penalty to the Blues and West kicks into touch around the 5
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The Chiefs on the attack right after conceding. McKenzie in possession and twisting nimbly between the blue shirts. He makes it to the 5 but the Blues turnover and win a penalty
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West hits the sticks again and it bounces off between the posts. The second time he has done that tonight
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The Blues try to move forward in the maul but can't make any ground. The ball lands in the hands of the big man Faumuina, who sells a dummy and jgs over the line to score the TRY
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The Blues get themselves a scrum at their own 10. Pulu slips it in and almost lose it in the ruck. The Blues win a penalty and West kicks into touch inside the 22
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The Chiefs get a line-out after the restart and they take it quickly. Cruden gets it and maneuvers in an unpredictable manner. The ball is cleared and the Chiefs come again
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West misses his conversion
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The away team push forward in the maul. Tuipulotu slips away with the ball and powers forward to make it over the line and score the TRY
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The Blues working towards the Chiefs 22 and they manage a line-out around the 5
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Cruden doesn't add the 2 points this time around
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McKenzie gets it opting not to boot it back where it came from. He gives down field until it lands in the hands of Kerr-Barlow. The Chiefs with some flowing passes and Lienert-Brown is the last man with ball in hand, making it over the line to score the TRY
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The Blues miss another of their line-outs. The Chiefs send it up field and McKenzie gives it to Lowe who sees the Blues shirts closing in on him, he kicks forward and the ball goes into touch. Duffie gets it after the throw and punts it out field
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The Blues send it down to Reiko Ioane and he makes a good 15 meters before the Chiefs close down on him. The Blues making good ground now 5 meters from the line. The Chiefs not showing any signs of letting them through for a possible chance at momentum. Line-out at the 5 of the Chiefs and the Chiefs turnover. The ball goes into touch again and the Blues have a line-out around the home team 5
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Scrum to the Blues
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The Chiefs have a line-out after the restart. The Blues showing clear signs of cracking now in the second half. Leitch looking to power through the Blues. The ball is lost forward and the Chiefs have a scrum. Kerr-Barlow slips it in and the Chiefs send the ball up field. The ball knocked-on again
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Cruden makes quick work of the conversion from in front of the posts
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The Chiefs make quick work of the throw sending it down with a long pass. The Chiefs move it around like a hot potato and Lowe is the last man on the ball, dodges one and makes it over the line to score the TRY
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McKenzie gets it after the ball is moved up field. He sells a dummy with little effort and then offloads. The Chiefs make their way forward and Kerr-Barlow finds a gap again almost making it to the TRY line.He offloads but the last man is tackled into touch. The Blues get a line-out around their 5 and clear. Line-out to the Chiefs before the Blues 5
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The ball being kicked back and forth before McKenzie kicks into touch around the 22 of the Blues
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The Blues get the ball after the reset. They move the ball up field and Duffie trying to sneak through on the wing but Boshier is there on the defence. Line-out to the Chiefs at their own 5
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Cruden adds the extras
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Pulu tries to kick forward after the ruck following the reset. The ball bounces back straight up off a Chiefs player. The Blues seemingly still in shock after the first half. Lienert-Brown finds a gap after the mistake by Pulu and goes over the line to score the TRY. The TMO decides the final pass was forward and the Blues have a scrum at their 5.The Chiefs push the Blues back in the scrum. The ball lands in the hands of Boshier and his team mates toss him over the line to score the TRY, not disallowed this time around
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The second half underway

Half Time

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Cruden adds the extras. HALF TIME
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The Chiefs with a powerful maul after the line-out and the referee blows the whistle. Another TRY for the Chiefs. Hika Elliot the man getting the pats on the back
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The Chiefs play down field after the line-out and the Chiefs probing the Blues. Retallick looking to force his way forward. Kerr-Barlow finds a gap and glides between the Blues player with cat-like movements. He falls short millimeters from the try line. The referee refers to the TMO for a possible obstruction against Nanai-Williams. Luatua receives a red card for his obstruction against Nanai-Williams for a high arm around the head. Penalty to the Chiefs and they kick into touch around the 5 of the Blues
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A cheeky chip forward and Boshier takes the ball and runs pulling the Blues towards him. The home team send it up field and make a few meters before the ball goes into touch at the Blues 10
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West murmuring to himself. He takes the kick and has the distance but not the accuracy.
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They win a penalty shortly after. West opts to go for the kick from almost 50 meters out
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The Blues take their own line-out this time around.
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The Blues robbed at their line-out. Retallick making quick work of the throw. The Blues get a line-out of the Chiefs this time and they look to build from their own half. The ball goes back to West and he clears
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The Blues get a penalty after the throw for an infringement by Leitch. West kicks into touch around the 22 of the Cheifs
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West with a kick from outside the 22, almost directly in line with the sticks. He pulls it wide, hitting the upright but this time it bounces outwards. McKenzie clears
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Cruden gets it after the scrum and gives it to Lowe who makes a good 10 meters. They move the ball up field but the Blues turnover and Pulu clears. The chase is on with Reiko Ioane vs the Chiefs defenders. The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues
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Nanai drops the ball forward after the Blues line-out. Scrum around the half way
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The Blues get a line-out after the restart from a poor clearance by Kerr-Barlow. The Blues lose possession quickly after and Cruden clears into touch. Line-out at his own 10
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Cruden prepares for his kick from inside the 10. He makes no mistake securing the 3 points
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The Chiefs get the penalty after the scrum, and a few of the players jousting
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The referee blows for a knock-on against the Chiefs. Scrum in the Blues half around the 10
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The Chiefs on the attack after the restart. The hosts showing immense pace in organizing their attacking play. The Blues escape with a line-out at their 22. The ball is cleared and McKenzie starts the attack for the home team again
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Cruden with a spectacular kick, curving from outside the the angle to in between the posts
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The Chiefs move the ball down field and Laulala works hard to secure their ruck. They find the break around the 10 with Nanai-Williams who disrupts the entire back line and McKenzie goes through to score their second TRY
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Lowe picks up the clearance and makes a few meters before the ball is lost into touch due to a handling error. The Blues clear again after the line-out and the ball goes into touch. Line-out to the Chiefs at the 10 of the Blues
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The Chiefs in possession after the restart. Boshier carrying along the wing for his team before moving the ball up field again, now at the 22 of the Blues. The Blues turn over and West clears
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West breathing deep as he measures the distance. He takes the ball and it curves and hits the post, bouncing in to get the 3 points
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The Chiefs get a good shove in the scrum but the Blues get a penalty. The Blues debating what they should do and West is called upon for the penalty kick
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The Chiefs pick up the ball from the restart and look to break along the wing. The referee blows for a penalty to the Chiefs. Scrum at the 10 of the Chiefs. Scrum reset
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The ball moved up field as the Blues enter the 22 making ground towards the 5. The Chiefs turnover and McKenzie puts it down in his try zone for a 22 meter restart
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The Chiefs have a line-out at the 10 of the Blues. Leitch trying to force his way through the Blues defence but the ball is picked up by the away team and are now on the attack
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West looking out into the sunset before sending his boot through the ball sending it between the posts.
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The Blues on the attack after the reset kick. They waste no time shoving their way into the Chiefs' half edging towards the 22. The Chiefs give away a penalty and West decides he can make the kick from outside the 22 meter line
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Cruden fails to add the extras, hitting the upright and bouncing outwards
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Chiefs ram the Blues maul all the way back over the try line to secure the TRY. Messam gets the points to his name
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Chiefs with a throw at the 5 of the Blues
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The Blues under some pressure after the restart. The Chiefs win themselves a line-out at the 22 of the visitors. Penalty to the Chiefs and they take it quickly. They move swiftly to reach the 5 up field and the referee blows for a penalty to the Chiefs
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Ihaia West opens the scoring for this fixture with 3 points on the board
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The Blues with a maul after the throw-in. West gets it and kicks it out to the wing but McKenzie is there on the defence knocking it into touch. The referee calls play back for an infringement before the cross kick. West sets up for a shot at the sticks
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The Blues get first use of the ball, working from their 10 and Pulu kicks forward. The referee blows for a penalty. West kicks into touch around the 5 of the Chiefs
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Ben O'Keeffe, the referee for the fixture, blows and the game is underway. West sends it just short of the 22
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The weather favorable for both teams; an 18kmh westerly.
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The Chiefs unrivaled goal-kicking record will be something the Blues will have to look out for in this fixture.
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The last 5 fixtures between these two sides have all fell in favour of the Chiefs
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Welcome to Hamilton, where we are getting ready for the BIG all-New Zealand derby between the Chiefs and Blues.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Liam Messam
  • 7 Lachlan Boshier
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Samisoni Taukel'aho
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Taleni Seu
  • 20 Tom Sanders
  • 21 Jonathan Taumateine
  • 22 Toni Pulu
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pauliasi Manu
  • 2 Matt Moulds
  • 3 Sione Mafileo
  • 4 Jimmy Tupou
  • 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
  • 6 Steven Luatua
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 8 Akira Ioane
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Rieko Ioane
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Michael Collins
RESERVES
  • 16 Epalahame Faiva
  • 17 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 18 Charlie Faumuina
  • 19 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 20 Jerome Kaino
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 George Moala
  • 23 Rene Ranger
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SR PREVIEW: Round Two, Part One

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:37

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It may only be Round Two, but you will expect teams to start making statement of intent.

In Part One of our preview, we have a look at two domestic derbies - the Western Force against the Reds in Australia and the Chiefs against the Blues across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand.

The first of the two matches could be a snore-fest, as Aussie derbies often are.

However, Friday's encounter in Hamilton will be a thrill-a-minute affair.

We look at Thursday and Friday's matches!

Thursday, March 2

Western Force v Reds
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 18.30; 20.30 AEST; 10.30 GMT)

The Perth crowd will get their first chance to see the Western Force's new recruits - including Curtis Rona, Chance Peni, Bill Meakes, Tatafu Polota-Nau and former Red, Ben Daley.

However, it is the Reds team that has been attracting the headlines - as a result of the Brisbane-based franchises' off-season recruiting, which include Wallaby legend George Smith, Quade Cooper, Scott Higginbotham and Stephen Moore.

Those players gave the Reds a steely resolve that saw them edge a dangerous Sharks outfit last week.

Now they will look to kick on and put down another big marker in this Super Rugby marathon.

"We were pleased to get the win at home in Round One, but this week presents a fresh challenge," Reds coach Nick Stiles said.

"We know there's plenty of work to do.

"This is our first away trip of the season and also our first Australian derby.

"It's an important match and no doubt both teams will be fighting hard for a win.

"It's always an arm wrestle against the Force."

The Reds and the Force have developed a healthy rivalry over the last 11 seasons, with the Reds holding a slight advantage with eight wins to the Force's seven from their 16 meeting with one draw in 2013.

The Force have won five of their last eight games against the Reds, including a 22-6 victory in Brisbane in their last encounter - when Jono Lance put in a perfectly weighted kick for Luke Morahan to seal the result in the 80th minute.

The Force return to the West determined to redeem themselves after a letting a half-time lead slip to go down to the Waratahs 13-19 in wet conditions in Sydney last Saturday.

The Reds started their season with a narrow 28-26 with over the Sharks, thanks largely to two-try hero Samu Kerevi.

The Queenslanders only hit the front in the 70th minute with replacement scrumhalf James Tuttle scoring what proved to be the match-winning try.

The keys to winning this match are to be found in set-piece excellence.

The Force's set piece stood up well for the most part against the Waratahs, with the scrum dominating and leading to Jono Lance's first-half try. Although the line-out did falter in the final 25 minutes, with the Force losing multiple line-outs on their own throw in big moments.

After working hard at training to rectify their mistakes the Force will look to sure up the line-out and use it as an attacking weapon to unleash the strike weapons in the backline.

"It's all about consistency with line-outs in terms of movements and timing so will be better there this week," Wallaby lock and line-out general Adam Coleman said.

"Our line-out can be a real weapon to get good ball to the backs and let them do what they do best."

Recent results:
2016: Force won 22-6, Brisbane
2015: Reds won 32-10, Perth
2015: Reds won 18-6, Brisbane
2014: Force won 30-20, Perth
2014: Force won 32-29, Brisbane

Prediction: The Force have won five of their last eight games against the Reds, including a 22-6 victory in their last encounter. The Force have led at half-time in all but one of their last six games against the Reds when playing at home, though they've gone on to win only three of those fixtures. The Reds have lost each of their last eight games away from home, though the last time they won a road game was in Round 16, 2015 against the Force. Five of the Force's last six wins have come against Australian opposition, their victory against Sunwolves last season the only exception in this run. Only once before this century (2012) have the Reds won their opening two games of a Super Rugby, something they can achieve in this match following their opening weekend win against the Sharks. The Force are always more competitive in Perth, but it is up front where this game will be decided and the Reds seem to have too much grunt - which is why we say they will win by about eight points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Ben Daley.  
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Alex Newsome.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa'agase. 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Izaia Perese.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Friday, March 3

Chiefs v Blues
(FMG Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

Since 1996 and the formation of Super Rugby, the two sides have faced off in competition 26 times, with the Blues winning 10 of those encounters, and the Chiefs the other 16.

Not many of those matches were boring or dull affairs.

The entertainment value comes in the form of the skill and intensity with which these two sides play.

Not much will change on Friday.

You can expect a tight match, as the Blues look to make it two from two - pitting 2017 recruits Augustine Pulu and Pauliasi Manu against their former Super Rugby franchise.

Many will look to Rieko Ioane's hat-trick as the key to last week's demolition of the Rebels by the Blues.

However, the real key was the team's ability to limit mistakes ad retain their high tempo throughout the game.

No team came close to matching the Blues for accuracy in Week One.

It is clear that coach Tana Umaga had learnt a lot from last year.

"I think I know the group a lot better than I did last year," Umaga told the New Zealand Herald.

"Last year I was trying to find out who I have got and what they can do at this level. So I suppose we learned a lot and I know a lot more about the players.

"I think it goes without saying how intense these games [local derbies] are," the coach added.

"That first game between the Chiefs and Highlanders looked pretty brutal, so nothing has changed from last year.

"So we have to step up. Although we got a good win it was a bit rusty and they exposed a few things that we have to fix otherwise a Chiefs outfit that is very good at exploiting holes on counter attack will mean we get done."

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 29-23, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 23-18, Albany
2015: Chiefs won 23-16, Hamilton
2014: Chiefs won 32-20, New Plymouth
2014: Chiefs won 11-8, Auckland

Prediction: The Chiefs have won each of their last 10 games against the Blues, though seven of those fixtures were decided by a margin of fewer than 10 points. The Chiefs have won five of their last seven regular season games against fellow New Zealand opposition, including a nine-point win against the Highlanders in Round One. The Chiefs return for a home fixture in Super Rugby for the first time since Round 15, 2016; they've won five of their last six games on home turf. The Blues have now won their last three games, the last time they enjoyed a longer winning streak in Super Rugby was a four-game stretch across the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. Hat-trick hero, Rieko Ioane, managed five clean breaks in Round One, the second most of any player in the competition behind the Hurricanes' Vince Aso (six). The bookmakers are putting their money on the Chiefs, and for good reason - they have home ground advantage. But you write the Blues off at your peril. We think there will be one score (a late try) in it at the end, with with the Chiefs sneaking it.
 
Teams:

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Jimmy Tupou (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Jerome Kaino, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 George Moala, 23 Rene Ranger.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Tuake'iaho, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Chiefs run riot , as Blues see red

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:08

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs continued their impressive early season form with a convincing 41-26 bonus-point win over the Blues in Hamilton on Friday.

Don't let the final scoreline fool you.

The Chiefs had raced out to a 41-9 lead just on the hour mark, after the Blues were reduced to 14 men on the half-time hooter - the result of a cheap shot by All Black Steve Luatua, which will earn him a date with a disciplinary hearing for his act of foul play.

Luatua has already been formally charged with having contravened Law 10.4(e): Dangerous tackling of an opponent - for having clothes-lined Chiefs player Tim Nanai-Williams way off the ball.

The Case is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAAR foul play review committee, which will take place on Sunday, March 5.

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the foul play review committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process. For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the foul play review committee.

With the game in Hamilton - and seemingly bonus point - wrapped up, the Chiefs cleared the bench an took their collective feet off the gas.

It allowed the Blues - with a rush of All Blacks sent on from the bench - to score three late tries and salvage some pride.

The result was the Reds 11th straight win in the North Island derby against the Blues, a winning streak stretching back to March 2011.

The game opened at a frantic pace, with the Chiefs looking more threatening on attack but hampered by poor discipline and handling errors.

They scored two early tries, the first to Liam Messam from a driving maul and the second when Tim Nanai-Williams' blistering run set up Damian McKenzie.

But Ihaia West kicked three penalties to keep the Blues in touch and they looked like they could rally and challenge the Chiefs' formidable defence.

That changed when Luatua was shown a red card just before the break for a high tackle on Nanai-Williams.

The Chiefs immediately punished the infringement as Hika Elliot scored their third try from a maul.

They had a fourth within two minutes of the restart through Lachlan Boshier and there could have been two more as the shell-shocked Blues fell apart on defence.

Wing James Lowe brushed aside two half-hearted tackles for the Chiefs' fifth and Anton Lienert-Brown added another at the end of a slick passing move.

To their credit, the Blues fought back and scored two tries, one to lock Patrick Tuipulotu and the other coming when prop Charlie Faumuina sidestepped a tackler.

It narrowed the gap from 41-9 to 41-26, adding some respectability to the scoreline but the result had been beyond doubt soon after Luatua's departure.

Man of the match: There was, as usual, Aaron Cruden in his usual composed and creative manner. Lachlan Boshier, who was still working on a building site last year, is making a big statement this year. However, our award goes to the Chiefs' All Black lock Brodie Retallick, not just for his sublime work in the line-outs, but again the massive workrate.

Scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries: 
Messam, McKenzie, Elliot, Boshier, Lowe, Lienert-Brown
Cons: Cruden 4
Pen: Cruden

For the Blues:
Tries:
 Tuipulotu, Faumuina, Ranger
Con: West
Pens: West 3

Red card: Steve Luatua (Blues, 40 - foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Tuake'iaho, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Jimmy Tupou (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Jerome Kaino, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 George Moala, 23 Rene Ranger.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Liam Messam (6min), Damian McKenzie (21min), Hika Elliot (40min), Lachlan Boshier (42min), James Lowe (48min), and Anton Lienert-Brown. (57min)
TRIES
Patrick Tuipulotu (60min), Charlie Faumuina (65min), and Rene Ranger (73min)
Aaron Cruden (22min), Aaron Cruden (40min), Aaron Cruden (43min), and Aaron Cruden (49min)
CONVERSIONS
Ihaia West (66min)
Aaron Cruden (27min)
PENALTIES
Ihaia West (3min), Ihaia West (10min), and Ihaia West (17min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
Steven Luatua (39min)
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)