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06:35 (GMT) | 01-04-2017
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The siren sounds but the Bulls look to attack and score a bonus point try. They fail to do so as Messam turns it over. That's the end of the game
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Cruden fails to add the extras
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Line-out Chiefs ball deep inside the Bulls' half. The Chiefs finding space wide and Moli goes over for the try
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The Chiefs go wide before McKenzie kicks. The Bulls now looking to attack. Ball is lost forward and Stevenson finds some space with his boot.
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Handling errors creeping into the Bulls' game. Knock-on. Scrum Chiefs ball inside their own 22
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Cruden adds the extras
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A clever kick sees Mckenzie go over for a try
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The chiefs finds space on the outside before Pollard puts in a try saving tackle, into touch. Bulls line-out
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The Chiefs looking good on the attack after the reset. Both teams attacking. Chiefs in possession close to the Bulls 10
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The Chiefs gets a penalty and kicks for goal. Cruden slots it again
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After the reset the Chief looks to attack. Putting pressure on the Bulls. McKenzie dummies and goes for the try line but the ball is knocked on
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Pollard opts for touch from 45m away. He strikes it perfectly as it goes sailing over
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Both teams looking to run the ball but handling errors stopping their momentum. Scrum Bulls ball as they win a penalty close to the Chiefs 10
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The Chiefs wins a penalty and Cruden kicks for goal. He slots it
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Cruden adds the extras
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Cruden adds the extras
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A mistake by the Bulls at the line-out sees the Chiefs attack. And Stevenson goes over after a nice kick
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The Chiefs is awarded a free-kick at the scrum and looks to run. Finding some space wide before Lowe is tackled into touch on the Bulls' 10
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The away side building a few phases. Making the Chiefs tackle and work hard in their own half before the Bulls' momentum is stopped by a knock-on.
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The Chiefs turns over another ball and looks to attack. Finding some space wide before the ball is tackled out of play. The Bulls win their line-out and looks to attack. Paige finding some space.
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The Bulls wins a penalty on their own 10 and Pollard kicks for touch. Finding it close to the Chiefs 22.
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Pollard gets the 2nd half on the way with a deep kick-off. Retallick takes it but steps into touch. Line-out Bulls ball as they run it up in the midfield before the ball is turned over. The Chiefs takes a quick tap but their momentum is stopped by a handling error

Half Time

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The siren sounds for half time. Paige feeds the scrum and Pollard kicks it into touch. That's the end of the first half...
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Line-out just outside the 22 of the Chiefs. The pulls look to maul but the ball is turned over. Scrum Chiefs ball
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The Bulls secures their line-out ball and puts on a driving maul. The Ref awards a penalty and Pollard kicks for touch.
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The home team looks to maul but is stopped. They go wide before losing the ball. The Bulls clears as Lowe runs it back but is tackled into touch. Close to the Bulls 22
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The Chiefs wins a penalty inside the Bulls 22 and opt for touch.
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The Bulls turns over the ball and kicks. Line-out Chiefs ball on the halfway line. As they look to attack the midfield before kicking into touch
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The Chiefs is awarded a penalty and they opt for the attcking option. Cruden finds touch inside the Bulls 22. They look to attack
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The Bulls wins a penalty and opts for goal. Pollard lines it up and slots it.
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McKenzie secures the ball before Ker-Barlow looks to kick. A few kicks being exchanged before the Bulls wins a penalty on the Chiefs 22
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Paige feeds the scrum but the Bulls gets a free-kick.Pollard kicks it high.
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The Chiefs wins a penalty and opts for touch. Line-out just inside the Bulls half.
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Cruden clears with a kick and finds touch over the halfway line. Line-out Bulls ball. Paige kicks into the hands of McKenzie who looks to run.
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Both teams look to run the ball before the ball is kicked into touch by Kriel inside the Chiefs 22
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Ker-Barlow feeds the scrum and McKenzie clears. Kriel runs it back from behind before Odendaal kicks it into touch on the Chiefs 22
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Line out for the Bulls just outside the Chiefs' 10. The Bull look to attack the midfield before their momentum is stopped by a handling error. Scrum Chiefs ball inside their own 22
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The Chiefs kicks the ball and the Bulls looks to run it back
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After the reset the ball is lost forward by the Bulls. Scrum on their own 10 for the Chiefs
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The Chiefs opts for goal and Cruden makes sure it goes over
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After the reset kick the ball is knocked forward by the Chiefs. Scrum Bulls ball outside their 22. The Chiefs wins a penalty
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The Bulls playing phase after phase before winning a penalty in good kick position 10m from the try line. They opt for Goal and Pollard slots it over
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Cruden misses touch and Kriel returns the kick into touch but the Chiefs takes it quick and looks to attack. The ball is won over by the Bulls who looks to build a few phases
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After the restart both teams look to run at each other finding holes in each others defensive line before a penalty is awarded a penalty and the Chiefs opts for touch
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The Bulls wins their line-out ball before attacking the midfield running it 5m away from the try line. They win a penalty and Pollard kicks for goal. He slots it over.
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Line-out on the Bulls 10 as the away team wins a penalty and opts for touch.
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Referee Nick Braint blows his whistle and Cruden gets the game on the way with deep kick-off. The Bulls secure the ball and clears into touch.
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The teams are doing their final preparations before running onto the field in what promises to be a perfect evening for running rugby.
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The Chiefs will look to play wide and get the ball into the hands of the danger man McKenzie. While the Bulls who had shuffled around their starting line-up a bit will look to attack the midfield with Odendaal and Serfontein who are both strong ball carriers.
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In this match a strong looking Chiefs side will look to out play a struggling Bulls side. After last weekend's defeat against the Blues the South Africans will however look turn around their season in this encounter. The Chiefs who is one of the form teams in this years Super Rugby will look to continue their superb form.
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Welcome to Hamilton where the Chiefs will be taking on the Bulls in this Super Rugby Fixture
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  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Liam Messam
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Shaun Stevenson
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
  • 16 Brayden Mitchell
  • 17 Kane Hames
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Taleni Seu
  • 20 Mitchell Karpik
  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 22 Stephen Donald
  • 23 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Trevor Nyakane
  • 4 Rudolph Snyman
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Ruan Steenkamp
  • 7 Nick de Jager
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Rudy Paige
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jan Serfontein
  • 14 Travis Ismaiel
  • 15 Jesse Kriel
  • 16 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 17 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 18 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 19 Jason Jenkins
  • 20 Jannes Kirsten
  • 21 Piet van Zyl
  • 22 Tian Schoeman
  • 23 Warrick Gelant
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SR Preview: Round Six, Part One

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:17

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The possibility of teams being axed next year continues to hover, ominously, over the competition.

It means any match involving the 'fringe' teams - like the Rebels and Western Force - will have added pressure for those teams.

Already the Cheetahs have admitted the 'fear of failure' is putting a choke hold on their performances.

It is vital for these teams that they start proving their value on the playing field, otherwise the threat of axing will remain.

In Part One we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, March 31:

Highlanders v Rebels
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)

Both teams are under pressure and desperate to get the win.

The Highlanders are currently 11th on the standings - with wins against the Blues and Brumbies, but defeats against the Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes - stuck at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

''It's far too early to be looking at the points table now,'' Highlanders coach Tony Brown told the Otago Daily Times.

"At the moment all we have to do is try and prepare for the next game as best we can."

Turning to the Rebels, Brown described them as a "quality" team that is playing good rugby - despite the fact that they are winless and stuck at the foot of the table with a solitary losing bonus point.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan used the cliched 'week-to-week' proposition when asked about his team's perilous position.

McGahan is hoping his bench players can provide the impact that will finally turn a competitive first-half performance into a winning 80 minutes.

The Rebels have conceded a combined 27 points in a total of nine minutes to finish their last two games, but McGahan wants to see the reserves provide a spark late for a complete performance.

"We need to start well but we need to finish off the back end of games," he said.

"We've seen more and more the impact of benches and what you need to get done to play out the full 80 minutes.

"It's a really tight competition and you see that results wise with some sides having won a couple games right at the death and we've lost a couple.

"We need to make sure that we're winning the ball and be able to keep it and make sure that we're not putting ourselves under huge pressure defensively which has been the case.

"Once we fix those little errors we're going to be much better at running out the back end of games."

The Highlanders are coming off their second win of the season after they took down the Brumbies 18-13 in Canberra.

Despite the Highlanders sitting in fifth on the New Zealand Conference ladder, the Rebels are well aware of the dangers posed by the 2015 Super Rugby champions.

"They're a terrific side, they won a title a few years ago and have been there or thereabouts the last couple of years," McGahan said.

"They've got some world-class players and they're a side who works exceptionally hard for each other.

"No doubt they're really keen to get a result down here at home because they don't like losing down here and have a very strong record."

Recent results:
2016: Highlanders won 27-3, Melbourne
2014: Highlanders won 33-30, Dunedin
2013: Rebels won 38-37, Melbourne
2012: Highlanders won 43-12, Dunedin
2011: Highlanders won 40-18, Melbourne

Prediction: The Highlanders have won four of the five prior games between these teams, including each of their last two; three of their four wins have come by a margin of greater than 20 points. The Highlanders have won each of their last five games on home turf against Australian opposition, though they've won by an average margin of just eight points. This will be the Rebels 15th excursion for a Super Rugby fixture in New Zealand; the Melbourne side has managed only one win from their previous 14 such games. Only two players have assisted more tries this season than Aaron Smith (four), who has provided more assists than any other New Zealand based player. Reece Hodge is one of only five players, and the only Australian-based player, to have kicked a goal from his own side of the halfway line this season. Let's not beat about the bush, the Rebels are unlikely to win. The Highlanders should win by at least 15 points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Tevita Li, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Tupou Sopoaga, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements - from: Siliva Siliva, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Esei Haangana, Mick Snowden, Sione Tuipulotu, Ben Volavola.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Saturday, April 1:

Blues v Western Force
(Eden Park, Auckland  - Kick-off: 17.15; 12.15 AWST; 04.15 GMT)

The Western Force, like the Rebels and (apparently also) the Brumbies, are at the centre of a campaign by the Rugby Union Players' Association to keep all five Australian team in Super Rugby.

However, the petition just adds fuel to the fire in the rumour grapevine that plans are afoot to axe one or two Aussie teams.

There is no doubt the Force have a point to prove.

Blues coach Tana Umaga believes all these sideshows will fire up the Perth-based franchise.

Umaga said the Blues expects a tough challenge from the Force, who will be motivated by all the speculation around their future.

Force coach Dave Wessels said his team needs to improve on last week's performance (a 17-45 capitulation against the Crusaders) and taking on the Blues at Eden Park provides the opportunity to do so.

"We know that to turn around the outcome of last week we need to be a lot better in a number of key areas – not least our defence," Wessels said.

"It's great to have the experience of Dane [Haylett-Petty], Billy [Meakes] and Hodgo [Matt Hodgson] back in the side this week.

"The boys have trained really hard this week under difficult circumstances and I couldn't be more proud to be part of this team."

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 17-13, Perth
2015: Blues won 41-24, Auckland
2014: Blues won 40-14, Perth
2012: Blues won 32-9, Auckland
2011: Blues and Force drew 22-all, Perth

Prediction: The Blues are undefeated in their last seven games against the Force; their only loss to the Western Australian side in Super Rugby came in Round Five, 2008. The Blues have won each of their last three home games against the Force, scoring a total of 111 points across that period. The Blues have won each of their last seven games at home against Australian opposition, surpassing 40 points scored on three occasions in that span. The Western Australian side have conceded just 5.5 clean breaks per game this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition. Jonno Lance has slotted 10 of his 11 kicks at goal this season, the best rate of any player to attempt 10+ shots at goals (91 percent). It is another game where the home team is clear favourites and we believe the Blues will win by about 20 points.


Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi or Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Rieko Ioane.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Chiefs v Bulls
(FMG Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 08.35 SA time; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will face the Bulls after a close shave against the Rebels in Melbourne in round four, where they snatched a 27-14 bonus point victory that left players and coaches with plenty to ponder during their bye week.

"We're not happy with the way the Rebels game went and it was a less than satisfactory performance from our team," Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge told the Waikato Times, before adding that subsequent changes were made based on that sloppy showing against the Rebels.

That spells trouble for  Bulls team in a desperate slump - having lost to the Blues (14-38) last week and their only victory having been a scrappy 34-21 triumph over the winless Sunwolves.

The Bulls readily admit they have been way off the pace this season.

"We certainly have a lot to improve," coach Nollis Marais said at the team's training base in Rotorua.

"We cannot be proud of that last 40 minutes we produced against the Blues.

"We are a better team than that and we have an opportunity against a great team to prove that."

Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, shared the sentiment.

"We are not doing justice to ourselves, we are not achieving the targets we set and we are disappointing our supporters," Strauss said.

"That said, this team is certainly good enough, but talk is cheap.

"We need to go out and show that on the field. We could not have picked a more fitting place or opponent to do that than against the Chiefs at home, but we have to show that belief and justify the hard work done."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 34-20, Rotorua
2014: Chiefs and Bulls drew 34-all, Pretoria
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 33-19, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs are undefeated in their last three games against the Bulls, and will be looking to win back-to-back games against them for the first time since Round 10, 2002. The Chiefs have lost just one of their 10 home games against the Bulls, winning each of their last two. The Bulls have scored three tries after beginning possession with a free kick so far this season; no other team has managed more than one try via this method. Liam Messam lines up for his 150th appearance in Super Rugby this weekend; the Chiefs' forward has scored three tries in his last five games at home. Piet van Zyl has scored three tries in his last five games away from home for the Bulls, despite playing an average of just 45 minutes per game in that period. The Bulls ca win, but I would not bet my house on it. The Chiefs should walk away with a comfortable win - 15 points or more.


Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Solomon Alaimalo.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Nick de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Under-baked Chiefs pip bumbling Bulls

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:08

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs were a far cry from their best but did enough to claim a 28-12 come-from-behind bonus-point victory over the Bulls in Hamilton.

The Bulls evoked memories of their past glory days when they stunned the Chiefs to lead 9-3 at half-time and continued to apply pressure after the resumption. But with 30 minutes to play, Shaun Stevenson received the ball near the 10-metre mark, stepped around his opposite Jamba Ulengo, kicked ahead and won the race for the ball to score in the corner.

It started a three-try, 25-point spree which earned the Chiefs a bonus point to give them 24 out of a possible 25 points from five games.

"Coming off the bye we were eager to start well but it didn't transpire that way. The first 40 was pretty disappointing and when we review it, I think there'll be a few hard truths. But that second 40 was really for the fans.

"They came out to see an exciting brand of footy and I think we produced that in the second half," Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden said.

It was another disappointing finish for the Bulls, who last won in Hamilton in 2010, the same year they last held the Super title. They are now one from five but captain Adriaan Strauss felt they are showing improvement.

"At times we showed some excitement and some intent, but the execution at vital times and pressure moments is not there yet. But we're working on it," he said.

In the first half, the Bulls dominated possession and worked the Chiefs around the ground. But they were unable to cross the line and for all the pressure they applied, their only points came from three Handre Pollard penalties.

Cruden landed one penalty for the Chiefs but with two other potential shots at goal, they opted for the line-out drive and lost the ball on both occasions.

The game turned with Stevenson's try in the 50th minute with Cruden's conversion putting the Chiefs ahead for the first time.

Cruden landed a further two penalties and Pollard one, to push the Chiefs out to a 16-12 lead before the Chiefs stepped up a gear in the last 10 minutes with tries to Damian McKenzie and Atu Moli.

Man of the match: Rudi Paige had a satisfactory outing with a few sniping breaks and Burger Odendaal proved to be a handful in midfield when he had the ball. The Bulls team must be credited for their work rate on defence and Rudolph Snyman was the man keeping the Chiefs' attack in check. Brodie Retallick was his usual self on the park, while Aaron Cruden showed his spark in patches. Shaun Stevenson was having a field day on the wing but our award goes to Damian McKenzie, who got the Chiefs' attacking game going in the second half.


For the Chiefs:
Tries: Stevenson, McKenzie, Moli
Cons: Cruden 2
Pens: Cruden 3

For the Bulls:
Pens: Pollard 4


Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Solomon Alaimalo.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Nick de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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Shaun Stevenson (52min), Damian McKenzie (70min), and Atunaisa Moli (78min)
Aaron Cruden (53min) and Aaron Cruden (71min)
Aaron Cruden (13min), Aaron Cruden (56min), and Aaron Cruden (66min)
Handre Pollard (3min), Handre Pollard (9min), Handre Pollard (28min), and Handre Pollard (61min)
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Nick Briant (New Zealand)