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Super Rugby | Hamilton
07:35 (GMT) | 29-04-2017
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That's the end of the game the Chiefs fail to score that bonus try.
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In the same breath Tualagi gets sent off with a red card for shoulder charging a player. The opt for the scrum ftom the penalty
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The Chiefs still holding on to the ball looking to score the bonus try. The ref goes up to check foul play. And sends Carpenter off for a deliberate knock on
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Penalty for the Chiefs on the 80th and they opt for scrum after the siren sounded. They look tp attack wide
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The Chiefs attacking in front of the goal line looking to svote one more try but the Wolves defence holds up
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The Chiefs look to attack and goes over for the try but the ref goes back and spots a knock-on. No try. Scrum Wolves ball on their own 5m
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The ball is turned over by the Wolves who kicks it into touch
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After the restart kick the Wolves look to attack but the ball is lost forward in contact and the Chiefs gets a scrum close to the Wolves 22. Looking to slow the game down
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The Wolves wins another penalty and goes for goal. Looking to close thr gap. Taulagi slots the kick
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After the restart both teams look to attack.. A few kicks bring exchanged before the Wolves wins a penalty. Opts for touch and finds it just inside the Chiefs 22
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Jerry adds the extras
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The Wolves gets the ball and after some beautiful hands Carpenter goes over for the try
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Another lost line-out by the Chiefs and the Wolves clears with a kick..scrum for the away team close to half way
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After the reset the Wolves look to attack. But the Chiefs wins a penalty for holding on and opt for touch
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McKenzie adds the extras
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After the reset kick the Wolves look to attack before kicking into the hands of McKenzie who runs straight through for the try
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Wolves penalty as they opt for goal. Tamura misses it
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Chiefs loses another line-out. The get the ball back pn the ground and Lowe kicks but it goes out direct.
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An over-throw sees the Wolves attacking. They kick and find touch on their 10.
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Penalty for the Chiefs and they opt for touch finding it 8m away
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After the reset kick both teams look to attack. Chiefs with ball in hand. The ball is won back by the Wolves. They clear for touch but the Chiefs takes it quick. Scrum for the Wolves on their own 22
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Soon after the reset. The Wolves gets a penalty and opts for goal but Tamura fails to convert it
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The conversion is added
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Another penalty for the Wolves. They scrum again. Tanaka goes over for the try.
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The Wolves look to attack wide before the ref bloes for a penalty and they opt for scrum 5m away
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Cripps gets the 2nd half on the way with a deep kick off. The Wolves apply pressure and wins a scrum 6m away

Half Time

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McKenzie adds the extras
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The Wolves kick into touch and the the Chiefs look to attack .McKenzie dodges a few players on the outside and goes over for the try
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Line-out for the Wolves on the Chiefs 10. But they lose the ball and the Chiefs attack before winning a penalty. They opt for touch but Cruden fails to find touch
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Scrum Chiefs ball on the away team's 10. THey look to attack wide
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After the reset both teams look to aatck before Cruden decides to kick and finds touch close to Wolves 22
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McKenzie lines it up and kicks it straight through the middle
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Chiefs win the ball back and look to attack. Penalty for the Chiefs. They opt for goal.
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After the reset both teams look to attack but handling errors creeping in to the game stopping both teams momentum. Scrum on their own 10 for the Wolves
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After the reset the Chiefs look to attack wining a penalty and opting for touch. They find it on the 5m line of the Wolves and looks to attack wide as the wing Alaimalo goes over for the try
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Cripps lines it up and it goes sailing over
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Touch found on their own 10. The Chiefs kicks and the Wolves attack. Wolves holding on to the ball playing phase after phase. They win a penalty close to the Chiefs' 22 and
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Another scrum penalty for the Wolves. And they opt for yet another scrum but this time they get pushed over the ball by the Chiefs as the home team wins a penalty. They opt for touch. Pressure relieved
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They opt for the scrum. Continued infringements in the scrum forces the ref to talk to both sets of front rows
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Scrum for Wolves 5m away. They look to attack but the Chiefs defence holds up. Penalty again for Wolves
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The Wolves gets another penalty and opts for touch again. They maul over the try line but the ref calls held up
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Penalty fot the Wolves as they opt for touch and look to drive.
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After the reset both teams look to attack. Sunwolves ball 10m away from the try line of the Chiefs
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McKenzie fails to add the extras
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After winning a penalty at the scrum the Chiefs taps quicks and attacks. Elliott goes over for the try
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The ref blows his whistle and Cruden gets the game on the way with a relatively deep kick off. The Wolves secures and a bad kick by Cripps sees the Chiefs attack 10m from the try line. They win a penalty and opt for the scrum
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The teams are doing their final prep before taking to the field. Light showers expected but perfect conditions for rugby
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Players to look out for would definitely be the Chiefs fullback McKenzie and flyhalf Cruden. While the Sunwolves would look at Cripps and Britz for strong performances. This should be a good running rugby game from both sides
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The Chiefs has been one of the form teams of the competition while the Sunwolves recently managed a win over the Bulls and got close to a few upsets over a few other teams. The Chiefs will however look to dominate this match and it should be an easy win for the home team
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Welcome to Hamilton where the Chiefs will take on the Sunwolves in this Super Rugby fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Taleni Seu
  • 6 Tom Sanders
  • 7 Mitchell Karpik
  • 8 Sam Cane
  • 9 Jonathan Taumateine
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 Sam McNicol
  • 12 Stephen Donald
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Brayden Mitchell
  • 17 Aidan Ross
  • 18 Sosefo Kautai
  • 19 Mitchell Brown
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 21 Alex Nankivell
  • 22 Shaun Stevenson
  • 23 James Lowe
START LINE UP
  • 1 Keita Inagaki
  • 2 Takeshi Kizu
  • 3 Helichiro Ito
  • 4 Shinya Makabe
  • 5 Sam Wykes
  • 6 Ed Quirk
  • 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki
  • 8 Willem Britz
  • 9 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 10 Hayden Cripps
  • 11 Yasutaka Sasakura
  • 12 Derek Carpenter
  • 13 William Tupou
  • 14 Teruya Goto
  • 15 Kotaro Matsushima
RESERVES
  • 16 Yusuke Niwai
  • 17 Koki Yamamoto
  • 18 Takuma Asahara
  • 19 Uwe Helu
  • 20 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
  • 21 Yuki Yatomi
  • 22 Yu Tamura
  • 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
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SR Preview: Round 10, Part One

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:57

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: As we head into the second half of the season, there is substantially less room for errors (read defeats).

Our weekend starts with two teams who are sitting pretty in the play-off zone, but can't afford too many slip-ups - as it would allow some determined chasers back into the hunt.

The vastly improved Highlanders, on a four-match winning streak, host a Stormers team looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

That is followed by the Chiefs, well settled in the play-off zone, against the basement-dwelling Sunwolves.

Then follows an all-Australian derby between the Reds and Waratahs - both well outside the top 10 and whose play-off hope lies in the fact that the equally dismal Brumbies have lost three of their last four matches.

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

Friday, April 28:

Highlanders v Stormers
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)

The Stormers are the 'desperate' team in this encounter.

They are still a good 12 points clear of their nearest rival in the Africa One conference, the Bulls, but should they lose this week and next week against the Hurricanes, it will open the back door for a Bulls team that are at home for the rest of the season.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown is aware of the threat the Stormers brings - based on their form before the last two weeks, when they lost to the Lions and Crusaders.

"They are an exciting side who like to play an expansive game," Brown said of the Stormers - a side that he played eight games in, in 2008.

"They will be looking forward to familiar dry conditions and I am sure they will be well up for the game."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck spoke of a 'tough week', coming off the (24-57) loss to the Crusaders and then only having six days in the build-up.

Fleck said they kept it 'simple', because changing things too much tactically will not help the players.

He was also aware of the Highlanders' impressive form in recent weeks - victories over the Brumbies, Rebels, Blues and Sunwolves.

"They had a bit of an unlucky start to their campaign," Fleck said, adding: "The last few weeks they have really started to turn in on.

"Tactically they are very smart. They kick a lot behind you, put pressure on you and play in your half."

As is always the case, the big talking point for teams playing the Highlanders is their backline, with All Blacks Ben and Aaron Smith they key players.

"On turnover possession they can kill you," the Stormers coach said, adding: "That is what let us down against the Crusaders, we turned over too much ball.

"We can't afford that against the Highlanders, as their back three will skin us alive."

He also spoke of the line speed of the Crusaders on defence and said they have to be much better all round of they want any chance to win.

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 39-21, Dunedin
2014: Stormers won 29-28, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 21-6, Dunedin
2011: Stormers won 18-6, Cape Town
2010: Stormers 33-0, Cape Town

Prediction: The Highlanders won their last encounter with the Stormers 39-21 in Round Seven, 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak against the Cape Town side. The Stormers have never scored more than 24 points in a game against the Highlanders when playing in New Zealand, and average just 19pts per game across that eight-game span. The Highlanders were defeated by one point in their last home game against a team from South Africa, they've not lost consecutive such games since Round Seven, 2012, when they lost to the Stormers. The Highlanders have won their last four games, the last time they won more in succession was a stretch of five wins from March to April last season. The Stormers have lost their last six games in New Zealand, their longest losing streak there, including a 33-point defeat to the Crusaders in the last round which was their second-heaviest loss in New Zealand in the competition's history. The Stormers have demanded their opposition make 125 tackles per game this season, forcing a bigger defensive effort of their opponents than any other team in the competition. The Stormers have scored eight tries when beginning possession with a kick return, the second most of any team in the competition (Crusaders - nine). The Highlanders have been successful with 89 percent of their goal kicks this season, the best accuracy of any team in the competition and 15 percentage points more accurate than the Stormers (74 percent). In fact, Marty Banks boasts a goal kicking accuracy of 96 percent, having missed just one of his 25 attempts; the best accuracy of any player in the competition to have attempted at least 10 kicks. Sarel Marais has been involved in nine tries this season (three tries, six try assists), the fourth most of any player and the most of any player not playing for the Hurricanes. The Stormers can win, but don't put your house on it. The smart money is on a Highlanders win - we think by six points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Jackson Hemopo, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Jan de Klerk, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Shaun Treeby (Stormers debut), 23 Bjorn Basson.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Saturday, April 29:

Chiefs v Sunwolves
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT; 16.35 Japan time)

It is telling of the Sunwolves' status - or the perceived lack of threat they pose - that the Chiefs made a raft of changes for this game.

All told, there are just three players - Damian McKenzie, Aaron Cruden and Dominic Bird - who will wear their same numbers on their jersey as last week.

Frontline players like Michael Leitch, Brodie Retallick, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi and Atu Moli are being rested altogether.

Chiefs coach Dace Rennie certainly raised some eyebrows when he did not even name a scrumhalf among the replacements.

Jonathan Taumateine will start and captain Aaron Cruden will cover the No.9 position.

The Sunwolves are not just last in the Africa One conference, with one win from eight, they also lost 3-50 the Crusaders and 15-40 to the Highlanders in their last two outings.

However, assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge dismissed the notion that they are disrespecting the visitors from Japan.

"You base your season and your planning around when you're going to rest people and not rest people, based on who you're playing, and who you think you can cope with," Strawbridge told the Waikato Times.

"I don't think it matters who [what team] it is.

"We played the Western Force last week and according to the media they weren't supposed to have been too much of a hurdle. We struggled to put them away."

Sunwolves lock Shinya Makabe said playing the New Zealand teams are vastly different from facing up to South African sides.

"We were surprised by the speed of the New Zealand teams," he said about the adjustments they had to make in the first two matches.

"We will keep improving and hopefully we would be able to do the things we intend to in the Chiefs game."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: This will be the first game between these teams, though it will be the third and final game of the Sunwolves' first ever tour to New Zealand. The Chiefs have won their last five games on home soil, the last time they went on a longer home winning streak was a run of nine from 2013 to 2014. In fact, the Chiefs have won 20 of their last 23 games at home against teams from outside New Zealand, those wins coming by an average margin of 15 points. The Sunwolves are yet to win away from home, with their 11 losses so far coming by an average margin of 30 points. In fact, the Japanese side have conceded 90 points already in their tour of New Zealand so far from just two games. The Chiefs have stolen 17 line-outs this campaign, the equal most of any team in the competition (level with the Kings). The Sunwolves have lost just 2.9 rucks per game this season, the fewest of any team, and boast a league-high 96 percent ruck success rate. The Chiefs have conceded just one try from possessions beginning in their opposition's half this season, the fewest of any team in the competition and 11 fewer than the Sunwolves. Damian McKenzie is one of just three players to have made over 100 carries this season; in fact, his 121 carries are 20 more than any other player in the competition. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi has provided 17 offloads for the Sunwolves this campaign, the equal most of any player in the competition alongside the Stormers' Sarel Marais. No matter what the Chiefs say, they see this as an easy game and we feel the same - it is just a matter of the margin. The Chiefs to win by at least 30 points.
 
Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Sam McNicol, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Sam Cane, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Alex Nankivell, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 James Lowe.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Reds v Waratahs
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

These two teams are playing for scraps of honour and the faint hope that the Brumbies will keep losing - leaving the back door open to them for a play-off place.

The quality and form of the Australian teams have been well-documented, so when they face each other it is life or death - a chance for some redemption.

It is often also a dour slugfest.

Reds coach Nick Stiles feel that there is plenty to play for, despite the constant criticism of the poor standards in the Australian conference.

"No one needs reminding of the importance of this match for both sides," Stiles said.

"This is the only Queensland versus New South Wales fixture in the 2017 calendar and it has a lot of implications for the Australian conference.

"I know the team, the organisation and our fans are really looking forward to it.

"It's also great to be able to bring a few players back from injury this week.

"Everyone wants a chance to pull the colours on against New South Wales.

"Those guys have worked really hard to ensure they're fit to play and are really excited to take the field on Saturday."

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said the New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry is one that means a lot to the side and the team will be wanting to represent the state proudly when they pull on the sky blue jersey on Saturday.

"For us this weekend it's all about pride in our jersey," Gibson said.

"This is our biggest local derby and we want to represent our State proudly."

In order to win, both sides certainly needs to raise the bar substantially - something Gibson readily acknowledged.

"A big focus for us this weekend is improving our line-outs," the Waratahs coach said, adding: "We have David McDuling and Dean Mumm starting as locks to ensure we have superior line-outs."

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said he knows what to expect of the encounter on Saturday.

"We are in anticipation for a tough game and a physical, hard battle", said Hooper.

"[We're also] anticipating a really good battle in [the] back row.

"We've got some really young, hungry guys here in Wellsy [Michael Wells] and Ned [Hanigan] that take it up to an older back row."

Recent results:
2016: Waratahs won 15-13, Brisbane
2016: Waratahs won 30-10, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 31-5, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 23-5, Brisbane
2014: Waratahs won 34-3, Brisbane

Prediction: The Waratahs have won their last six games against the Reds, conceding an average of just seven points per game in that span. Eight of the last 11 Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team, including each of the last two. The Reds come into this fixture looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. Both the Reds and Waratahs have kicked just one second-half penalty goal each this season, the equal fewest of any team in the competition alongside the Hurricanes. Scott Higginbotham has snatched five line-out steals so far this season, the equal most of any player and more than any other Australian-based player. Who is the best of a very bad bunch? We think the Reds will get up for this one and edge the Waratahs by five points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase.       
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 David McDuling, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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McKenzie brilliance too much for Sunwolves

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:36

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs managed a hard-earned 27-20 win over the Sunwolves in Hamilton on Saturday, to cement their place in the play-off zone.

However, it was not as convincing as pundits had claimed it would be and the Chiefs also squandered a late opportunity to secure a bonus point.

It required a couple of moments of brilliance from fullback Damian McKenzie - who contributed two tries, two conversions and a penalty to his team's total - to get the home side over the line.

"We're winning ugly," Chiefs captain Sam Cane admitted as one of the leading sides in the competition struggled to hold off the worst performing team.

For much of the game, the unfancied Sunwolves tore up the form book and were the dominant side as they humbled the Chiefs' forwards in the set pieces and floored the Waikato backs with crunching tackles.

But the outcome was settled when the Chiefs piled on 15 points to close out the first half.

The Sunwolves, from being a slender 5-3 behind after the first quarter, found themselves trailing 20-3 at half-time.

They came back to win the second half 17-7 but could not completely close the gap.

"A tough match is a good way to put," Cane said.

"The Sunwolves came to play. They're adventurous, they throw the ball around, and gee they play with some courage and they put us under pressure.

"But we got the win. We're winning ugly at the moment which is tough for us."

It was a bold effort by the Sunwolves whose maiden visit to New Zealand had seen them lose 3-50 to the Crusaders and 15-40 to the Highlanders.

Another high score seemed on the cards when Hika Elliot scored for the Chiefs in the third minute but the Sunwolves had other ideas.

They controlled the next 20 minutes, during which they won four penalties inside the Chiefs' 22, although referee Will Houston did not find this excessive and there was no warning issued.

After battering away at the line for no reward, the Sunwolves took the points with a fifth penalty which flyhalf Hayden Cripps converted.

Relief for the Chiefs came when McKenzie combined with Aaron Cruden to send Solomon Alaimalo over for a try.

He added a penalty and then beat three defenders to score and convert himself as the Chiefs pulled away to a 20-3 lead at the break.

A revived Sunwolves took control at the start of the second half and were rewarded with a try to Fumiaki Tanaka.

When McKenzie added his second try for the Chiefs, Derek Carpenter responded with a second for the Sunwolves which was converted by Jamie-Jerry Taulagi who also landed a penalty.

With time up and the Chiefs pressing for a bonus point try, the Sunwolves had Carpenter sin-binned for a deliberate knock down and Taulagi was red-carded for a shoulder charge.

Man of the match: Derek Carpenter, Edward Quirk, Sam Wykes and Willem Britz were the players providing the energy for the Sunwolves. Sam Cane, Dominic Bird and Hika Elliot also worked very hard for the Chiefs. However, it was the brilliance of Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie that swung this match and he gets our award.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
 Elliot, Alaimalo, McKenie 2
Cons: McKenzie 2
Pen: McKenzie

For the Sunwolves:
Tries:
 Tanaka, Carpenter
Cons: Taulagi 2
Pens: Cripps, Taulagi

Yellow card: Derek Carpenter (Sunwolves, 83 - cynical foul, deliberate knockdown)
Red card: Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (Sunwolves, 83 - foul play, shoulder to the head)

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Sam McNicol, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Sam Cane, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Alex Nankivell, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 James Lowe.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Hika Elliot (3min), Solomon Alaimalo (23min), Damian McKenzie (39min), and Damian McKenzie (60min)
TRIES
Fumiaki Tanaka (45min) and Derek Carpenter (66min)
Damian McKenzie (40min) and Damian McKenzie (661min)
CONVERSIONS
Kotaro Matsushima (46min) and Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (67min)
Damian McKenzie (32min)
PENALTIES
Hayden Cripps (20min) and Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (73min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Derek Carpenter (82min)
 
Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (83min)
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Will Houston (Australia)