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Super Rugby | Suncorp Stadium
09:45 (GMT) | 21-04-2018
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Thank you for joining us for this clash. Join us later as we build up from 14:30 to the clash between the Bulls and the Rebels!!
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Conversion is missed but it won't matter as the Chiefs claim a Bonus Point win away from home!
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Lineout to the chiefs 7ms from the Reds line and they set the drive and they go over and get the Bonus Point TRY through Taukei'aho!!!
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Advantage to the chiefs as the ball is intercepted and they come back for the penalty
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Lineout to the Reds just inside their half and it is overthrown and the Chiefs claim it and they set one final play!!
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Reds attack from deep and they have a penalty advantage for kicking the ball in the ruck and they take it wide but came back for the penalty.
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Lineout on the Reds 22 and they lose the lineout and the double blast from Jaco Peyper for safety reasons after a Knee to the head f Sith by Cane and there will be a Reds scrum
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A penalty for offside against the Reds and the Mckenzie finds touch just inside his own half and another Chiefs penalty on halfway!
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Scrum to the Chiefs as the Reds knock on and then the chiefs and both sides getting a bit tired. Scrum Chiefs.
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Penalty Reds at the scrum! But they fail to find touch and finds Ngatai instead and the Chiefs look to put this game to bed but the ball is lost and the Reds kick it back and Ngatai counters to outside his 22
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Knock on by Lance off the restart and he clashed heads with Sam Cane.
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Lance miss the conversion.
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Lance finds touch inside the Chiefs 22 and they set the drive through Rodda and the ball is dropped bt play on is the call and they smash it up with the forwards in the Chiefs 22 and Kerevi gets the break and is over for the second Reds TRY!! v
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Penalty to the Reds!! They go quickly and work it past the Chiefs 10m line and they win another penalty and the Chiefs get a warning!
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Free kick to the Reds for pre-engage and they opt for another scrum.
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Ngatai clears and the Reds gathers and then the Chiefs knock on in the tackle just inside the Chiefs half, scrum Reds
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No TRY!! the ball is lost forward so a 5m scrum to the Chiefs!
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Rodda takes and gives to Timu and he forces his way and dots it n the padding for the TRY, but they are going to have another look!
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Penalty advantage to the Reds and they continue with their attack before being called back for the penalty against Messam for being offside and they find a great touch on the 5m line!
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Petaia gets a good run in, but is isolated and then conceded the penalty but the Chiefs fail to find touch and fins Toua instead and the Reds get another crack at it although they lost about 25m's in the process
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Scrum reset called
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Messam takes the lineout ball and they set the drive and it is lost forward and the Reds will have an attacking scrum just inside the Chiefs 22.
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Reds attacking off the scrum and they get a promising attack on to Petaia who gets it back to Toua but he is tackled into touch just inside the Chiefs 22
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Tahuriorangi feeds the scrum and the Chiefs play it wide and back into the midfield and they build pressure on the Reds up to halfway before it is knocked on and the Reds will get a scrum
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Scrum reset called
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Promising Reds build up all in vain as the ball is knocked on and the Chiefs get a scrum inside their own half.
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Chiefs lineout just outside their own 22 and they set the drive as Tahuriorangi kicks ahead and the Reds counter attack an Toua steps a few defenders and get it to Kerevi as the Reds look to build some pressure inside the Chiefs half!
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Solid Chiefs scrum again as they milk a penalty at a crucial time to get some relief!
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Reds set the Maul through Rodda and they drive forward and the Maul is collapsed and an accidental obstruction by the Reds gifts the Chiefs a relieving scrum!
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Lucas plays it to Kerevi in the mid and he gets them on the front foot and Lucas snipes and wins some meters as they work it to the 22 and win a penalty in the process for offside!
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Good Chiefs scrum and they get the penalty advantage and the ball is passed forward and they come back for the scrum penalty, they play quickly and great passing as Retallick is put into space, but it is just a fraction forward. Scrum Reds!
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Great clean tackle and it is play on and they come back for a Chiefs scrum on halfway but the reset is called.
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Reds win the Lineout and Timu gets absolutely smashed by Johnny Fa'auli that referee has to stop play to check for safety and potential foul play!! What a hit that was!!
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Chiefs attacking inside the Reds half and Messam gets his first carry but is isolated and JP Smith goes over the ball and wins a penalty for the home side!
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Lance converts!!
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Reds set the maul and they drive forward and Tupo peels off and is inches short as they pick and drive with their forwards and they bring it back to the short side and Kerevi dummies and goes over for the first Reds TRY!!!
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Reds attacking inside the Chiefs half and up to the 10m line and they are under advantage for a high tackle and they come back for the penalty after the Reds knock on.
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Marty converts!!
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Lucas feeds and he clears to his 10m line and the Chiefs are under an advantage as they work it up to the 22 and Alaimalo makes a good break and gives it to Polwart who scores in the corner!!
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Second half underway and Toua clears to his 10m line. Wainui takes it quickly ad they attack in the Reds 22 and then they knock it on at the breakdown, Scrum Reds.

Half Time

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Reds on the Chiefs 10m line and the siren sounds for halftime and they work it up closer to the Chiefs 22 and Lance gives a long ball to Toua who gives the pass to no one and it goes into touch and that will be halftime! See you back for the second half!
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Harris throws and the maul is set through Retallick as Tahuriorangi hoist it high and Perese gets a good ball back on the inside and the Reds look to get some sort of score before half time!!
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Reds set the maul and it is collapsed legally and the kick from Lance is charged down but they get it back and work their way into the Chiefs half but then gets tackled into touch!
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Reds lineout just inside their own half and they play it wide and is pinned down on their own 10m line as lance grubbers through to Ngatai and he clears to outside the Reds 22
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Lucas feeds and the Reds get a good shove on and win a penalty from it!
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Retallick win the lineout outside the Reds 22 and Cane gets a good ball to Adron and he makes a good break and gives a ball back inside and Tahuriorangi is over but the pass is called forward! Scrum Reds!
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Lucas feeds and it's a solid scrum and Keevi is monstered by Johnny on halfway but keeps possession although they lost some ground and Lucas clears and Alaimalo clears back and Toua kicks back and it is out on the full!
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Messy play off a high ball by the Chiefs and the Reds have an attacking scrum inside the Chiefs half
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Marty Mckenzie converts!
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Tahuriorangi feeds and snipes as they are 5ms ut and is under an advantage for offside but won't be needed as Retallick picks and drives over to score the Bonus point TRY for the Chiefs!
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Chiefs back with possession and they kick ahead as Rodda takes but is tackled and they fore the knock on and the Chiefs will have an attacking scrum 15m's out from touch inside the Chiefs 22
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Scrum feed by Tahuriorangi and they set play with the forwards picking and driving to get some meters and good defence by Lance to make the spot tackle and get the turnover ball as the Reds attack from inside their own half
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Maul by the reds but they knock on and the Chiefs get the scrum. Mckenzie went off and will not return for the remainder of the game
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All messy from the Reds lineout as they looked to attack, but the ball is knocked on, about halfway. Tahuriorangi feeds and they play it to the short side, but good work by Lucas to go over the ball and win a relieving penalty for the Reds!
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Chiefs win the ball back from the scrum and kick ahead and Toua goes high and a dangerous tackle is made but the ball is loose and the referee leaves it and the Chiefs kick it out on their 22.
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Reds counter ruck and they look to strike back and they work it into the Chiefs 22 as they look to bash it up with the forwards and then Kerevi knocks on!!
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Mckenzie converts!
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Lucas feeds and the Chiefs get the tighthead and a second bite at the cherry and they rumble it up with the forwards 5ms away from the line and Mckenzie gets a great timed pass to Ngatai who ran a great line and went in to score the TRY!!!
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Reds lineout on halfway and they win it and set the attack but the Chiefs turn it over and Mckenzie makes a good break and passes and gets the ball back and gives a long pass to Alaimalo who just had to ground it but knocked it on! 5m Reds defensive scrum!
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Mckenzie converts!
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Mckenzie goes for touch and the maul is set as the Chiefs look to drive but is static and is told to use it as they go to the midfield and great drive by Retallic who is just short but Tyler Ardron picks and drives and is over under the sticks!
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Mckenzie gets a good ball to Harris who gets them in the 22 and the pass back is knocked on but they come back for another offside penalty against the Reds!
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Lucas feeds the scrum and they set a few phases before Lucas kicks and Ngatai fields and the Chiefs have possession back inside the Reds half and the tackles are big and hard from the eds but the Chiefs keep possession!
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22 Drop out to the Reds and it is taken by Fa'auli and the Chiefs set their attack and Leinert-Brwon runs a good line and offloads but the ball doesn't g to hand and it is knocked on. Scrum Reds
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Mckenzie lines up the kick at goal and it is good!
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Chiefs win the lineout and they are under advantage for offside and they come back for the penalty against Lucas. Mckenzie points to the sticks.
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Reds put pressure on at the scrum but the chiefs get it away and play the short side before going back inside and Mckenzie kicks ahead and finds Toua and the Reds play it from their own half now before Toua clears to his own 10m line.
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Ngatai knocks on and the Reds counter attack, but they lose it and the chiefs are back on it but they come back for the scrum to the Chiefs
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Early Chiefs lineout inside their own half on their 10m line and Harris finds his jumpers and the Chiefs take it wide earrly on in the game as they work it back to midfield to set up play again
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Jaco Peyper Blows his whistle and Jono Lance gets us underway!
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Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last three games against the Reds, outscoring them 120-25 in that time. The Reds have lost their last eight games against New Zealand opposition, their last such victory coming against the Highlanders in April 2016. The Chiefs lost to the Hurricanes last time out but have not lost back-to-back regular season games since May 2015. James Tuttle has landed 10/10 penalty goals this season, no player has landed as many without missing at least one. Solomona Alaimalo tops the charts for metres made (683) and clean breaks (24) this season whilst no one has beaten more defenders than Damian McKenzie (42, also Akira Ioane). The Reds' losing streak looks set to continue, but it will be a close encounter - with the Chiefs winning by five points.
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Players to watch: For the Reds- Samu Kerevi is a busy midfielder with great pace and ball in hand skills, he also boasts size to draw defenders and create holes in the opposition defence and they will rely on him to get them going forward. For the Chiefs: Brodie Retallick is Arguably one of the best locks in World Rugby right now, his hard work around the park, solid scrimmaging and pure athleticism is a thorn in every side he pays against week in and out and will look to continue with his great form.
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The Reds and Chiefs come off losses respectably, but the Reds have much more to fight for, especially in their own conference which is thrown wide open with the Rebels losing to the Jaguares last week and the Waratahs held scoreless against the Lions yesterday
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Despite all the injuries, the Chiefs have managed to win against some tough sides, most notably the Highlanders and made a great comeback a couple of weeks ago against a Bulls side that came out firing to come away with a convincing victory, so the Reds know that they will have to bring their A+ game if they were to come away with a victory today
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As mentioned for a while now, the record for Aussie losses to Kiwi sides keep piling up and today the Reds have an opportunity to break that drought for the Australian sides when they come up against an Injury hit Chiefs side
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Welcome to the Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Chiefs live from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia!
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  • 7 Liam Wright
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  • 9 Ben Lucas
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  • 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia
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  • 15 Aidan Toua
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  • 17 JP Smith
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 19 Harry Hockings
  • 20 George Smith
  • 21 Moses Sorovi
  • 22 Hamish Stewart
  • 23 Jordan Petaia
  • 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe
  • 2 Liam Polwart
  • 3 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 5 Tyler Ardron
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Pita Gus Sowakula
  • 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 10 Damian McKenzie
  • 11 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
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  • 15 Charlie Ngatai
  • 16 Samisoni Taukel'aho
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  • 21 Brad Weber
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 10 - Part Two

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:39

ALL BLACK HOMECOMING: It's shaping as a tough homecoming for Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph, as his winless side venture to New Zealand for only the second time in their brief history.

Last year's Kiwi road trip resulted in three defeats, including a 50-3 thumping from Crusaders, who Joseph's team meet Saturday in a match that pits the 2017 wooden spooners against the reigning champions.

Joseph's task the following week is arguably even more difficult - preparing his Sunwolves to meet the table-topping Hurricanes. In their only previous meeting in Tokyo last year the Hurricanes ran out 83-17 winners.

Saturday's action starts with the Crusaders versus Sunwolves encounter.

Next up the Reds host the  Chiefs in Brisbane, the Bulls are at home to the Rebels in Pretoria, while the Sharks and Stormers meet in an all-South African derby in Durban.

The weekend's action is concluded when the Brumbies and Jaguares go head-to-head in Canberra on Sunday.

We take a look at the Saturday and Sunday matches!

Saturday, April 21:

Crusaders v Sunwolves
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 16.35 Japan time; 07.35 GMT)

The Crusaders, already unbackable favourites against the Sunwolves, received a boost with the return of All Blacks Owen Franks and Israel Dagg.

The pair, who boast more than 160 international caps between them, have both been sidelined since September last year, with utility back Dagg suffering a knee cartilage problem and prop Franks undergoing Achilles surgery.

Crusaders assistant coach Jason Ryan said the 30-year-old Franks played through intense pain last year and had been rewarded for dedicating himself to rehabilitation after his operation.

"People need to understand the injury he had - imagine waking up with a rock in your shoe and walking with it every day," he said.

"He is definitely better than he was. Just running from A to B, he's got more pop in him and is probably the strongest he's ever been."

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said it is critical that the team's energy levels are up against the Sunwolves.

"They play a high-tempo, very Highlanders-like, game - given their coaching staff," he said of All Black and Japan international Jamie Joseph.

World Cup-winning All Black Piri Weepu likes the way Joseph has turbo-charged the Sunwolves' attack this season and believes the former Highlanders coach will tell his players to "have a crack" at the Crusaders.

"They'll definitely be chancing it," he told

"I'd have to go Crusaders [for the win], but it's definitely going to be a good game to watch."

Previous result:
2017: Crusaders won 50-3, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders ran out to a 50-3 victory in their only previous meeting with the Sunwolves, keeping the Japanese side scoreless in the second half of that fixture. The Sunwolves have lost six of their seven previous games against Kiwi sides, only beating the Blues last year, thanks to 34 unanswered second-half points. On their 2017 tour to New Zealand, the Sunwolves failed to score a first-half try in any of their three games, scoring exactly three points in the first 40 minutes of each of those fixtures. The Crusaders have won 18 of their last 19 home games, the Hurricanes the only side to pick up a win in that time (round 17 2016). Conversely, the Sunwolves have lost 17 of 17 away games in their short Super Rugby history, a two-point loss to the Lions in their last such game was the closest they have come to victory, however. It is simply a case of by how much the Crusaders will win by and we feel it will be at least 30 points.


Crusaders: 15 George Bridge, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Tim Perry.                        
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Chris King, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Jack Stratton, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.

Sunwolves: 15 William Tupou, 14 Hosea Saumaki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 James Moore, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintato Ishihara, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Ryoto Nakamura, 23 Semisi Masirewa.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman

Reds v Chiefs
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 21.45 NZ time; 09.45 GMT)

Both teams are coming off disappointing defeats, but the Reds are currently on a horror run.

The Chiefs' (13-25) loss to the Hurricanes was only their second loss of the season and comes after a five-match winning streak.

The Reds, in stark contrast, are on a three-match losing streak and have lost four of their seven matches.

Reds coach Brad Thorn said they are "excited" to be back in Brisbane.

"It's been six weeks since we've had the opportunity to play at home, in front of our friends, family and fans," Thorn said.

"It's great to be back.
"It's a good occasion to return home to, with the opportunity to mark Queensland's 1000th capped match, while also recognising ANZAC Round and paying tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.
"It's been a disappointing couple of weeks for us, we felt we haven't played to our potential.

"Australian Super Rugby teams have had a terrible record against New Zealand teams in recent years [34 matches without an Aussie win against a Kiwi team, going back to May 2016], so there is a tough challenge in front of us but we're excited by the opportunity."

The Chiefs are ready for their first trans-Tasman clash of the season.

Coach Colin Cooper is aware of this weeks' challenge.

"Playing the Reds in Brisbane will be a tough assignment, and we've worked really hard with the leaders on having the right mindset," Cooper said. The Reds have a number of threats, with their loose forwards, midfielders and outside backs all big carriers of the ball.

"We need to put everything on the line for this game, with a bit of a break coming in the form of a bye next week."

Cooper is not discouraged about last weeks' loss to conference leaders the Hurricanes.

"Coming off a loss makes us more determined. We were disappointed with the conversion rate of the line breaks, but the good thing about that game is that there were opportunities, but we just didn't finish them."

Recent results:
2017: Chiefs won 46-17, New Plymouth
2016: Chiefs won 50-5, Brisbane
2015: Chiefs 24-3, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 31-23, Hamilton
2012: Reds won 42-27, Brisbane

Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last three games against the Reds, outscoring them 120-25 in that time. The Reds have lost their last eight games against New Zealand opposition, their last such victory coming against the Highlanders in April 2016. The Chiefs lost to the Hurricanes last time out but have not lost back-to-back regular season games since May 2015. James Tuttle has landed 10/10 penalty goals this season, no player has landed as many without missing at least one. Solomona Alaimalo tops the charts for metres made (683) and clean breaks (24) this season whilst no one has beaten more defenders than Damian McKenzie (42, also Akira Ioane). The Reds' losing streak looks set to continue, but it will be a close encounter - with the Chiefs winning by five points.


Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Izaia Perese, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 George Smith, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jordan Petaia.

Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai (co-captain), 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe.        
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Bulls v Rebels
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 15.05; 23.05 AEST; 13.05 GMT)

The Bulls chase a third win in a row for the first time since 2016, when they face a Rebels team looking for their first-ever win in Pretoria.

The Bulls' New Zealand coach John Mitchell warned his charges against putting too much value on their recent victories.

"We have a long way to go," cautioned the former All Black supremo - after wins against the Stormers and Sharks.

"By winning we are starting to win the hearts and minds of our supporters, which is vital because they have suffered for a long time."

A third win on the trot against the Rebels, who have lost their last two matches against the Hurricanes and Jaguares, would be a sign of progress for the three-time former champion Bulls - who last won the Super Rugby title in 2010 and whose best since was a lone semifinal appearance in 2013.   

"We will be looking for consistency this week, and also to maintain the same level of performance," Mitchell said.

"The Rebels is a quality side and we will have to be good in our execution and on defence.
"We are back again at Loftus Versfeld and playing in front of our home fans. We have another opportunity to show that we are a team that play until the very end and that is an exciting opportunity for this squad," Mitchell added.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels said his team has bounced back from a disappointing loss last week, setting its sights on the Bulls.

The Rebels suffered a narrow (22-25) loss to the Jaguares and aim to make history on their two-match tour to South Africa - their first-ever win in SA.

"The guys were pretty disappointed with our performance against the Jaguares," Wessels said.

"That was a game we put ourselves into a position to win and we didn't.

"We felt we let ourselves down, [but] there's been good intensity this week and, if nothing else, we just want to play with the intensity that we have in previous weeks.

"To the boys' credit, they've reflected on that pretty honestly and that's the most pleasing thing."

Recent results:
2016: Bulls won 45-25, Pretoria
2015: Rebels won 21-20, Melbourne
2014: Bulls won 40-7, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 41-35, Melbourne
2011: Bulls won 47-10, Pretoria

Prediction: This will be the sixth meeting between the Bulls and Rebels, with the South African side has won four of the previous five iterations. The Rebels have never won in South Africa, failing to score a try in their last two such fixtures. The Bulls'  last three home games against Australian sides have seen a total of 28 tries scored, crossing for 17 themselves and conceding 11. Will Genia has a competition-high eight try assists so far, averaging one every 55 minutes. Amanaki Mafi is the only player to make over 100 carries so far (101), he has also made the most metres of any forward (574, second most overall). The travel factor will be huge and in the last 20 minutes, the Rebels could be in trouble. The Bulls should win by 15 points.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Duncan Matthews.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.  
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Fereti Sa'aga, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Billy Meakes, 23 Sefa Naivalu.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos

Sharks v Stormers
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

It is a domestic derby, which makes it a very spicy encounter.

However, both teams are desperate to make up some lost ground on the table-topping Lions in the South African conference.

Centre Lukhanyo Am admits the Sharks will look to turn matters around against the Stormers, following the loss to the Bulls last week.

"We're looking to put a disappointing loss behind us," Am said, adding: "We tried to be positive this week and focussed on what we need to do for the game against the Stormers.

"Bouncing back, as the team showed after the Australian leg, will be the primary aim, to show what this team is capable of.

"This game could be our season-changer, we're looking to regain our confidence and consistency in this match. But there are no easy games and we'll need to bring our A-game on Saturday."

Knowing what this team is capable of producing, as evidenced in the matches against the Blues and Hurricanes, gives confidence to the players, but replicating it is something that shouldn't provide pressure; rather, motivation.

"We don't want to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves," Am explains, adding: "we know our standards and what we can do. But we do be hard on ourselves when we don't reach those standards."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that after a much-needed bye, his side is determined to get back to winning ways on Saturday - following defeats to the Bulls and Lions.

"The break was good for the squad from both a mental and physical perspective," Fleck said.

"We returned refreshed this week, ready to take on the second half of the campaign.

"It is great to have some players returning from injury and it has been a good week of training so we are looking forward to the weekend."

Recent results:
2017: Sharks won 22-10, Durban
2016: Sharks won 18-13, Cape Town
2015: Sharks won 34-12, Durban
2015: Stormers won 29-13, Cape Town
2014: Sharks won 34-10, Cape Town
2014: Stormers won 21-19, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have won their last three games against the Stormers, the last and only time they won more against them was a five-game streak from 2006 to 2010. The Sharks have lost seven of their last eight South African derbies, however, they one victory in that time did come against the Stormers. The Sharks have won an average of just 5.6 turnovers per game so far, the fewest of any side. Robert du Preez has the best goal-kicking success rate of any player to land 10+ goals this season (88 percent, 38/43). Jean-Luc du Preez has made 16 offloads so far, three more than any other player. Something is not well in the Stormers camp. They looked uncoached. The Sharks should win, by 12 points ... perhaps even more.


Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Juan Schoeman.         
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Sarel Marais, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Marius Jonker

Sunday, April 22:

Brumbies v Jaguares
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 16.10; 06.10 GMT; 03.10 Buenos Aires time)

The Brumbies are desperate to avoid seeing their play-off prospects slip away from them, but current trends suggest their race is already run.

They haven't won two games in a row in Canberra since the 2016 campaign and haven't won consecutive matches anywhere this season.

It's a trend the Brumbies are desperate to change and they must topple the unpredictable Jaguares to do so.

The Brumbies have a run of three home games in a row that can make or break their season, with matches against the Jaguares, Crusaders and Melbourne Rebels.

Forwards coach Laurie Fisher said the players needed to be mentally tough to end the rollercoaster ride.

"We have to be more clinical," he said.

"It has been a mix of forced and unforced errors at the moment," Fisher added.

"We probably don't consistently work hard enough across the board to have the threats across the field the way we want.

"We just let ourselves down by mixing some very good with some not very good. Everyone will make mistakes, but we need to get the unforced errors out of the game, make less of them at important times.

"I think it's a matter of mentally pushing yourself to be in the right place at the right time, every time. I don't believe it's a fitness issue for us, it's more of a concentration thing.

"We want to be a better communicating side and organising ourselves on and off the ball, if we can activate ourselves with a bit more voice, it demands people get into better spots."

Jaguares loose forward Tomás Lezana feels it will require a 100 percent effort from all if they are to repeat last week's win over the Rebels.

"We must give everything and ensure we are 100 percent accurate in all aspects of our game," he said.

The Jaguares believe they have shown great improvement this year.

"The physical aspects of our game has greatly improved, while we are able to maintain our intensity."

Previous result:
2017: Brumbies won 39-15, Buenos Aires

Prediction: The Brumbies picked up a 39-15 win when they visited the Jaguares in Round 14 last season, the only previous encounter between these teams. The Brumbies are aiming to win back to back home games for the first time since winning their final four regular season home games of the 2016 season. The Jaguares have won three of their last five away games, all those fixtures coming in Australia. The Jaguares have the lowest scrum success rate (80 percent) in the competition this season and the second-lowest line-out success rate (79 percent). No player has made more tackles than Pablo Matera in 2018 (93, also Franco Mostert). The Brumbies have shown, at times, that they can compete with the best and look a good bet to win - by eight points.


Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga'a, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nick Mayhew, 18 Mees Erasmus, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andrew Smith.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Bautista Delguy.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), William Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning - additional reporting by AFP

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Chiefs too good for Reds

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs recorded a comfortable 36-12 win over the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Chiefs led the Reds 31-0 just after half-time but two Samu Kerevi tries meant they needed a Samisoni Taukei'aho try in the fifth minute of added time to claim the bonus point.

It was the 35th straight win by New Zealand teams over Australian opposition and leaves the Reds in fourth spot in the Australian conference.

The Chiefs lost fly-half dynamo Damian McKenzie with a head knock midway through the first half but were always in command of the Brisbane game, scoring five tries to two.

"We were really stoked to get that bonus point right there at the end but it was very tough. It would have been nice to kick on after that first 25 minutes," Chiefs skipper Sam Kane said.

Veteran open-side flank George Smith made his first appearance of the season for the Reds as a substitute after December back surgery.

The result completed a dismal 24 hours for Australian rugby after the Waratahs were held scoreless for the first time in a 0-29 loss to South Africa's Lions in Sydney on Friday.

Damian Mckenzie opened the scoring with a penalty before Tyler Ardron scored the Chiefs' first try in the 12th minute.

A few minutes later Charlie Ngatai ran a great line on his way to score his team's second try before big lock Brodie Retallick added a third before the half-hour mark.

At half-time, the Chiefs led 24-0.

It was more of the same in the second half with Chiefs hooker Liam Polwart running in for a try in the opening stages.

The Reds finally got their first points of the game after 47 minutes when Kerevi went over for his first try of the game.

The game then went into a lengthy period without any points before Kerevi got his second try with five minutes left on the clock.

The Chiefs who had the final say when Taukei'aho went over for a score before the full-time whistle.

Man of the match: Samu Kerevi was the pick of the bunch for the Reds with his strong showing on attack which included two tries. For the Chiefs, hooker Liam Polwart impressed in open play and he scored a try as well. Locks Tyler Ardron and Brodie Retallick continued their fine form, while wing Solomon Alaimalo was elusive with ball in hand again. However, our award goes to Chiefs centre Anton Lienert-Brown, who unlocked the Reds' defence on a number of occasions. He was also a key man in the Chiefs' defensive organisation.

The scorers:

For Reds:
Tries: Kerevi 2
Con: Lance

For Chiefs:
Tries: Ardron, Ngatai, Retallick, Polwart, Taukei'aho
Cons: D McKenzie 2, M McKenzie 2
Pen: D McKenzie


Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Izaia Perese, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 George Smith, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jordan Petaia.

Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai (co-captain), 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe.        
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

AFP & @rugby365com

Samu Kerevi (47min) and Samu Kerevi (74min)
Tyler Ardron (12min), Charlie Ngatai (16min), Brodie Retallick (29min), Liam Polwart (43min), and Samisoni Taukel'aho (84min)
Jono Lance (48min)
Damian McKenzie (13min), Damian McKenzie (17min), Marty McKenzie (29min), and Marty McKenzie (43min)
Damian McKenzie (6min)
VENUE Suncorp Stadium ( Queensland , Australia )
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)