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Chiefs beat Highlanders in Hamilton

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Article Published: Friday 28 February 2014|

Double Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have won four out of the last five Super Rugby matches between them and the Highlanders including the last three straight victories.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

0.01: The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: Early penalty to the Highlanders inside the Chiefs half for not releasing. Lima Sopoaga will kick for posts.

2.00: Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it. HIghlanders lead.

4.00: The Chiefs work the ball up into the Highlanders half but it goes out after a dab kick.

5.00: The Chiefs take a quick line out and then the Highlanders win a penalty. They kick for touch.

6.00: Highlanders showing an intent to run at the Chiefs but their handling lets them down. Knock on.

7.00: Penalty to the Chiefs as the Highlanders scrum collapses but it's for illegal binding. They kick for touch.

8.00: Highlanders win the line out and then use the box kick, it comes back to the Highlanders and they run at the Chiefs. As they get to the other side players leave their feet and it's another penalty to the Chiefs who kick for touch.

9.00: Wow. The Chiefs win the line out and spread the ball down the line and then Tim Nanai-Williams gets the ball on the wing and races away to score the first TRY!

11.00: Aaron Cruden takes the conversion kick and curls it in. At first it looked to be well off but it curled in.

14.00: The Highlanders get the ball into the Chiefs half and have a scrum. It has to be reset a couple of times.

18.00; The scrum finally completes and the Highlanders run the ball. They get to the Chiefs 22m line. They keep the ball alive going through 8 phases and then they win a penalty. They will kick for posts.

19.00:Lima Sopoaga takes the shot and nails it.

20.00: Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has a run down the wing but he is eventually pushed into touch. The Highlanders win the line out and then kick the ball into touch.

21.00: The Chiefs take the quick line out and run the ball back at the Highlanders.

22.00: The Chiefs struggle to get through so they try the grubber but the Highlanders get back to cover it. They also have to take the ball out so the Chiefs have a line out. The Chiefs win the line out but they give away a penalty so the Highlanders clear.

24.00: After the line out the Highlanders win another penalty so they kick for touch. The Highlanders win the lineout but kick the ball away.

25.00: The Chiefs have a little run but then the Highlanders give a penalty away for joining the ruck illegally. Cruden will kick.

26.00: Cruden kicks for posts and misses.

29.00: The Highlanders attack with the ball in the Chiefs 22. They go through 8 phases, 9, 10, wave after wave. 15 phases and still they attack. The Highlanders then drop the ball and Asaeli Tikoirotuma races down the line but is caught.

31.00:The Highlanders possession is at 64%. They win a line out and drive over the line using the maul. It's a TRY to John Hardie!

32.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick and slots it.

35.00: The Highlanders continue to dominate the match. They work the ball into the Chiefs half but then they knock on. There is a pause for an injury. Chiefs possession is 37%.

36.00: The Chiefs win a scrum and boot upfield. The Highlanders kick it back and chase but there is an obstruction so the Higlanders have a penalty.

37.00: Sopoaga will kick for posts. He nails it.

38.00: After the restart the Chiefs win a penalty so they will kick for posts.

39.00: Cruden takes the kick but misses to the right. After the restart Kerr-Barlow slips through a gap and makes huge ground but he is caught.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. It is half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 7 Highlanders 16

The Chiefs kick off and we are underway with the second half.

41.00: The Highlanders win a penalty after the restart so Sopaga boots for touch. It's a great kick. 25m out.

42.00: The ball from the line out is loose so the Chiefs grab it and attack. They they take it out.

43.00: The Highlanders lose the ball on the line out and the Chiefs run hard at the Highlanders. The ball goes dead so the Chiefs have the put in at the scrum.

44.00: Robbie Fruean seems to have a bit of a limp. He could come off. The Chiefs scrum takes an age to complete and then collapses.  

46.00: The Scrum gets reset and then the Chiefs drive Kerr-Barlow to the line. The maul is stopped and the Chiefs recycle and then Liam Messam drives over and scores. TRY!

48.00: Aaron Cruden takes the conversion and nails it.

50.00: Both teams giving the ball plenty of air. The Highlanders decide to run - Liam Coltman - but then he is caught. Penalty to the Chiefs.They kick for touch.  

52.00: The Chiefs win a scrum and attack. They get through the first line of defence and get slowed by the second. They keep the ball alive and go wide but get pushed into touch. Fruean is off.

54.00: Penalty to the Highlanders in their 22. They kick for touch. Bekhuis wins the line out and Aaron Smith uses the box kick and it works as the ball goes dead but the Highlanders get the put in.

56.00: The Scrum collapses so the Highlanders get a penalty. Sopoaga will kick for posts.

57.00: Sopoaga nails another one. Great kick.

59.00: Tim Nanai-Williams starts a break for the Chiefs. They get to about 5m out but then the Highlanders get a hand to the ball in defence and they kick the ball out.

61.00: The Chiefs look to have stepped up the attack. They attack the line again but the Highlanders manage to hold them out and the ball gets booted downfield.

63.00: The Chiefs are really putting the pressure on now. However the Highlanders are absorbing the pressure and Joe Wheeler wins a penalty. Sopoaga kicks for touch.

65.00: Chris King and Liam Coltman come off for the Highlanders.  Brayden Mitchell and Matias Diaz come on.

66.00: The Highlanders - Shaun Treeby - almost gets through a gap but then loses the ball.

67.00:The Chiefs move the ball down the line and Liam Squire has a powerful and pacy run for a big guy, he is caught and the Chiefs keep the ball alive and after a few passes Charlie Ngatai goes over in the corner. The TMO checks. It's a TRY!

69.00: Cruden takes the conversion kick and curls it in. The Chiefs lead.

71.00: Both sides going to the replacements bench.

73.00: The Chiefs still want the bonus point try so they are still hungry. They knock on so the Highlanders have a scrum on the half way line.  

74.00: The Highlanders try a grubber in the Chiefs 22 but the ball goes into touch. Highlanders still look dangerous.

75.00: The Chiefs try to clear the ball but it goes out on the 22m line so the Highlanders have an attacking line out. They win the line out and get the ball to the Chiefs 5m line but then the Chiefs get a boot to it.

77.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. They kick for the corner.

78.00: The Highlanders win a scrum inside their 22. They run the ball out of their 22 but the Chiefs defence forces them to lose the ball in the tackle and the Chiefs attack.

79.00: Penalty to the Chiefs but we go to the TMO first. There is some confusion but we go to the other side of the field for a scrum to the Chiefs.

80.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and kick the ball out.

Chiefs win.

The full time score is Chiefs 21 (7) Highlanders 19 (16)


Tries - T.Nanai-Williams, L.Messam, C. Ngatai
Pen -
Con - A.Cruden 3
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - J.Hardie
Pen - L.Sopoaga 4
Con - L.Sopoaga
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO:Vinny Munro



1. Pauliasi Manu,2. Mahonri Schwalger,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Michael Fitzgerald,5. Matt Symons,6. Nick Crosswell,7. Tanerau Latimer ,8. Liam Messam,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,10. Aaron Cruden (c),11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma,12. Charlie Ngatai ,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Tim Nanai-Williams ,15. Mils Muliaina

Replacements :16. Rhys Marshall,17. Jamie Mackintosh,18. Josh Hohneck,19. Tevita Koloamatangi,20. Liam Squire,21. Brad Webber ,22. Andrew Horrell,23. James Lowe


1 - Kane Hames , 2 - Liam Coltman , 3 - Chris King , 4 - Jarrad Hoeata , 5 - Joe Wheeler , 6 - Gareth Evans , 7 - John Hardie , 8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain) , 9 - Aaron Smith , 10 - Lima Sopoaga , 11 - Malakai Fekitoa , 12 - Shaun Treeby , 13 - Winston Stanley, 14 - Richard Buckman , 15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)

Replacements : 16 - Brayden Mitchell, 17 - Matias Diaz, 18 - Craig Millar, 19 - Josh Bekhuis, 20 - Shane Christie, 21 - Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 - Trent Renata, 23 - Phil Burleigh

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