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Chiefs beat Waratahs in Hamilton



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The Chiefs host the first Super Rugby game on Saturday and they take on Australian Conference leaders the Waratahs.

The Chiefs have played the Waratahs 21 times in Super rugby and they have won eight matches and lost 13.

  • The Waratahs have won six of their last eight games against the Chiefs.
  • They will be looking to avoid successive defeats to them for the first time since a three-game drought from 2006 to 2008.
  • The Chiefs have won 11 of their last 12 games against teams from Australia, including each of their last seven on the bounce.
  • The ‘Tahs have won just one of their last 10 games played outside Australia (D1, L8), picking up just two losing bonus points in that time.
  • The Waratahs have conceded just 55 points in the final quarter of games this season; only the Hurricanes (31) and Crusaders (34) have conceded fewer in that period.
  • Damian McKenzie has made 15 break passes this season, the second most of any player in the competition behind Elton Jantjies (17).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Hamilton where Bernard Foley makes his 100th Super Rugby game.

3.00: The Waratahs have a scrum inside the Chiefs 22.

5.00: TRY! Cam Clark finishes off a beautifully worked first-phase try. Foley, Kurtley Beale and Taqele Naiyaravoro all combined to send the winger away in the corner. 0-5

7.00: CONVERSION! Foley adds the touchline kick. 0-7

10.00: A big scrum by the Chiefs has set up some good field position inside the ‘Tahs 22.

12.00: The Waratahs repel the attack, winning a penalty at the breakdown and clearing.

13.00: TRY! Two chances, two tries for the visitors. Beale sends Curtis Rona through a huge gap and the centre makes a beeline for the try-line. 12-0

14.00: CONVERSION! Foley won’t miss from in front. 14-0

16.00: The Chiefs have some good front-foot ball.

17.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick crashes over from close range after Charlie Ngatai’s (third) break took his team inside the red zone. 14-5

18.00: CONVERSION! Damian McKenzie adds the extras. 14-7

20.00: Michael Allardice rips the ball away and the Chiefs start a counter-attack. The move comes to nought when Anton Lienert-Brown kicks the ball out on the full.

23.00: The Chiefs are very dangerous in broken play, but their handling is letting them down.

25.00: The home team are on the charge again. Solomon Alaimalo and Toni Pulu take them forward near the Waratahs 22.

26.00: The visitors see off another Chiefs attack. The hosts went eight phases before Alaimalo knocked on and a team-mate picked up in an offsides position. Foley clears.

27.00: McKenzie kicks to the Tahs 22 after the Aussies were penalised at the lineout.

29.00: TRY! Nathan Harris takes Liam Messam’s pop-pass and crashes over the whitewash. It came from the Waratahs trying to run the ball out of their 22. They took contact, committed too many players to the ruck without a halfback. Messam spotted the ball was out and pounced. 12-14

30.00: MISS! McKenzie cannot level. 12-14

33.00: TRY! Damian McKenzie with an expert finish puts his team ahead. It came from Ngatai’s break and offload from a long lineout throw. Israel Folau could not stop the diminutive first-five. 17-14

34.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie converts his score. 19-14

36.00: The efforts by the chiefs to speed the game up, has caused the Waratahs problems. The Australians’ fitness will be questioned and pushed by this electric Kiwi outfit.

37.00: Naiyaravoro went close but was held up and lost the ball. The Chiefs counter-attack from their own goal-line and are inside the opposition’s half.

39.00: Naiyaravoro throws the ball to a Chiefs player and the home team come again. Michael Wells throws an intercept but it is not costly. There are lots of hands on hips.

41.00: A couple of reset scrums will see us to the halftime break. McKenzie boots the ball into the stands.

The halftime score was Chiefs 19 Waratahs 14

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Hamilton.

44.00: Beale offloads to Naiyaravolo, who is well tackled near the touchline. The Chiefs have defended the big winger, well.

45.00: Folau takes Foley’s cross-kick with his two-handed AFL jump and catch. Beale sends the ball wide and the Waratahs are on the Chiefs’ line. Foley throws a long pass to Will Miller, who dives in for the score. however, the ref calls the standoff’s pass “forward” and awards a penalty for offsides.

46.00: PENALTY! Foley kicks the easy goal to reduce the deficit. 19-17

49.00: TRY! Pulu picks up the bouncing ball and crosses for the fourth Chiefs try. Rona’s poor defensive error proved costly. 24-17

50.00: MISS! McKenzie hits the upright for the second time this evening. 24-17

52.00: TRY! Beale combines with Folau before ghosting through two defenders and slides in for the try. It was a good pick up by Izzy, who stood up a defender and waited for Beale’s wrap-around. 24-22

54.00: CONVERSION! Foley’s touchline kick levels the scores. 24-all

57.00: TRY! Pulu takes the bouncing ball and defender over the whitewash to give his side the lead. 29-24

58.00: MISS! McKenzie shaves the upright. 29-24

60.00: McKenzie sends another kick behind the defence for Pulu but Folau gets back and saves the day.

63.00: The Waratahs have a good attacking opportunity inside the Chiefs 22. They go eight phases before winning a penalty for not rolling away by Harris. It came from a great turnover by Michael Hooper.

65.00: PENALTY! Foley slots the easy penalty. 29-27

67.00: Ngatai clears the danger but gives the visitors possession near halfway.

70.00: McKenzie’s break and offload set up an attack inside the Tahs’ 22 but it is halted by a penalty at the ruck. Foley clears the danger.

74.00: PENALTY! McKenzie extends his side’s lead to five with six to play. 32-27

78.00: Foley takes the ball over his in-goal area after another kick behind the Waratahs’ back three.

80.00: the Waratahs win the turnover, on their line, and counter-attack. they go wide but lose the ball forward. Game over.

82.00: TRY! McKenzie slips a tackle and is over for his second. 37-27

84.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds another two. 39-27


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The final score is Chiefs 39 (19) Waratahs 27 (14)


Tries – Retallick, Harris, D. McKenzie (2), Pulu (2)
Pen – D. McKenzie
Con – D. McKenzie (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Clark, Rona, Beale
Pen – Foley (2)
Con – Foley (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2: Cam Stone
TMO: Aaron Paterson



15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai (captain), 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Mitch Karpik, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Shaun Stevenson.


15 Israel Folau, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

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