Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Brumbies in Hamilton




The Brumbies have won their last two Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Chiefs; the last and only time they won more in succession against them was a six-game stretch from 2000 to 2004.

The Brumbies have lost two games on the bounce heading into this fixture; the last time they lost more than two consecutive Super Rugby games was a five-game stretch from April to May in 2018.

  • The Chiefs and Brumbies have each made 30 clean breaks within the opposition 22m zone in Super Rugby competitions since the beginning of 2021, the joint-most of any team in that time (also Blues).
  • The Chiefs have made 10+ offloads in each of their last five Super Rugby games, more times than they had done so in their 19 games prior (x4).
  • Noah Lolesio (Brumbies) has made seven try assists in Super Rugby since the beginning of 2021, the joint-most of any player in Super Rugby competitions in that time alongside James O’Connor (Queensland Reds).
  • Lachlan Lonergan and Ryan Lonergan become the first pair of brothers to start for the Brumbies in franchise history.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Hamilton, New Zealand.

3.00: The Brumbies are under the pump in the early stages. Damian McKenzie kicks a penalty to the corner; the Chiefs have come to play.

4.00: TRY! Tupou Vaa’i flops over the chalk after a powerful driving maul to claim his first Super Rugby try. 5-0

5.00: MISS! McKenzie’s kick is well wide of the sticks. 5-0

7.00: The Chiefs are dominating the breakdown, and they have had all the ball. The Brumbies are having to make a lot of tackles in the opening stages.

8.00: Good work by Rory Scott to win a penalty at the ruck for the Aussies.

11.00: The Brumbies win a scrum penalty, Tom Banks kicks to the corner.

12.00: TRY! Len Ikitau scores in the corner, Tom Wright’s pass put him away after both Lonergans combined in the build-up. 5-5

13.00: MISS! Noah Lolesio’s kick hits the post. 5-5

16.00: It’s all Chiefs again, they have come back strong.

18.00: A 12-phase attack comes to an end after a knock-on by the home side.

20.00: Still lots of problems with the scrums in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, the resets are killing the momentum of the game. Eventually, the Chiefs win a scrum penalty, they opt for another one under the posts.

21.00: TRY! Luke Jacobson picks up from the back of a powerful scrum and dives in for his team’s second try. 10-5

22.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 12-5

25.00; The Brumbies look dangerous from broken play, their pick and drives are decent too as they get over the advantage line with ease.

27.00: NO TRY! Bailyn Sullivan beats the cover defenders to the corner flag; however, Anton Lienert-Brown lost the ball forward after Len Ikitau stripped Alex Nankivell. The Chiefs do get a penalty for a high tackle on Nankivell by Lachlan Lonergan. 12-5

29.00: Held up, but the Chiefs have another penalty for offside, that’s five in a row against the Aussies: Scrum.

30.00: TRY! Jacobson gets a second. It’s a carbon copy of his first try. The Brumbies scrum is being dismantled in Hamilton. 17-5

31.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie splits the posts. 19-5

33.00: What a hit by Damian McKenzie on Henry Stowers, the fullback put the big No 6 into touch.

36.00: The Chiefs are back on the attack, McKenzie finds space in behind the Aussies’ back three with an expert kick.

38.00: Brumbies win a penalty at the ruck, and get a free exit.

39.00: Liam Messam is pinged for a high tackle, Banks boots the Brumbies to the 22 for one last chance to reduce the deficit.

40.00: Rory Scott drops a pass after a poor maul goes wrong. The Brumbies do get the ball back, and counter-attack.

41.00: Scrum to the Chiefs after another handling error by the visitors.

42.00: Brad Weber drops a certain try after Jacobson’s linebreak. Weber had an open run at the line, but could not hold onto the ball.

The halftime score was Chiefs 19 Brumbies 5

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Hamilton, New Zealand.

44.00: Anton Lienert-Brown loses possession after Stowers hit him as he tried to offload. The Chiefs enjoyed a long 11-phase attack, but they are loose with their play.

45.00: TRY! McKenzie crashes over from close range. Nankivell went close after taking Jonah Lowe’s offload, but the playmaker extraordinaire gets the score. 24-5

46.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie converts his five-pointer. 26-5

49.00: Jacobson affects a turnover to kickstart another long counter-attack.

51.00: TRY! Nankivell walks through to score under the posts after taking Lachlan Boshier’s pop-pass. 31-5

51.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 33-5

55.00: The Brumbies have no answers to the might of the Chiefs, they are treading water hoping for the game to end.

57.00: Good refereeing by Ben O’Keeffe to not send Anton Lienert-Brown to the bin for a high hit on the slipping Lolesio.

58.00: TRY! a great run by Issak Fines-Leleiwasa sets up Bayley Kuenzle. 33-10

58.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the two. 33-12

63.00: It’s all Chiefs.

65.00: TRY! McKenzie is tackled around the neck, but the Chiefs recycle, and Anton Lienert-Brown scores his team’s sixth try to seal another Kiwi forsty-burger win. 38-12

65.00: YELLOW CARD! Darcy Swain is oof for the tackle on McKenzie. 38-12

66.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie converts. 40-12

70.00: The Brumbies look shot, the Chiefs want more.

74.00: The clock is ticking down, the visitors have had a couple of chances to get more tries, but their handling has let them down.

77.00: Scrum to the Chiefs as Sweet Caroline beams around FMG Stadium.

79.00: A penalty goes the way of the Brumbies, who kick to the corner.

81.00: TRY! Rob Valetini is over at the death. 40-17

82.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 40-19


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The final score is Chiefs 40 (19) Brumbies 19 (5)


Tries – Vaa’i, Jacobson (2), McKenzie, Nankivell, Lienert-Brown
Pen –
Con – McKenzie (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Ikitau, Kuenzle, Valetini
Pen –
Con – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards – Swain (Yellow, 65′)

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Dan Waenga
TMO: Aaron Paterson



15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross

: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Rameka Poihipi, 23 Kaleb Trask


15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Henry Stowers 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio

 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen

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