Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Bulls in Hamilton




The Chiefs return from their bye last weekend with a home match in Hamilton where they will host South Africa’s Bulls.

These two teams contested the 2009 Super Rugby final but these teams fortunes have changed a lot since then.

The Bulls won that final and then won another title a year later and then a couple of years later the Chiefs won back to back titles.

Currently, though these teams are placed tenth (Bulls) and 12th (Chiefs) in the overall standings.

  • The Chiefs are undefeated in their last four games against the Bulls (W3, D1), turning around a four-game losing streak against them prior to that run.
  • The Chiefs have won their last eight games at home against teams visiting from outside New Zealand, their longest ever winning streak in such fixtures.
  • The Bulls have won only one of their last 12 games in New Zealand, with their last victory coming against the Blues in Round 4, 2013.
  • The Chiefs haven’t lost a scrum on their own feed at home since Round 3 last season, and have finished three of six games since without losing a lineout either.
  • Roelof Smit has won eight turnovers so far this campaign, more than any other player, all of those have been jackals.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Super Rugby. round five in Hamilton.

2.00: The Bulls are playing in a strange second strip. It looks similar to the South African football club, Sundowns; yellow top, blue shorts and white socks.

3.00: TRY! Warrick Gelant takes Travis Ismaiel’s pass and beats Damian McKenzie and Tiaan Falcon to the corner. It came from the lineout and a wrap-around with Jesse Kriel and Ismaiel. 0-5

4.00: CONVERSION! Handré Pollard slots the touchline conversion. 0-7

7.00: Pin-point kick is gathered by the Bulls. Sean Wainui tackles Gelant, but the Bulls get the lineout and clear.

9.00: TRY! Johnny Fa’auli gathers the ball after Ismaiel spills Falcon’s grubber-kick. 5-7

10.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie levels the scores. 7-all

12.00: The Bulls are running everything. This time, they go wide from their 22. The first kick out of hand comes after 11 minutes 21 seconds. John Mitchell is really putting his stamp on this team.

13.00: Kriel breaks in midfield. Liam Messum is penalised twice, once for offsides and another for an early tackle on scrumhalf Andre Warner.

15.00: The Bulls win the penalty after a driving maul. They kick to the corner, again.

16.00: TRY! Divan Rossouw beats McKenzie to the corner flag for his first Super Rugby try. It is a great finish and after a long TMO referral, referee Shuhei Kubo awards the score. 7-12

17.00: CONVERSION! Pollard takes the ball 35 metres back and slots the touchline kick. 7-14

18.00: The Chiefs have conceded six penalties in a row. Mr Kubo is talking to Sam Cane about their maul and ruck defending. Pollard kicks to the Chiefs’ 22.

19.00: Another penalty, seven to nil. Pollard kicks to the corner. Mr Kubo tells Cane that the next one is yellow.

20.00: Big defence by the home team, finally halting the Bulls’ driving maul.

21.00: Falcon runs out from his goal-line. The Chiefs clear, but the ball is not out. Ismaiel runs the ball back into Chiefs territory.

23.00: TRY! Rossouw is in for his second. Kriel involved again. Hanro Liebenberg put the Springboks centre away before Kriel drew McKenzie, after beating Cane, and sent the winger away. 7-19

24.00: CONVERSION! That’s three from three by Pollard. 7-21

25.00: A rare Bulls lineout miss gifts possession to the Chiefs. Trevor Nyakane is pinged for a high tackle on Falcon.

28.00: Another handling error by the home team gifts the visitors a scrum in the middle of the park, on halfway.

30.00: The scrum has been reset. Bulls go wide, initially, then lose the ball to McKenzie, who runs out of trouble.

32.00: Brad Weber kicks a bomb, but the Bulls recover possession and are on the march, inside the Chiefs’ 22.

33.00: Gelant makes another mini-break, but Cane wins the turnover at the breakdown and McKenzie clears.

34.00: Rudolph Snyman takes a knock to the head and is down.

35.00: Snyman is still on when he should be off for an HIA. Rossouw his also getting his head bandaged.

36.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick picks up from the base of the ruck and powers over with the help of Angus Ta’avao. 12-21

37.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 14-21

39.00: TRY! Pollard finishes off a wonderful counter-attack. It came from Embrose Papier, who gathered a poor kick from Weber, ran across the field before beating Ta’avao and Rettalick. The scrumhalf played Kriel, who slipped through another gap and handed the ball off to Pollard, on his inside shoulder. 14-26

40.00: CONVERSION! Pollard adds his fourth conversion of the half. 14-28

The halftime score is Chiefs 14 Bulls 28

Half-time Statistic: Jesse Kriel has four carries; four defenders beaten, three clean breaks, two try assists.

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Waikato where the Bulls have a 14-point lead after four first-half tries to two.

42.00: What a start! McKenzie takes Retallick’s offload and the Chiefs are in the attack. The Bulls go offsides and McKenzie will kick to the corner.

43.00: TRY! Mitchell Brown powers over after a driving maul. The Bulls defended the maul, well, but once it broke up, the Kiwis surged towards the whitewash. 19-28

45.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds another two. 21-28

47.00: The Chiefs have a lineout on halfway. Snyman wins the throw.

49.00: The chiefs are making some changes while Aidan Ross gets some attention.

50.00: Great kick by Pollard. The Bulls will have the throw on the Chiefs five-metre line.

51.00: The Chiefs sack the maul and again, the referee doesn’t go to his pocket. Rubbish officiating.

52.00: Superb defence from the home team. They sack the maul and win the turnover while keeping 15 men on the paddock.

54.00: Gelant’s wonderful break and grubber-kick is collected by Kriel, who is tackled short of the line.. The Chiefs stop the Bulls before Anton Lienert-Brown wins the turnover.

56.00: TRY! Retallick is in for his second after a blitz counter-attack. The offloading by the Chiefs had the Bulls back-tracking. 26-28

58.00: MISS! McKenzie pushes his kick wide. 26-28

59.00: Papier is over for the try, but the referee (who else?) calls an obstruction on Lood de Jager. Terrible call, again by an inept official. Retallick could never make the tackle.

62.00: The Bulls have possession and attck from a lineout. The Chiefs win another penalty.

63.00: PENALTY! McKenzie puts the Chiefs ahead for the first time in the game. 29-28

67.00: The Chiefs are knocking on the door. But, the ball is lost forward near the Bulls’ try-line. Big let-off for the South Africans. The TMO is checking for foul play on McKenzie.

68.00: YELLOW CARD! Conraad van Vuuren is sent to the bin; he probably should have seen red because he hit the fullback on the head with a swinging arm. Very lucky.

69.00: The TMO and ref decided on mitigating factors regarding McKenzie slipping before being hit.

71.00: Big moment by Roelof Smit, who has made the most turnover steals in Super Rugby, this season.

73.00: The Bulls lost the ball forward, so the Chiefs have the scrum inside the Bulls half.

74.00: TRY! Solomon Alaimalo gathers Fa’auli’s chip-kick, steps two defenders and crashes over for the try. 34-28

75.00: MISS! McKenzie’s kick is wide. 34-28

76.00: Chiefs have a scrum after the restart does not go 10 metres.

78.00: Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi is almost in for the score, but is tackled into touch, five metres out. The Bulls win the lineout and clear.

79.00: The Chiefs knock on giving the visitors one last chance. The scrum is inside the Bulls’ 22.

80.00: TRY! Lienert-Brown, with help from Cane, powers over for the Chiefs’ sixth try. 39-28

82.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds his fourth conversion to finish off the match. 41-28


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The final score is Chiefs 41 (14) Bulls 28 (28)


Tries – Fa’auli, Retallick (2), Brown, Alaimalo, Lienert-Brown
Pen – McKenzie
Con – McKenzie (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Gelant, Rossouw (2), Pollard
Pen –
Con – Pollard (4)
Drop –
Cards – Van Vuuren (Yellow, 68′)

Match Officials
Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kely
TMO: Shane McDermott



15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa’auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Tiaan Falcon, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Declan O’Donnell.


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jason Jenkins/Tim Agaba, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze.

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