Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Highlanders in Hamilton




The Chiefs have returned home from Japan where they played the Sunwolves last week as they host the Highlanders at home in Hamilton on Friday.

The Chiefs smashed the Sunwolves last week 10-61 but this weekend they face a Highlanders side that will be hurting after they were beaten 29-13 by the Hurricanes.

  • The Chiefs ran out to a 24-15 win in their last start against the Highlanders, snapping a six-game losing streak against them in which they had scored 20+ points in a game only once.
  • The Highlanders have won their last two away games against the Chiefs and will be searching for a third-straight win in such fixtures for the first time.
  • The Chiefs have won six of their last seven regular season games, and have scored 102 points across their last two fixtures.
  • The Highlanders have lost their last three away games, the last time they lost more in a row was a four-game drought to round out their 2014 campaign.
  • Waisake Naholo has crossed for six tries in his last five games against the Chiefs, making at least three clean breaks in each of his last four games against them.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

It’s a lovely clear night in Hamilton. We should be in for a good match.

Lima Sopoaga kicks off and the match is underway.

2.00: The Chiefs start well. They pressure the Highlanders back into their 22 and try the chip kick towards the tryline but the Highlanders get back, dot the ball down and force the restart.

3.00 : At the restart Lima Sopoaga kicks the ball and goes down. Looks to be an Achilles injury, He has to leave the field and is replaced by Fletcher Smith.

7.00-: The Chiefs win a free kick from the scrum and take it quickly. They work thee ball to the 5m line through 8 phases and go wide.

9.00: The Chiefs keep the attack going and from side to side through 14 phases and they win a penalty in front of the posts.

11.00: Damien McKenzie takes the penalty kick, nails it and puts the Chiefs into the lead.

15.00: The Chiefs continue to attack the Highlanders, they almost get through as McKenzie sends a long ball wide but the Highlanders manage to kill off the attack and the Highlanders get the scrum put in.

19.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. Mckenzie takes the shot and again nails it.

22.00: The Highlanders get the ball into the Chiefs 22. A wide kick goes across the field for Waisake Naholo who chases and gathers the ball, dodges one tackle and goes in to score in the corner. TRY! 

24.00: Fletcher Smith takes the conversion from out wide. He nails it. Highlanders lead.

28.00: The Chiefs work the ball through 5 phases. They are not making much ground but McKenzie slices through and the Chiefs almost get to the 5m line. The ball gets turned over by the Highlanders but then there is a knock on.

35. 00 : Handling errors : Chiefs 7 Highlanders 2 , Possession : Chiefs 69% Highlanders 31 %

36.00: The Highlanders win the ball from a scrum on their 22m line and clear the ball into touch.

38.00: The Chiefs manufacture a wonderful try. The Chiefs get the ball to the 5m line after several phases. Mckenzie chips the ball to the corner and Toni Pulu offloads the ball to Solomon Alaimalo who scores. TRY!

40.00: McKenzie slots the conversion. Chiefs lead and it’s half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 13 Highlanders 7

Damien McKenzie kicks off and the second half is underway.

The Chiefs make a powerful start again. The Chiefs break out of their 22, Anton Lienert-Brown makes huge ground but is stopped. The Chiefs get the ball into the Highlanders 22 and Taleni Seu offloads and the ball goes to ground. The Highlanders get to it but knock on.

43.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and McKenzie almost gets to the line with a sniping run. The ball is recycled and Nathan Harris goes over and scores. TRY!

44.00: McKenzie adds the conversion.

47.00; The Highlanders set up a line out in the Chiefs 22. They throw the ball in but the Chiefs come away with the ball and try to run it out of their 22. When they start to struggle they kick deep. The Highlanders counter through 5 phases and then win a penalty.

50.00: The Highlanders work the ball to the posts. They win another penalty for not rolling away. The Highlanders tap the ball and go wide for Tevita Li who scores in the corner. TRY! Credit to Aaron Smith for the awareness to spot the opening.

52.00: Smith takes the conversion from out wide but misses.

55.00: Charlie Ngatai comes on for the Chiefs. Lachlan Boshier also comes on for the hosts.

58.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. Smith takes the kick and nails it. Chiefs lead by 5.

60.00: The Chiefs win a line out in their 22. After one phase the ball goes to McKenzie who clears the ball into touch.

61.00: The Chiefs try to clear the ball again but McKenzie’s kick rebounds off a Highlanders player. The Highlanders get the ball and attack. The ball goes down the line and Patelsio Tomkinson scores. TRY!

63.00: Smith slots the conversion and the Highlanders lead.

65.00: Penalty for hands in the ruck to the Chiefs. They kick for touch and take the line out.  Liam Messam looks to have a hand injury and has been replaced (blood).

67.00: The Chiefs win the line out and build their attack. They go through 11 phases and Sean Wainui slides over to score in the corner. TRY! 

69.00: McKenzie takes the conversion kick from out wide. He nails it. Chiefs lead again.

71.00 Possession : Chiefs 51% Highlanders 49%

74.00: The Highlanders win a penalty near the half way line. They kick for touch and set up a line out inside the Chiefs 22.

76.00: The Highlanders attack thee Chiefs on their 5m line but the Chiefs defend and keep the visitors out.

78.00: The Highlanders get the ball in she Chiefs 22 again and attack the line. The ball gets turned over by the Chiefs who clear it into touch.

78.00: The Chiefs come away with the ball after the line out – stolen at the line out. The ball goes into touch.

79.00: The Chiefs win the line out ball again.

80.00: The Chiefs hold on to the ball to wind down the clock. After the siren sounds the Chiefs boot the ball into touch.

The Chiefs have won.

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The full time score is Chiefs 27 (13) Highlanders 22 (7)


Tries -S. Alaimalo, N.Harris, S. Wainui
Pen – D.McKenzie 2
Con -D.Mckenzie 3
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – W.Naholo, T.Li, P.Tomkinson
Pen – F.Smith
Con – F.Smith 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Brendan Pickerill
TMO : Glenn Newman



1. Aidan Ross , 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Tyler Ardron , 6. Liam Messam, 7. Sam Cane(c), 8. Taleni Seu , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Damian McKenzie, 11. Sean Wainui , 12. Johnny Faauli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Solomon Alaimalo,

Replacments : 16. Liam Polwart , 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Jeff Thwaites, 19. Pita Gus Sowakula *, 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi , 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. Charlie Ngatai


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Ash Dixon (cc),3. Siate Tokolahi,4. Jackson Hemopo,5.Josh Dickson,6. Elliot Dixon,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Aaron Smith,10. Lima Sopoaga,11. Tevita Li,12. Rob Thompson,13. Matt Faddes,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Tom Franklin, 20. Shannon Frizell, 21. Josh Renton, 22. Fletcher Smith, 23. Patelsio Tomkinson


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