Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Reds in Hamilton




The Chiefs have played the Reds 22 times in Super Rugby since 1996, the Chiefs have won 12 matches and lost 10.

The Chiefs’ 12 wins give them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Queensland Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Waikato side has won their last four Super Rugby matches against the Reds; neither party has managed to win more consecutive games in the history of this fixture.
  • The Reds have won three of their last four Super Rugby games in New Zealand against the Chiefs (L1), losing the most recent fixture by a record margin (29 pts).
  • The Chiefs have won only two of their six games on home soil in Super Rugby this season (D1, L3), despite leading at half-time on four occasions in that span.
  • The Reds have made an average of just seven offloads per game this Super Rugby season, fewer than any other team in the competition and five per game fewer than the category-leading Waikato franchise (12).
  • Anton Lienert-Brown has made a league-high 28 offloads this campaign
  • Queensland’s Samu Kerevi (53) has beaten more defenders than Lienert-Brown (48).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in New Zealand for the first game of Round 15 of Super Rugby at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.

2.00: The Reds have kept the ball, going through the phases and have entered the opposition’s 22. They are showing good patience.

3.00: Some rock-solid defending by the Chiefs, the shift the Reds left and right. Queensland is up to 17 phases, but no gravy.

4.00: TMO REFERRAL: Glenn Newman decides that – after 19 phases – Angus Scott-Young used a double-movement to propel himself over the line from close range. NO TRY! Penalty to the hosts. 0-0

5.00: A terrific kick by Shaun Stevenson gives his side a lineout on the Reds’ 22.

6.00: NO TRY! Another TMO decision, but it goes in favour of the Chiefs. Etene Nanai-Seturo holds off Matt McGahan and Liam Wright to dot down in the corner, however, Mr Newman is called to check for grounding. He sees separation and a knock-on by Nanai-Seturo, but the try looks good on the replay – even super slow-mo – but the TMO rules the ball “lost forward”. Wow! 0-0

8.00: The Reds cannot get out of their 22; it’s wave after wave of attack.

9.00: TRY! Finally! Pita Gus Sowakula takes Marty McKenzie’s offload and slices the Reds apart, jinking and jiving his way through some iffy tackling to open the scoring. Bryce Hegarty and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto’s defending left a lot to be desired. 5-0

10.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 7-0

12.00: Alex Nankivell is offsides, Hegarty will take a shot at goal from 23 metres in front.

13.00: PENALTY! Hegarty puts Queensland on the scoreboard. 7-3

16.00: The Chiefs are leaking penalties; three in a row, it allows the visitors to exit their 22 and post an attack inside the Kiwi’s 22.

19.00: It’s a bit messy at the moment, too many knock-ons and misplaced passes.

20.00: The teams’ kicking game has been average, the passing poor, and the catching worse.

22.00: You get the feeling that if the home team keeps possession, the tries will come. They are getting across the advantage-line with ease, it’s just the final pass that is killing them. The Aussies won’t be able to withstand another hour of attacks.

23.00: TRY! A 13-phase-attack ends when Nathan Harris drops the ball, but it goes back into Atu Moli’s hands. The prop flops over the whitewash. Nankivell went close. Sam Cane carried forward but pushed back before the juggling act extends the Chiefs lead. 12-3

24.00: MISS! McKenzie’s kick rebounds off the post. 12-3

26.00: Chiefs are dominating this game. The Reds have not been without their chances, too.

27.00: A bit of a kicking battle ensues. The Waikato lineout is functioning well, tonight.

29.00: Another sustained attack by the Australians goes past 15 phases: Can they finish, this time?

30.00: Great work by Cane. The skipper wins the turnover, Nankervill clears. It was a 17-phase attack, the second to go that long for the Reds, and both ends with zero points.

31.00: Lachlan Boshier goes off his feet, is caught by the ref. Hegarty kicks to the corner.

32.20: The Chiefs sack the maul legally. The Reds come again; they have a penalty advantage and Alex Mafi crosses. The call by referee Angus Gardner is for an “on-field try”.

33.00: NO TRY! Mafi crawls three times before crossing, no momentum can carry that far without doing an army style crawl under the barbed-wire. Good work by Cane, again. Queensland goes back for the penalty for offsides. Izack Rodda wants the three.

34.00: PENALTY! Hegarty doubles his side’s lead and halves the deficit. 12-6

35.00: McKenzie drops the highball. Oh dear! The Reds have the scrum and good field position. The Reds have had 61% possession and territory, but no tries.

37.00: Brad Weber’s break leads to a penalty for a dangerous tackle by Jock Campbell. Brad Thorn will be livid with how easy his side lost possession. The offload by Hegarty was not taken by Salakaia-Loto.

39.00: The Chiefs are probing, using the pick-and-drive. Weber dives for the chalk, but he loses the ball in contact. It was a nine-phase attack, which might have ended the game if he had scored.

40.00: TRY! Nanai-Seturo gets his try. The Chiefs spread the ball through the hands to the winger, who dots down in the corner before the break. 17-6

41.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie curls his kick throught the middle. 19-6

The halftime score was Chiefs 19 Reds 6

41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Hamilton.

42.00: Harry Hoopert does not release: penalty. The Reds’ throw is not straight. Oh boy.

45.00: The Reds come again, but it’s still the chiefs who look the most dangerous.

48.00: The tourists need a seven-pointer. They are enjoying an attack, slow but moving forward, none-the-less.

49.00: Boshier wins the turnover before the counter-attack leads to a Reds penalty.

50.00: Hoopert is down with a ‘stinger’ after a big hit. Cane leaves to a standing ovation on his first start since his long lay-off. Been a long stop here for injuries and replacements. Hoopert leaves the field on a cart.

51.00: Outstanding by the Chiefs pack, they stop the rolling maul, winning the turnover.

54.00: The Reds are on the march, again. they need seven, I cannot stress that enough.

56.00: TRY! YES! A 19-phase attack ends with a try on the third attempt. They persevered, and it paid dividends. The forwards marched their opponents back, the ball was kept in the tight, sucking in defenders before Taniela Tupou crashed over from close range. 19-11

57.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty makes no mistake. 19-13

60.00: The last quarter begins. The Aussies have a chance; they made it a one-score game, they need another score before the last 10.

63.00: The Reds are in control, here. The Chiefs’ crowd is quiet.

65.00: A botched lineout gives Queensland some respite. The changes keep coming.

67.00: Angus Gardner gets bashed by Salakaia-Loto, but the Reds keep possession, building slowly and patiently. The tourists have been impressive, this evening. They have been undone by some poor play by their forwards, costing themselves two tries, but they are still in the contest.

70.00: TWENTY-TWO phases! The Reds keep coming; Red tide against a black wall. Oh DEAR! Boshier wins the turnover, and the Chiefs clear. That’s the ninth 7+ phase attack by the visitors. They have made 81 tackles to the host’s 191 and dominated possession and territory. Time is running out.

73.00: another two 7+ phase attacks by the Reds. The Chiefs must be out on their feet. It’s 12 phases, now, a slow march towards glory.

74.00: BOSHIER! The third time he has won a turnover; another after 15 phases. INSANE!

77.00: The maul goes to the ground: How did the Chiefs’ forwards manage that? The Reds keep coming, another sustained attack. Pick-and-drive after pick-and-go. Another advantage to the Reds.

78.00: The ball is passed into touch, but we come back for the penalty. What to do?

79.00: Another penalty advantage to the Reds. They maul forward, then wide. Still, advantage.

80.00: Jesse Parete gets pinged, the hooter sounds. Hegarty kicks to the corner.

82.00: Just short, by a blade of grass. The Reds are over the line. HELD-UP! HELD-UP! Can you believe it! The Chiefs hold on. The Reds are devastated. The home fans are on their feet, they have witnessed one of the greatest Super Rugby rearguard actions ever.


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The final score is Chiefs 19 (19) Reds 13 (6)


Tries – Sowakula, Moli, Nanai-Seturo
Pen –
Con – M. McKenzie (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Tupou
Pen – Hegarty (2)
Con – Hegarty
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Dan Waenga
TMO: Glenn Newman



15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Sam Cane (captain), 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Jesse Parete, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Daymon Leasuasu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Sean Wainui


15 Matt McGahan, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Seb Wileman, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda (captain), 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert

Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Feao Fotuaika, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Adam Korczyk, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Liam McNamara

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