Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Sharks in Hamilton




The Chiefs have played the Sharks 20 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Chiefs have won 11 matches, drawn none and lost nine times.

The Chiefs 11 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Sharks regardless of venue.

  • The Sharks have won two of their last three Super Rugby games against the Chiefs and will now be looking to snare back-to-back wins against them for the first time since 2008-09.
  • The Chiefs have won their last four Super Rugby games against the Sharks when hosting on the day; though, just one of those four wins came by a margin of greater than eight points.
  • The Sharks are undefeated in their last four regular season Super Rugby games against New Zealand opposition (W3, D1).
  • Only the Crusaders (+71) have a better points differential in the 20 minutes after half-time than the Sharks (+27) in Super Rugby 2019.
  • Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) has made 28 offloads in Super Rugby 2019, nine more than any other player.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! we are underway at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

3.00: The Chiefs go close, but the Sharks defence holds them at bay.

4.00: The ref is taking far too long to set the scrums, and we are only five minutes into the game.

6.00: More problems with the scrums. Referee Nic Berry needs to get a handle on this.

8.00: A kicking battle ensues before Sean Wainui’s pinpoint kick is taken into the touch. The Sharks are on the back foot again; the Chiefs recycle quickly and go wide to Tyler Ardron.

9.00: No advantage to the Chiefs. Mr Berry brings them back to the Sharks’ 10m for the initial infringement.

10.00: Marty McKenzie will take a shot. The kick is in front, about 41 metres.

11.00: PENALTY! McKenzie kicks his first penalty of the season to open the scoring. 3-0

13.00: The home team stand strong, defending the lineout inside their 22 after Coenie Oosthuizen loses the ball in contact. Thomas du Toit leaves the field with the help of two trainers.

16.00: The Sharks think they have control of the scrum, however, they concede a penalty inside the home side’s 22, killing a great scoring opportunity.

18.00: McKenzie clears down the field. Sbu Nkosi gathers and plays Curwin Bosch. Bosch races forward, Nkosi takes the ball into the opposition’s 22.

20.00: Another 10+ phase attack ends with a knock on by the visitors. Both teams are huffing and puffing, but the Sharks are not taking their chances. Free-kick to the Chiefs for early engagement by the Durban franchise.

21.00: Robert du Preez must be pulling his hair out. His side set the maul, it fractures, and the ball is lost forward. This will come back to bite the Sharks.

23.00: The Chiefs have not lost two in a row against South African opposition in nine years. Wow!

24.00: Bosch is causing all manner of problems, but he is not getting the support to finish off his line-breaks.

25.00: Aphelele Fassi’s well-executed kick bounces out inside the opposition’s 22. The Chiefs clear.

27.00: TRY! Brad Weber finishes off a free-flowing attack. McKenzie’s break set-up the try, combining with Wainui. The winger drew Fassi and put the scrumhalf away for the game’s first try. 8-0

28.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 10-0

29.00: RUMBLE! A scuffle breaks out. TMO Aaron Paterson tells Mr Berry that it is only a penalty because it was handbags. Luke Jacobson is the guilty party. Good call by the officials. Angus Gardner and Jaco Peyper, take note!

30.00: PENALTY! Bosch puts his team on the board. 10-3

31.00: TRY! Hyron Andrews scores the Sharks’ first try on tour. Solomon Alaimalo, who dropped a high-ball already, drops Louis Schreuder’s bomb into the hands of the chasing Nkosi. The winger is wrapped up, but not before he offloads to the second-rower, who races away. Quality! 10-5

33.00: CONVERSION! Bosch levels. 10-all

34.00: Nkosi gives away a needless penalty on the ground. McKenzie kicks to the corner.

35.00: TRY! Mitchell Karpik’s pick-and-go finishes off a well-worked lineout move. 15-10

36.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 17-10

38.00: Bosch has a chance for some points after Jacobson gives away another penalty.

39.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf makes no mistake, he’s brought his kicking boots to Hamilton. 17-13

41.00: The half ends with two counter-attacks. Bosch goes to the ruck, collects the ball and clears.

The halftime score was Chiefs 17 Sharks 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Hamilton.

42.00: Jacobson gets hold of the ball at the breakdown, atoning for his previous sins. McKenzie calls for the tee.

43.00: MISS! The first-five pushes his kick wide from in front. 17-13

46.00: The visitors get out of jail after a handling error gives them possession just outside their 22.

47.00: BIG SCRUM! The Durban pack wins a scrum-penalty. It was Atu Moli who slipped.

49.00: The Sharks go through another 10-phase attack, and like clockwork, they do not make anything of the attack. Anton Lienert-Brown rushed out of the line and smoked Andrews. The try-scorer knocked on in contact inside the Chiefs’ 22. Poor.

52.00: Chiefs have a lineout. Nathan Harris wipes the ball dry with a towel. The hosts have made four handling errors to eight of the visitors.

53.00: Makazole Mapimpi saves the day, winning a penalty at the breakdown. Superb work from the wing, playing like Richie McCaw, to save his side.

56.00: The South Africans surge into the Chiefs’ 22. They recycle the ball quickly and win a penalty. It was Mapimpi’s kick that set-up the opportunity. Sharks go to the corner.

56.00: YELLOW CARD! Nathan Harris is in the bin for cynical play inside the red zone. 17-13

57.00: TRY! The Sharks score after a TMO decision tells the ref to overturn his decision. Ruan Botha gets up with the ball. 17-18

58.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras. 17-20

62.00: PENALTY! Bosch kicks his third penalty goal. 17-23

64.00: Moli collapses for the second time since he entered the field. Big call from the assistant referee. Bosch kicks to the 22.

65.00: The opportunity goes begging. Harris is back on the field. his sin-binning cost 10 points.

66.00: Sharks think they have won a turnover, but Mapimpi, this time, is pinged at the ruck. McKenzie puts the ball on the opposition’s 5m. Liam Polwart is on for Harris.

68.00: TRY! Lienert-Brown, running a good angle, slips a defender and finishes off a 16-phase attack. That’s how you do it. 22-23

69.00: MISS! McKenzie misses a sitter. Sharks still lead. 22-23

70.00: TRY! Sensational from Alex Nankivell and Alaimalo. The Sharks kicked the restart long, and the fullback collected and put Nankivell through a gap. He raced to the halfway line before playing Alaimalo. The fullback returned the pass, Nankivell sped away to the 22 before offloading to Weber. 27-23

71.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie makes no mistake, this time. 29-23

74.00: The Sharks survive another attack.

77.00: Time is running out for the South Africans.

78.00: Game over! John-Hubert Meyer gives away a daft penalty for accidental offsides. Bosch dropped the ball, killing an eight-phases attack – standard – and the prop picked up from an offside position.

80.00: Siren Sounds, the Sharks counter after winning a turnover. Nkosi goes down the sideline. The ball is recycled. Bosch almost gets through a hole, but is snaffled – it’s crazy out there!

82.00: The sharks are in dangerous territory; they have passed the dreaded 10-phase attack. It’s 15 phases as the Sharks go wide. The chiefs stand firm.

83.00: Bosch knocks the ball forward after he received a shocking low, pass from his scrumhalf. The Chiefs survive an 18 phase attack to hold on for a narrow win.


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The final score is Chiefs 29 (17) Sharks 23 (13)


Tries – Weber (2), Karpik, Lienert-Brown
Pen – M. McKenzie
Con – M. McKenzie (3)
Drop –
Cards – Harris (Yellow, 56′)

Tries – Andrews, Botha
Pen – Bosch (3)
Con – Bosch (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Aaron Paterson



15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Jesse Parete, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli.

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 Alex Nankivell.


15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Fezokhule Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

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