Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Sharks in New Plymouth




Super Rugby in Round 10 kicks off in New Plymouth where the tournament leading Chiefs host the Sharks at Yarrow Stadium.

Match detail

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

Aaron Cruden kicks off and the match is underway.

The Sharks receive the ball and then kick it into touch.

1.00: Wow. The Chiefs win the line out and Seta Tamanivalu slips through a double tackle and he races for the line and he scores. TRY! he ran through Garth April and Paul Jordaan.

2.00: Cruden slots the conversion.

3.00: Penalty for offside. The Chiefs kick for touch. Cruden misses touch so the Sharks counter attack but knock on.

5.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and kick deep. Lwazi Mvovo kicks the ball back and it goes back to the Chiefs. They kick it back and Garth April kicks the ball out on the full.

7.00: The Sharks get the ball on attack in the Chiefs 22. They go wide but Andre Esterhuizen drops the ball. The Sharks are called back for a penalty as they had the advantage. April will have a shot at goal.

8.00:April slots the penalty and the Sharks are on the board.

9.00: The Chiefs get an advantage and Damien McKenzie takes the quick tap and goes over. He is however called back as he didn’t take it from the mark. Cruden takes a shot at goal and nails it.

12.00: The Chiefs win a line out and the Sharks are slow to defend which puts the Chiefs on the front foot. They go through 5 phases and McKenzie kicks to JP Pietersen who puts the ball back into touch.

15.00: Penalty to the Sharks in front from the scrum. April will have a shot at goal. He misses.

17.00: The Sharks have the ball. They go through 7 phases but lose ground. The ball pops out of the ruck and the Chiefs win a penalty.

19.00: The Chiefs work the ball up to the Sharks line. Tamanivalu goes for the line but loses the ball. The Chiefs have a penalty though and they kick for touch and the line out.

20.00: The Chiefs make a mess of the line out as they knock on.

21.00: The Sharks win the scrum but knock on so the Chiefs have an attacking scrum about 8m out.

23.00: The Chiefs win the scrum. They work the ball to the line but get stopped under the posts and then they go wide and Michael Leitch scores in the corner. TRY!

25.00: Cruden takes the conversion from the touchline but misses.

27.00: Penalty to the Sharks as Sam Cane joined the ruck incorrectly. The Sharks kick to the corner.

28.00: The Sharks win the line out, use the maul and drive over the line. Kyle Cooper drops with the ball and scores. TRY!

29.00: April takes the conversion kick from out wide. He nails it.

30.00: The restart goes straight into touch. The Sharks choose a scrum.

32.00: The Sharks get the ball in the Chiefs half and they attack. The Chiefs turn the ball over and kick deep. The Sharks kick the ball back and Damien McKenzie runs the ball into the Sharks half. The Sharks turn the ball over but Keegan Daniel knocks on.

35.00; Penalty to the Sharks. Brodie Retallick off his feet. April kicks for touch and the line out.

36.00: The Sharks win the lineout. They use the maul again but then they go wide. The Sharks have the advantage but Garth April slips through a gap and scores. TRY!

37.00: April takes the conversion kick but he misses.

38.00: The Chiefs restart and the Sharks take it into touch.

39.00: The Sharks win the line out against the throw. They kick the ball deep and McKenzie counter-attacks.

40.00: There is a forward pass from the Chiefs so the Sharks have a scrum. The Sharks win the scrum but the whistle goes and its half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 15 Sharks 15

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

Tamanivalu has been replaced at half time. Andrew Horrell is on instead.

43.00: The Chiefs win the ball from a line out. They run at the Sharks but lose the ball. The Sharks go through a couple of phases and then kick and chase.

45.00: The Chiefs work the ball up to the Chiefs tryline. They go for the line a couple of times but are accidentally offside.

46.00: The Sharks kick for touch but April doesn’t find touch. The Chiefs counter attack.

48.00: The Chiefs win a penalty. Cruden takes the kick and nails it. The Chiefs lead again.

49.00: Kane Hames comes on for the Chiefs. The Chiefs are trying to up the pace of the game. They chip and chase the ball.

51.00:The Sharks get the ball and run it but the Chiefs turn the ball over and after a couple of phases the Chiefs win a penalty. The Chiefs are keeping the ball in hand more and momentum is shifting towards them.

52.00: Cruden takes the shot at goal but misses.

56.00: The Sharks press the Chiefs back into their half. The Chiefs though win a free kick from the line out. Cruden kicks for touch. It goes to JP Pietersen and he passes to Willie le Roux who just manages to find touch.

57.00: The Chiefs win the line out and Weber kicks to the corner. He finds it 1m out from the Sharks tryline.

58.00: The Sharks win a free kick from the line out and clear the ball. The Chiefs kick it back and April makes the mark. He puts the ball into touch.

59.00: Brodie Retallick wins the ball for the Chiefs by ripping it off Cooper in a maul and the Chiefs attack. The ball goes to McKenzie quickly but he knocks on.

62.00: Penalty to the Chiefs in front. Cruden kicks for touch. He nails it.

64.00: The Chiefs turn the ball over and Weber chips ahead. There is a race for the ball as it rolls to the tryline. Le Roux wins the race but carries the ball over. Chiefs 5m scrum.

67.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and flirt with the Sharks tryline but the visitors defence is strong. The Chiefs get pushed out of the Sharks 22 but the Chiefs attack through 7 phases before they win a penalty.

69.00: Cruden takes the shot and nails it. Chiefs lead by 9.

71.00: The Sharks press the Chiefs back into their half. They win a penalty and kick for touch. The Sharks set up a 10m line out.

72.00: The Sharks use the maul. They drive over the line and score. TRY! Chiliboy Ralepelle.

74.00: April slots the conversion and its a two point match.

75.00: Penalty to the Chiefs for player leaving his feet/slowing the ball down. Cruden will kick for the corner.

77.00: The Chiefs win the line out and work the ball to the line. They go through the phases testing the Sharks defence. They go wide but get called back for a penalty. The Chiefs will take the tap.

79.00: The Chiefs keep the ball in hand and go through the phases 5m out. Slowly winding down the clock. 11 phases and still the Chiefs attack.

80.00: The Chiefs go wide but they get pushed into touch. The Chiefs are called back for a penalty. They kick for touch and that is it.

The Chiefs have won.

The full time score is Chiefs 24 (15) Sharks 22 (15)


Tries – S. Tamanivalu, M.Leitch
Pen – A.Cruden 4
Con – A.Cruden
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – K.Cooper, G.April, C.Ralepelle
Pen – G.April
Con -G.April 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO : Glenn Newman



1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Hiroshi Yamashita , 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Taleni Seu , 7. Sam Cane (cc) , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Aaron Cruden (cc) , 11. Sam McNicol , 12. Anton Lienert-Brown , 13. Seta Tamanivalu , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacments: 16. Nathan Harris , 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Kane Hames , 19. James Tucker , 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Kayne Hammington , 22. Andrew Horrell , 23. Shaun Stevenson


15. Willie le Roux , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Garth April , 9. Michael Claassens , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Keegan Daniel (C) , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Lourens Adriaanse , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements : 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle , 17. Thomas du Toit , 18. Coenie Oosthuizen , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Stefan Ungerer , 22. Joe Pietersen , 23. Odwa Ndungane


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