Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Sunwolves in Hamilton




Two time Super Rugby champions the Chiefs will play their first match against Japanese franchise the Sunwolves this weekend in Hamilton.

The match comes for the Chiefs after a tour of South Africa and Western Australia so is just about the perfect match for the Hamilton side after a three week tour.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Damien McKenzie kicks off and the match is underway.

2.00: The Chiefs win the ball back from the kick off and put the Sunwolves under pressure immediately. The Chiefs catch the Sunwolves offside so they win a penalty.

4.00: The Chiefs take the scrum which they win. Sam Cane gets the Chiefs to the line and Hika Elliot drives over and scores. TRY!

4.00: McKenzie takes the conversion kick but misses it.

8.00: The Sunwolves get the ball in their half and start going through the phases on attack. On the 5th phase they get into the Chiefs half.

9.00:After 13 phases the Sunwolves get to the Chiefs 5m line and win a penalty. They take the line out.

11.00: The Sunwolves win the line out and drive over the line. The Sunwolves get the ball over the line but they are held up. 5m scrum

12.00: Possession : Chiefs 27% Sunwolves 73%

15.00: The scrum has to be reset a couple of times. They Sunwolves win a penalty from the scrum and the Chiefs get a warning.

16.00: The Sunwolves put the ball in but the Chiefs deliver a big scrum and they win the penalty. Tighthead prop Heiichiro Ito is down after the scrum and may have to come off. He does and Takuma Asahara comes on as replacement.

19.00: The Sunwolves win a penalty and Hayden Cripps takes the kick and nails it. The Sunwolves are on the board. Fumiaki Tanaka has to come off for blood.

22.00: The Chiefs win a penalty in the Sunwolves half. They kick to the corner and set up a line out about 6m out.

23.00: The Chiefs win the line out despite an overthrow, they go wide quickly and Solomon Alaimalo scores in the corner. TRY!

24.00: McKenzie takes the conversion kick and he misses this one too.

29.00: The Chiefs knock on in centrefield so the Sunwolves have a scrum on their 10m line. Tanaka is back on so he puts the ball in. The Chiefs however turn the ball over and start their attack.

32.00: The Chiefs win a penalty. McKenzie takes the shot and this one he nails. Chiefs lead by 10.

36.00: The match is held up for an injury to Teruya Goto. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi comes on as replacement after the Chiefs clear the ball into touch.

37.00: The Sunwolves knock the ball on at the line out so the Chiefs start their attack. The Chiefs win a penalty for offside.

38.00:McKenzie kicks for touch but does not find it so the Sunwolves chip it back but it goes out on the full.

39.00: The Chiefs attack on the Sunwolves 22. They go wide and McKenzie slips past a tackler and then after the second tackler he starts to stumble and falls but slides over the line. TRY!

40.00: The siren sounds and McKenzie slots the conversion.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 20 Sunwolves 3

The Sunwolves kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Sunwolves win a penalty inside the Chiefs 22. They take the scrum. Confident.

44.00: The Sunwolves get the arm up for the advantage and then they get another penalty. Could have been a penalty try. The Sunwolves will have another scrum.

45.00: The Sunwolves win the scrum, they go wide but then come back in and Fumiaka Tanaka scores next to the base of the posts. TRY!

46.00: Jamie-Jerry Taulagi adds the converison as Hayden Cripps is down. He is coming off and Yu Tamura comes on.

48.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves in the Chiefs 22. Tamura lines up the kick. He misses.

53.00:Penalty to the Chiefs in the Sunwolves 22. They take the line out option and kick to the corner.

54.00: The Chiefs overthrow the line out and the Sunwolves get their hands on the ball and run with it. They are however forced into touch.

57.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves. Tamura will have a shot at posts. He misses.

59.00: The Chiefs slip through the Chiefs defence and James Lowe offloads to McKenzie who has the pace to cut back in from the wing and scores his second TRY!

60.00: McKenzie converts his try.

66.00: The Sunwolves slip through and Derek Carpenter beats McKenzie and slips and slides his way over the line. TRY!

67.00: Taulagi takes the conversion kick and nails it.

71.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves. They kick for touch and set up the line out.

74.00: Another penalty to the Sunwolves. Taulagi takes the shot and nails it. The Sunwolves trail by 7.

77.00: The Chiefs work the ball to the Sunwolves 5m line but the Sunwolves turn the ball over and kick it to safety.

78.00: The Chiefs get the ball back down to the Sunwolves 5m line. Cruden kicks over the top to the wing and Shaun Stevenson scores the try – however the TMO will look for a knock on in the build up. There was a knock on. No try. Scrum.

79.00: There was some confusion as the Chiefs knocked the ball on but the scrum was awarded to Chiefs. The ball went forward towards the line so could not have been a Sunwolves knock forward. The Chiefs win the scrum and attack the Sunwolves line. They are held out but get another scrum.

80.00: The Chiefs win a penalty after the scrum. They choose another scrum.

81.00: The Chiefs win the scrum. They attack the Sunwolves line and then change sides. After 5 phases the Chiefs are pressed back almost to the 22.

82.00: The Chiefs continue the attack and go wide. They are called back for a penalty after the Chiefs knock on.

83.00: The TMO is called in to review a deliberate knock down and then some foul play. Derek Carpenter is yellow carded for the deliberate knock down. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi is red carded for a shoulder charge to the head. Sunwolves down to 13.  The Chiefs take a scrum.

84.00:The Chiefs win the scrum but after 6 phases they get held up.

Thats it the Chiefs have won.

Live In-Play Betting.

The full time score is Chiefs 27 (20) Sunwolves 20 (3)


Tries – H.Elliot, S.Alaimalo, D.McKenzie 2
Pen – D.McKenzie
Con – D.McKenzie 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries -F. Tanaka, D.Carpenter
Pen – H.Cripps, J.Taulagi
Con – J.Taulagi 2
Drop –
Cards – D.Carpenter (yellow 83rd min), Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (red 83rd min)

Match Officials
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Ben Skeen



1. Kane Hames , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Taleni Seu , 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Mitchell Karpik , 8. Sam Cane , 9. Jonathan Taumateine, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain, 11. Sam McNicol , 12. Stephen Donald, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Solomon Alaimalo, 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell , 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Sosefo Kautai , 19. Mitchell Brown , 20. Liam Messam , 21. Alex Nankivell, 22. Shaun Stevenson , 23. James Lowe


15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shunsuki Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements : 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

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