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Chiefs beat Moana Pasifika in Auckland




This will be the inaugural Super Rugby clash between Moana Pasifika and the Chiefs. The last time the Chiefs lost their first game against a team in Super Rugby was in 1997 when they lost their first game against the Cheetahs (27-13) – they have picked up six straight wins in such fixtures since.

The Chiefs have won nine of their last 11 Super Rugby regular-season games against teams from outside New Zealand, including their last two on the bounce; they conceded fewer than 20 points in seven of those 11 games.

  • The Chiefs have won six of their last eight Super Rugby matches (L2), including a 24-21 victory against the Crusaders last time out (Round 4, 2022 Super Rugby Pacific).
  • This will be Moana Pasifika’s second Super Rugby match at Forsyth Barr Stadium; they lost to the Crusaders in their inaugural game in the competition last time out (33-12, 4 March 2022).
  • The Waikato men have made the most carries (131) and made the most running metres (851) per game of any team in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition, while no team has made fewer running metres than Moana Pasifika (523).
  • Moana Pasifika made 10 offloads in their inaugural Super Rugby match last time out (4 March 2022 v Crusaders); only the Chiefs (12) have made more per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
  • The Hamilton side has crossed the gainline on 75 carries per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most of any team in the competition; the Hurricanes (67) are ranked third in this category (Blues – 69).

Players to watch

  • Shaun Stevenson has been directly involved in eight tries in his last six Super Rugby appearances (2 tries, 6 try assists), including a brace of tries in Round 4 of Super Rugby Pacific – the first time he’d scored multiple tries in a Super Rugby game since Round 18, 2019 against the Rebels (3).
  • Josh Ioane has made 1.8 break passes per 80 minutes this Super Rugby Pacific season, the most by any player in the campaign (min. 45 minutes played).
  • Alamanda Motuga has made dominant contact on 2.6 tackles per 80 minutes in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most by any player in the campaign (min. 30 minutes played).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

4.00: A couple of early scrums to both teams.

7.00: Chiefs keep kicking to the corner, but they cannot get their driving maul going.

9.00: Moana Pasifika has already conceded three penalties, and it’s hurting the islanders.

10.00: TRY! Bryn Gatland takes Brad Weber’s pass to open the scoring after some strong carries in an eight-phases attack inside the 22. 0-5

11.00: CONVERSION! Gatland converts his own try. 0-7

14.00: Moana Pasifika are enjoying some territory inside the Chiefs’ 22, but a botched lineout on the Kiwis’ 5m kills a promising chance at a driving maul.

16.00: Another mistake at the lineout leads to a knock-on by the Chiefs after Burr almost stole possession.

17.00: TRY! Neria Fomai scores his maiden Super Rugby try after taking Christian Leali’ifano’s cut-out pass before cutting inside Gatland and beating Emoni Narawa. 5-7

19.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 7-7

22.00: More pressure by the Chiefs leads to several penalty advantages in a nine-phase attack.

23.00: Emoni Narawa is held up by Levi Aumua and Lincoln McClutchie.

23.00: TRY! Hamilton Burr, from Aberdeen in Scotland, scores on Super Rugby debut from a powerful driving maul from five metres out. 7-12

23.00: MISS! Gatland pulls his kick wide. 7-12

24.00: Sekope Kepu opts against the attacking lineout; instead, he asks Lincoln McClutchie to take a shot at goal.

25.00: MISS! Oh dear, that was poor. The kick hit the post, and the Chiefs cleared. 7-12

30.00: The Samoans have given a good account of themselves, but like Fijian Drua, their set-pieces are killing any chance of momentum or sustained attacks inside the opposition’s half.

34.00: Referee Paul Williams has awarded eight penalties to the Chiefs, only two to Moana Pasifika.

37.00: The Hamilton men have had most of the game, but the islanders have proved stubborn. Aaron Mauger will need to sort out his set-pieces and make sure his side can keep their discipline in the second half (9 pens to 2).

39.00: TRY! A nine-phase attack from the attacking lineout ended with Kaleb Trask sending Emoni Narawa away. Narawa waltzed over for his third Super Rugby try after the Samoans ran out of defenders. That is a killer score for the Kiwis. 7-17

41.00: CONVERSION! Gatland adds the extras. 7-19

The halftime score was Moana Pasifika 7 Chiefs 19

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

42.00: TRY! Bradley Slater’s midfield linebreak opens up the space as the defenders scramble. Gatland sent a quick cut-out pass Pita Gus Sowakula, who sucked in two defenders to free up space for Jonah Lowe. Gatland skipped Lowe, who looped Sowakula as the number eight released a backdoor pass to the winger to score. Stunning score by the Chiefs. 7-24

44.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 7-24

46.00: Chiefs have started the second stanza well, they look dangerous.

49.00: TRY! Tupou Vaa’i takes Hamilton Burr’s inside pass, shrugs off Henry Time-Stowers, and races away to the try line for his third Super Rugby try. 7-29

50.00: CONVERSION! Gatland makes no mistake. 7-31

53.00; The Chiefs have the opposition pinned inside their half, it is forcing Mauger’s side to run from deep, which is causing problems when the Hamilton side counter-attacks.

56.00: It’s all Chiefs as they search for more points.

58.00: YELLOW CARD! Leali’ifano is off for a totting up process inside the Samoan’s half. 7-31

60.00: TRY! Pita Gus Sowakula crashes over from close range after the midfield scrum set up the attack. 7-36

61.00: CONVERSION! Josh Ioane, taking over from Gatland, adds the two. 7-38

63.00: TRY! Ioane puts Chase Tiatia’s through a hole. Tiatia’s weaving run opened up space for Brad Weber, in support, to stroll under the sticks. 7-43

64.00: CONVERSION! Ioane adds the extras. 7-45

66.00: TRY! 15-phase attack with Joe ‘Apikotoa crashing over from close range. 12-45

68.00: MISS! The kick is off the post. 12-45

71.00: How many can the Chiefs score?

73.00: TRY! Alex Nankivell takes Ioane’s pass at pace, goes through the hole, and walks over untouched. 12-50

74.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 12-52

77.00: Still all Chiefs.

79.00: TRY! Tyrone Thompson flops over from a rolling maul. 12-57

81.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 12-59


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The final score is Moana Pasifika 12 (7) Chiefs 59 (19)


Moana Pasifika
Tries – Fomai, ‘Apikotoa
Pen –
Con – Leali’ifano
Drop –
Cards – Leali’ifano (Yellow, 58’)

Tries – Gatland, Burr, Narawa, Lowe, Vaa’i, Sowakula, Weber, Nankivell, Thompson
Pen –
Con – Gatland (3), Ioane (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Winter
TMO: Richard Kelly


Manu Pasifika

15 William Havili, 14 Tima Fainga’anuku, 13 Levi Aumua, 12 Danny Toala, 11 Neria Fomai, 10 Christian Leali’ifano, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Henry Time-Stowers, 7 Solomone Funaki, 6 Sione Tu’ipulotu, 5 Samuel Slade, 4 Mike McKee, 3 Sekope Kepu (captain), 2 Luteru Tolai, 1 Ezekiel Lindenmuth

16 Samiuela Moli, 17 Taukiha’amea Koloamatagi, 18 Joe ‘Apikotoa, 19 Alex McRobbie, 20 Josh Kaifa, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Lincoln McClutchie, 23 Fine Inisi


15 Kaleb Trask, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Hamilton Burr, 6 Tupou Vaa’i, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Laghlan McWhannell, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Ollie Norris

16 Tyrone Thompson, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Solomone Tukuafu, 19 Samipeni Finau, 20 Josh Lord, 21 Rivez Reihana, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Chase Tiatia

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