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Chiefs beat Sunwolves in Tokyo



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The Sunwolves have returned home from South Africa and will host the Chiefs in Tokyo for the first time in Super Rugby history.

The Sunwolves and Chiefs have only played each other once before and that match ended in a 27-20 victory for the Chiefs in Waikato.

  • The Chiefs earned a 27-20 win in their only previous Super Rugby meeting with the Sunwolves, after taking a handy 20-3 lead into the half-time break on the day.
  • This will be the third time the Sunwolves have hosted opposition from New Zealand (W1, L1), the previous two games seeing a total of 169 points scored.
  • The Chiefs have won 10 of their last 12 games outside New Zealand, including each of their last three.
  • The Chiefs (18) have made the most clean breaks per game this season, while the Sunwolves (10) have made the fewest.
  • Hosea Saumaki boasts an average gain of 11m per carry this season, the most of any player to have made at least 20 carries.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Tokyo. Damian McKenzie starts the game by kicking the ball directly out. Scrum on the halfway line to the Sunwolves.

3.00: Lachlan Boshier breaks in midfield. The Chiefs are on the attack inside the Sunwolves’ 22.

4.00: TRY! Tyler Ardron stretches and scores. 0-5

6.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie slots the difficult conversion. 0-7

7.00: Shota Horie throws in skew to the lineout, gifting possession the visitors in a dangerous position.

9.00: The chiefs break blind, but Toni Pulu is tackled into touch by Micheal Leitch and Hosea Saumaki.

10.00: As ever, the Sunwolves try to run the ball from their 22, but loses the ball forward. Scrum to the chiefs on their host’s 22.

11.00: Damian McKenzie kicks across the field but the ball is gathered and marked.

13.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick finishes off a set-piece move after Taleni Seu broke off the scrum. 0-12

14.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds another two points. 0-14

16.00: Michael Little saves the day, chasing back and gathering Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi’s grubber-kick.

17.00: The Chiefs win the penalty and kick to the corner.

17.00: TRY! Nathan Harris walks in for the score after a slick one-two with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi at the front of the lineout. 0-19

18.00: CONVERSION! It’s three from three for McKenzie. 0-21

20.00: TRY! Solomon Alaimalo. Damian McKenzie combines with his brother Marty before breaking through the midfield and playing Tahuriorangi. The scrumhalf dummies the defender and sends Alaimalo away. 0-26

21.00: CONVERSION! The standoff can’t miss from in front. 0-28

23.00: The Sunwolves win the penalty and kick to the corner. They are awarded a second penalty and, once again, Yu Tamura kicks to the corner.

24.00: NO TRY! Hosea Saumaki crashes over from close range after Timothy Lafaele was, initially, stopped short. The TMO decides that the winger lost the ball over the goal-line. We go back for another Sunwolves’ penalty.

25.00: They have a choice between three options; they decide to go for another lineout.

26.00: BIG DEFENCE by the Kiwis, who halt the driving maul over the line, push the Sunwolves back, and get awarded the scrum.

27.00: Big tackle by Fumiaki Tanaka on Taleni Seu.

29.00: Edward Quirk is smoked by Toni Pulu, and the Chiefs are awarded another scrum which is reset.

31.00: Tamura clears the danger after some good defensive work by Saumaki.

32.00: Some good work by Leitch results in the Chiefs getting caught offsides and the Sunwolves being awarded a penalty. Hencus van Wyk is receiving some attention.  Tamura kicks to the Chiefs’ half.

35.00: The home team have a midfield scrum inside their own half. They decide to run it. Willie Britz carries before they go wide.

36.00: TRY! Semisi Masirewa is in for the score after taking Leitch’s inside pass. It came from Tamura and Britz’s two ski-passes which opened up space and gave the Sunwolves numbers in the wide channels. 5-28

37.00: MISS! The conversion fades to the right. 5-28

40.00: The Sunwolves are on the attack inside the Chiefs’ 22. They win a penalty and go quickly.

41.00: A lack of numbers at the breakdown results in the Chiefs winning the penalty. McKenzie puts the ball in the stands.

The half-time score was Sunwolves 5 Chiefs 28

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Tokyo where the Chiefs are running riot after a scintillating opening 40 minutes. 

42.00: The Sunwolves have had more problems with their set-pieces, losing one lineout and four scrums.

42.00: TRY! Hosea Saumaki hands off Harris with his right hand and beats Damian McKenzie before racing away to score to the delight of the home support. 10-28

43.00: MISS! Tamura misses another conversion attempt. 10-28

45.00: TRY! Damian McKenzie is over. The standoff played a long skip-pass to Toni Pulu, who made some metres before offloading back to the supporting standoff for the try. 10-33

47.00: MISS! The standoff can’t convert his own try. 10-33

51.00: Scrum to the Sunwolves inside the Chiefs’ half. They go wide but are halted. Tamura kicks the ball away, and his team get lucky. A Chiefs knock on gifts possession back to the home side.

52.00: TRY! Solomon Alaimalo has another. It came after a barnstorming 60-metre run by Ardron. 10-38

54.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 10-40

58.00: Another break is, somehow, stopped by the home team, but the Chiefs have a five-metre attacking scrum near the righthand touchline.

60.00: Taleni Seu tries to do a Willie Beamen but is held up, over the goal-line, and pushed back. However, the Chiefs retain possession.

62.00: HUGE SCRUM! It results in a penalty to the Sunwolves, who take it quickly. They demolished the Kiwi set-piece and win another penalty at the breakdown.

63.00: Ardron makes another break, running 50 metres after picking up a loose ball from a Sunwolves’ lineout, but he is pinged for not releasing.

65.00: TRY! Damian McKenzie gets a double. It came from a turnover and a wonderful box-kick by Tahuriorangi which the standoff chased, gathered and scored. 10-45

67.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie does not miss this time, after scoring. 10-47

72.00: Ardron is penalised for not coming through the gate. The Sunwolves fail to find touch, gifting possession back to the tourists.

74.00: TRY! Liam Polwart beats Britz and dives over the whitewash under the posts. That’s the half century for the Chiefs. 10-52

75.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds his seventh conversion of the game. 10-54

78.00: TRY! Sean Wainui latches on to McKenzie’s deft chip-kick and scores under the sticks. 10-59

79.00: CONVERSION! that’s eight from nine for McKenzie, today. 10-61

80.00: The Sunwolves have one last attack, but the ball is lost and the game ends.


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The final score: Sunwolves 10 (5) Chiefs 61 (28)


Tries – Masirewa, Saumaki
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Ardron, Retallick, Harris, Alaimalo (2), D. McKenzie (2), Polwart, Wainui
Pen –
Con – D. McKenzie (8)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1: Akihisa Aso
Assistant Ref 2: Tasuku Kawahara
TMO: Minoru Fuji



15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz (captain), 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.

Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Jiwon Koo, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Robbie Robinson, 23 William Tupou.


15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa’auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu’inukaufe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Sean Wainui, 23 Bailyn Sullivan.

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