The Waratahs have played the Chiefs 22 times in Super Rugby since 1996, and the Waratahs have won 13 matches, losing nine times.
The Waratahs’ 13 wins give them a record of winning 59% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.
- The NSW Waratahs have won eight of their previous nine home games against the Chiefs including their last four in a row, their only defeat in that spell coming back in 2007.
- The Chiefs have won their last three away games in the Super Rugby regular season, their best such run since winning six in a row across the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
- A surprise upset 14-26 victory by the Brumbies over the Chiefs in round 5 was the first loss of the 2020 season for the men from Waikato.
- New South Wales have lost 15 of their last 18 Super Rugby games against New Zealand teams (W3), including their last four on the bounce across which they’ve conceded 40+ points in a game twice.
- Rob Penney’s side is struggling, winning once this season, and they sit fourth on the Australian Conference and 13th in the overall Super Rugby standings.
- Warren Gatland’s charges have conceded just three second-half tries in this Super Rugby campaign (the joint-fewest of any team) while only the Jaguares (12) have scored more tries in this period than the Chiefs (11).
- Tom Staniforth (‘Tahs) has made 41 tackles so far this Super Rugby season, the most of any player with a 100% tackle success rate and the second most of any NSW player overall (Michael Hooper, 51)
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are (back) underway at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
2.00: The chiefs are inside the Waratahs’ 22; they win a penalty after a long advantage.
2.00: PENALTY! Aaron Cruden squeezes his kick inside the right-hand post. 0-3
5.00: Another penalty sees Cruden boot the ball into the opposition’s 22.
7.00: PENALTY! Cruden doubles his side’s lead with another penalty. 6-0
9.00: It’s all chiefs so far in Wollongong, they have had all the ball, playing mostly inside their host’s half.
11.00: Warren Gatland’s men keep the Chiefs pinned back inside their half through the kicking of their halfback.
13.00: NSW is leaking penalties at almost every breakdown.
16.00: MISS! Cruden’s kick is off-target. 0-6
18.00: Michael Hooper gives away possession with a knock-on off his head. What? Another scrum-penalty goes against the home team. It’s six to one inside half an hour.
21.00: TRY! Shaun Stevenson gets the game’s first try in the corner after Solomon Alaimalo, playing fullback, started the attack with a mini-break through several defenders. 0-11
22.00: CONVERSION! Cruden slots the wide conversion. 0-13
24.00: Waratahs need to get into this game.
26.00: TRY! Kurtley Beale runs a great angle, taking Karmichael Hunt’s deft pass before crashing over for his team’s opening try. 5-13
27.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 7-13
30.00: Desperate defence by the Chiefs; Hooper thinks he is over, but he is held-up.
32.00: NSW has fought back and has an attacking scrum near the posts.
33.00: TRY! Jack Dempsey bashes his way over the chalk to make it a one-point ball-game. The TMO checked for grounding and a forward pass in the build-up. 12-13
33.00: CONVERSION! Harrison’s kick is good, and the ‘Tahs have the lead. 14-13
35.00: We have a break in play before Will Harrison kicks a penalty to halfway. The ‘Tahs have fought back, and look to be in control as all the momentum is with them.
37.00: Cruden’s last-ditch tackle puts Alex Newsome into touch.
39.00: Harrison goes to the air. Alaimalo gathers and kick-starts a counter-attack from halfway. The ball is lost forward before being booted back to the Chiefs. New South Wales, somehow, regather possession, and they attack.
40.00: Chiefs win the turnover; it’s their turn to counter-attack.
41.00: “Tahs win the scrum; Harrison kicks the ball into the stands.
The halftime score was Waratahs 14 Chiefs 13
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway on the south Sydney coast.
43.00: TRY! Brad Weber catches the ‘Tahs napping, he ghosts through a gap on the side of the breakdown to put the Chiefs back in front. 14-18
44.00: CONVERSION! Cruden adds the extras. 14-20
45.00: TRY! A sensational no-look out-the-back-door offload by Stevenson, sends Weber racing away down the right-hand touchline for a quick-fire double. 14-25
46.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 14-25
50.00: Rob Penney will not be happy with his team, who fought back but look in danger of being blown away.
52.00: TRY! Sean Wainui gets a lucky score after a pass rebounds off his legs for him to collect and score. 14-30
53.00: CONVERSION! Cruden finds his radar, slotting the conversion. 14-32
57.00: Penney’s charges need to get a score, and fast, or this game is over.
61.00: TRY! A well-worked lineout move by the Chiefs forwards ends with Lachlan Boshier bashing his way over the whitewash. GAME OVER! 14-37
62.00: CONVERSION! Kaleb Trask adds the extras. 14-39
64.00: TRY! Alaimalo crosses for another five-pointer; the ‘Tahs have lost the plot since the break. 14-44
65.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-46
69.00: The ‘Tahs look dead on their feet. They have a couple of opportunities, but cannot break the Chiefs sturdy defence.
73.00: The clock is ticking down; we have a couple of reset scrums.
75.00: Chiefs have taken their foot off the gas in the closing stages; who can blame them, although, they might want a half-century.
77.00: The visitors are back inside the ‘Tahs 22.
79.00: TRY! Beale drops the ball, there is no support, and Anton Lienert-Brown scores. Terrible play by the fullback; terrible play by his team. 14-51
80.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 14-51
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The final score is Waratahs 14 (14) Chiefs 51 (13)
Tries – Beale, Dempsey
Con – Harrison (2)
Tries – Stevenson, Weber (2), Wainui, Boshier, Alaimalo, Lienert-Brown
Pen – Cruden (2)
Con – Cruden (3), Trask (2)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: James Quinn
TMO: Ian Smith
Head Coach: Rob Penney
15 Kurtley Beale (captain), 14 James Ramm, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Pat Tafa, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Siosifa Lisala.
Head Coach: Warren Gatland
15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Donald Maka, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Alex Nankivell.