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    Chiefs v Sunwolves (Result)



    The Sunwolves got their first away win in four years when they cause one of the biggest upsets in Super Rugby.

    They were in the lead from the second minute of the game and never let it sipped to win 30-15 against the Chiefs.

    It was the best start to the match the Sunwolves could have asked for when Damien McKenzie start with a kick out on the full.

    From the scrum the Sunwolves showed their intension in running the ball at the Chiefs. They made a few line breaks from the scrum to expose some poor defence from the Chiefs to send Shuhei Matsuhashi over for their first try.

    Keeping pressure on the Chiefs they forced them to play in their own half. When the Chiefs did get their hands on the ball they knocked it on.

    The Chiefs defence was in shambles as well with the Sunwolves finding holes every time they went on attack.

    The Chiefs got on the board with a penalty after 22 minutes. With a lead of 10-3 the Sunwolves extended the lead with a few penalties before they scored their second try through Uwe Helu.

    That gave them a lead of 23-3 at the break and in a nice position for the first major upset of the year.

    The Chiefs had a good start to the second half keeping the ball in hand. They got their first try from a good kick by McKenzie which Alex Nankivell gather to dive over under the sticks.

    This reduce the lead to 23-10 but the Sunwolves hit back with Van den Heever. With this try the Sunwolves took their lead to 30-10.

    The Chiefs were next to score after camping in the Sunwolves twenty two through Etene Nanai-Seturo.

    The Chiefs got one back with 15 minutes to go but the lead was still 30-15 for the Sunwolves. The Chiefs became desperate and although they had opportunities they could not get over the line.

    The Sunwolves were eating the time with the Chiefs searching for three scores.

    They were able to hold on to that lead and took a historic win away from home.


    Chiefs Chiefs  15  30 Sunwolves Sunwolves

    Chiefs – Try: Nankivell. Conversion: McKenzie.

    Sunwolves – Tries: Matsuhashi, Helu, Van den Heever. Conversion: Parker (3). Penalty: Parker (3).


    Date Time League Season Full Time
    March 2, 2019 08:30 Super Rugby 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby 2019 80'


    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome


    15(3) - 30(23)Full Time
        • 63'

          Chief hit back

        • 57'

          TRY TIME!!! Sunwolves!!! Van den Heever get his try

        • 46'

          TRY TIME!! Chiefs!! !they hit first in the second half

        • 41'

          Just as in the first half, Chiefs building up in phases just to knock the ball on

        • Chiefs are getting murdered at the breakdown

        • 416 meters Carries by Sunwolves with 90 carriers, 23 defenders beaten with 5 clean breaks, They also got 8 turnovers in that first half

        • 37'

          How good have the Sunwolves been at ruck time .....taking turnovers

        • 34'

          Chiefs are just not in this game....another penalty for the Sunwolves...going for points

        • 31'

          TRY AWARDED!! On field decision was it was a try

        • 31'

          Sunwolves over the line TMO will check this one...

        • 22'

          21 min down and Chiefs first chance at points...penalty

        • TRY TIME!!! Sunwolves!!! first try of the match2

        • The Chiefs have won 11 of their last 12 Super Rugby games at home against teams visiting from outside New Zealand, losing only to the Jaguares in that span.

        • The only previous Super Rugby meeting between the Chiefs and Sunwolves in New Zealand saw the Japanese outfit outscore the Chiefs 17-7 in the second stanza; though, they still lost 27-20.

        • This will be just the third Super Rugby meeting between the Chiefs and the Sunwolves, with the Hamilton based side coming out on top in both previous encounters


        1. 40 minutes of the best rugby we have seen from the Sunwolves since they joined SR and maybe the worst we have seen from the Chiefs. Great play from Sunwolves