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Chiefs take bonus-point win over Canes

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The Chiefs jumped to the top of the Super Rugby table with a bonus-point 34-22 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.

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June 28, 2013 – 7:58PM
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes loses the lineout ball to Craig Clarke of the Chiefs.

The four-tries-to-three win means the defending champions leapfrog the Brumbies to top the overall table by 61 points to 59 with a game in hand, as the Australian teams take a two-week break for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Julian Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break.Julian Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break. Photo: Getty Images

The Chiefs had an indifferent first half, but the Hurricanes also mixed good with bad in equal measure.

They scored two well-taken tries through TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett and looked dangerous with the ball in hand, making plenty of breaks and kicking intelligently.

But they also conceded too many turnovers, with the Chiefs more effective at the breakdown.

Perenara’s try gave the Hurricanes the lead after 15 minutes, the nuggety halfback burrowing over after Jeremy Thrush did some good work in recycling Barrett’s raking cross-field kick.

It didn’t take the Chiefs long to reply, No.8 Matt Vant Leven latching on to a poor Hurricanes defensive lineout throw four minutes later to swoop through for the try.

Inside centre Bundee Aki extended the Chiefs’ lead at 26 minutes in a nicely worked move from the set piece, showing good pace in running onto Aaron Cruden’s perfectly weighted kick through.

But Barrett narrowed the gap on 30 minutes, making the initial break then showing good strength out wide to touch down after a quick Hurricanes recycle, leaving the Chiefs to take a 17-15 lead into halftime.

The Chiefs scrum started to gain ascendancy as the second half wore on, but had only a Cruden penalty to show for it until the 63rd minute.

With his line under pressure, Barrett couldn’t find touch with his clearing kick from a 10m scrum and Lelia Masaga made him pay with with a scything run which set up halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow for the try.

Replacement prop Ben Tameifuna powered over for the bonus-point try with five minutes remaining, although the Hurricanes replied almost immediately through Alapati Leiua as the Chiefs’ usually organised defence slipped up.

CHIEFS 34 (Bundee Aki, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ben Tameifuna, Matt Vant Leven tries Aaron Cruden 4 cons 2 pens) bt HURRICANES 22 (Beauden Barrett, Alapati Leiua, TJ Perenara tries Barrett 2 cons pen) at Waikato Stadium. Referee: Garratt Williamson.

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Chiefs team for Blues

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Blues in their Investec Super Rugby encounter at ASB Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui on Easter Saturday at 7.35pm.

Ahead of one of the most anticipated Investec Super Rugby matches this year, Chiefs Coach Dave Rennie said “The Blues are a very good side.  They obviously had impressive victories against other New Zealand franchises in their opening weeks and had a few arm wrestles that they could have won.   We have a lot of respect for them and this will be a big occasion for both sides.”

In the match sponsored by Ekan, Dave Rennie has made several changes to his side. Prop Toby Smith, flanker Tanerau Latimer, No 8 Fritz Lee and second five-eighth Bundee Aki all earn a starting spot.  On the back of his solid return off the bench after a ten month injury break, centre Richard Kahui will make his first start in the no 13 jersey.

Halfback Augustine Pulu will start after Tawera Kerr-Barlow broke his jaw and Brendon Leonard will make his timely return on the bench after recovering from a cheek injury.  Nick Crosswell, Sam Cane and Andrew Horrell all join the reserves.

Chiefs

  1. Toby Smith
  2. Hika Elliot
  3. Ben Afeaki
  4. Michael Fitzgerald
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Liam Messam ©
  7. Tanerau Latimer
  8. Fritz Lee
  9. Augustine Pulu
  10. Aaron Cruden
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Bundee Aki
  13. Richard Kahui
  14. Lelia Masaga
  15. Gareth Anscombe

  16. Rhys Marshall
  17. Ben Tameifuna
  18. Nick Crosswell
  19. Sam Cane
  20. Brendon Leonard
  21. Andrew Horrell
  22. Patrick Osborne

Masaga off to Japan

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Chiefs’ winger Lelia Masaga will head off shore at the conclusion of the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition to continue his rugby career in Japan. The twenty-six year old has signed with the Japanese club Honda for two seasons.

SPRED the Love

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Resident contributor, Shields, cautions against the hype around our teams following this weekend’s results.

Chiefs: Messam gets his ton

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Chiefs co-captain Liam Messam is to become the first Chief to play 100 Investec Super Rugby matches when the Chiefs play the Southern Kings this weekend.

Kings unchanged for Chiefs

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The Southern Kings have announced an unchanged squad to tackle the Chiefs on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Speaking at the press conference this morning, Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said the unchanged team was a testament to the players’ commitment and dedication.

“I think we spoke at the beginning of the season about how we, as a group, were looking to get some consistency in selection particularly over the first three games, which was the first phase of the season before going away on tour; and we have been able to do that which is also a tribute to the players who have given themselves and have performed very, very well.”

Asked about the absence of regular captain, Luke Watson, Solomons said that Watson was still recovering from his injury after taking a blow to the throat during the game against the Western Force on the 23rd of February.

“Luke will be seeing the specialist tomorrow or Thursday. Once that has happened we can take decisions going forward. I think we have to take those decisions once we see the prognosis. It’s just a freak injury and just most unfortunate,” he said.

Asked about concerns over the depth of the Southern Kings squad, Solomons pointed out that the Kings were doing well in the face of recent injuries.

“I think our depth is reasonable., there are some positions where you have less depth than others, but I think we’ve got a reasonable amount of depth at the moment, and we’ve seen that. I mean Luke hasn’t played, Hannes hasn’t been available, Virgil hasn’t been available, I think our depth is not too bad across the board in our squad,” he said.

Head coach Matt Sexton said the team would be looking at retaining the ball more during their encounter with the Chiefs on Friday.

“They have good depth right across the board, so I think looking at their squad, whatever team they put out will be pretty solid at scrum time too, we will have a bit of a job on our hands and look forward to the challenge,” he said.

Sexton said the team had learnt a lot following their encounter against The Sharks last week.

“Part of being defensive was that we didn’t hold onto the ball properly and we made some silly errors and turned over ball when we shouldn’t have. I think if we held onto the ball for a number of phases it might have been a different story.”

“So we’ve been working on that at training and making sure guys understand. They’ve seen the pictures and the implications of letting go of the ball to easily,” he said.

Sexton said the Chiefs were particularly clinical in their game.

“They have threats right across the board. They’re pretty clinical when you turn over the ball or on a miscued kick or things like that. We want to be nice and tidy with what we do and I think that if we do that we’ll present a good challenge to them,” he said.

Darron Nell, who will once again captain the side in Watson’s absence, said he was looking forward to the game against the Chiefs.

“Last week we had the Sharks and this week we have the Chiefs, the two finalists from last year. I think we just want to concentrate on our processes and make sure that they work well and I think the results will look after themselves. Without a doubt it’s going to be a tough game but we just want to look at ourselves and make sure we can do what we can do properly,” he said.

When asked about comments being made about South African rugby being boring, Nell chirped.

“I think if you watch some of the games there were a few quite boring, if you watch the Sharks Kings game that was pretty exciting.”

Kings team

15.          SP Marais

11.          Marcello Sampson

13.          Ronnie Cooke

12.          Andries Strauss (Vice Captain)

14.          Sergeal Petersen

10.          Demetri Catrakilis

9.             Shaun Venter

1.             Schalk Ferreira

2.             Bandise Maku

3.             Kevin Buys

6.             Cornell du Preez

4.             Darron Nell (Captain)

5.             Steve Sykes

7.             Wimpie van der Walt

8.             Jacques Engelbrecht

Replacements

16.          Edgar Marutlulle

17.          Jaco Engels

18.          David Bulbring

19.          Daniel Adongo

20.          Nicolas Vergallo

21.          George Whitehead

22.          Hadleigh Parkes

Chiefs team for Stormers

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Stormers in their Investec Super Rugby game at DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Sunday morning at 4.05am (Saturday 9 March 5.05pm SA time).

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made several changes to his side.  Mahonri Schwalger starts at hooker and Tanerau Latimer at No 6 for the first time this season, while Craig Clarke resumes his starting spot at lock and Liam Messam moves to No 8.

Charlie Ngatai starts in the No 12 Jersey.  Nick Crosswell makes his debut for the Chiefs and Andrew Horrell comes back in from injury.  Hika Elliot and Augustine Pulu join the reserves.

Chiefs team

  1. Pauliasi Manu
  2. Mahonri Schwalger
  3. Ben Afeaki
  4. Craig Clark ©
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Tanerau Latimer
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Liam Messam
  9. Tawera Kerr Barlow
  10. Aaron Cruden
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Charlie Ngatai
  13. Tim Nanai-Williams
  14. Lelia Masaga
  15. Gareth Anscombe
  16. Hika Elliot
  17. Ben Tameifuna
  18. Michael Fitzgerald
  19. Nick Crosswell*
  20. Augustine Pulu
  21. Andrew Horrell
  22. Patrick Osborne

Liebenberg returns off the bench for Stormers

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The Stormers will take on the defending champion Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 17h05), and Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum – making just two adjustments to the bench.

Chiefs team for Cheetahs

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Cheetahs in their first Investec Super Rugby home game at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night at 7.35pm.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line up.  Hooker Hika Elliot’s calf injury has recovered to see him take the reins off young hooker Rhys Marshall who moves to the bench.   Lock Michael Fitzgerald, halfback Augustine Pulu and winger Lelia Masaga all start with Craig Clarke, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Patrick Osborne moving into the reserves.

Chiefs’ coach Dave Rennie said “Out of all the South African sides the Cheetahs probably play a style that is closest to ours.  They are innovative and can score tries from anywhere around the park and like all South African sides they are big and physical.

“We had a really free flowing match against them in Bloemfontein last year, and we are expecting them to play a style of game similar to us, which is a free flowing, high paced, ruck and run game.”

Chiefs team:

  1. Pauliasi Manu
  2. Hika Elliot
  3. Ben Afeaki
  4. Michael Fitzgerald
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Liam Messam ©
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Fritz Lee
  9. Augustine Pulu
  10. Aaron Cruden
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Bundee Aki
  13. Tim Nanai-Williams
  14. Lelia Masaga
  15. Gareth Anscombe
  16. Rhys Marshall
  17. Ben Tameifuna
  18. Craig Clarke
  19. Tanerau Latimer
  20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  21. Charlie Ngatai
  22. Patrick Osborne

Sarel starts against Chiefs

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Scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will start for the Cheetahs against the Chiefs in their Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Saturday.

Landers name team for Chiefs

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow.

Chiefs announce team for Highlanders match

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Highlanders in their first game of the Investec Super Rugby competition in Dunedin on Friday.

Chiefs team for Reds warm-up

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Reds in their second trial match at Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast, 7pm Australian time (10pm New Zealand time) this Friday night.

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites

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When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks.

Chiefs announce 2013 Super Rugby squad

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Super Rugby 2012 Champions, the Chiefs have formally announced their squad for the 2013 campaign.

Chase the dream

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The most successful team in Super Rugby history to never win the title.

Super Rugby Final – preview

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The longest season in Super Rugby history comes to an exciting conclusion this weekend, with the Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and Sharks guaranteed to provide a new champion.

Chiefs unchanged for final

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Sharks in the Investec Super Rugby final this Saturday night at Waikato Stadium.

Chiefs looking to become 3rd Kiwi Super Champions

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The Chiefs will look to become the sixth team to win a Super Rugby Championship, a victory that could see the balance of New Zealand rugby power shift North to Hamilton.

No Read for Saders semi

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The Crusaders have confirmed their team for the semi-final clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

The Crusaders team that beat the Bulls in last weekend’s qualifier match will get another chance to prove they are finals quality this Friday night. Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made just one change to his team to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Ben Franks will start in the number three jersey this week and brother, Owen, will rotate to the bench.

Kieran Read is still unavailable for selection this week as he is not fully recovered from the rib injury sustained last time the Crusaders played the Chiefs.  That means captain Richie McCaw will again play at number eight and Matt Todd at seven.

The Crusaders have had a loss and a win to the Chiefs in the regular season this year.  The winner of this game will progress to the final, against either the Stormers or the Sharks.

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Ben Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Richie McCaw (c)
9. Andy Ellis
10. Dan Carter (vc)
11. Zac Guildford
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Adam Whitelock
15. Israel Dagg

16. Quentin MacDonald
17. Owen Franks
18. Tom Donnelly
19. Luke Whitelock
20. Willi Heinz
21. Tom Taylor
22. Sean Maitland

Super Rugby semi’s confirmed

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The first week of the Super Rugby Finals Series is complete and the winners of the two Super Rugby Qualifiers, Crusaders and Sharks, are confirmed away participants for the Super Rugby Semi-Finals.

Chiefs make couple of changes

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The Chiefs, who are currently top of the Investec Super Rugby table, have announced their team to play the Crusaders this Friday at Waikato Stadium.

Carter, Read & Dagg back for Saders

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Three players have recovered from injuries this week to return to the Crusaders starting line-up to play the Chiefs in Hamilton this Friday.

Chiefs announce team for Bulls

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The Chiefs, who are currently top of the New Zealand Super Rugby conference, have announced their team to play the Bulls this Friday at Waikato Stadium.

Bulls make one change

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Vodacom Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will start at lock in his side’s final Super Rugby tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

Chiefs back to full strength

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The Chiefs, who remain at the top of the Investec Super Rugby competition, have announced their team to play last year’s competition winners, the Reds in Brisbane this Sunday.

Daley, Robinson returns for Reds

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St.George Queensland Reds prop Ben Daley and flanker Beau Robinson return from one-week injury layoffs to regain their places in the matchday squad set to play the Super Rugby competition leading Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Chiefs rests, rotates for Lions

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The Chiefs, who remain at the top of the Investec Super Rugby competition, have announced their team to play the Lions this Saturday at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe.

Lions make 5 changes for Chiefs

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The MTN Lions have made 5 changes to their team that lost to the Brumbies for their first tour match against the Chiefs.

Leonard returns for Chiefs

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The Chiefs, who are currently top of the Super Rugby competition table have announced their team to play the Hurricanes this Saturday.

Chiefs team named for Cheetahs clash

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The Chiefs, who collected their fifth win in a row after beating the Western Force last Friday have announced their team to play the Cheetahs on Sunday 15 April at 3.05am NZ time (5.05pm Saturday 14 April local time).

Goosen benched for Cheetahs

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Super Rugby’s top point scorer, Johan Goosen, will start from the bench this weekend when the Cheetahs host the Chiefs.

Chiefs rotate for Force

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The Chiefs, who collected their fourth win in a row after beating the Waratahs last Saturday have announced their team to play the Western Force on Friday 6 April (Good Friday) at 11.40 NZ time (7.40 local time).

Waratahs unchanged for Chiefs

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Michael Foley has backed the same team to come up with the goods for a second week running as the HSBC Waratahs prepare to travel to Hamilton ahead of Saturday’s round six Super Rugby clash.

Chiefs team for Brumbies

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After their outstanding win over the Crusaders at McLean Park last Friday the Chiefs have announced their team to take on the Brumbies in their Round four Super Rugby battle at Bay Park Stadium on Friday night.

Loads of changes for Crusaders

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Crusaders team to play the Chiefs in Napier The Crusaders coaches have announced the team to play the Chiefs in Napier this Friday, and it includes a number of changes from the team which met the Highlanders last weekend.

Chiefs name team for Blues

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The Chiefs have announced their team to take on old rivals, the Blues in their epic Round Two Investec Super Rugby battle at Waikato Stadium on Friday night.

Blues change two for Chiefs

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There are only two changes from last week to the Blues line-up for their Friday night encounter with the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Chiefs team for Highlanders

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Highlanders in their Round One Investec Super Rugby encounter at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.

Chiefs name Sonny Bill in team for warm-up

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With two pre-season wins under their belt the Chiefs head to Taupo to take on the Hurricanes in their last pre-season match at Owen Delany Park.

Chiefs announce ‘co-captains’

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Chiefs Investec Super Rugby coach Dave Rennie has today announced Liam Messam and Craig Clarke as co-captains of the Chiefs for the 2012 season.

SBW signs for Chiefs

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Sonny Bill Williams ended weeks of speculation about his future on Monday when he confirmed he will stay in New Zealand for another year and play his Super 15 rugby with the Chiefs.

Cruden signs with Chiefs

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Manawatu Turbos representative Aaron Cruden today confirmed his move to the Chiefs Super Rugby Franchise for the 2012 campaign.

Final curtain call for Mils, Sivi & Foster

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The Chiefs have announced their team to take on the Reds at Waikato Stadium this Saturday.

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Crusaders 25, Chiefs 19

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Chiefs team for Stormers

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The Chiefs have announced their team to take on the Stormers at Waikato Stadium this Saturday night.