LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 01 March 2014 - 19h35
Kick-off : Sat, 01 March 2014 - 08h35
Venue : Hamilton
Referee : Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Match status : Result
  Chiefs Highlanders
Tries Tim Nanai-Williams (10min) and Liam Messam (47min)
Penalties Lima Sopoaga (2min), Lima Sopoaga (19min), Lima Sopoaga (38min), and Lima Sopoaga (58min)
Conversions Aaron Cruden (11min), Aaron Cruden (48min), and Aaron Cruden (68min) Lima Sopoaga (33min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Chiefs win the scrum and hold on for the hard-earned win. That is FULL-TIME here in Hamilton and the defending champuions are two from two. Join us we head to Sydney for the encounter between the Waratahs and Reds, another big derby!

79

Highlanders looking to run from inside their 22, but the Chiefs defence wins a turnover as the ball is spilled - referee plays advantage and goes to the TMO for possible foul play - it was no more than a tackle and they play on with a Chiefs scrum

78

Chiefs can't control the line-out inside the Highlanders 22 - the visitors have a scrum and must go 90 metres to get the win

77

The Highlanders work the ball through phases, but a stray boot allows the Chiefs to win a turnover. Sopoaga is penalised for throwing the ball away after being tackled into touch

76

Kerr-Barlow doesn;t make much ground with the clearance - still inside Chiefs 22

75

A grubber - aimed for Fekitoa - is just too strong - Chiefs have a crucial defensive line-out

74

Highlanders running hard at the Chiefs and they are into the 22

73

Scrum reset again ...

72

Kick downfield and the Chiefs running hard at the Highlanders - a knock-on on halfway

71

Highlanders scrum now under considerable pressure

70

Mad scramble by both teams for the ball near the Highlanders 10m line and eventually a scrum feed goes to the Highlanders - a bit scrappy, but plenty of endeavour and passion in this game

68

Aaron Cruden adds the CONVERSION and the Chiefs lead 21-19

67

TRY - Charlie Ngatai is on the end of a great move and gets the ball over the line, but this all started with a sublime break by Liam Squire, with a cross-field kick collected by Ngatai

66

Sloppy passing by the Chiefs and Winston Stanley almost intercepts .. just fails to hold onto the ball

65

Another scrum reset

64

Chiefs steal another line-out on the Highlanders throw

63

Chiefs work their way back into Highlanders territory, where Joe Wheeler wins a crucial turnover penalty just outside the Highlanders 22

62

Chiefs work the phases, but they again lose control and the ball is hacked downfield

61

Chiefs lose possession, Messam putting it down cold, but the clearance kick is directly into touch and the home team has an attacking line-out just outside the Highlanders 22

60

Chiefs again working their off-loading game and quickly up to the Highlanders 22 - Cruden attempts a miracle pass and the Highlanders get it back - Sopoaga clears his lines

58

Lima Sopoaga, from about 40m out on the angle, sloots the PENALTY and the Highlanders lead 19-14

57

Scrum penaly to the Highlanders

56

High kick from Aaron Smith and the Chiefs fail to control - scrum feed to Highlanders just inside the Chiefs half

55

Penalty against the Chiefs as their back advanced past the 10m mark before the line-out was over

54

Chiefs working it through the hands and get into the Highlanders 22, but they run out of room 10m from the line - Chiefs have turned up the heat

52

Chiefs work their way up to the Highlanders 22, where the visitors secure a crucial turnover. The Highlanders start a counter, but near halfway Richard Buckman fails to hold onto the ball and a promising counter comes to an end.

50

Liam Coltman makes a great break, but his support players go off their feet and the Chiefs win a relieving penalty near their 22

48

Aaron Crudenadds the CONVERSION and the gap closes to 14-16

47

TRY - Liam Messam goes over after the forwards bashed at the line long enough for the Highlanders to run out of defenders

46

Scrum collapse and reset again

45

Scrum reset again

44

Highlanders again fail to control the line-out and 5the Chiefs running hard at them - a Highlanders hand gets in the way and the Chiefs have a scrum feed just inside Highlanders 22.

43

Chiefs win a turnover near their own10m line, but Tikoirotuma is tackled into touch near halfway

42

Highlanders can't control the line-out, but a poor kick by the Chiefs hands possession back to the visitors

41

Aaron Cruden gets the second half underway - penalty to the Highlanders for tackling the jumper in the air

40

Kerr-Barlow makes a break, but the Highlanders win a turnover near their 22 and the ball is hacked into touch. That is HALF-TIME here in Hamilton. See you in 10 minutes

39

Highlanders penalised from the restart.Aaron Cruden pushes it wide.

38

Lima Sopoaga, from about 40m out, slots the PENALTY and the Highlanders now lead 16-7

37

Chiefs penalised for obstructive running after a high kick - discipline costing the Chiefs

35

John Hardie now more involved, making plenty of ground with the ball in hand. Ben Smith was into a gap, but just could not control the ball - scrum, Chiefs feed near their own line

33

Lima Sopoagaadds the CONVERSION and the Highlanders lead 13-7

32

TRY - John Hardie gets the five-pointer, but he had an armchair ride over the line after a penalty was turned into a line-out 10m out and the maul was just too good for the Chiefs to counter

31

Tikoirotuma breaks away, but near half way an inside pass drops to the ground. Sopoaga starts a counter ... helter-skelter now - finally there's a break in play and the players take in some much needed water

30

Highlanders work it through 15 phases and then just metres out Manu knocks on

29

Highlanders working it through the phases, Malakai Fekitoa twice beating his marker

28

Chiefs work a few phases from the restart, but are penalised at the tackle - playing a man away from the ball

26

Aaron Cruden is just past the upright from about 40m out

25

Highlanders penalised this time at the tackle

24

Chiefs penalised for illegal collapsing at the line-out

23

Chiefs work a move round the front of the line-out, but are penalised for holding on in the tackle - relief for Highlanders

22

Chiefs now working the phases and quickly up to the Highlanders 22 - a grubber forces Ben Smith to scramble the ball into touch 5m out from his line

21

Some ordinary kicking sees prop Ben Tameifuna running down the left touchline, where his is tackled into touch near the Highlanders 22

19

Lima Sopoaga, from almost in front, slots the PENALTY and it is 6-7

18

A few nmore phases and then Ben Tameifuna is penalised for slowing down the ball at the tackle

17

Highlanders working their way towards the Chiefs 22

16

Scrums goes up and is reset again - ref should take control

15

Scrum reset again

14

Highlanders work it through the phases and get up to the Chiefs 10m line before a Chiefs hand gets in the way - scrum Highlanders. There could have been a penalty for offside, but the ref calls it differently

13

Ben Smith makes a rare mistake, but the Highlanders win another line-out steal

11

Aaron Cruden adds the CONVERSION and the Chiefs lead 7-3

10

TRY - Tim Nanai-Williams gets the five-pointer, but all the hard work was done by the sublime hands that saw the ball beat the defender every time. Classic Chiefs!

9

Highlanders steal the line-out, but then concede a penalty at the tackle as players go off their feet

8

Scrum reset and then the next one becomes a penalty to the Chiefs - incorrect binding

6

Highlanders chip-kick looks promising near halfway, but a knock-on ends the move

5

Penalty against the Chiefs at the line-out

4

Chiefs work it through a few phases and then Kerr-Barlow kicks ahead - Ben Smith kicks downfield and the Chiefs work it through the phases again till they are tackled into touch near the Highlanders 22

2

Lima Sopoaga, from about 38m out, slots the PENALTY and the Highlanders lead 3-0

1

Early penalty against the Chiefs at a tackle near their 10m line

0

Lima Sopoaga gets us underway here at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton

-2

Teams are coming out - just minutes away

-5

Not a full-house, not even close, but a good crowd here in Hamilton in sunshine ... cooling off a bit, but still great weather. Expecting some fine running rugby!

-10

Nasi Manu was a monster for the Highlanders last week. Liam Messam at No.8 for the Chiefs is a very different play (brains rather than brawn, although he doesn't lack muscle) - which will make this an interesting head-to-head

-15

The Chiefs were fortunate to escape with a win, courtesy of a late intercept, against the Crusaders last week. The Highlanders were simply too motivated for the Blues. Hamilton is likely to give the Chiefs a slight edge, thereafter it is who wants this most!

-20

The Highlanders are without Brad Thorn, while Patrick Osborne is also out. The Chiefs made a number of changes - Pauliasi Manu start at loosehead prop, with Jamie Mackintosh moving to the bench. Mahonri Schwalger will make his long-awaited return to rugby since sitting out the 2013 ITM Cup with a knee injury, and starts at hooker. Rhys Marshall drops to the bench. Lock Matt Symons and flanker Nick Crosswell come into the starting line-up for Brodie Retallick and Nick Thompson respectively. They are joined by Tanerau Latimer, who replaces Tevita Koloamatangi, with Liam Messam moving into the eightman spot. Tawera Kerr-Barlow has recovered from an ankle injury to start at scrumhalf and he replaces the injured Augustine Pulu, while the rest of the the backline remains the same.

-25

It is still clear skies here in Hamilton and while it has suggested there will be some cloud cover later, the chance of any rain is very slim. It is currently around 17°C, but feels closer to about 13°C

-30

Welcome to Hamilton where we are getting ready for the first match of the day - the two-time defending champion Chiefs hosting the Highlanders!
Chiefs
Players
15 Dwayne Sweeney
14 Asaeli Tikoirotuma
13 Tim Nanai-Williams
12 Bundee Aki
11 James Lowe
10 Aaron Cruden
9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
8 Liam Squire
7 Tanerau Latimer
6 Liam Messam
5 Brodie Retallick
4 Michael Fitzgerald
3 Ben Tameifuna
2 Mahonri Schwalger
1 Jamie Mackintosh

Substitutes
23 Tom Marshall
22 Gareth Anscombe
21 Augustine Pulu
20 Tevita Koloamatangi
19 Matt Symons
18 Nick Barrett
17 Pauliasi Manu
16 Nathan Harris
Highlanders
Players
15 Ben Smith
14 Richard Buckman
13 Malakai Fekitoa
12 Phil Burleigh
11 Patrick Osborne
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Aaron Smith
8 Nasi Manu
7 Shane Christie
6 Elliot Dixon
5 Joe Wheeler
4 Jarrad Hoeata
3 Chris King
2 Ged Robinson
1 Kane Hames

Substitutes
23 Gareth Evans
22 Trent Renata
21 Fumiaki Tanaka
20 Tom Franklin
19 Josh Bekhuis
18 JP Koen
17 Matias Diaz
16 Liam Coltman