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Super Rugby | Hamilton
06:35 (GMT) | 16-03-2018
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McKenzie adds the extras and that brings the game to an end
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A mistake by the Bulls as the ball is lost forward right in front of their own goal line. Anton Lienert-Brown collects and scores
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The siren sounds as Papier feeds the scrum. The Bulls has to run from deep inside their own half to score and win
  • 79
The Chiefs comes close again but the Bulls defense holds strong. Bulls scrum inside their own 22
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An error from the Bulls kick-off gets the Chiefs a scrum on the halfway mark. They attack the blindside and the replacement halfback makes a run an puts Alaimalo in space but a try-saving tackle by the Bulls wins them a line-out on their own 5
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McKenzie fails to add the extras
  • 73
Chiefs scrum close to the halfway line after a Bulls handling-error. The Chiefs runs a playground with a cross kick from the scrum and Solomon Alaimalo does good work to collect and step inside to score the try
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The Chiefs opt for touch and they look to get the rolling maul going. The Ref plays a penalty advantage as the Chiefs attack the midfield. No advantage and the penalty is awarded in front of goal. The Chiefs opt for the scrum but Roelof Smith makes a crucial turnover and the BUlls wins a penalty and opts for touch
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The Chiefs attacking the midfield and Damian McKenzie puts Anton Lienert-Brown in a gap but their momentum is lost by a handling error. The Ref goes upstairs to check for foul play. Conrad van Vuuren is sent off with a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Damian McKenzie
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The Chiefs lose the ball forward on the attack inside their own half and the Bulls wins a scrum in good attacking position. They spread the ball wide but the Chiefs forces a penalty and opts for touch
  • 62
Damian McKenzie kicks it straight through the middle and the Chiefs takes the lead for the 1st time in this game
  • 61
The Chiefs starting find some momentum. They win a penalty in the middle of the park in good kicking position and they opt for goal
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McKenzie fails to add the extras
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Chiefs scores against the run of play. The Bulls had an extended period of play with ball in hand, but Boshier does very well to strip BurgerOdendaal of possession near the halfway mark. From there a string of quick hands between Weber, McKenzie and Messam allowed Retallick to dummy, fend and go about 25 metres to cross for his second try of the evening!
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Damian McKenzie adds the extras
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The Chiefs draw first blood in the second half with a well worked try from Mitchell Brown.
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Damian McKenzie creates a break and offloads to Brodie Retallick, who makes good ground. The Chiefs then win an offside penalty and go for touch.
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The 2nd half gets on the way as the Chiefs kick deep

Half Time

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The 1st half comes to an end with the visitors leading with 14 points. The Chiefs will have to dig deep in this one but the Bulls look as if they can see this one through
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Pollard adds the extras
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Almost immediately from the kick off, the Bulls strike back! A poor box kick from Weber was fielded by Papier about 35 metres from the Chiefs' tryline. The halfback links up with Kriel, who breaks the line, and sets up Pollard to score behind the post
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Damian McKenzie adds the extras
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Some outstanding play by the Chiefs forward pack allows them to bust their way up the field with some effective pick-and-go's. From there, it was only a matter of time before they scored, and it is big Brodie Retallick who comes up with the goods!
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A penalty goes against the Bulls, and the Chiefs go in search of a try to close the gap slightly on the scoreboard. Nathan Harris will throw the ball about 15 meters from the try line.
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The hosts set up shop about 10 metres from the Chiefs' tryline, but a turnover at the breakdown gives McKenzie a chance to hoof the ball back into Bulls territory, with the ball finding touch near halfway.
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A couple of handling errors by both teams creating a stop-start game. The Bulls gets the feed to the scrum
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Trevor Nyakane is penalised for a high tackle after a rare Bulls line-out miss. McKenzie finds touch inside the Bulls half.
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Pollard adds the extras
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The Bulls take a quick line-out near the halfway line and make their way into the Chiefs half. Jesse Kriel cut open the helpless Chiefs defense, and simply drew in the tackle attempt of McKenzie, freeing up the left wing to go over for his second Super Rugby try
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A scrappy clearance from the Chiefs but they manage to get the ball out of their 22. The Bulls are back on the attack
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At the return of play the ill-discipline by the Chiefs continues and the Bulls wins a penalty and opt for touch again. Touch found inside the home teams 22
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Pollard adds the extras
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Russouw looked to have crossed for a try after evading the tackle of Sean Wainui, but he may have come into contact with the sideline after a last-gasp tackle attempt from McKenzie. TMO Shane McDermott will take a look...The try is awarded
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The Bulls wins a penalty and opts for touch. They get their rolling maul; going but it is illegally taken down by the Chiefs and the Bulls opt for touch again
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Pollard overcooks his kick-off and that brings play to the halfway line. Scrum for the Chiefs. The Chiefs give up possession far too easily in enemy territory, and now the Bulls have a chance on attack.A chip to Ismaiel is too much for the wing to handle, as he is bundled into touch on the right-hand side of the field. The Chiefs take a quick lineout, and they build an attack near halfway.
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McKenzie adds the extras
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The Chiefs' pressure proves to be too much, and the hosts score! Making their way into the opposition 22, Tiaan Falcon toed a grubber kick through for his teammates to latch onto, but Ismaiel got it first. However, he spilled the ball in contact, and Johnny Fa'auli capitalised to dot down for the Chiefs' first try.
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Possession changes hands, Angus Ta'avao makes a break on the right wing, and now the Chiefs are looking dangerous.
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After the restart the Bulls are back on the attack and they win another penalty for ill-discipline by the Chiefs and the Bulls opt for touch
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Pollard adds the extras
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Lachlan Boshier is penalised for joining the maul incorrectly. The Bulls go for touch, The Bulls strike first! A great set play by the Bulls backline puts Travis Ismaiel through a gap, before her drew and pass to put Warrick Gelant over the white line in the left-hand corner.
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Pollard gets the game on the way for the Bulls with a relatively deep kick-off. The Chiefs clear as Weber box-kicks
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking the field.Referee Shuhei Kubo will be in charge of the whistle in this fixture
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Players to look out for in the Chiefs line-up will have to be Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown. and Brodie Retallick while the Bulls will expect strong performances by Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard, and Roelof Smit.
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The Chiefs will be riding a wave of confidence after their 27-21 win over the Blues before enjoying their bye in Round Four. The win was made all the more special as the Chiefs were missing a number of players through injury. It will be no different for Colin Cooper's side this week as they still have 14 players unavailable for selection. The Chiefs are undefeated in their last four games against the Bulls (won three, Drew one), turning around a four-game losing streak against them prior to that run. The Chiefs have won their last eight games at home against teams visiting from outside New Zealand, their longest ever winning streak in such fixtures. The Bulls have won only one of their last 12 games in New Zealand, with their last victory coming against the Blues in Round Four, 2013. The Chiefs haven't lost a scrum on their own feed at home since Round Three last season, and have finished three of six games since without losing a line-out either. Roelof Smit has won eight turnovers so far this campaign, more than any other player, all of those have been jackals. The Bulls have the potential to cause an upset. However, the Chiefs, despite their injuries, are a strong side and they are at home
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Welcome to Waikato Stadium, Hamilton where the Chiefs will take on the Bulls in this Super Rugby clash.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Aidan Ross
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Angus Ta'avao
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 5 Mitchell Brown
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Liam Messam
  • 9 Brad Weber
  • 10 Tiaan Falcon
  • 11 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Sean Wainui
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Liam Polwart
  • 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe
  • 18 Jeff Thwaites
  • 19 Michael Allardice
  • 20 Luke Jacobson
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 23 Declan O'Donnell
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Jaco Visagie
  • 3 Trevor Nyakane
  • 4 RG Snyman
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Roelof Smit
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 8 Hanro Liebenberg
  • 9 Andre Warner
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 11 Divan Rossouw
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Travis Ismaiel
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
RESERVES
  • 16 Adriaan Strauss
  • 17 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 18 Conrad van Vuuren
  • 19 Jason Jenkins
  • 20 Marco van Staden
  • 21 Embrose Papier
  • 22 Manie Libbok
  • 23 Johnny Kotze
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round Five - Part One

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:00

CATTLE DRIVE: The Bulls begin the New Zealand leg of their Australasian tour when they face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

The Bulls started their tour with a disappointing 14-20 loss to the Reds in Brisbane. It would have been a match the Pretoria side were targeting for a win ahead of difficult fixtures in New Zealand.

Friday, March 16:

Chiefs v Bulls
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 08.35 SA time)

After staring their campaign with a surprise 21-19 win over the Hurricanes, the Bulls have slumped to two consecutive defeats. However, John Mitchell's side has shown some promising signs.

The team from Pretoria heads to Hamilton with their regular captain Burger Odendaal fit and ready for the clash after missing his team's last two matches.

There are a few other changes to the Bulls team that lost to the Reds, most notably in the back row where Thembelani Bholi is back at flank, with Hanro Liebenberg moving to No.8 where he takes over from injured Nicholas de Jager.

The match in Hamilton should also stir up the memories for Bulls head coach John Mitchell who is a former Waikato player. 

"This is a fantastic opportunity for us playing the Chiefs in Hamilton," said Mitchell.
 
"They have been one of the leading teams in the Super Rugby competition over the last couple of years and this is a massive step-up from where we were a year ago. 

"We have definite plans on how to approach this match and how to try to beat the Chiefs. We will have to do a couple of things well to achieve that, including playing as a unit," Mitchell said.
 
Mitchell was excited about the possible debut for Manie Libbok, who starts on the bench. 

"Manie is such an exciting talent and I believe he will make an impact in this tournament."
 
Meanwhile, Odendaal was confident about the squad's mental and physical approach.
 
"We are ready to go and show our abilities. For us to win here, our courage and determination will be tested, but knowing this squad and the way we are developing as a group, I have enough confidence to know that we will be very competitive on Friday."

The Chiefs will be riding a wave of confidence after their 27-21 win over the Blues before enjoying their bye in Round Four.

The win was made all the more special as the Chiefs were missing a number of players through injury.

It will be no different for Colin Cooper's side this week as they still have 14 players unavailable for selection.

The big change to Cooper's side sees Damian McKenzie return to his normal position of fullback, while talented youngster Tiaan Falcon takes over the No.10 jersey.

"We are really looking forward to playing in front of our passionate home fans for the first time in the 2018 Super Rugby season," said Cooper.

"The players have had a bye last week and are excited to go again and build on our last result against the Blues. 

"I'm proud of how our players all played for each other last time out, and we will look to again improve against tough South African opposition. 

"The team can’t wait to have the home fans behind them."

Recent results:
2017: Chiefs won 28-12, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 34-20, Hamilton
2014: 34-all draw, Pretoria
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria

Prediction: The Chiefs are undefeated in their last four games against the Bulls (won three, Drew one), turning around a four-game losing streak against them prior to that run. The Chiefs have won their last eight games at home against teams visiting from outside New Zealand, their longest ever winning streak in such fixtures. The Bulls have won only one of their last 12 games in New Zealand, with their last victory coming against the Blues in Round Four, 2013. The Chiefs haven't lost a scrum on their own feed at home since Round Three last season, and have finished three of six games since without losing a line-out either. Roelof Smit has won eight turnovers so far this campaign, more than any other player, all of those have been jackals. The Bulls have the potential to cause an upset. However, the Chiefs, despite their injuries, are a strong side and they are at home. The Chiefs will win by 12 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Tiaan Falcon, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie/Bailyn Sullivan, 23 Declan O'Donnell.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jason Jenkins/Tim Agaba, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

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Another second-half implosion by Bulls

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:38

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Bulls threw away a comfortable half-time lead to eventually lose 28-41 to the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

As was the case against the Reds last week, the Bulls failed to score any points in the second half

The Bulls ran rampant in the first half but faded late as the Chiefs ran in six tries to four to maintain their recent dominance over the South Africans.

The Bulls led for 63 minutes and it looked like a happy homecoming for John Mitchell, who coached the Chiefs in 2001, before a Brodie Retallick-inspired fightback.

Retallick scored two tries and helped the Chiefs overcome an early Bulls' onslaught which included a brace for winger Divan Rossouw.

"The Bulls are really playing the ball this year and they scored some pretty outstanding tries tonight," Chiefs captain Sam Cane said.

"They had us under the pump early and we had to mount a bit of a comeback. It wasn't until the last play that we knew it was locked up."

It is the second time in as many weeks that the Bulls, South Africa's most successful team with three titles, have thrown away a seemingly decisive lead after leading Queensland Reds 14-3 then losing 14-20.

"We're definitely looking to move the ball and we did that in the first half, it's a shame we couldn't in the second," said Bulls captain Burger Odendaal.

"It was a lack of focus, too many handling errors."

The Bulls caught the Chiefs napping with a try to Warrick Gelant in the fourth minute after Jesse Kriel's inside pass split the home side's defence. 

A rare line-out error opened the way for Jonathan Fa'auli to hit back for the Chiefs before Rossouw crossed in the corner to regain the lead for the Bulls.

Rossouw's second came after the Bulls worked the ball out wide and Kriel again found space to set up a try.

Retallick muscled his way over the line for the Chiefs but the Bulls again retaliated by running the ball for a Handre Pollard that put them up 28-14 at the break.

The Chiefs came out breathing fire at the restart, pounding the Bulls' line before Mitchell Brown crashed over the line.

They weathered 15 minutes of pressure before coming back on the counter-attack as Retallick scored his second after fending off two tacklers.

Damian McKenzie's penalty put the Chiefs ahead 29-28 before Bulls replacement prop Conraad Van Vuuren was sinbinned for a high tackle. 

The Chiefs made the most of the one-man advantage with tries to Soloman Alaimalo and Anton Lienert-Brown to put the result beyond doubt.

Instead, it was the Chiefs who staged a second-half fightback by adding four tries in the second half to the two they scored in the first half.

The Bulls third match on their tour will be against the Crusaders in Christchurch next weekend.

Man of the match: Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel were outstanding for the Bulls in the first half. Wing Divan Rossouw also impressed with two tries on the day. For the Chiefs, wing Solomon Alaimalo was a constant threat out wide while Damian McKenzie also showcased his normal energetic attacking display. However, the award goes to Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick, who was simply brilliant with ball in hand. His second of the two tries he scored in the match was one of the best scored by a tight forward.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Fa'auli, Retallick 2, Brown, Alaimalo, Lienert-Brown
Cons: McKenzie 4
Pen: McKenzie

For Bulls:
Tries: Gelant, Rossouw 2, Pollard
Cons: Pollard 4

Yellow card: Conraad van Vuuren (Bulls, 67 - foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Tiaan Falcon, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Declan O'Donnell.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

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Johnny Faauli (9min), Brodie Retallick (36min), Mitchell Brown (43min), Brodie Retallick (56min), Solomon Alaimalo (73min), and Anton Lienert-Brown. (81min)
TRIES
Warrick Gelant (3min), Divan Rossouw (15min), Divan Rossouw (23min), and Handre Pollard (38min)
Damian McKenzie (10min), Damian McKenzie (37min), Damian McKenzie (44min), and Damian McKenzie (82min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (4min), Handre Pollard (16min), Handre Pollard (24min), and Handre Pollard (39min)
Damian McKenzie (62min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Conrad van Vuuren (67min)
 
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Shuhei Kubo