BRISBANE 10S: Chiefs dedicate win to Lauaki

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:49
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REPORT: The Chiefs edged the Crusaders 12-5 in the Final of the inaugural Brisbane 10s.

It was an emotional victory for the Chiefs, following news earlier in the day that former All Black Sione Lauaki has died at the age of 35.

Fuelled on by the emotion of the tragic passing of the former Chief, Lauaki, the Chiefs, led by Lauaki's good friend Liam Messam, bounced back from a first up loss on Day One to win their next five games on their way to the title.

The Crusaders dominated play early, as they have done in each of their previous five matches in this tournament.

The seven-time Super Rugby champions looking very comfortable in this abbreviated format of the game.

Their dominance and pressure was rewarded when they formed a driving maul off a line-out 10 metres out from the line, the first driving maul of the whole weekend, and it proved successful as Andrew Makalio scored.

The Chiefs weren't ready to be play second fiddle though.

Buoyed on by their large and vocal support base at Suncorp Stadium, the Chiefs turned opportunity into results when Luke Jacobson toed through a lose ball by the Crusaders and won the race to dot down for five points.

Tim Nanai-Williamson converted to put the Chiefs in front (7-5) at half-time.

It was the impetus for a chiefs' charge in the second half and despite losing Brad Webber (knee) and Mitch Graham (lower leg) to injury, they managed to cross again in the second half through Taleni Seu.

The seven-point advantage proved to be enough for the Chiefs as they defended with courage and commitment to hand the Crusaders their first loss of the weekend.

Fittingly, it was Liam Messam who put the game to bed, carrying the ball in touch as the final whistle blew.

The injuries took some of the gloss off a superb tournament.

Weber and Graham are both expected to miss the early part of the Super Rugby.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries: 
Jacobson, Seu
Con: Nanai-Williams

For the Crusaders:
Try: Makalio

Yellow card: Jed Brown (Crusaders, 13)

Teams:

CHIEFS: Liam Messam, Hikawera Elliott, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Liam Polwart, Atu Moli, Sam Caird, Findlamor Hoeata, Brad Weber, Joseva Ravouvou, Findlay Christie, Tim Nanai-Williams, Sheldon Tovio, Sevu Reece, Jonathan Taumateine, Shaun Stevenson, Solomon Alaimalo, Alex Nankivell, Dwayne Sweeney, Sosefo Kautai, Taleni Seu, Mitchell Brown, Luteru Laulala, Latu Vaeno, Luke Jacobson, Lachlan Boshier, Mitchell Graham

CRUSADERS: Tim Perry, Mike Alaalatoa, Oliver Jager, Quinten Strange, Chiris Gawler, Mitchell Dunshea, Peter Samu, Jed Brown, Leon Fukofuka, Marty McKenzie, Bryn Hall, Tim Bateman, David Havilli, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Andrew Makalio, Seta Tamanivalu, Ben Funnell, Whetu Douglas, Mitchell Hunt, Digby Ioane, Sione Fifita, Manasa Mataele, Sean Wainui, Jordan Taufua

Source: @BrisbaneTens

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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19