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- 2nd Mar 2013
- KO 06:35
- Ground: Waikato Stadium
Chiefs v Cheetahs - Live
Chiefs 45-3 Cheetahs
80 That will do it! A brilliant second-half from the Chiefs, with the 2012 champions scoring five tries. A long flight home for the Cheetahs who put in a great shift in the opening 40 but tailed off dramatically in the second-half. Five points for the hosts.
76 TRY, CHIEFS, TAMEIFUNA! 45-3 Nanai-Williams gets over the gain line for the Chiefs with the hosts on the attack. Cheetahs go offside, Anscombe into the corner. Series of drives for the Chiefs and there is the sixth try! Ben Tameifuna gets another one for the front-row union. Anscombe converts.
74 Penalty to the Cheetahs who tap and move into the Chiefs half - turned over though at the breakdown by the Chiefs who have a penalty. Anscombe goes long and misses touch, Benjamin thumped in the tackle. Cheetahs not giving up just yet, flinging the ball wide but not really going forward. Ball is coughed up into touch.
71 TRY, CHIEFS, MARSHALL! 38-3 Chiefs on the charge, stepped it up a gear in the last few minutes. Cheetahs defender is miles offside - penalty to the Chiefs who tap. Power from Marshall... he's over! The replacement burrows his way over for the score, 20-year old Rhys Marshall's first ever try in Super Rugby. Anscombe converts.
68 Scrappy grubber from Tikoirotuma is hacked through and regathered by the Chiefs who want another score. Kick goes wide to the right from Cruden and Sadie is forced to carry the ball over his own try line. Chiefs scrum.
65 TRY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 31-3 Cheetahs attacking from deep, Van der Walt penalised for holding on. Anscombe kicks to the corner. Taken at the lineout, Cruden loops around and founds Anscombe on the switch, try! Super score from the Chiefs, wizardry from Cruden. Anscombe converts from right in front.
61 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 24-3 Free-kick to the Chiefs from the lineout, who opt for the scrum. Wide they go through Anscombe, Kerr-Barlow has a crack and offloads to Clarke, onto Nanai-Williams down the right. Five metres out through Retallick, now just inches. Cruden dummies and it's TikoiRotuma round the back! Try! Anscombe converts.
59 Lineout is not straight - big opportunity lost for the Chiefs. Goosen clears to half-way.
56 Penalty against Tim Nanai-Williams at the breakdown, Goosen puts the ball outside Chiefs 22. The hosts win the ball back and attack wide through Tikoirotuma, advantage for offside. Penalty, tapped by Cruden, grubber goes down the right touchline and the Daniller is forced to carry the ball into touch.
54 Cheetahs struggling to break the Chiefs defensive line so far in this half - lineout to the hosts on halfway. Kerr-Barlow's pass is poor and the Cheetahs have the ball back. Penalty to the Cheetahs for not releasing and Goosen goes for the corner.
52 Cheetahs struggling to break the Chiefs defensive line so far in this half - lineout to the hosts on halfway. Kerr-Barlow's pass is poor and the Cheetahs have the ball back. Penalty to the Cheetahs for not releasing and Goosen goes for the corner.
49 Cheetahs with a lineout just inside their own half. Powerful maul over the halfway line, series of phases but the Chiefs turnover possession. Cross-field grubber from Anscombe goes forward off Aki in a collision and the Cheetahs will have the scrum.
46 Chiefs attack through Masaga before switching to the left, moving into the Cheetahs 22. The ball is lost forward though and the Cheetahs have the scrum in front of their own line.
44 Strauss spills a simple pass after a loose passage of play - scrum to the Chiefs inside the visitors half.
41 TRY, CHIEFS, AFEAKI! 17-3 Promising maul from the Chiefs comes to an end with a knock-on, scrum to the Cheetahs outside their 22. Goosen is charged down! Retallick goes to gather but misses and the ball is there on a plate for Ben Afeaki, who scores! Upstairs to the TMO to confirm... and he does. Anscombe converts.
40 Second-half underway in Hamilton - Aaron Cruden getting us started.
40 CHIEFS 10-3 CHEETAHS
40 The Chiefs in possession now, and spread the ball to Asaeli Tikoirotuma - he's hardly touched the ball. But the Cheetahs defence push him out into touch. The ref blows his whistle, and the teams head into the half-time sheds. Hopefully we'll see some more tries after the break!
37 Sam Cane is penalised - hands in the ruck - and gives Goosen a chance to make amends at goal just before half-time. Crikey, he's missed another one! The Cheetahs could've been in the lead by now had Goosen's kicks gone over.
34 The Cheetahs charge straight back into the Chiefs' 22 after taking the 22m drop-out from the Chiefs. The visitors cough up possession again though. Cruden looks to counter-attack, his pass is nearly intercepted by Robert Ebersohn, but the centre couldn't hang on. Had that ball stuck, he would have been under the sticks...
31 Goosen misses again - the Cheetahs pivot struggling from the tee.
30 The Cheetahs haven't backed down and giving the defending champions a hard time in this match! 77% of the game has been played in Chiefs territory as the visitors once again win a penalty in kicking distance.
27 CONVERSION, CHIEFS. Anscombe adds the extras, and the Chiefs open up a seven-point lead. 10-3
26 TRY, CHIEFS. The Cheetahs forced to defend their line. Fritz Lee takes them on, but gets brought down inches short. Now Liam Messam has a go, and the skipper's over the whitewash!
23 Now the Chiefs on the charge - their forwards get a drive on, and maul 10m before it's taken down. Too far to kick at goal, so Cruden hammers the ball into touch.
20 Cheetahs on the attack - Goosen puts in a chip over the top, Raymond Rhule gives chase but the bounce of the ball isn't kind and he knocks on as he tried to grab it. So we'll have the first scrum of the match!
17 PENALTY, CHIEFS. Anscombe lines up his first shot at goal, and makes mo mistake - the Chiefs fans finally have something to cheer about! 3-3
16 Sixteen minutes gone and we haven't had one scrum yet in this match, as the Chiefs finally make their way into the Cheetahs half. The hosts win a penalty after Frans Viljoen failed to roll away in the tackle.
14 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. The Cheetahs' tall timber were interfered with in the line-out. So Goosen gets another chance at goal. This he raises the flags! First blood to the Cheetahs. 0-3
11 The Cheetahs look threatening with ball in hand, and have had the majority of possession and territory thus far. After 11 phases, the ball is shifted wide to Johann Sadie who gets crunched in a tackle 8m out from the Chiefs line, and loses the ball forward. Rock-solid defence from Bundee Aki!
9 Labuschagne was taken into touch via a high tackle, so the Cheetahs have a chance to put the first points on the board if Goosen can find his target from far out... nope, he's pulled it wide.
8 Anscombe's chip ahead is chased by Masaga, but the Cheetahs have it covered - big Lappies Labuschagne decides to run it back, and powers his way past three Chiefs players along the touchline... what a run!
5 De Jager takes at the line-out again, this time the Cheetahs manage to secure the ball but Pretorius's pass to Johan Goosen is a wild one, and call goes flying past the pivot. Willie Le Roux has to clean up, and hoofs the ball downfield... chance to the Chiefs to counter-attack!
3 Strauss throws in and finds Lood de Jager, but the Chiefs have managed a turnover. Now the ball is spread wide - the Chiefs backs keen to stretch their legs. First touch for Lelia Masaga, but he's taken into touch.
1 And we're under way! The Cheetahs kick off - taken in by Tim Nanai-Williams, and the centre is swamped by the visiting forwards. Now the ball comes out for Gareth Anscombe to clear.
Team news The Chiefs have made four changes to their team. One change is the return of Hika Elliot who will go up against Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss, while the Cheetahs have brought in scrum-half Sarel Pretorius in the only change to their starting XV that lost to the Sharks.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for this Super Rugby hit-out between the Chiefs and the Cheetahs! Both sides aren't shy to throw the ball around, so we should be in for an entertaining spectacle...
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