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Chiefs v Highlanders - Live
80 Chiefs 19 Highlanders 7
80 The Highlanders are trying desperately to get something from this match. They attack from deep inside their half but the Chiefs eventually turn over the ball and August Pulu boots the ball into touch. That's the final act of this game and the Chiefs will be satisfied with that result even though it wasn't always pretty. They dominated the possession stakes - especially in the second half - and certainly deserve that win. The Highlanders will have to go back to the drawing board as they are currently the only team in the tournament who haven't won a game yet.
79 Anscombe gets a chance to add another three pointer after Wheeler is pinned for holding onto the ball. His effort is unsuccessful however.
77 Nonu puts a grubber kick through which Poki gathers. The ball is eventually spun wide and Joe Wheeler offloads to Chris King who is stopped just short of the try-line!
73 It's end-to-end stuff as both sides concede turnovers at will! The Chiefs are eventually just outside the Highlanders' 22 and Kahui launches a box kick which Charlie Ngatai fails to gather without a defender close by!
70 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 19-7. Anscombe succeeds with his fourth penalty after Bronson Murray is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
68 The Highlanders eventually get their hands on the ball but promptly lose possession when Tim Boys knocks on a pass from Aaron Smith just outside his 22.
66 The Chiefs are dominating at the moment. They've had most of the possession for the past five minutes and all the Highlanders can do is tackle.
62 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 16-7. Anscombe succeeds with another penalty after the Highlanders' backs are pinned for being offside.
60 The Chiefs are hammering away at the Highlanders' try-line. They make little headway though as they are constantly met by a wall of defenders!
58 Cruden and Horrell combine to send Richard Kahui through a gap. He is eventually brought to ground by Aaron Smith.
55 Andrew Horrell tries to force his way over the Highlanders' try-line but has the ball knocked from his grasp by a big hit from Hoeata! The referee consults his TMO who rules that no try was scored.
52 The Highlanders attack from deep inside their half, with Elliott Dixon prominent, but are penalised when Josh Bekhuis enters a ruck from the side.
48 Messam, Cane and Kerr-Barlow combine well to bring the Chiefs into the Highlanders' 22. The lose possession, however, when Nanai-Williams knocks on.
45 Tawera Kerr-Barlow throws a long pass to Liam Messam which Slade intercepts. He is blown up for being offside and Anscombe gets a chance to add another three-pointer. His effort is wide of the mark, however.
42 Slade gets a chance to narrow the gap when the Chiefs' forwards infringe at a ruck. His effort is just wide of the mark, however.
40 Slade gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick which Lelia Masaga gathers. He sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
Chiefs 13 Highlanders 7
40 The Chiefs take the ball through several phases and there's great interplay between forwards and backs! Eventually Ben Smith manages to knock the ball from Andrew Horrell's grasp and this gets the Highlanders out of jail. Aaron Smith puts the ball into touch and the hooter sounds to bring the half to an end. Although the Chiefs dominated the easrly exchanges, the Highlanders have fought back well and are still in with a shout for their first win of the season. It should be an interesting 40 minutes after the break.
37 Aaron Smith launches an up-and-under close to the halfway mark which Asaeli Tikoirotuma knocks on in mid-air.
35 Cruden goes on a mazy run, inside the Highlanders' 22, beating four defenders! It takes a desperate tackle from Nonu to bring him to ground and he loses possession when he hits the deck.
34 Ma'a Nonu puts a kick in behind the Chiefs' defence but Anscombe is alert and gathers. He boots the ball into touch on his 10-metre line.
32 The Highlanders try to launch an attack inside the Chiefs' half but lose momentum when Jason Emery knocks on.
30 The Highlanders are awarded a penalty when Michael Fitzgerald is offside at a ruck. Slade kicks for touch and puts the ball out 15 metres outside the Chiefs' 22.
27 The Highlanders are on the attack inside the Chiefs' half. It all comes to nothing when Hosea Gear runs into Aaron Smith and the referee blows them up for obstruction.
25 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 13-7. Anscombe adds another three pointer to extend the home side's lead!
23 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, HOEATA! Jarrad Hoeata is sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Cruden!
21 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 10-7. Slade steps up and lands a difficult effort from close to the touchline!
20 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A SMITH! 10-5. Aaron Smith breaks around a scrum on the Chiefs' five-metre line and barges through three tackles before touching down!
16 Jarrad Hoeata makes a dsh for the line, from close quarters but is held up by a brave tackle from Asaeli Tikoirotuma.
12 Slade gets another chance to open the Highlanders account, after the Chiefs infringe at a ruck, but his effort is wide of the mark.
9 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 10-0. Anscombe adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead!
8 TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! 8-0. Tim Nanai-Williams pounces on a handling error by the Highlanders at a ruck and races away for a try from 55 metres out.
7 Colin Slade gets a chance to draw his side level after Tim Nanai-Williams infringes at a ruck but the All Black pivot's effort strikes an upright!
4 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 3-0. Gareth Anscombe gets the game's first points from the kicking tee after Craig Clarke and Hika Elliott are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck.
2 Liam Messam takes the ball into contact but is rocked by a big hit from Kade Poki.
1 Aaron Cruden gets us started! His kick is gathered by Ma'a Nonu who sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Waikato in Hamilton for this Super Rugby hit out between, our hosts, the Chiefs and the Highlanders. In team news, the Highlanders welcome back Ma'a Nonu, who was on the sidelines for two weeks with a knee injury. The Dunedin-based franchise's other changes are all amongst the forwards. Liam Coltman makes his first start for the Highlanders with both Andrew Hore and Brayden Mitchell on the injured list. Josh Bekhuis returns to lock to partner Brad Thorn, who captains the team and Jarrad Hoeata moves to blindside flanker while Joe Wheeler drops to the bench. The big news for the Chiefs is that Richard Kahui is included on the bench after recovering from a shoulder injury. Elsewhere, coach Dave Rennie has made several changes to his side. Co-captain Craig Clarke will sit this match out as a precautionary measure after receiving a slight knock to the head last week and will be replaced by Michael Fitzgerald. Nick Crosswell will start in the number eight jersey as Ross Filipo spends the next 8-10 weeks recovering from his MCL injury. Pauliasi Manu starts at prop while Ben Afeaki moves to the bench
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