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- 13th Apr 2013
- KO 05:35
- Ground: Waikato Stadium
Chiefs v Reds - Live
80 Cooper misses again, but it doesn't matter. The final whistle is blown and the Reds celebrate a huge win against the defending champions in their own back yard. The Reds bag five valuable points away from home, whilst the Chiefs end the match empty-handed.
76 The Chiefs manage to get the ball back but they are isolated and they go off their feet. Cooper misses the penalty.
74 Just when we thought the Chiefs were in for a crucial third try, a small knock-on lets the Reds off the hook. That could be the ball game folks.
70 The hosts making a serious go at this with the man in the bin for the Reds. The pressure from the Chiefs leads to another penalty. The Chiefs patience is rewarded as Anscombe kicks to the corner.
67 CONVERSION, CHIEFS. Anscombe converts and the Chiefs fans are given a glimmer of hope.
66 TRY, CHIEFS. Now the hosts manage to cross the whitewash against 14 men as that man Osborne touches down in the corner! What an impact he's made!
63 The Chiefs break out again through Osborne, though Aki's pass to Anscombe goes forward. The Chiefs just can't buy a try as the Reds get the scrum feed seven metres from their line.
59 PENALTY, REDS. Now Cooper punishes the ill-disciplined Chiefs with another penalty that stretches the visitors lead back to 15 points. 16-31
58 Oh dear. It's just not going the Chiefs way as Aki drops the ball from the restart.
57 PENALTY, CHIEFS. Amazingly, the hosts decide to go for three points instead of the try - despite trailing by 15 points. But Anscombe raises the flags nontheless... 16-31
55 Osborne makes an immediate impact and breaks clear. After a 30m run, he offloads to Kahui, who in turn passes to Cruden but the fly-half is hauled down inches from the line.
54 The Chiefs empty their bench as Hika Elliot, August Pulu, Tanerau Latimer and Asaeli Tikoirotuma are replaced by Rhys Marshall, Brendon Leonard, Fritz Lee and Patrick Osborne.
53 CONVERSION, REDS. Cooper keeps his 100 per cent kicking record intact. 13-28!
52 TRY, REDS. The Chiefs in trouble now, after Genia fires a long pass out to Davies who has no defenders in front of him and strolls in for his second try of the match and bags the Reds' bonus point!
50 Kahui tries to spark the Chiefs backline, as the All Black makes another break upfield. Gosh, he's been awesome to watch thus far. He puts in a chip and chase, but Genia leaps into the air and calls for the mark inside his 22.
47 CONVERSION, REDS. Cooper converts his own try, and the visitors take an eight-point lead. 13-21!
46 TRY, REDS. The Chiefs do well to keep out the Reds big men, but have no answer for Quade Cooper after the playmaker throws a dummy and touches down under the posts! Cruden made to look silly on that occassion...
44 Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is blown up for cleaning out a ruck from the side. Cooper once again sets up an attacking line-out for his forwards, who scored in the first half from this position...
42 PENALTY, CHIEFS. And Anscombe makes no mistake! It's a one-point ball game folks. 13-14
Second half Welcome back! Cruden gets the second half under way, and the Chiefs forwards to well to win the ball back. The hosts put several phases together before Walsh penalises the Reds for offsides. Early chance for the Chiefs to close the gap...
Half Time CHIEFS 10-14 REDS
40 The half-time hooter rings through Waikato Stadium. The Chiefs in possession, and chasing a score before the break. They won't get it though as Tikoirotuma drops the pigskin in contact. That sums up the Chiefs half. But there's still plenty to come in the second half folks! See you then...
37 The Reds have had to do all the tackling, but are holding up well on defence - forcing the frustrated Chiefs into making errors.
35 The Chiefs with the scrum feed after Genia knocked on slightly from a line-out. Inside ball from Cruden to Kahui and the centre steps out of three tackles before his pass to Messam is put down by the skipper.
33 Dom Shipperley breaks clear, and sets off down the right-hand touchline. His inside pass finds Anthony Faingaa, who looks to have knocked it on but the ref waves play on. The Chiefs turn it over though and try counter-attack but run into a red brick wall. Cruden eventually bangs the ball in touch.
31 Penalty to the Chiefs, and it's in kicking distance for Anscombe. He strikes it well, but the flags stay down. So the Reds hold on to their slender four-point lead as we head into the final 10 minutes of the first half.
29 Good soccer skills from Kahui, who kicks the ball ahead for Asaeli Tikoirotuma. But the winger is unable to take it in and the ball rolls into touch.
27 CONVERSION, REDS. The crowd try to put Cooper off as he lines up the conversion, but it doesn't work as the ball sails between the uprights. The Reds go back in front! 10-14!
26 TRY, REDS. James Hanson finds his target, and now the Reds get the drive on. Jake Schatz has the ball at the back, spots the chalkdust and falls over it. Try! Gee whiz, that was too easy.
25 It's been a while since the Reds have entered the Chiefs' 22. They win a penalty, but turn down three points and opt for an attacking line-out instead. Cooper sets it up...
21 CONVERSION, CHIEFS. Anscombe adds two more points thanks to a superb conversion from far out. 10-7!
20 TRY, CHIEFS. Hooker Hika Elliot takes the ball up into the Reds danger zone. Now Cruden gets his backs moving as the ball is spread quickly through the hands to Anscombe, who races towards the line before passing inside to Aki and the centre dives over for a super try!
17 Reds in possession, and Ben Tapuai gets crunched in a tackle by Kahui. OUCH! The visitors recover though but then Will Genia gets thumped as he tries to get his pass away from a ruck. And the Chiefs force a turnover for their efforts!
14 PENALTY, CHIEFS. Chance for the hosts to get some points on the board, after the Reds' front row are pinged at scrum-time. Anscombe raises the flags with his first penalty shot at goal. 3-7!
11 The Reds having to defend their line yet again, after Liam Messam has a go at crossing the whitewash. He coughs up the pill, and the Reds get out of jail again.
9 Cooper loses the ball in contact and the Chiefs do what they do best - counter-attack! Anscombe finds space, and gets the pass away to Tim Nanai Williams before he hits the deck. Cruden can't hold on to an inside pass, and the ball spills forward over the Reds tryline....
7 CONVERSION, REDS. Easy does from Cooper with the extras from bang in front. 0-7!
6 TRY, REDS. Oh dear, there's a mix up in the Chiefs backline. The ball goes loose, then gets recovered by Cruden but his pass is then intercepted by Davies and the Reds winger will have an easy run-in for the first try of the match under the sticks!
5 Now Aaron Cruden puts Richard Kahui into space, who turns on the gas before linking up with midfield partner Bundee Aki. This guy is strong on his feet, but the Reds defence is up to the task and keep the attacking Chiefs at bay.
4 Now the ball is spread to the left. The Reds have an overlap, but Rod Davies can't take the final pass and the Chiefs are once again let off the hook.
3 Now James Horwill rumbles forward... he's still going... 30m now, he's over the line! Referee Steve Walsh is in a good position though and says the lock was held up. So 5m scrum to the Reds. They mean business though!
1 And we're under way! Quade Cooper kicks off - it's a deep, high kick and the Chiefs are put under pressure early on. Eventually the ball comes out for Gareth Anscombe to clear.
Team news In terms of selection the Reds have made one change to their team for this week with the flying winger Rod Davies starting his first match of 2013. The Chiefs have made a number of changes for this week but one of their big strengths this season has been the depth of the squad and how well they have handled rotations.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Hamilton for this Super Rugby hit-out between the Chiefs and the Reds! Both teams have won five matches and find themselves in the top six, but the Reds have played one more. The Chiefs have already accumulated five bonus points, whereas the Reds only have two. So strap yourself in, as we're sure to be treated to a try-scoring spectacle!
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