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Chiefs v Stormers - Live
80 Chiefs 36 Stormers 20
80 TRY, CHIEFS, LATIMER! 36-20. The Chiefs launch a drive from a line-out deep inside the Stormers' 22 and Tanerau Latimer who barges over to seal his side's win. Latimer, also lines up the conversion attempt but his effort is well short. That's the final act of the game and the Chiefs are worthy winners on the balance of play. The Stormers fought back well, midway through the second half, but in then faded away badly towards the end.
79 Anscombe bursts through a gap in the Stormers defence and pins his ears back as he heads towards the try-line! He is hauled in just short of the line by De Villiers!
79 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 31-20. Cruden restores the 11-point lead as he succeeds with the place-kick!
78 TRY, CHIEFS, KOLOAMATANGI! 29-20. Tevita Koloamatangi gathers a loose ball, close to the Stormers' try-line and pumps his legs as he forces his way over the try-line with two defenders on his back!
76 CONVERSION, STORMERS, GRANT! 24-20. Grant adds the extras and there's only four points in this game!
75 TRY, STORMERS, CARR! 24-18. The Stormers take the ball through several phases with their forwards and when a gap opens Nizaam Carr barges over from close quarters!
73 The Stormers try to launch a drive from a line-out on the chiefs' five-metre line but they fail to control the ball and Retallick collects before passing to Kerr-Barlow.
71 Pauliasi Manu is pinged after he enters a ruck illegally. Grant puts the ball into touch on the Chiefs' five-metre line.
70 Duane Vermeulen wins a crucial turnover at a ruck, close to his try-line. Louis Schreuder gathers and puts the ball into touch 10 metres outside his 22.
68 The Stormers forwards are pinged for being offside. Cruden puts the ball out on the visitors' five-metre line.
66 The Chiefs are camped close to the Stormers' try-line. They show great patience as they take the ball through several phases with their forwards.
63 CONVERSION, STORMERS, GRANT! 24-13. Grant slots the two-pointer which narrows the gap to 11 points.
62 TRY, STORMERS, APLON! 24-11. The stormers attack from a scrum, five metres inside their half. De Allende throws a long pass to Aplon, who bursts through a gap! He hands off Cruden and races away before crossing over!
60 Nanai-Williams takes the ball into contact but holds onto the ball on the ground. Grant kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the edge of the Chiefs' 22.
58 Liam Squire and Kerr-Barlow combine off the back of a scrum. Kerr-Barlow stabs a grubber kick through but Carr is alert and dots down behind his line.
57 Van Wyk tries to gather a kick from Kerr-Barlow behind his try-line but knocks it over the dead-ball line! And the Chiefs are once again on the attack at a scrumo n the Stormers' five-metre line.
55 Kerr-Barlow strays offside and Aplon puts the resulting penalty out on the edge of the Chiefs' 22.
53 Retallick is blown up when he enters a ruck illegally. Aplon kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Chiefs' 10-metre line.
51 The Stormers pack is pinged for an early shove at a scrum. It's five metres inside their half and the Chiefs fancy their attacking chances and opt to take another scrum.
48 Peter Grant and Nizaam Carr are on as replacements for Catrakils and Ruan Botha. Grant is soon penalised for being offside and Cruden puts the kick out deep inside the Stormers' 22.
45 The Stormers try to attack midway between their 22 and the halfway line. The ball comes out wide to De Villiers, who offloads to Sailosi Tagicakibau but he is tackled into touch by Robbie Fruean.
43 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 24-6. Cruden adds the easy two-pointer to add to the visitors' woes.
42 TRY, CHIEFS, KERR-BARLOW1 22-6. Nanai-Williams gets through a gap, inside the Stormers' 22, and offloads to Kerr-Barlow, who scores under the posts!
41 Cruden gets the second half underway but the Stormers fail to regather cleanly and the visitors are on the defence again.
40 Chiefs 17 Stormers 6
40 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 17-6. Cruden adds the extras and the hooter sounds shorlty afterwards to indicate half-time. The hosts have had the bulk of the possession and deserve their lead but the Stormers have done well to remain in the game. They will have to show more enterprise on attack, however, if they want something from this match.
40 TRY, CHIEFS, MARSHALL! 15-6. The Chiefs show great continuity as they take the ball through several phases. Marshhall is in possession close to the Stormers'' try-line and tries to offload. The ball is knocked backwards from Van Wyk and Marshall dives onto the loose ball behind the try-line!
39 The Chiefs attack out wide with their backs and are soon inside the Stormers' 22. The ball reaches Lowe who throws a pop pass inside. Tawera Kerr-Barlow gathers but is tackled into touch by Damian de Allende.
37 It's helter skelter stuff as the Chiefs go on a counter-attack from deep inside their half! Gareth Anscombe, Lowe and Mackintosh all handle the ball and they are soon close to the visitors' 22. Their handling lets them down, although the ball is always going backwards until Kobus van Wyk manages to boot a loose ball upfield which gets the Stormers out of jail.
34 Catrakilis gets a chance to narrow the gap, after the Chiefs front row capitulate under pressure at a scrum. The pivot's effort is just wide of the mark, however!
32 Aplon runs onto a pass from Jean de Villiers just outside the Stormers' 22, before setting off on a run down the touchline! He kicks ahead tries to regather but knocks on just outside the Chiefs' 22!
30 The Chiefs players show great hand speed as they spread the ball around. Mackintosh takes the ball into contact but goes down after a big tackle from Schalk Burger!
27 The Chiefs are on the attack close to the Stormers' try-line! Deon Fourie is then penalised when he plays the ball with his hands at a ruck at Cruden puts the resulting penalty out on the visitors' five-metre line.
24 Nanai-Williams and Lowe launch a counter attack from inside their own half. They are soon 15 metres outside the Stormers'' 22 but Liam Messam knocks on at a ruck.
21 PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 6-10. Catrakils succeeds with is second penalty after Jamie Mackintosh is penalised for illegal binding at a scrum.
18 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-10. Cruden shows his class as he lands a difficult place-kick from up against the touchline!
17 TRY, CHIEFS, LOWE! 3-8. Tom Marshall puts a drubber kick through and regathers before offloading to Lowe, who shrugs off a challenge from Nic Groom before scoring in the corner!
14 Aaron Cruden lines up a shot at goal, after Brok Harris enters a ruck from the side, but bizzarly kicks for the corner, from the kicking tee, for one of his outside backs to chase! Referee Craig Joubert call him back and rules that he has indicated that he would kick at goal and awards a scrum to the Stormers.
12 James Lowe gets away from Liebenberg down the touchline! Soon he's inside the visitors' 22 and stabs a rubber through. Luckily for the Stormers Aplon gathers and boots the ball into touch.
10 Ben Tameifuna is penalised for offside play at a ruck inside the Stormers' 22. Aplon kicks for touch and puts the ball out five metres from the halfway mark.
8 Cruden throws a long pass - midway between the halfway lnie and his 22 - to Charlie Ngatai but Aplon reads it perfectly and goes for the intercept! He gets a hand to the ball but knocks on!
5 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-3. Aaron Cruden draws the hosts level after Liebenberg enters a ruck from the side.
3 PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 0-3. Demetri Catrakils gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee, after Brodie Retallick is penalised for an infringement at a line-out.
1 And we're off! Demetri Catrakilis gets us underway with a deep kick which Tim Nanai-Williams gathers just inside his 22. He evades a tackle from Gio Aplon but is bundled into touch by Tiaan Libenberg.
Gareth Anscombe makes his long awaited return at full-back in his first match of the season while Jamie Mackintosh returns to the starting line-up at prop in what will be the Chiefs' last home game before heading off shore for three weeks. Brodie Retallick has been cleared to play and is joined in the second-row by Matt Symons. Liam Messam resumes his position at flanker with Liam Squire starting in the number eight jersey after a solid performance off the bench last week. Gareth Anscombe makes his long awaited return at full-back in his first match of the season while Jamie Mackintosh returns to the starting line-up at prop in what will be the Chiefs' last home game before heading off shore for three weeks. Brodie Retallick has been cleared to play and is joined in the second-row by Matt Symons. Liam Messam resumes his position at flanker with Liam Squire starting in the number eight jersey after a solid performance off the bench last week. James Lowe gets his first start on the wing and former Crusader Tom Marshall will make his Chiefs debut at inside centre. Pauliasi Manu, Michael Fitzgerald, Robbie Fruean and Asaeli Tikoirotuma all move to the bench. The match will also mark inspirational Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer's 100th Super Rugby match. He will celebrate his 100th Chiefs match in five more games time, after he takes the field today.
Stormers captain Jean de Villiers will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance in this encounter. Stormers boss Allister Coetzee has made three enforced changes to the Stormers' starting line-up. Ruan Botha will start at lock (in place of the injured Michael Rhodes) and earn his first Super Rugby cap in the process, whilst the experienced duo of Tiaan Liebenberg (hooker) and Brok Harris (tighthead prop) come into the front row as replacements for Scarra Ntubeni and Frans Malherbe, respectively.
Hello and welcome to the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for our live coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between the defending champions, the Chiefs, and the Stormers. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
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