Chiefs break Brumbies' hearts

2012-03-16 10:29

Cape Town - New Zealand's Chiefs scraped past Australia's Brumbies 29-22 with a last-gasp try to secure their third win in a row in the Super Rugby competition on Friday.

The Chiefs, riding high after a win over the Crusaders last week, were heavy favourites going into the match against a team that finished 13th last year, but found themselves in a dogfight against the Canberra team.

The match only sparked to life in the final 15 minutes, and the Chiefs scored two tries to one in what was a frantic but mistake-ridden game.

"We were going backward a bit of the time but showed a fair bit of character," Chiefs captain Craig Clarke said.

"They were in up our faces and we were struggling to get go-forward and their defence was good, so it was fairly testing."

The Chiefs showed a willingness to throw the ball around early, almost going ahead after a break from Sonny Bill Williams but Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White's Brumbies kept them out with committed defence.

The teams traded two penalties apiece in a high-tempo opening 20 minutes, the Brumbies matching their opponents' attacking intent but letting themselves down with handling errors.

Flyhalf Aaron Cruden put the Chiefs ahead with another penalty before Scott Fardy came close to a try for the Brumbies in the 28th minute, only to knock on as he stretched to ground the ball after a desperate tackle from Tim Kerr-Barlow.

The Brumbies did not allow the Chiefs' forward pack, which laid the foundations for wins over the Crusaders and Auckland Blues, to dominate, forcing the New Zealanders to fruitlessly search for space out wide.

Christian Lealiifano kicked home penalties either side of half-time to give the Brumbies a narrow lead but the arm-wrestle continued when Cruden slotted his fourth to make it 12-12.

The match looked like it was going to be settled by penalties as Cruden and Lealiifano again exchanged three-pointers before Chiefs prop Sona Taumalolo finally crossed the line for the Chiefs's first try after 68 minutes.

It came after Liam Messam was held up in the in-goal area, resulting in a five-metre scrum that allowed the Chiefs' forwards to turn the screws on the Brumbies defence and allow Taumalolo to bulldoze his way in for the score.

The Brumbies hit back in the 75th minute when Sam Carter touched down out wide, setting up a blockbuster finale with scores again deadlocked at 22-all.

Jackson Willison provided the match-winning try in the 79th minute, scrambling over in the corner, with Cruden's conversion making it 29-22.


15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Richard Kahui, 13. Jackson Willison, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Tim Nanai-Williams, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Liam Messam, 7. Sam Cane, 6. Tanerau Latimer, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke (captain), 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 1. Sona Taumalolo

Substitutes: 16. Marcel Cummings-Toone, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Kane Thompson, 19. Scott Waldrom, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Martino Nemani / Andrew Horrell

15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Joe Tomane, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Peter Kimlin, 4 Leon Power, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Sam Carter, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Nic White, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Cam Crawford


  • Nico - 2012-03-16 10:35

    Jake is doing some great work at the brumbies, they will soon be the power they were a couple of years ago.

      Pierre - 2012-03-17 00:46

      Brumbies had good game against Chiefs, but the Brumbies got a win last week against the Cheetahs they did not deserve. That game was practically handed to them by referee Keith Brown and SANZAR referees chief Lyndon Bray stated as much. The Cheetahs was robbed of an away win.

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-16 10:36

    So who else had the Chiefs to win by 15+?

      Jason - 2012-03-16 10:41

      I had them by 16...........but a win is a win i guess.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-16 10:47

      I agree, I had them by 17. Just wondering how many people managed a bonus point on this one. Not a lot I'm guessing

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-16 10:49

      I said Chiefs by 9. That gives me 2.5 points in most of my pools. Only another 1/2 point, then I equal last weeks' total of 3 points.

      Juan - 2012-03-16 11:10

      Is said by 8!!!

      Juan - 2012-03-16 11:13

      The real tough one to pick this week was the Stormers vs Blues. After the Blues beat the Bulls who has been playing well so far, how could I go against the Blues even though I wanted to say Stormers I had to go Blues by 5. Eish!!!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-16 11:23

      Well spotted Dozer and Juan, must've been gut feel :) it does seem the Brumbies are getting better and picks involving them are just going to get harder. Juan: The Blues have lost Boric and Ranger. They are about as inconsistent as the French in the sense that you never know which team is going to pitch. I reckon the Stormers are going to edge them by about 5-7 points. 1stly because they want to prove their backline can attack 2ndly homeground (which doesn't really count for much but still does) 3rdly I don't think the Blues are going to put together two weeks of winning rugby consecutively. With that said, I could be completely wrong I mean after all, I did punt the Chiefs to take it by 17 and we all know how that ended

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-16 11:24

      Oh another thing on the Bulls game. It wasn't the Blues beating the Bulls as much as it was the Bulls playing badly. If Steyn's kicking was as accurate as always they would have won that game

      Saffa - 2012-03-16 11:32

      @Dozey - did you have a bad Superbru week last week? I was having a bad week until the Blues beat the Bulls and saved my @ss.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-16 11:36

      3 Points, Saffa. That's terrible in anyone's book.

      Juan - 2012-03-16 11:45

      I certainly hope the stormers win, as I support all SA teams. Its just a tough one to call. Sharks better also play out of their skins. The need to climb up the log if they even wanna think about getting to playoffs.

      Deon - 2012-03-16 13:03

      Not me, only 1 point off the mark. Not feeling so good at tonights prediction (Blues by 1). We are having a lot of close games this year.

      Leon - 2012-03-16 13:24

      @ Bulldozer. lol Did you get the yellow cap?

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-16 10:43

    Not a spectacle to watch. But the brumbies almost did it. Just like they broke the cheetahs at the death.. Great performance by the referee though. Calm and precise in his rulings and consistant allround. Really great refereeing performance.!

      Ivan - 2012-03-16 15:11

      Not a spectacle? It was the most intense game of the season! Both sides full of running and the defence from the Brumbies immense. It had everything.

  • Mark - 2012-03-16 11:30

    Justice for robbing the Cheetahs last week !!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-16 11:31

    Those Brumbies were SERIOUSLY impressive. Did any of you chaps notice the Brumbies using the rolling maul? An Aussie team utilising it? Jake is sure as sunshine in town in a big way. Bloody well done to them. Compared to the ragtag and ill-disciplined bunch led by Gits last year - THIS bunch seem to be pretty committed - nice going Jakey.

      Jason - 2012-03-16 11:46

      I agree his style is all over that team. Give them a few more weeks and we are going to see a dangerous side i think!

      Juan - 2012-03-16 11:48

      True. Saffa you sound completely different this year. What happened???? I started thinking someone is using your name. With this frekin facebook log in I still can't change my avatar and name back to Sh@rksfever. Any tips on doing this

      Saffa - 2012-03-16 12:42

      @Juan - someone IS using my profile in the late afternoon and evenings. It is that twat from Canada - he has been faking my profile for 6 weeks already........Just click on the link to his fake profile and you will see the name SAFFA SPIES - that is not me :) I can promise you his thoughts and comments in NO WAY reflect my opinion on anything :)

  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-16 12:24

    Ok sportsfans, this is me. I've got places to go, people to see, a plane to catch. Regardless of tonight's results, you will probably not hear from me. No 'Stormers suck' or 'the Blues were cheated' or whatever. Enjoy and be good.

      Jason - 2012-03-16 12:26

      Cheers Dozer, would like to say i will miss

      Saffa - 2012-03-16 12:43

      As the tears roll down my face....... :( Chat soon @Dozey - safe travels

      S - 2012-03-16 17:15

      Awwww... Dozey, scoring a full 3 points in Superbru is no reason to flee the country! Anyways dude, wherever you are going, enjoy it. Hope to see you back soon.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-16 14:40

    I said by 7 hee haa lol

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