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2014/05/03 | 09:35 |  Super Rugby | Waikato Stadium, Hamilton |  Full Time
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As it happened: Chiefs v Lions

2014-05-03 09:06
Last Updated at 15:35

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley


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80' - In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Chiefs host the Blues in New Plymouth (Friday, May 9 at 09:35), while the Lions travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders (Saturday, May 10 at 09:35)

80' - The Lions leave empty-handed and stay third in the SA Conference and 12th in the Overall log

80' - Job done for the Chiefs as they go back to the top of the NZ Conference and into third in the Overall standings

80' - Chiefs win 38-8


77' - Nanai-Willliams without question the best stepper in Super Rugby. Far too elusive for the Lions' defence

Horrell adds the CONVERSION as the Chiefs stretch their lead to 38-8 with 3 minutes remaining

76' - Call me a genius as TIM NANAI-WILLIAMS ducks and dives his way over the Lions' tryline for the Chiefs' sixth try of the night

76' - TRY to the Chiefs!

75' - Chiefs breaking tackles at will now. Wouldn't be surprised if there were more tries tonight...

73' - Andrew Horrell's conversion attempt in wide to the right of the uprights.

Chiefs lead 31-8 after 73 minutes

72' - TRY to the Chiefs confirmed!

is the man to score the Chiefs' fifth try of the night

72' - Looks like a try to me...

71' - Oh wait, TMO called into action YET AGAIN!

71' - TRY to the Chiefs!

70' - Chiefs on the attack looking to add to their try tally as the match enters the final 10 minutes

66' - Former All Blacks legend Jeff Wilson interviews Ross Filipo on the sidelines and Gareth Anscombe leaves the field and is replaced by Andrew Horrell

65' - And after all that, the Chiefs are awarded a penalty as the Lions 'hold on' at the ruck

63' - The dreaded scrum rests have now chewed a full THREE minutes off the clock.


60' - 20 minutes left in the match. Can the Lions mount something of a comeback?

They're right on attack and only trail the 'second half score' 7-5...

58' - Sudden burst of intensity by both the Chiefs on attack and the Lions on defence sees the Chiefs throw a forward pass near the halfway line

55' - Lions able to clear their lines after the Chiefs are penalised at scrum-time for 'walking around'

Smarter people than me will have to one day explain what really goes on in the darkness of the front row...

52' - Chiefs back on attack and Lions fullback Marnitz Boshoff is penalised for holding on


Courtnall Skosan in action (Gallo Images)

48' - Jantjies' conversion is away to the right and the Chiefs lead 26-8 after 48 minutes

46' - Stand up Warren Whiteley - leading from the front, he's been the form SA No 8 this tournament and he gets the Lions deep into Chiefs territory, before wing COURTNALL SKOSAN dives over in the corner for the Lions' first try of the night - and his third of the season.

46' - TRY to the Lions!

44' - Gareth Anscombe adds the CONVERSION and the Chiefs now lead 26-3 - and I wish I hadn't gone for a 17-point win...

43' - Oh dear, this could now get messy for the Lions. Damage

42' - That's the BONUS POINT try to the Chiefs thanks to prop PAULIASI MANU

42' - TRY to the Chiefs!

41' - So, thanks to the last 10 minutes of the first half, the Chiefs have opened up a commanding 19-3 lead, having scored three tries to date

41' - Charlie Ngatai off injured, replaced by Bundee Aki for the Chiefs



40' - And just like that the Chiefs are out to a 19-3 lead as Anscombe lands the CONVERSION

40' - TRY to the Chiefs!

40' - Commentators say TRY... TMO still pending...

40' - Another TMO decision pending...

40' - TRY to the Chiefs?

39' - Try to TANERAU LATIMER. Anscombe fails with the conversion

Chiefs lead 12-3 after 39 minutes

37' - Fair due, the commentators felt it was a knock-on but TMO Ben Skeen is happy it was legit!

37' - TRY to the Chiefs!

37' - Obstruction deemed fine, but looks like a knock-on...

37' - TMO checking obstruction and a possible knock-on...

37' - Another TMO decision. Have the Chiefs scored?

37' - A fairly scrappy half draws to a close with the Chiefs on the attack.

Can the Lions hold on?

33' - The Chiefs continue to frustrate their fans with some poor decision making. They've certainly gone off the boil in recent weeks and don't look like likely defenders of their Super Rugby title 


Sorry boys that is a clear obstruction. Something we often see kiwi players get away with. Old trick - Brenden Nel

31' - 50/50 call. Lions got the benefit. Commentators still not convinced...

31' - Josh Hohneck costs his fellow front-ranker Nathan Harris what would've been one of the all-time greatest hooker tries. FACT!

31' - But the TMO disagrees and cancels the try!

31' - Commentator say 'NO WAY'...

31' - Potential obstruction by the Chiefs. At first glance it did look a little suspect...

31' - Or is it...

30' - TRY to the Chiefs!

27' - High tackle by Lions lock Martin Muller gives Anscombe the chance to stretch the Chiefs' lead... but he fails to land the penalty

25' - Scrappy play by the Lions after they effect a turnover, the ball goes loose and the Chiefs kick ahead for a lineout close to the Lions' tryline

23' - Anscombe steps up and converts his own try to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead after 23 minutes

22' - The Chiefs finally display some patience and go through the phases and score through flyhalf GARETH ANSCOMBE

22' - TRY to the Chiefs!

20' - And we're half way through the first half (20 minutes have now been played...) and the Lions are full value for their 3-0 lead

18' - Courtnall Skosan busts through a gap showing a fantastic burst of speed, but knocks the ball on...

Credit to the Lions for doing all the playing at the moment.

Chiefs look a little shell-shocked. Coach Dave Rennie must be pulling out what's left of his hair...


The mooloo men and their cowbells put Jantjies off ... 0-3 ... Presume Boshoff will take the kicks from now - Front Row Grunt

15' - Confirmation it's GAME OVER for Chrysander Botha.

Unlikely he'll be ready for next week either

15' - Jantjies away to the left with his second penalty attempt.

Lions maintain their 3-0 lead after 15 minutes

13' - Concussion test for Botha - but doesn't look like he'll pass...

Replaced by Marnitz Boshoff

13' - It's all Lions at the moment. Impressive opening minutes from the men from Johannesburg

12' - Lions fullback Chrysander Botha goes down. Looks to be in a lot of pain


Lional Mopoe with an industrial start to the game ... Try saving tackle then millimeters from a try assisting kick! Lions look fired up! - Front Row Grunt

Lions the best scrum in the tournament on their own ball ... Chiefs just learnt that lesson ... Jantjies makes it 0-3 after 10 mins - Front Row Grunt

9' - Elton Jantjies' kick is OVER!

Lions lead 3-0 after 9 minutes

7' - Lions scrum MONSTERS their Chiefs opponents. Penalty to the Lions

And they elect to kick at posts

6' - Impressive play from the Lions as they break downfield and force the Chiefs to carry the ball over their own tryline.

5m scrum to the visitors...

3' - TMO confirms NO TRY and we're set for a 22m drop-out by the Lions.

Ominous signs though that the Chiefs' counter-attacking game could prove problematic for the Lions today

2' - Near disaster for the Lions and they attempt to run from inside their own 22m area - ala NZ style - but the ball is turned over and Lionel Mapoe puts in a try-saving tackle to deny Charlie Ngatai

0' - Chiefs kick off and the Lions clear to touch through new flyhalf Elton Jantjies - who takes out the local cameraman



Cloudy and 12 degrees Celsius in Hamilton at present...


The Chiefs and Lions played the highest scoring game in Vodacom Super Rugby history when Chiefs won an 18-try thriller 72-65 at Ellis Park in 2010...


SuperSport in-studio guests David Campese and John Mitchell both going for a Chiefs win (as am I by 17), while Ashwin Willemse predictably goes for the Lions to cause an upset...


The Chiefs have made a staggering 14 changes from the side  that lost last weekend to the Brumbies.

Clear indication of the incredible depth in NZ rugby.

FYI: The only man to retain his spot is flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.


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Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


2012: Chiefs won 34-21, Pukekohe
2011: Chiefs won 34-30, Johannesburg
2010: Chiefs won 72-65, Johannesburg
2009: Chiefs won 36-29, Hamilton
2008: Lions won 33-27, Johannesburg
2007: Chiefs won 34-7, Hamilton



15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Substitutes: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Michael Fitzgerald, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Andrew Horrell


15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni , 20. Willie Britz, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. JW Jonker

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Lions in Hamilton!

  • 80'

    Well it could end up being a long tour for the Lions who were nowhere near where they needed to be tonight! The Chiefs started to build some confidence from this game as they started to play more freely and ran in a good couple of tries in the last 10 minutes.

  • 80'

    The Chiefs are bundled into touch and that' the end of the match!

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, CHIEFS, HORRELL, 38-8. Horrell does well to add the two points. It's a bit of a hiding now!

  • 76'

    TRY! CHIEFS, NANNAI-WILLIAMS, 36-8. Aother beautiful passage of play from the Chiefs! They took the ball through 15 phases before Nanai-Williams finds a gap right on the line!

  • 75'

    The Lions is defense is looking very fragile now as the Chiefs get over the advantage line at will!

  • 72'

    Conversion is wide! Chiefs now have the game well and truly wrapped up!

  • 71'

    TRY! CHIEFS, AKI, 31-8. Great try from the Chiefs! Horrell puts in a delicate grubber through on the 22m and Aki collects and goes over for a try!

  • 67'

    The Chiefs attack well up the left wing to gain momentum! Tameifuna tells a couple of Lions to get off the bus during a run up field but Willie Britz eventually does well at the following phase to hold the ball up in contact and win a scrum.

  • 65'

    The Chiefs are ecstatic! They've won a penalty after Aki puts in another good hit!

  • 63'

    The Lions come close but are brought up short after some good defense from Aki and Retallick! The Lions have a scrum 5m out. They'll be desperate for some points here!

  • 61'

    The Lions have won a couple of penalties and have managed to set up a line out 5m.

  • 59'

    The Chiefs attack is a bit more loose this time around and the Lions manage to prevent any onslaught. Nanai-Williams eventually throws a forward pass and the Lions have the scrum on the center of the park.

  • 56'

    The Lions win a penalty which brings some relief for the visitors! They win another penalty at the resulting line out. Boshoff's kicks have got the Lions into the Chiefs half now.

  • 53'

    Franco Mostert and Minnie do well to prevent the maul gaining momentum and win their team a scrum!

  • 51'

    The Chiefs steal the ball at the line out and Kerr-Barlow puts a big kick into the Lions corner. Boshoff tries to run it and slips! The Chiefs are all over him and win a penalty. They've set up a line out.

  • 50'

    The Lion's forwards work hard at the breakdown to force a penalty from the Chiefs! Elton boots it down field to set up a line out in the Chiefs half.

  • 48'

    The conversion attempt is wide from Jantjies!

  • 47'

    TRY! LIONS, SKOSAN, 26-8. A powerful scrum from the Lions wins them the ball! They go wide on the blindside where the Chiefs are short on numbers and its an easy run in for Skosan! The Lion's aren't giving up!

  • 45'

    Captain Whitely showing his team how it's done with a incredible break and turn of speed! He's eventually brought down but the resulting phase the ball is lost forward.

  • 44'

    CONVERSION, ANSCOMBE, 26-3. No mistake from Anscombe who extends the lead!

  • 43'

    TRY! CHIEFS, MANU, 24-3. What a great passage of play! It started with the Lions starting full of running. The Chiefs turned over the ball and then just played with patience and skill until eventually Manu crashed over from close range!

  • 41'

    Jantjies gets us underway for the second half! Kerr-Barlow clears for the home side.

  • 40'

    TRY! CHIEFS, NGATAI, 17-3. The TMO has given the green light on this one and the Chiefs finish the first half strongly!

  • 40'

    CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 19-3. Anscombe adds the extras as the Chiefs head into the break with a comfortable lead!

  • 40'

    The Lions started the match with a positive attitude and energy and did well to get early points on the board! The momentum suddenly turned halfway through the half and the Chiefs finally found some confidence and exposed the slightest weakness of the Lions. With the Chiefs regaining confidence, we could be in for a try fest in the second half!

  • 40'

    Another try soon after the restart! The TMO has been called into the equation again! Nanai-Williams runs strongly and gets tackled, a Lions player dislodges the ball by a Lions player and Ngatai hacks the loose ball and dots down for a try.

  • 39'

    Anscombe's conversion is just wide!

  • 38'

    TRY! CHIEFS, LATIMER, 12-3. This time no obstruction is give which was the correct call! Lions defense was a bit soft on this occasion!

  • 37'

    Another try with a potential obstruction! Tanerau Latimer goes over in the corner after Ngatai mades a great break!

  • 35'

    Josh Hohneck puts a huge hit on Kriel who loses possession whilst on attack in the Chiefs half. Both sides defense has been pretty good tonight! Lions still very much in this game as we approach half time.

  • 33'

    The Lions once again overpower the Chiefs in the scrum and end up winning a penalty! Jantjies will find touch. Lions scrum is looking incredibly solid!

  • 30'

    The Lions ball is turned over after de Klerk catches a kick from the Chiefs. The home side goes on attack and Nathan Charles storms down the left wing and beats van Rensburg to go over in the corner! The TMO is checking for obstruction. The TMO has cited the obstruction although it''s a harsh call on the Chiefs!

  • 27'

    Anscombe's kick is wide! Lions let off the hook there.

  • 25'

    Penalty to Chiefs in easy kicking range. Muller puts in a high tackle on Nathan Harris to concede the penalty.

  • 23'

    CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 7-3. Good start from the Chiefs pivot!

  • 22'

    TRY! CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 5-3. Nothing complicated in the build up here! Just good support and patience as the Chiefs take the ball through many phases before Anscombe crashes over! Minnie missed a crucial tackle in the lead up to the try.

  • 20'

    Tom Marshall puts a grubber through which causes all sorts of trouble for Jantjies inside his 22m. He fumbles before gathering and the Chiefs are all over him to push him into touch!

  • 19'

    Skosan picks up a loose pass and bursts straight through! He doesn't have much support and tries to go round the last defense but is just tackled and loses the ball forward.

  • 17'

    The Lions backs who've been guilty of running bit laterally finally straighten through Mapoe who makes a half break and offloads. The pass is knocked on by a Chiefs player. Scrum on the halfway to the Lions.

  • 14'

    Jantjies strike is good but the accuracy is just off to the left!

  • 13'

    The Lions forwards do great work at the breakdown to win a penalty! It's just about in kicking range for Jantjies who will have a chance to extend the lead! Chrysander Botha is leaving the field after taking a knock to the head in a tackle. Boshoff is on the field.

  • 11'

    The Lions are on another ferocious attack after some strong running! Jantjies eventually puts boot to ball. The kicking battle ends with a line out on the halfway for the Chiefs.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 0-3. Great strike from Elton! The lions are here to play.

  • 8'

    The Chief's scrum buckles and the Lions win a penalty. Jantjies will have a shot from the corner.

  • 7'

    Great play from the Lions!! Mapoe makes a great break through showing great strength! He puts a grubber through at a wide angle which Deon van Rensburg hacks toward the line! The Chase is on but the Chiefs get back first but take the ball over the try line. 5m scrum to the Lions!

  • 5'

    Lions win a penalty in their 22m. Jantjies finds a decent clearance. Both teams are looking eager to run the ball tonight!

  • 4'

    The Lions on receiving a kick try run it from their own try line! Ngatai intercepts and storms towards the line! Mapoe is there to make a try saving tackle and prevent a soft try.

  • 2'

    Chiefs get us underway tonight! The Lions immediately run it, showing good intent but are taken into touch! Chiefs are pinged for a penalty and Jantjies finds a decent touch.

  • 0'

    Welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for our round 12 Super Rugby clash featuring the Chiefs and the Lions! The Chiefs will be hungry to improve on their previous performances and regain their place at the top of the NZ log. One feels that the Lions are in for a big test against a wounded giant and will have to play out of their skins to stay in contention tonight.

  • 0'

    Lions news: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made four changes to his starting XV to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight. In the forwards there is just one change to the team which went down to the Stormers in Cape Town a fortnight ago. Warren Whiteley has made a full recovery from injury and will start at number eight. He will also captain the side. Meanwhile, in the back-line, Faf de Klerk has reclaimed his spot in the run-on side. Elton Jantjies will start at fly-half and Deon van Rensburg will return in the wing position, having recovered from his minor injury. On the bench, Armand van der Merwe looks set to make his Super Rugby debut should he get a run on Saturday. Jacques van Rooyen will also provide cover off the bench, having been called up from the Vodacom Cup squad. Due to De Klerk and Jantjies earning starting positions, Ross Cronje and Marnitz Boshoff are the other changes amongst the replacements.

  • 0'

    Chiefs news: There are fourteen changes to the Chiefs team for tonight, with nine of those changes in the starting XV. Hooker Nathan Harris and prop Josh Hohneck get their first starts of the season while Tanerau Latimer moves into the number six jersey in the forwards. Tawera Kerr-Barlow is the starting half-back with James Lowe getting his first start on the wing since returning from injury. Tom Marshall comes in at inside centre and is joined in the midfield by Charlie Ngatai. Dwayne Sweeney starts on the right wing. Tim Nanai-Williams moves from the wing back to full-back. In the five changes to the bench, Mahonri Schwalger moves to the reserves and is joined by Ben Tameifuna for the first time this season. Mike Fitzgerald, Andrew Horrell and Bundee Aki all make up the new additions to the bench this

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Chiefs Lions
  • 6 Tries 1
    • 21' Gareth Anscombe
    • 37' Tanerau Latimer
    • 40' Charlie Ngatai
    • 42' Pauliasi Manu
    • 71' Bundee Aki
    • 76' Tim Nanai-Williams
    • 46' Courtnall Skosan
  • 4 Conversions 0
    • 22' Gareth Anscombe
    • 40' Gareth Anscombe
    • 43' Gareth Anscombe
    • 77' Andrew Horrell
  • 0 Penalties 1
    • 8' Elton Jantjies
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Pauliasi Manu
  • Nathan Harris
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Ross Filipo
  • Brodie Retallick
  • Tanerau Latimer
  • Sam Cane
  • Liam Messam
  • Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • Gareth Anscombe
  • James Lowe
  • Tom Marshall
  • Charlie Ngatai
  • Dwayne Sweeney
  • Tim Nanai-Williams
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  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Martin Muller
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Derick Minnie
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • Chrysander Botha
  • Mahonri Schwalger
  • Jamie Mackintosh
  • Ben Tameifuna
  • Matt Symons
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • Brad Weber
  • Bundee Aki
  • Andrew Horrell
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  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Willie Britz
  • Ross Cronje
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • JW Jonker

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