FULL TIME: The Chiefs hold on to win this one and they stay alive in the competition. What an exciting second half, where the Waratahs showed some spirit to fight back.
CHIEFS 46-31 WARATAHS.
TRY, CHIEFS, LOWE! 44-31: Good support play by Leinert-Brown and Mckenzie and some good handling after the lineout, means Lowe scores his third.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 46-31: McKenzie extends the lead again, but this should be enough.
The Chiefs feed a lineout on the Waratahs 22.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 39-31: Foley converts a great kick and we have a eight point game.
TRY, WARATAHS, KEPU! 39-29: What a TRY! Folau offloads to Kepu, on the halfway line and he goes all the way, to SCORE! He beat a few defenders and what a try by a prop.
TRY, WARATAHS, CLARK! 39-22: Clark runs the line after the scrum, as they do well to convert their possession into points.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 39-24: Foley converts and narrows the gap.
Hooper finds a gap and Foley takes it close to the line and they win a five metre scrum. Great work by Hooper but they should have scored there.
The Waratahs then win a penalty near the halfway line. Foley finds touch.
The Waratahs concede a penalty after being on the attack again. Hegarty is penalised, for going off his feet in the ruck.
The Waratahs string together eight phases and it is turned over five meters from the Chiefs line. Great work by the Chiefs.
YELLOW CARDS FOR BOTH TEAMS! 39-17: BROWN and RYAN are both yellow carded. Both teams will play with 14 men, after the TMO was called into action to check potential foul play.
We have a slight altercation going on five metres from the Waratahs line. We are not sure what started it.
Hanigan takes the Waratahs into the Chiefs half after a break by Folau. They retain the ball well and string together eight phases. Messam then does well to force the turnover.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 39-17: McKenzie extends the lead further.
TRY, CHIEFS, KERR-BARLOW! 37-17: McKenzie breaks after a quick lineout and Donald finds some space, to send Kerr-Barlow away to score! That came from nothing.
Folau breaks again and sends Foley away. Mumm then knocks it on and the Chiefs kick deep to find touch inside the Waratahs 22.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 32-17: Foley converts the try.
TRY, WARATAHS, SKELTON! 32-15: They win the lineout and mauls forward. Skelton then peels off and forces his way over the line. A good passage of play by the Waratahs.
The Waratahs secure possession and Folau makes his way into the Chiefs 22. After five phases they win a penalty, as the Chiefs fail to roll away. That was good ball retention by the Waratahs. They opt for a lineout five metres out.
Folau starts a Waratahs attack and they make their way to the Chiefs 10 meter line. They then mess it up with a knock on, for a Chiefs scrum.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 32-10: Foley narrows the gap.
TRY, WARATAHS, HORNE! 32-8: Lowe sends McKenzie away, who tries a long pass, but it is intercepted by Horne, who goes all the way to score!
The lineout is secured, but they are penalised for obstruction and much needed relief for the Waratahs. They go for touch, but Lowe clears it for the Chiefs.
Latu returns to the field of play. The Chiefs feed a lineout inside the Waratahs 22.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 32-3: McKenzie extends the lead.
TRY, CHIEFS, KERR-BARLOW! 30-3: Lowe breaks the line after a scrum and offloads to McKenzie. Great handling and ball retention means that Kerr-Barlow goes over for another try. What a start to the second half. There may have been a forward pass there.
Foley gets us going in the second half.
TRY, CHIEFS, LOWE! 23-3: Lowe sends it deep after the kick off and forces a lineout to the Chiefs inside the Waratahs half. They win the lineout and good handling and good offloads by Retallick and Kerr-Barlow sends Lowe away for his second try.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 25-3: McKenzie makes no mistake.
PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 18-3: Foley breaks the line into Chiefs territory. After nine phases, they win a penalty, as Brown is penalised. They decide to go for points on the stroke of half time and Foley finally opens the scoring for the Waratahs.
HALF TIME: It has been a solid performance by the Chiefs in the first half and McKenzie in particular stood out. When the Waratahs had opportunities, they failed to make the Chiefs pay. They will have to score first in the second half.
CHIEFS 18-3 WARATAHS.
YELLOW CARD, WARATAHS, LATU! 18-0: Great defense by Kerr-Barlow after a line break by Robertson. McKenzie is then tripped by Latu, and he is yellow carded. They secure the subsequent lineout, but it is turned over.
They manage to put 10 phases together and eventually reach the Chiefs 22, only to turn it over.
The Waratahs launch an attack inside their half, but fail to progress quickly.
McKenzie misses the conversion.
TRY, CHIEFS, LOWE! 18-0: It is that man McKenzie again! A great kick by Donald into space finds McKenzie. After some fancy footwork, McKenzie sends Lowe away for a brilliant TRY!
After the scrum Messam offloads well to Lowe and they string together five phases, before McKenzie makes his way into the Waratahs half.
Hooper breaks the line and makes his way into the Chiefs 22, but after all that promise they knock it on.
They miss their touch and Lowe launch an attack from inside his half. The ball is turned over but then the Waratahs runs out of space and into touch. They manage to secure the lineout though.
Messam makes his way into the 22 after the lineout, but the Waratahs win a welcome penalty, as Messam fails to release the ball.
McKenzie breaks the line, but Folau manage to get a hand on the ball. Messam then sends it wide, as the Chiefs make their way inside the Waratahs half. They then win a penalty after Hooper is caught offside at the ruck. The Chiefs feed a lineout near the Waratahs 22.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 13-0: McKenzie makes no mistake extending the lead.
Robertson is penalised for collapsing the scrum and the Chiefs go for goal.
Brown breaks after the Chiefs put seven phases together. A knock on by the Waratahs leads to a Chiefs scrum inside the Waratahs half.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 10-0: McKenzie extends the lead to 10 points.
TRY, CHIEFS, BROWN! 8-0: The Chiefs secure their scrum and McKenzie finds a gap, as the Chiefs make their way outside their half. Good handling and support work from Cruden and Lienert-Brown then sends Mitchell Brown away for a try!
Foley hits the post with his kick and the ball is knocked on, for a Chiefs scrum, inside their own 22.
Folau breaks the line after the restart. They string together eight phases and then Foley leaves the ball behind. Retallick is caught offside and the Waratahs go for goal.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 3-0: McKenzie strikes it well and opens the scoring.
The Chiefs win a penalty five meters from the Waratahs line, for offside. They had all the opportunity to score there. They opt for the points on this occasion.
They go wide after the scrum and make their way into the Chiefs half. Great work by McKenzie to win a penalty and turn it over. They opt for a lineout and secure it.
Turnover after turnover eventually leads to a Waratahs scrum inside their half.
McKenzie breaks the line and offloads to Cruden, who makes good ground. The good work comes to an end with a Waratahs penalty inside their own 22, as Bird fails to release the ball.
We have a penalty after the kickoff, as the Chiefs are penalised for offside. Brown is the guilty party. They opt for a lineout, but the Chiefs turn it over after the lineout.
Aaron Cruden starts proceedings here in Hamilton.
Welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Waratahs, from FMG Stadium, in Hamilton.
This is a must win game for the Waratahs and they cannot afford to come away from this game, with anything other than a victory. Only a miracle can really see them catch the Brumbies at the top of the Australian Conference.
Three points separate the Hurricanes, Highlanders and Chiefs, but the Chiefs were frustrated by the draw last week against the Blues. As things stand at the moment, the Chiefs will be travelling to Ellis Park in the quarter-finals.
The Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has made just two changes to the starting lineup. The changes see Stephen Donald start at centre for his 100th match and Toni Pulu starts on the right wing. Of note in the reserves is the inclusion of 22-year-old Bay of Plenty hooker Liam Polwart. The former New Zealand Under-20s representative is in line to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench.
The Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has made one change to his starting lineup. Scrum-half Nick Phipps has been ruled out with an ankle injury while Jack Dempsey, who was named this week in the Wallaby squad, has moved on to the reserves bench. Jake Gordon will now start at scrum-half with Matt Lucas joining the team in Auckland on Thursday.
Our Referee is Paul Williams, from New Zealand.
Stephen Donald leads the Chiefs out in his 100th Match.
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