FULL TIME. SUNWOLVES 17 - 43 CHIEFS. Trask misses his conversion from out wide but the Chiefs end up with a comprehensive victory, courtesy of two late tries. The Sunwolves played well in the second half, but ultimately, the scoreboard is a fair reflection of the Chiefs dominance and Sunwolves lack of discipline throughout.
TRY! CHIEFS! TRASK! 17-43. The Sunwolves have completely turned off here, with Stevenson poking a ball through from the wing. Trask was in acres of space, although he kicks on to the try line anyway where he dives onto the ball to score.
CONVERSION! CHIEFS! TRASK! 17-38. Trask takes over the kicking duties with McKenzie off the field and has no trouble converting.
TRY! CHIEFS! TUPAEA! 17-36. Chiefs win a penalty and kick to touch, around 10 metres from the Sunwolves line. They go in search of a bonus point try, setting up the maul. Plenty of players involved, and with a collapse looking imminent, the Chiefs pull it out. Tupaea gets the ball in a bit of space and easily bounces off 2 or 3 backpedaling defenders on his way to the try line.
April slices his conversion attempt from out wide.
TRY! SUNWOLVES! NAKANO! 17-31. This is eye catching play from the Sunwolves! Truly brilliant attacking, moving it from side-to-side through the hands with ease, exhibiting some phenomenal rugby. A quick penalty near halfway allowed them to break quickly toward the line, where Nakano gets his hands on it and powers over.
The Sunwolves look to play it from deep and are playing with great confidence. April looks to change it up, chipping a little kick over the top which is dealt with easily by Tiaan Falcon, but the ball is knocked on in the proceeding phase.
Chiefs win a penalty for not releasing and kick it into the Sunwolves 22. Stolberg steals the lineout.
Lots of space being created by the Sunwolves, but inaccuracy has cost them. They get away with a few sloppy passes in this play, but one is eventually knocked on near halfway.
McKenzie is turned by a clever box kick and has to run back to his line to field a tough ball. Under immense pressure, he throws a dummy and turns the on-rushing Dargaville before clearing to touch.
Shogo Nakano has just made his way onto the field and makes an electrifying break! The ball is overthrown from a Chiefs lineout and Nakano broke through. Somehow, Brad Weber reels him in and makes the tackle. The ball is recycled but the Sunwolves can't score, with the ball turned over from a maul.
Stevenson runs onto a Weber chip out wide, but as it gets closer to touch, he's forced to put a boot on it to try keep it in. He's overcooked this and it rolls over the dead ball line.
Brilliant ball retention from the Sunwolves who go through 13 phases at the Chiefs 22. Boshier eventually makes the steal, catching the Sunwolves player isolated.
Boshier pounces on the ball and gets the turnover near the line in the form of a penalty. They go quickly but lose it forward. The ball is poked up to the Sunwolves 40, where the Chiefs knock it on again.
Resilient from the Sunwolves. Great discipline, patience and a few big hits repel the Chiefs, with the turnover coming in the form of a knock on.
Even with the yellow card, the Chiefs continue to dominate. They get a penalty around the Sunwolves 22 which Trask puts into touch 5 metres from the line.
CONVERSION! CHIEFS! MCKENZIE! 12-31.
TRY! CHIEFS! BOSHIER! 12-29. Such a shame this from the Sunwolves. They'd created a three-on-two, and perhaps this is what had Moriya taking his eyes off the ball. He coughs up the pill and Boshier scoops up, cantering his way to the line from near halfway.
Garth April gets the second half underway, with the Chiefs still a man down.
YELLOW CARD! CHIEFS! ARDRON! After a few quick penalties, and having just been warned, Angus Gardner sends Tyler Ardron to the bin after yet another infringement.
TRY! SUNWOLVES! BREGVADZE! 12-24. Hubba hubba, it''s Jaba! The Sunwolves rumble over at the maul with the Georgian hooker getting the try.
HALF TIME. SUNWOLVES 12 - CHIEFS 24. April can't convert his try, as the teams head to the sheds. A totally dominant half from the Chiefs, although it was book-ended with tries from the Japanese side. The Sunwolves will hope to keep it a bit tighter in the second half, and to keep their intensity high throughout.
Under advantage, April looks to a cross kick, which McKenzie does just enough to get a hand on and disrupt, causing Fifita to knock it on in-goal. Ref goes back for the penalty and April kicks to the corner.
CONVERSION! CHIEFS! MCKENZIE! 7-24. The smiling assassin converts his own try.
TRY! CHIEFS! MCKENZIE! 7-22. This guy is class! He runs a magical line, squeezing between 2 or 3 defenders before throwing it wide to Alaimalo who gets over the line. The left winger acknowledges McKenzie's efforts by handing him the ball to dot it over for the try.
Break through the middle which Mitch Jacobson charges through. Sunwolves have front foot ball, with Te'o putting a kick through for Tasi to run onto. It marginally beats everyone into touch about 10 metres from the Chiefs line.
More possession for the Chiefs near halfway. Much better defence from the Sunwolves, who don't allow them over the advantage line through a few phases. The ball is eventually knocked on in contact.
A poor conversion attempt from McKenzie, who misses the easiest kick of the day.
TRY! CHIEFS! WEBER! 7-17. Brad Weber gets it straight from the lineout and runs over his opposite number from close to get the try!
This time it's Tupaea who forces a penalty for holding on. Great kick from Trask, who finds touch 5 metres from the line.
Good work from the Japanese side, who capitalise on a messy ball, with Jacobson winning a penalty looking for the turnover.
Razzle dazzle from McKenzie! He's almost at a stand still on halfway but twists and turns to get himself going again. He spots a gap to slice through and then throws a delicious no-look inside ball to Boshier. He plays in Trask who has the ball desperately ripped from his arms by the last defender. It's messy and the Sunwolves somehow dot the ball down in their in-goal zone. Play restarts with a Chiefs 5 metre scrum.
Mistake from April, whose kick from his own half goes out on the full.
The Sunwolves will be disappointed not to score here! They almost hit straight back with some strong running. A ruck sets about half a metre from the line and the ball squirts out on the Chiefs side. Trask picks it up and is then hit with a high shot, giving them an easy opportunity to clear.
CONVERSION! CHIEFS! MCKENZIE! 7-12. Dmac doesn't catch this one cleanly but it creeps over.
TRY! CHIEFS! STEVENSON! 7-10. This is far too easy for the Chiefs. The ball was kicked into space behind the Sunwolves defence, but Dargaville had plenty of time to clear. He instead decided to take it into contact. The kick chase was good, and they turned it over. The ball was spread quickly out wide to Shaun Stevenson who gets over in the corner.
McKenzie can't convert from the touchline.
TRY! CHIEFS! ALAIMALO! 7-5. The Chiefs hit straight back and they make it look easy here. The maul wasn't going anywhere so Weber took it off the back and gave it to Trask. He in turn gave it to McKenzie, who drifts out wide to create an overlap, putting Alaimalo through in the corner.
Dargaville is caught in an offside position near halfway. Trask kicks to touch and finds it just inside the Sunwolves 22.
CONVERSION! SUNWOLVES! APRIL! 7-0. The flyhalf converts his own try with a wonderful kick from out wide.
TRY! SUNWOLVES! APRIL! 5-0. What a start from the Japanese side! They''ve taken points from their first visit to the Chiefs half. A good move from the lineout gave them great go forward. Once they got it close, it was only a matter of carrying it through the phases which they did. April received it with a one-on-one out wide and had enough strength to push his way over.
Tyler Ardron got over excited as he grabbed a ball from the bcak of a ruck that wasn't out. April knocks the penalty down field.
Ben Te'o forces a turnover by holding up the attacker, creating a maul and legally collapsing.
The Chiefs have put some good early pressure on the Sunwolves, forcing April to clear to touch from his in-goal zone. Lineout at the Sunwolves 22.
The teams are out on the field and it's Kaleb Trask who gets the game underway with a deep kick off.
Welcome to the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium for our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Sunwolves and the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are currently at the top of the New Zealand conference, while the Sunwolves are second on the Australian conference having only played one game.
In their opening match the Sunwolves caused an upset by defeating the Reds 36-27 at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on the 1st of February.
The Chiefs defeated the Blues in Auckland before also causing an upset by beating the defending Champion Crusaders 25-15 in Waikato.
Sunwolves: 15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya (c), 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Naoto Saito, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Mitch Jacobson, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conrad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams. Replacements: 16 Efi Ma’afu, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tevita Tupou, 21 Takahiro Kimura, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Dylan Nel, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross. Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Brown, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Tiaan Falcon, 23 Orbyn Leger.
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