Live Updates: Super Rugby, Chiefs vs Sunwolves

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Chiefs 15 - 30 Sunwolves

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80 min: Hooter goes and that is it!! The Sunwolves win!! What a victory. 

79 min: Minutes away now.....

77 min: Moments away from the Sunwolves making history - they have never won away from home. 

74 min: Shock... Another knock on, this time it's Damian McKenzie. 

72 min: Sunwolves win a penalty basically on their own line, great defence but really average attack from the hosts. 

70 min: As a Chiefs fan - this is tough to watch, ill be updating the Crusaders game with my tears at this point.

69 min: Knock on from the Sunwolves. Chiefs in a dangerous position now. 

66 min: Leger does well there. Wins the scrum feed for the Chiefs. 

64 min: Try - Chiefs, off the back of so many penalties the Chiefs set up a scrum, they go eight and nine blind side and Etene Nanai-Seturo goes over, kick is wide. 

61 min: Another penalty, you feel the Chiefs will go over here... or maybe anothe knock-on?

59 min: Penalty to the Chiefs, in very good field position. Kick for touch. 

57 min: TRY - Sunwolves, it's Gerhard Van Den Heever who makes up for his mistake just moments ago. The ball just falls to the winger and he runs over for an easy try. Kick is good.

55 min: WOW, The Sunwolves should've scored. Stevenson makes a horro mistake and knocks it on, straight to Gerhard Van Den Heever who knocks the ball on over the line. 

53 min: Penalty to the Chiefs, field position now - grubber through from Nankivell just goes dead, good stuff from the Chiefs. Looking better. 

51 min: A mistake from McKenzie, kicking it dead.. 

46 min: TRY - Chiefs, off the back on a lineout Damian McKenzie puts in a chip kick and it bounces to Alex Nankivell who scores. Kick is good. 

46 min: The Sunwolves just need to keep trying to win this game, not trying to avoid a loss.

42 min: Different half, same story, a knock on for the Chiefs... 

Brodie Retalick is off the field, his minutes are up #ALLBLACKS 

41 min: Back underway here in Hamilton. 


40 min: Great work from the Chiefs but once again, a knock on. 

36 min: WOW, the Sunwolves are absolutely dominant, almost go over again, huge pressure on the Chiefs. 

34 min: The Chiefs give away another penalty in their own half. Kick is good. 

32 min: TRY - Sunwolves, the visitors go the length of the park and put some phases together in the Chiefs 22 and score, far too easy for the visitors. Kick is good. Uwe Helu the try scorer.

31 min: Good attack from the Chiefs again, another knock-on.

29 min: Chiefs win a scrum deep in their own half, it's a battle for them here. 

25 min: The Chiefs are caught offside and the Wolves have the ball out in front, kick to come, kick is good. 

21 min: Chiefs getting some time with the ball now, penalty against the Sunwolves, Penalty kick coming, it's good. 

20 min: The Chiefs' best attack of the night, Wainui and Stevenson started it, Nankivell was awesome but it's Wainui who knocks the ball on. 

18 min: Another Chiefs error - their 8th turnover. A knock-on after some good attack. 

17 min: It's all the Sunwolves through the early part here, they have all the ball that's wh. The Chiefs keep losing it. So Many Turnovers. 

14 min: The Chiefs can't hold on to the lineout - losing the ball again. 

12 min: High tackle on Weber so the Chiefs win a penalty in their own half. 

11 min: A good play for the Sunwolves but the ball is lost in the tackle, let off for the Chiefs.

9 min: Another mistake from the Chiefs, Stevenson kicks the ball out on the full, Sunwolves in good position, but the Chiefs win the lineout. 

8 min: The Chiefs fianally get thier hands on the ball, eight minutes in. 

6 min: Hayden Parker makes the penalty kick, 10-0.

Injury time in Hamilton here as they get Gates of the field. 

Shane Gates looks to be leaving the field injured - after the tackle he is yet to get up, could be the knee. 

5 min: The Sunwolves have the ball and are on the attack again, and win a penalty. Great start from the visitors. 

2 min: TRY - Sunwolves, Shuhei Matsuhashi gets the try, the overlap on the outside and a horrible start for the Chiefs, not what they wanted at all. Kick is good, 

2 min: Sunwolves on the attack here, they look good - full of intent, missed tackles already for the home side. 

1 min: Kick-off here in Hamilton, McKenzie gets us underway, an early error... it's out on the full. 

Just moments away from kick-off here in the Tron.


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Sunwolves from FMG Stadium in Hamilton. 

Both teams come into this match with zero wins and two losses.

The Sunwolves lost a nail-biter 31-30 against the Waratahs last week, and the Chiefs are coming off a 54-17 thrashing against the Brumbies. 

Pre-match banter: Chiefs coach Colin Cooper calls for rejig of All Blacks resting policy

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has called for an overhaul of the All Blacks resting policy for the Super Rugby season.

As it currently stands, New Zealand Rugby has dictated that All Blacks are limited to a total of 180 minutes through the opening three rounds of the tournament, as they look to restrict workloads during a World Cup year.

Cooper believes that approach is flawed, making implementing tactics and embedding combinations difficult, especially when taking injuries into account.

"I think they should just cut them out of the first three games and keep it plain and simple," Cooper said at Chiefs training on Tuesday.

"Minutes are tough because of injuries. You can have a good plan but injuries always muck that up."

That was the case during the side's heavy 54-17 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday, where Cooper was forced to keep lock Brodie Retallick on the park for the entire game due to an injury to Michael Allardyce.

Retallick now has just 33 minutes of his allotment remaining against the Sunwolves in Hamilton on Saturday.

"We had a plan to take him off…we didn’t want him to play the whole 80 [minutes]. It would've been better to play more minutes in this game in front of his home crowd."

The minute restriction also means the winless Chiefs will be without Nathan Harris, Anton Lienert-Brown and Nepo Laulala for the clash against the Japanese franchise this weekend.

After such a comprehensive defeat in Canberra, Cooper has plenty of areas of improvement identified for this week's training.

"Attack-wise, our ball was slowed down and we got really messy. They did a good job on us there, so we need to carry better.

"Defensively, we didn't connect as well as we should've so we've been working hard on that. They scored three tries because we weren't connected.  We're not quite together on the system yet.

"We'll continue to work on that and we've got a lot of confidence that it'll come right."

TAB Odds:  Chiefs $1.03   Sunwolves $ 11.50


Chiefs:1-Aidan Ross, 2-Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3-Angus Ta’avao, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Michael Allardice, 6-Mitchell Brown, 7-Mitchell Karpik, 8-Taleni Seu, 9-Brad Weber, 10-Damian McKenzie, 11-Etene Nanai-Seturo, 12-Orbyn Leger, 13-Tumua Manu, 14-Sean Wainui, 15-Shaun Stevenson

Reserves:16-Bradley Slater, 17-Tevita Mafileo, 18-Sosefo Kautai, 19-Jesse Parete, 20-Lachlan Boshier, 21-Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22-Alex Nankivell, 23-Ataata Moeakiola


Sunwolves: 1-Pauliasi Manu, 2-Atsushi Sakate, 3-Hiroshi Yamashita, 4-Luke Thompson, 5-Uwe Helu, 6-Hendrik Tui, 7-Edward Quirk, 8-Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 9-Kaito Shigeno, 10-Hayden Parker, 11-Jamie Henry, 12-Michael Little, 13-Shane Gates, 14-Gerhard Van Den Heever, 15-Jason Emery

Reserves: 16-Nathan Vella, 17-Sam Prattley, 18-Asaeli Ai Valu, 19-Tom Rowe, 20-James Moore, 21-Jamie Booth, 22-Phil Burleigh, 23-Rikiya Matsuda