Super Rugby 2019 live: Chiefs vs Blues in Hamilton

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Chiefs 33 - 29 Blues

Full-time, what a game! Chiefs win. 

80 min: Blues lose the ball and it's gathered by the Chiefs. 

78 min: TRY - Blues, the Blues put together 18 phases and the Chiefs are up to the task for the majority - but Nonu is too big, too strong and he has his second. Kick is good. Chiefs 33 - 29 Blues. 

77 min: Blues are close now. 

75 min: Penalty to the Blues and they take the quick tap. 

74 min: Blues pushing forward here, they need to score soon. 

72 min: TRY - Chiefs, once again everyone is involved and it's replacement Jesse Parete who scores what could be, the match winner. Kick hits the post. Chiefs 33 - 22 Blues.

69 min: Blues have the ball in their half and are pressing forward - but Chiefs win a penalty at the breakdown. 

66 min: TRY - Blues, great build up from the Blues - TJ Faiane with a line break and finished off incredibly by Rieko Ioane out wide. Kick is good. Chiefs 28 - 22 Blues. 

63 min: TRY - Chiefs, just gorgeous from the home side - Wainui with his patience and it's finished off by Boshier who has his second. Kick is good. Chiefs 28 - 15 Blues. 

61 min: Big moments here, Blues coming back into this. 

58 min: TRY - Blues, off the scrum Ma'a Nonu with a powerful run straight over Lienert-Brown and is too strong, try time. Kick is wide. Chiefs 21 - 15 Blues. 

55 min: The Blues are in the Chiefs 22 now, probably need to score soon. 

50 min: Rieko Ioane makes a break but then loses the ball, Chiefs kick to clear again. 

47 min: Good work from the Blues - but they have knocked it on, Chiefs clear. 

44 min: TRY - Chiefs, great work from Anton Lienert-Brown who breaks a tackle before throwing the offload to Ataata Moeakiola who scores. Kick is good. Chiefs 21 - 10 Blues. 

42 min: Damian McKenzie is down and getting treatment on his leg, he comes off the field - concern is his right knee. 

41 min: Back underway in the second half. 


40 min: TRY - Blues, great work from everybody involved - so many people touched the ball there but it's Melani Nanai who finishes it off, a much needed try for the visitors. Kick is good. Chiefs 14 - 10 Blues. 

39 min: Akira Ioane makes a break down the right hand side and the Blues look to score before the break. 

38 min: The game is penalty riddled and it seems to be affecting the Blues the most - Tom Robinson win the Blues with a scrum , forcing a knock on. 

37 min: Once again - a penalty, there is a bit of running to this match but im afraid to say there is alot of penalties. 

34 min: So many penalties - Lienert-Brown wins one for the Chiefs - kick at goal coming, it's wide.

32 min: Good work from the Blues and they win a scrum. 

31 min: Penalty for the Chiefs and they kick for touch. 

29 min: Momentum for the Chiefs now, great cross field kick from Lienert-Brown who finds Alaimalo and he earns a penalty at the breakdown.  

25 min: TRY - Chiefs. Lachlan Boshier is the man who scores but it went through everybody in the buildup - they aren't playing well at all but find themselves with an 11 point lead. Kick is good. Chiefs 14 - 3 Blues. 

21 min: Great job from Papalii who gets the strip but Tom Robinson commits a knock on. Chiefs scrum. 

19 min: Really good work from Lienert-Brown and the Chiefs head of down field. They go close again after a charge down but the Blues get the bounce of the ball and the scrum feed. 

17 min: Knock on from the Blues - Chiefs scrum feed, it's broken at the moment - so many penalties.

15 min: Another penalty - wow it's a penalty driven game, Blues win one this time. 

14 min: Great defence from the lineout drive by the Chiefs and they win a scrum. 

13 min: The penalty count is mounting for the Chiefs - the Blues get another one. 

10 min: TRY - Chiefs, completely against the run of play and Weber gets the intercept - great work from the little fella. Kick is good. Chiefs 7 - 3 Blues. 

9 min: Another penalty for the Blues - at scrum time too. 

8 min: Good defence from the Blues as they win a scrum off the Chiefs. 

7 min: A penalty won for the Chiefs now - kick for touch coming. 

4 min: Blues win another penalty and will look to kick the points, it's good. Chiefs 0 - 3 Blues. 

2 min: Blues win a penalty off the first scrum of the match. 

1 min: Kick off!! 


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

TAB Odds: Chiefs $ 1.48      Blues $ 2.59

Pre-game chat: Sonny Bill Williams to undergo knee surgery, out six weeks

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will go under the knife on Friday for a knee injury that threatens to keep him side-lined for about six weeks and casts doubt over his selection for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

"It's a big blow," admits Blues coach Leon MacDonald. "I feel sorry for him.

"It's unfortunate for him - he landed on it awkwardly and caused some damage. Having a return-to-rugby plan would help with him.

"We'll miss him on the field obviously, but he's still contributing in the meeting rooms and where he can."

But MacDonald denied this could be the end for the 33-year-old, who has juggled careers across three contract sports since he was a teenager.

Williams has been a key contributor to two successful World Cup campaigns for the All Blacks and loomed as a leading candidate for the three-peat quest in Japan.

But he has been plagued by injury over the past couple of seasons and this is another sign that the body may be breaking down.

"Whatever he decides to do and puts his mind to, he seems to make happen," said MacDonald. "If he still wants to keep playing later on, he's the sort of guy that you never write off.

"He's a pretty determined guy and this year, he really wants to make the World Cup squad, so he's pretty driven to make sure he recovers well for this injury and gets back on the field."

But Williams has had knee problems previously.

"They're pretty cautious around how they're working with him," says MacDonald. "He's got some good advice and I'm sure whatever they decided, they will have long term in mind as well."

Williams joins a growing All Blacks injury list that currently includes halfback Aaron Smith, loose forwards Sam Cane, Liam Squire and Luke Whitelock, hooker Codie Taylor, prop Owen Franks and wing Waisake Naholo.

Chiefs: 1-Angus Ta'avao, 2-Nathan Harris, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Brodie Retallick (c),5-Tyler Ardron, 6-Luke Jacobson, 7-Lachlan Boshier, 8-Taleni Seu, 9-Brad Weber, 10-Marty McKenzie, 11-Solomon Alaimalo, 12-Anton Lienert-Brown, 13-Tumua Manu, 14-Sean Wainui, 15-Damian McKenzie

Reserves:16-Samisoni Taukei'aho,17-Ryan Coxon,18-Sosefo Kautai,19-Jesse Parete, 20-Pita Gus Sowakula, 21-Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22-Alex Nankivell, 23-Ataata Moeakiola

Blues: 1-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 2-James Parsons, 3-Ofa Tuungafasi, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu, 5-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 6-Tom Robinson, 7-Dalton Papalii, 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Otere Black, 11-Rieko Ioane, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 13-TJ Faiane, 14-Caleb Clarke, 15-Melani Nanai

Reserves: 16-Matt Moulds, 17-Alex Hodgman, 18-Sione Mafileo, 19-Josh Goodhue, 20-Jed Brown, 21-Sam Nock, 22-Harry Plummer, 23-Matt Duffie

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