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Sunwolves - 17        Chiefs - 43

FULLTIME - Check out the full wrap and highlights here.

80 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Stevenson beats one, grubbers down the touchline, Trask toes it ahead and dives on it as the fulltime hooter sounds. 

77 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Well deserved try for Quinn Tupaea from the setpiece, pinballing off three defenders to power over from 22m out.

74 mins - TRY SUNWOLVES - Fullback James Dargaville sparks a blindside raid that ends in a try to Shogo Nakono.

73 mins - Sunwolves find some space out wide... 

69 mins - Sunwolves spoil the throw, look to work their way out of danger. Chiefs return the crossfield kick but knock on in the tackle. Things starting to get pretty sloppy out there.

67 mins - Trask kicks out on the full. Ardron soars to win the lineout against the throw. Chiefs penalty at the ruck, attacking lineout now at the 22m.

64 mins - Poor pass from Trask ends the attack, Sunwolves work their way over the half. Knock on with some numbers out wide, Chiefs scrum at the Sunwolves 10m.

63 mins - Aerial ping pong finishes in the Chiefs' favour, lineout just outside the Sunwolves' 22m.

61 mins - McKenzie and Stevenson combine well to snuff out a smart grubber from the ruck. Lineout Sunwolves at the 50m.

59 mins - Knock on stifles the Sunwolves just a metre from the Chiefs line.

58 mins - Lineout lost and Sunwolves break clear! Weber runs down Tupou 22m short but the locals are hot on attack.

57 mins - Chiefs penalty. Attacking lineout at the 22m. 

54 Mins - Boshier on hand to end a 13-phase attack from the Sunwolves. Kid is a beast at the breakdown.

52 mins - Sunwolves penalty, we'll go to a lineout at the Chiefs' 22m.

51 mins - Scrappy passage of play ends with a Sunwolves scrum at halfway.

48 mins - Chiefs defence holds up, turnover and a scrumfeed secured. 

45 mins - Chiefs back on the offensive. Penalty won, 5m lineout after another excellent touchfinder by Trask.

43 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Ball spilled in the midfield, Lachlan Boshier scoops it up and runs 40m untouched to dot down under the crossbar. (Chiefs 31-12)

41 mins - Chiefs lineout at their own 10m. Weber box kick and the Sunwolves return with credit.

Second half underway...

HALFTIME

40 mins - TRY SUNWOLVES - Good old fashioned rolling maul does the business, hooker Jaba Bregvadze comes up with the spoils as the hooter sounds. (Chiefs 24-12) 

39 mins - Tyler Adron pays the price for repeated Chiefs penalties, yellow card dished by referee Angus Gardner. 

38 mins - Sunwolves roll the maul from 10m out, chance to secure some points before the half. 

34 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Some vintage McKenzie right there, as the little man hits a lovely short ball from Weber, cuts throught a slew of defenders and fires a pinpoint wide ball to Alaimalo, who decides to give it back to McKenzie over the tryline. What a guy. (Chiefs 24-7)

32 mins - Sunwolves work their way to the Chiefs 22m, knock on halts their progress.

30 mins - Sunwolves at halfway, Jacobson into a huge hole, bolts to the Chiefs 22m. Ball goes wide but Te'o can't hold on. Chiefs clear the danger.

24 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Brad Weber runs the wrap off the back of the lineout, bumps off his opposite number and powers over to score. (Chiefs 19-7)

23 mins - Penalty Chiefs, another attacking chance coming up. 5m lineout after a ripper touchfinder.

22 mins - Jacobson earns a defensive penalty and the Sunwolves take us to a lineout at halfway.

21 mins - McKenzie slices through at halfway, links with Boshier who finds Weber in support, pulled down just short by some desperation defence. Ball is stripped, player regathers in his own in-goal. 5m scrum for the visitors.

18 mins - Sunwolves right back on attack. Chiefs defence in pieces but a McKenzie try saver stops them inches short. Turnover won, and a high tackle will help them relieve the pressure.

16 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Another huge overlap that McKenzie assesses and then exploits perfectly. Cut out ball sees Shaun Stevenson over in the corner. McKenzie slots it from wide.

14 mins - McKenzie with a lovely chip and chase from his own 22m, Nankivell regathers and finds Tupaea. Into the 22m they go...

11 mins - TRY CHIEFS - Simple overlap created by McKenzie from the lineout, Solomon Alaimalo jogs over in the corner. McKenzie unable to convert from the sideline. (Sunwolves 7-5)

10 mins - Penalty Chiefs, Trask finds touch inside the Sunwolves' 22m.

7th min - TRY SUNWOLVES - Repeated pick n go from the ruck and the Chiefs can't hold out, Garth April spins in the tackle and crashes over the chalk. Converts his own try. (Sunwolves 7-0)

6th min - Sunwolves edge their way closer to the Chiefs' line, just a metre out now...

4th min - Danger cleared, Chiefs lineout at the 10m. Tupaea crashes at midfield but again, Te'o is there to wrap him up at turn the ball over. Penalty at the the next ruck, Sunwolves with their first taste of attacking ball.

3rd min - Ben Te'o with a superb ball and all tackle, wins his side a scrum in the shadow of the posts.

2nd min - Turnover at the tackle, Chiefs make their way inside the Sunwolves 22m.

1st min - Quick penalty goes the way of the hosts, we head to a lineout at halfway.

4:42pm - Both teams make their way on to a pristine pitch. The weather has played its part, should be some open and running rugby today.

Konnichiwa, kia ora and welcome to Tokyo where we have the local Sunwolves taking on the red-hot Chiefs at Chichibunomiya Stadium in the opening match of a Kiwi Super Rugby triple-header.

Commentary will start from around 4:45pm (NZT).

Stick with us all evening, as we also bring you all the live action from the Hurricanes' clash with the Sharks, then the Highlanders against the Brumbies.

TAB betting odds - head to head

Chiefs - $1.10 Sunwolves - $6.30

Team line-ups

Chiefs: 1-Aidan Ross, 2-Bradley Slater, 3-Atu Moli, 4-Tyler Ardron, 5-Michael Allardice, 6-Adam Thomson, 7-Lachlan Boshier, 8-Dylan Nel, 9-Brad Weber (c), 10-Kaleb Trask, 11-Solomon Alaimalo, 12-Alex Nankivell, 13-Quinn Tupaea, 14-Shaun Stevenson, 15-Damian McKenzie 

Reserves: 16-Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17-Ross Geldenhuys, 18-Rueben O'Neill, 19-Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20-Mitchell Brown, 21-Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22-Tiaan Falcon, 23-Orbyn Leger 

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

Reserves: 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

Pregame Banter:

Fast-finishing Chiefs must improve starts - McKenzie

By Brad Lewis

Two lacklustre starts have marred the Chiefs' perfect start to their Super Rugby campaign, something Damian McKenzie says they must rectify. 

Both the Blues and the Crusaders had early success against Warren Gatland's table-topping side, only to be run down in the second half.

The Chiefs trailed 19-5 against the Blues in week one, before overwhelming the Auckland-based franchise 37-29 with a three-try second half.

Much the same occurred against the Crusaders in Hamilton last Saturday night, when the three-time defending champions led 12-3 midway through the first half.

A 25-3 run got the Chiefs home relatively comfortably, but that recipe for victory is not viable long term, according to fit-again All Black McKenzie. 

The 24-year-old, who has returned from a horror knee ligament tear, told Newshub the Chiefs sought a better start against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.

"If we can come out of the gates a little stronger against the Sunwolves, that will help us build some scoreboard pressure on them, which creates opportunities," McKenzie said on Wednesday.

"They're a good side, so we will need to start well. They play exciting rugby and we saw that against the Rebels in their win, week one. 

"It's never easy playing over there and it'll be a tough game on Saturday."

McKenzie was excellent for the Chiefs in his return to action against the Crusaders.

The fullback-first-five-turned-fullback was back to his elusive best, after seeing his World Cup dreams shattered nearly 12-months ago.

"The body took a little bit of a hammering for sure, but it was great to be back out there and get through the full 80 minutes.

"I was lucky enough to have a little bit of a run around against the Blues in the pre-season, which gave me some confidence, but to get through the game on the weekend and then if I can build from that the next few weeks, that confidence will only build.

"It's just great to be back playing some footy."

The Chiefs head to Tokyo a little undermanned, with Gatland opting to rest front-liners Aaron Cruden, Sam Cane and Anton Lienert-Brown.

 

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