Live updates: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman - Chiefs v Brumbies at Hamilton's FMG Stadium

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Chiefs 40 Brumbies 19

Chiefs - Vaa'i, 2 Jacobson, McKenzie, Nankivell, Lienert-Brown tries; McKenzie 5 conversions

Brumbies - Ikitau, Kuenzle, Valetini tries; Lolesio 2 conversions

Full time

80 mins - Try Brumbies to Rob Valetini

The Brumbies are attacking the Chiefs line and go close on two occasions before Issak Fines-Leleiwasa dishes off a short pass to Rob Valetini who crashes over as the siren goes.

Noah Lolesio converts the try. (CHI 40-19)

That will be full-time. 

79 mins 

The Brumbies will have one final chance to attack with a lineout inside the Chiefs 22. 

78 mins 

From the lineout, Lienert-Brown breaks clear and gets down to the 22. The next phases see the Brumbies defence stretched but a poor McKenzie pass goes to the ground and Frost kicks it ahead down to the 22. 

Trask gets back to clean up and clears down to halfway. 

76 mins 

The Brumbies are throwing everything at the Chiefs with time windign down. Hansen puts a chip kick in behind but McKenzie gets there and tip-toes down the sideline and breaks clear before Lolesio forces him into touch on halfway. 

73 mins 

The Brumbies are showing how they can be with the ball in hand. They break down the right and find Tom Wright who breaks clear and looks to offload inside to an open Mack Hansen who would've scored but Wright put a foot in touch. 

70 mins 

The Brumbies look to uses their backs to attack but Kata has the ball stripped by Boshier and storms downfield.

Tiatia looks for a wide cut-out pass but the Brumbies wing Tom Wright goes for the interception and puts it down. 

Chiefs will have a lineout on halfway. 

68 mins 

The Brumbies attack off the back of a lineout and sees Lolesio chip over the top to Fines-Leleiwasa. After four phases, the Chiefs give away an offside penalty and the visitors will have a lineout five metres out. 

65 mins - Yellow Card Brumbies to Darcy Swain and Try Chiefs to Anton Lienert-Brown

What a try to the Chiefs. McKenzie brings back a deep kick from Brumbies and is caught high by Darcy Swain. The referee plays advantage and the Chiefs come wide to Tiatia who chips over the top to Trask. He draws and passes the final defender and passes to Anton Lienert-Brown who crashes over in the corner. 

To compound the issue Ben O'Keeffe has sent Darcy Swain to the bin for a high tackle. 

McKenzie converts the try. (CHI 40-12)

62 mins 

The Brumbies scrum is starting to improve and their win a penalty to ease the pressure. Lolesio goes for touch but misses and the Chiefs will start their attack on halfway. 

McKenzie catches a high kick and is on the end of a slap from a Brumbies player to win his side a penalty. 

58 mins - Try Brumbies to Bayley Kuenzle

The Brumbies have their second of the night. Replacement halfback Issak Fines-Leleiwasa gets quick ball from the lineout and sprints into a big hole before offloading to Kuenzle who scores under the posts. 

Noah Lolesio converts the try. (CHI 33-12)

55 mins

The Brumbies have possession back and they start their attack just inside the Chiefs half. Lolesio takes the ball to the line and slips and Lienert-Brown, catches him high and Ben O'Keeffe awards the penalty for a high tackle.

The visitors have a lineout inside the Cheifs 22. 

55 mins

The Brumbies make a meal of the lineout and knock the ball to waste their attacking opportunity. 

53 mins

McKenzie looks like he's through a huge hole on the kick return but he uses Atu Moli to create the hole so Ben O'Keeffe has awarded a penalty for obstruction. 

The Brumbies will have a lineout just 10-metres out.

50 mins - Try Chiefs to Alex Nankivell

Another great try to team try to the Chiefs. The home side are throwing everything at the Brumbies defence and sees McKenzie produce a flat cut-out pass to Boshier who offloads in contact to Nankivell to score under the posts. 

McKenzie converts the try. (CHI 33-5)

49 mins 

The Chiefs are continuing to dominate the second half as they are pinning the Brumbies down in their own half. Sullivan puts in a pin-point kick that bounces into touch inside the visitors 22. 

46 mins - Try Chiefs to Damian McKenzie

The Chiefs are throwing everything at the Brumbies defence ande sees Lowe make a partial break before offloading to Nankivell who goes inches short. The Chiefs get fast ball and Weber dishes it off to a hard running McKenzie to crash over. 

McKenzie converts his own try. (CHI 26-5)

44 mins 

The Chiefs are attacking deep inside the Brumbies 22 and after 11-phases of good attack, it comes nothing as the visitors have knocked the ball on.

The Chiefs will have a scrum inside the visitors 22. 

41 mins 

The Brumbies get first opportunity with the ball in hand but Lowe wins a breakdown penalty to give the Chiefs the first attacking chance of the second half. 

Kickoff - The Brumbies get the second half underway. 

40 mins 

From the scrum, Jacobson storms off the back into an alarming hole and gets down to the 22. He passes to Weber but he can't handle it with the try line at his mercy. 

39 mins 

The Brumbies are building their attack on halfway but halfback Ryan Lonergan knocks the ball on at the breakdown and the Chiefs will have one final chance before halftime.

38 mins 

The Brumbies win a relieving penalty at the breakdown to ease the pressure and they will have a lineout on halfway. 

36 mins 

The Brumbies are attacking on halfway when Lolesio puts Nick Frost into a mini hole. He's tackled and his leg hits the ground but he gets up and goes again and the referee has penalised him for not releasing the ball.

33 mins 

Kata makes a barnstorming run up to halfway and it takes four Chiefs players to bring him down. At the next phase, Noah Lolesio goes for the cross-field kick to Stowers who gathers but McKenzie smashes him into touch. 

The Chiefs have lost Tupou Vaa’i to injury, which will concer the home side's coaching staff. 

30 mins - Try Chiefs to Luke Jacobson

Jacobson gets a double for the home side. The Chiefs produce another massive scrum and Jacobson has scored a replicate of his first as he picks up the ball at the back of the scrum to crash over. 

McKenzie converts the try. (CHI 19-5)

28 mins

The Chiefs are attacking the Brumbies line, which is scrambling well. After seven phases, Nankivell is over the line but is held up and the referee has gone back for an offside penalty. 

26 mins 

The Chiefs are over for their third try of the evening. After seven phases the home side comes wide to Nankivell who makes a strong run but gets the ball stripped. 

It bounces free and Anton Lienert-Brown dives on it and offloads to Lowe who goes over in the corner. 

But Ben O'Keeffe has gone upstairs and replays showed Lienert-Brown knocked the ball on when he dived on it. The Chiefs will have a penalty for a high tackle and they go for a lineout. 

24 mins 

Ben O'Keeffe's air piece wasn't working so didn't hear the forward pass call, so he'll give the Chiefs a scrum on the 22.  The home side continue to dominate at scrum time and win another penalty. 

23 mins 

The Brumbies go straight back onto the attack inside the Chiefs 22. Solomone Kata makes a barnstorming run to go inches short but at the breakdown, the home side win a turnover and Sullivan brings it out from his own in-goal area. He's tackled on the 22 and at the breakdown, the Chiefs win a penalty. 

21 mins - Try Chiefs to Luke Jacobson

The Chiefs have produced another huge scrum and all Jacobson needs to do is pick the ball up and fall over the line to grab the Chiefs second try of the evening. 

McKenzie converts the try. (CHI 12-5)

20 mins

From the scrum, the Chiefs smash the Brumbies to force the visitors to collapse it to win the penalty. The home side will go for another scrum.

18 mins

The Chiefs are throwing everything at the Brumbies defence but the visitors are holding on strongly. After seven phases Jacobson goes for an offload but it goes forward to ease the pressure. 

16 mins

Both sides are trading kicks looking for field position before Ryan Lonergan gives away a penalty for pushing McKenzie off the ball as he looks to compete for a high kick. 

The home side will have a lineout on the 22. 

13 mins - Try Brumbies to Len Ikitau

What a try from the Brumbies. The two brothers Ryan Lonergan and Lachlan Lonergan combine well to get the visitors on the front foot. They come down the short side where Ikitau finds space and crashes over in the corner. 

Noah Lolesio's conversion hits the posts and misses. (5-5)

11 mins 

The Brumbies produce a huge scrum to win the penalty and they will have a lineout on the 22. 

9 mins 

The Brumbies defence stands up strong and after nine phases, the visitors win a relieving penalty. They go for touch and Tiatia has skillfully kept the ball in. 

The Chiefs build their attack just short of halfway but they knock it on to turn possession over.  

7 mins 

The Brumbies have their first opportunity to set the play in the Chiefs half but after five-phases, Anton Lienert-Brown wins a breakdown penalty and the Chiefs will have more attacking ball inside the visitors half. 

5 mins - Try Chiefs to Tupou Vaa’i

The Chiefs have produced a perfect lineout drive with Tupou Vaa’i crashing over at the back of it to open the scoring in this contest. 

McKenzie can't convert the try. (CHI 5-0)

4 mins 

The Brumbies clear down to Anton Lienert-Brown who makes a great run down to the Brumbies 22.

After four phases, the visitors give away a breakdown penalty and the home side will have a lineout five metres out.

2 mins 

The Chiefs have early possession just inside the Brumbies half, as Jacobson makes a mini-break down the right-wing. He looks to pass to Sullivan but a retreating visitors player knocks it into touch. 

Kickoff - Damian McKenzie will get the contest underway.

7:03pm - Both sides are out on the FMG Stadium field and we are all set for kickoff. 

Ben O’Keeffe is the man in the middle. 

6:55pm - The Brumbies will take confidence into this match as the last time these two sides faced off was the last round before COVID-19 suspended the orginal Super Rugby where the visitors took the spoils in Hamiltion. 

6:50pm - We are just 15 minutes from the kickoff. Can the Chiefs keep New Zealand's unbeaten streak alive in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman?


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman between the Chiefs and Brumbies at Hamilton.

After falling short of the Aotearoa crown against the Crusaders, the Waikato-based side struggled in its Australian opener against Western Force, probably lucky to prevail in Perth, after the home side missed a last-gasp conversion for victory.

This week, they've had to make the long trip back from Western Australia to face the team from the Aussie capital - arguably the most consistent of the Super Rugby sides from across the ditch.

The Brumbies were also within a conversion of avoiding defeat to the Crusaders last week and present a formidable threat to New Zealand's unbeaten start to the competition.

They've only had to travel from Christchurch for this game, so should be well rested, compared to their hosts.

Former All Blacks prop Atu Moli will return from a two-year injury absence off the bench for the Chiefs, while veteran Liam Messam will start on the blindside flank.

Another former All Blacks prop, Angus Taavao, has been ruled out with a hip complain. Kingpin Damian McKenzie will retain the No.10 jersey, with Chase Tiatia at fullback.

Chiefs: 1-Aidan Ross, 2-Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3-Sione Mafileo, 4-Josh Lord, 5-Tupou Vaa’i, 6-Liam Messam,7-Lachlan Boshier, 8-Luke Jacobson, 9-Brad Weber, 10-Damian McKenzie, 11-Jonah Lowe, 12-Alex Nankivell, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 14-Bailyn Sullivan, 15-Chase Tiatia

Reserves: 16-Bradley Slater, 17-Ollie Norris, 18- Atu Moli, 19-Zane Kapeli, 20-Pita Gus Sowakula, 21-Xavier Roe, 22-Rameka Poihipi, 23-Kaleb Trask

Brumbies: 1-Scott Sio, 2-Lachlan Lonergan, 3-Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4-Darcy Swain, 5-Nick Frost, 6-Henry Stowers, 7-Rory Scott, 8-Rob Valetini, 9-Ryan Lonergan, 10-Noah Lolesio, 11-Tom Wright, 12-Irae Simone, 13-Len Ikitau, 14-Solomone Kata, 15-Tom Banks

Reserves: 16-Connal McInerney, 17-Harry Lloyd, 18-Tom Ross, 19-Tom Hooper, 20-Tom Cusack, 21-Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22-Bayley Kuenzle, 23-Mack Hansen

TAB odds: Chiefs $1.36, Brumbies $3

Julian Savea becomes Hurricanes' leading try-scorer

Julian Savea has become the Hurricanes' all-time leading tryscorer, crossing for a double in their 35-13 victory against Melbourne Rebels in Wellington.

Savea, 30, scored two tries in their second win of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, after a double in the 64-48 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last week.

Those four tries have taken Savea's count to 57, ahead of TJ Perenara and club icon Christian Cullen, both of whom scored 56 times for the Hurricanes.

Perenara will return to the Hurricanes next season, after re-signing with NZ Rugby, setting up a thrilling race between himself and Savea to hold the tryscoring mark.

Julian Savea scores for the Hurricanes
Julian Savea scores for the Hurricanes. Photo credit: Photosport

"It's a small milestone for me," Savea told Stuff. "I'm happy about the team and I'll celebrate those little things by myself.

"I'll look back and be really proud. Obviously, there are legendary names on that list and with TJ coming back, it's going to be a bit of a battle and some banter. 

"Little victories there, I'm just happy to be back and expressing myself, and blessed to be back with the boys."

The win over the Rebels was Savea's 129th match for the Hurricanes and after penning a contract extension until the end of 2023, the winger have plenty of opportunities to add to his record tally.