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Live: Chiefs v Waratahs

Sonny Bill Williams of the Chiefs (R) tackles Tom Kingston. Click for more photos

Chiefs dash Tahs hopes with second-half romp

The Chiefs makes the most of their opportunities as the put the Waratahs to the sword. Photo: Getty Images

Full-time: NSW showed enough in this game to win it but failed to score points when they were dominant in the first half. It was a different story in the second stanza particularly in the last 20 minutes when the Chiefs made breaks at will. The home side's goal-line defence was outstanding and while the Tahs 'put in' there is no doubt they were outclassed on the night.

Michael Foley needs to consider what changes to make. Adam Ashley-Cooper is wasted on the wing, he was outstanding tonight on a beaten team but needs to get his hands on the ball more.

Bernard Foley makes too many mistakes at the moment to remain in the 15 jersey. The sooner the Timani brothers start the better.

The aggression and thrust they bring should be utilised sooner in matches.

80th min: The Tahs are looking for consolation points now because even the bonus point is now beyond them. But the Tahs cough up possession and Cruden counter-attacks. Play breaks down about 30 metres out from the Waratahs line. And they will pack the scrum despite the fulltime siren.

75th min: Good news Adam Ashley-Cooper is back on and Barnes is off. AAC had a gash to his knee.

71st min: The Chiefs completely on top now and only a desperate dive by Rob Horne prevents another try.

67th min: More bad news for the Waratahs. Adam Ashley-Cooper is off hobbling. The news gets worse, Daniel Halangahu is on.

66th min: TRY! The Chief+s score and it is the replacement Sam Kane that disrupted the backrow move as he intercepts the pass from Timani to Pretorius. Two offloads later and Liam Messam is in the corner. Cruden kicks the conversion - game over. CHIEFS 30 WARATAHS 13.

63rd min: Pretorius is on now too as the Tahs nearly claim a tight-head. But the pressure created forces the penalty at the ensuing breakdown. NSW with an attacking lineout.

62nd min: Barnes fails to kick it 10 metres from the re-start so Chiefs have the scrum feed on halfway.

62nd min: Cruden kicks it and they have a 10-point lead with 18 to go. CHIEFS 23 WARATAHS 13.

61st min: NSW concede the penalty for not coming through the gate and Cruden can kick the Chiefs clear of a converted try.

60th min: More desperate defence by the Tahs, how long can they hold out for?

57th min: The cow bells are ringing as the Waratahs now show off their strength in gola-line defence as the Chiefs are held up again. The cow bells could have welcomed new cattle on the field for the Waratahs with Sitaelki Timani on for Kane Douglas.

56th min: The Chiefs are passing it from side-to-side and go so close to scoring the match-sealer. Eventually Tim Nanai-Williams (I think) is held up with about 10 Tah players underneath him.

47th min: The Chiefs have tightened up their defence, although their goal-line efforts have been outstanding all game. This time they keep the Tahs to about a 10 metre gain through 10 phases as Kane Douglas eventually drops the ball to force the scrum.

46th min: Tahs beginning to dominate territory again and they get a scrum penalty that McKibbin duly converts into three points. CHIEFS 20 WARATAHS 13.

45th min: The heavy hitters are coming on for the Tahs. Lopeti Timani replaces Palu.

44th min: Poloata-Nau pulls off another crunching tackle stop an attacking raid, but no for the first time in his career, TPN  stays down after the hit. He was almost out before he hit the ground.

43rd min: TRY! It's the Chiefs that have come out on fire in the second-half. Again it's SBW causing the trouble but it wasn't an offload that did the damage but a poor kick that fortunately landed in the arms of Richard Kahui who offloads to the flying loosehead prop Sona Taumalolo who runs down the right flank and scores in the corner. Cruden kicks the conversion from out wide. CHIEFS 20 WARATAHS 10.

40th min + 2: That has do not go for the pushover but spin it wide. Barnes gets the width but it doesn't release Kingston for the tryline, he props but is swallowed by the Chiefs defence who pile in to force the turnover and keep their lead in tact at halftime.

39th min: They try the rolling maul and a just inches short. Palu goes agonisingly close and the Alcock dives for the line. McKibbin jumps in the air like he is a Toyota ad. He then quickly realises that it may not ba try and he better clear the ball, but referee Fraser wants to have a look. The TMO says it's inconclusive and it's a five-metre scrum with the Tahs feed.

38th min: The Tahs have an attacking lineout, what can they do with it?

34th min: And now the Chiefs bust the Tahs wide open and it's SBW and Robinson who combine. The Waratahs scramble but Palu concedes the penalty and Cruden should boot the Chiefs into the lead. Palu thought the ball was out, the referee disagreed. CHIEFS 13 WARATAHS 10.

31st min: I've seen it all. Tatafu Polota-Nau, who has more hair than all the Chiefs combined,  charges through the line and now Benn Robinson catches a kick on the wing. The Tahs eventually concede the scrum feed for a collapsed maul just metres out from the Chiefs's line.

30th min: Tahs forwards charge into the fray but eventually Wycliff Palu is penalised for not releasing and Aaron Cruden steps up to kick the penalyt goal. CHIEFS 10 WARATAHS 10. Waratahs completely on top everywhere except the scoreboard.

28th min: McKibbin misses his first shot in Super Rugby. No change to the score.

27th min: The Tahs continue their territorial dominance and get another kickable penalty. I would like to tell you who infringed but all I can say is that he had no hair.

25th min: A swift kick to the server has fixed the live score problem as the Tahs are well on top against the Chiefs but no luck on the scoreboard. They eventually get the penalty and McKibbin bangs over the three points from in front. CHIEFS 7 WARATAHS 10. A three-point margin does not reflect their dominance.

20th min: Again the Tahs mix up their game. A driving maul, followed by an attack on the fringes and then the wide passes to the flanks and only desperate tackle by SBW stopped Rob Horne from busting the line. Waratahs have the scrum feed about 25 metres out.

17th min: Chris Alcock busts the Chiefs defence wide open, he draws the fullback but Foley drops the ball. He would have been collared anyway, but the Chiefs have the scrum feed in their own quarter.

15th min: Apologies for the scoreboard problem but it appears that trying to identify all the bald players for the Chiefs has forced the system into meltdown. Lame excuses aside, it should be working soon.

10th min: TRY! and would you believe it, a bald bloke has scored for the Chiefs. I think it was Robbie Robinson. He scores out wide as the Waratahs scrambled desperately and often illegally in defence but they eventually ran out of number. Cruden converts from the sideline. CHIEFS 7 WARATAHS 7.

9th min: The Chiefs finally stretch the Tahs with Tim Nanai-Williams busting open Tahs. Chiefs on the attack. Good pass by Cruden to Nanai-Williams, or should I say one balb bloke to another.

6th min: TRY! The maul stops and a great inside ball to Tom Kingston and the young winger cuts through the Chiefs defence. Sonny Bill Williams make a desperate tackle but Kingston reaches out to score. The TMO has a long look before awarding the five points. McKibbin converts. CHIEFS 0 WARATAHS 7.

5th min: The Waratahs are playing both styles of games. They have shifted the ball wide and now they go for a driving maul. The Chiefs going backwards.

2nd min: Promising start by the Tahs. They went through nine phases with Adam Ashley-Cooper looking threatening a couple of times but Rob Horne goes off his feet and the home team get the penalty.

Kick-off: It's not just the Sydney fans that boo the Waratahs, the Hamilton mob have joined in too. Tough job tonight with 13 of the Chiefs players shaving their heads for a local charity.

RugbyHeaven is still trying to catch its breath after the stunning match in Wellington. In all, 64 points scored in the first half but the Cheetahs win 47-38 after trailing at one point by 21 points.

This match could well be decided in the centres. Sonny Bill Williams leads the competition in offloads and is right up there in the runs metres while Rob Horne's miss tackle count is one of the highest in the competition. The presence of Tom Carter at 12 for the sky blues could prove crucial.


Last meeting: Round 7 2011 - Waratahs 23 bt Chiefs 16 at Allianz Stadium
Head to head:
Played 16 Chiefs 10 Waratahs 6
In Hamilton:
Played 7 Chiefs 4 Waratahs 3
Mark Lawrence (RSA)
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Chiefs $1.50 Waratahs $2.50

Greg Growden writes: All the sycophantic Waratahs backslappers re-emerged from their caves after the team defeated the Sharks last week, but they should just hold off on their 'we showed those critics' dribble for a little while longer. The next month will determine if the Waratahs have any hope of winning the Australian conference, and that includes being victorious in Hamilton. Good luck.

AAP writes: The Tahs have a spring back in their step following their stirring win over the Sharks but they'll have to be better again to toss the in-form Chiefs in Hamilton. Sonny Bill Williams and fellow All Black Richard Kahui form an ominous midfield combination outside the skilful Aaron Cruden. The key for NSW will be preventing the Chiefs from getting over the advantage line and recycling quick ball. The Chiefs have ball-runners all over the park, including try-scoring prop Sona Taumalolo. Brendan McKibbin has kept his spot at halfback ahead of Sarel Pretorius and will again have the goalkicking duties.

CHIEFS: Robbie Robinson, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Richard Kahui, Sonny Bill Williams, Tim Nanai-Williams, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (capt), Ben Tameifuna, Hika Elliot, Sona Taumalolo. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Josh Hohneck, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Andrew Horrell, Lelia Masaga.

WARATAHS: Bernard Foley, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Brendan McKibbin, Wycliff Palu, Chris Alcock, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson (capt). Reserves: John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu.


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