Michael Fitzgerald (14)
Gareth Anscombe (58,24,12,7,2)
Gareth Anscombe (15)
Shota Horie (43)
Jason Woodward (64,39,27)
Jason Woodward (44)
15. Tom Marshall
14. Tim Nanai-Williams
13. Andrew Horrell
12. Bundee Aki
11. Mils Muliaina
10. Gareth Anscombe
9. Augustine Pulu
8. Kane Thompson
7. Sam Cane
6. Tanerau Latimer
5. Brodie Retallick
4. Michael Fitzgerald
3. Ben Tameifuna
2. Rhys Marshall
1. Jamie Mackintosh
16. Nathan Harris
17. Pauliasi Manu
18. Josh Hohneck
19. Ross Filipo
20. Liam Messam
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
22. Anton Leinert-Brown
23. Jordan Payne
Well it ended up being a game of two halves as the Rebels clearly won the second half and nearly the entire match! The Chiefs seemed to go to sleep a bit and the Rebels just chipped away at the deficit. The Rebels had the game for the taking if they had just had a bit more BMT in the last few minutes.
They Rebels go wide and are bundled into touch to give a bit of an anti-climax to end proceedings tonight!
The Chiefs lose the ball and the Rebels will have a scrum with time up on the board! They 65m out, with an extra. Can they do it?!
The Rebels have knocked on off the line out! It's all gone wrong for them after being in a great position to take the lead!
Rebels go blind but are bundled into touch! They come back for a penalty as the Chiefs front row had collapsed. They tap and go and eventually lose the ball! The Chiefs get the ball and clear down field!
YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, MANU. Manu commits a professional foul close to the line and has been sent to the sin bin! Rebels should just about be favourites now! We could be in for of the biggest upsets of the competition tonight! Rebels have set up a scrum.
The Rebels win another penalty as the penalty count starts going their way! They kick down field to the Chiefs half. The rebels man is taken down in the air and the Rebels get another penalty! They opting to go for the try as they kick for touch!
And that's the first miss of the night! Big miss! Chiefs are lucky to get away with that one!
The Rebels have won a penalty at the scrum and Woodward will have a shot at goal to reduce the gap to just three! This has been an incredible turn around from their performance in the first quarter!
The Rebels on attack now as Burgess makes a break! They attack strongly up the middle and manage to retain the ball. The ball pops up on the Chiefs side but is knocked on! Rebels with an attacking scrum!
The Chiefs lose possession as they knock on after the scrum! Waste of an opportunity their. Rebels have done incredibly well!
A lapse in concentration by the Rebels off the restart as they knock on and give the Chiefs an attacking opportunity. Hugh Pyle goes for an intercept but knocks on in the process. Higginbotham is back on the field.
PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD, 22-16. Incredible stuff! Rebels are somehow still in this match!
Rebels win another penalty as the Chiefs are pinged for incorrectly joining the maul. Woodward will have a shot at 3!
The Rebels are coping well without their skipper and being a man down. The manage to win a penalty just inside their own half and Hegarty finds touch just outside the Chiefs 22m. Only three points conceded since the yellow card.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 22-13. Anscombe gets his sides first points of the half!
The Chiefs line out is missed and the Rebels get the ball, which results in a scrum to the visitors. The Chiefs annihilate the Rebels scrum and win themselves a penalty!
YELLOW CARD, REBELS, HIGGINBOTHAM. The Rebels skipper commits a professional foul right by the try line and is given his marching orders!
The ball eventually pops up on the Chiefs side and Payne ( a replacement) gets the ball on the wing. He puts a chip kick over a defender and the puts boot to ball again and the chase is on!! Hegarty has loads of pace and manages to reel in Payne. He dives on the ball and kicks it on the ground out to touch right on his try line.
The Rebels do well under loads of pressure as Hegarty makes a decent clearing kick. Rebels win a penalty soon after the resulting line out and Hegarty puts in another solid punt right up to the Chiefs 22m.
The Chiefs immediately fight back, as the forwards pick and go and crash it up for many phases. They make good ground and get right close to the line! The ball is passed flat to Aki who spills the ball as he runs on at pace! Would most likely have been a try if he had held on! Scrum to Rebels deep in their own 22m.
CONVERSION, WOODWARD, 19-13. The Rebels pivot reduces the gap just 6 points now!
TRY! REBELS, HORIE, 19-11. Great start to the second half for the visitors! Horie gets the ball off the line out and crashes his way over for a try!
The second half is underway. The Rebels get us started and soon there's a scrum inside the Chiefs' 22. The home side have the put-in and soon clear their line.
It''s been all Chiefs this half who have a healthy lead without even getting into fifth gear. The forwards have completely dominated the break down which has ensured ball retention and won them a lot of penalties as well. The Chiefs have also put the Rebels under pressure at scrum time. The Rebels have hardly had the ball at all and the gates could well open in the next half if the Rebels don''t up their game. If they keep defending all the time the fatigue will set in and then the likes of Nanai-Williams and co, who have been fairly quite so far, will come into play and do some damage.
PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD, 19-6. Woodward narrows the gap and maintains the kickers flawless night for both teams!
Retallick is penalized at the break down although it looked like a good steal. Woodward will have a shot to reduce the lead!
Pulu makes another break off a line out this time! He's been a nuisance for the Rebels tonight! He puts the ball to boot but Woodward is there to collect and kick! The Chiefs knock on in the air and the Rebels will have a scrum.
The Rebels back line knock on as the ball is swung wide off a scrum. The Chiefs put a kick through the chase is on! The Rebels manage to get back but are under all kinds of pressure as the Chiefs swarm in right on the Rebels line! The Chiefs get penalized and the Rebels breathe a sigh of relief!
Rhys Marshall manages to burst through around the side of a ruck and shows some good pace! The last line of defense makes the tackle and the Chiefs get too eager at the break down and are penalized. The Rebels kick for touch for a bit of relief for now.
PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD, 19-3. Woodward gets his teams on the board with a simple kick.
The Rebels finally get themselves in the game as they take the ball through a few phases and run strongly. They manage to win a penalty inside the Chiefs 22m and they've opted for a shot at goal. Good call from the Rebels skipper, they really need to just get some points on the board for now.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 19-0. Anscombe can do no wrong tonight!
Higginbotham is pinged at the line out for tackling the player in the air and Anscombe will now have another shot to increase this ever growing lead!
Chiefs win another penalty as they are dominating at ruck time tonight! Anscombe sets up a line out deep in the Rebels half.
The Rebels fail to keep the ball as Macintosh comes in and steals the ball at the break down and the home side clears.
Some solid hits from the Rebels forces an error from the Chiefs and the Rebels now have an attacking opportunity with a scrum inside their opponents half. They need to get some points soon!
CONVERSION, ANSCOMBE, 16-0. Anscombes flawless night continues and the Chiefs are racing away with this now!
TRY! CHIEFS, FITZGERALD, 14-0. That's more like Chiefs rugby! They start to chuck the ball around a bit and Retallick finds some space on the left wing! The ball goes to Anscombe who makes a cracking break! The ball is popped to Mike Fitzgerald who runs strongly to get other the whitewash!
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 9-0. Anscombe is on fire with the boot tonight!
After several reset scrums, one finally holds and the Chiefs annihilate the Rebels scrum and win themselves a penalty! Anscombe will have a long range effort.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 6-0. Another great strike from Anscombe!
The Chiefs keep it close and crash it up through several phases and their patience pays off as they win themselves a penalty. Chiefs playing "Bulls" rugby right now. And it's working.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 3-0. Lovely strike from Anscombe to get his team the early lead!
The Chiefs now win a penalty in a very kick-able position! Rebels are penalized at the break down and Anscombe will have the first shot at goal for the night!
And Anscombe gets us underway! Rebels collect and try run from their own 22m and manage to win a penalty at the first breakdown as the Chiefs infringe.
Chiefs news: Prop Jamie Mackintosh, lock Michael Fitzgerald and flanker Tanerau Latimer return amongst the forwards. Kane Thompson will start in the numbeer eight jersey while Liam Messam moves to the reserves. Brodie Retallick takes over the captaincy duties in the absence of the injured Aaron Cruden. Gareth Anscombe gets his long-awaited start at fly-half with Bundee Aki at inside centre. Aki will play his first match of the season after having shoulder surgery in the off season. Mils Muliaina moves to the left wing and Tom Marshall shifts to fullback. There have been four changes to the bench from last week. Pauliasi Manu moves to the reserves and is joined by Ross Filipo who gets the chance to have his first match of the season. Jordan Payne gets the opportunity to make his Chiefs debut off the bench and could be the ninth new Chief this season to take the field.
Rebels news: Pyle becomes the first player in the club's history to reach the milestone in Super Rugby, following Lachlan Mitchell's achievement of reaching 50 caps (including one against the British and Irish Lions) before suffering an untimely season-ending knee injury against the 'Tahs in Sydney. McGahan has shown faith in his side following their tight loss to the Highlanders last Friday, making just two changes to the squad as he welcomes the return of Colby Fainga'a and Tom Kingston from injury. Fainga'a, who impressed against the Brumbies in Round Seven, goes back into the starting line-up at blindside flanker, with Sean McMahon relegated to the bench to replace Jordy Reid. Utility back Kingston replaces Alex Rokobaro on the reserves bench. Fly-half Bryce Hegarty has recovered after following concussion protocols. Hegarty was replaced against the Highlanders in the opening minutes, however McGahan is pleased to be able to call on the second-year pivot against the reigning Super Rugby champions.
Welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for tonight's Super Rugby clash featuring the Chiefs and the Rebels! The Chiefs have just returned from their South African and will be keen to continue their campaign successfully back home! The Rebels will be eager to upset the mighty champions to remove themselves from lingering near the bottom of the log.
15. Jason Woodward
14. Male Sa'u
13. Tamati Ellison
12. Mitch Inman
11. Tom English
10. Bryce Hegarty
9. Nic Stirzaker
8. Scott Higginbotham
7. Scott Fuglistaller
6. Colby Fainga'a
5. Luke Jones
4. Hugh Pyle
3. Laurie Weeks
2. Shota Horie
1. Toby Smith
16. Pat Leafa
17. Cruze Ah-Nau
18. Paul Alo-Emile
19. Cadeyrn Neville
20. Sean McMahon
21. Luke Burgess
22. Tom Kingston
23. Angus Roberts
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