Tim Nanai-Williams (76), Bundee Aki (71), Pauliasi Manu (42), Charlie Ngatai (40), Tanerau Latimer (37), Gareth Anscombe (21)
Andrew Horrell (77), Gareth Anscombe (43,40,22)
Courtnall Skosan (46)
Elton Jantjies (8)
15. Tim Nanai-Williams
14. Dwayne Sweeney
13. Charlie Ngatai
12. Tom Marshall
11. James Lowe
10. Gareth Anscombe
9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
8. Liam Messam
7. Sam Cane
6. Tanerau Latimer
5. Brodie Retallick
4. Ross Filipo
3. Josh Hohneck
2. Nathan Harris
1. Pauliasi Manu
16. Mahonri Schwalger
17. Jamie Mackintosh
18. Ben Tameifuna
19. Matt Symons
20. Michael Fitzgerald
21. Brad Weber
22. Bundee Aki
23. Andrew Horrell
Well it could end up being a long tour for the Lions who were nowhere near where they needed to be tonight! The Chiefs started to build some confidence from this game as they started to play more freely and ran in a good couple of tries in the last 10 minutes.
The Chiefs are bundled into touch and that' the end of the match!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, HORRELL, 38-8. Horrell does well to add the two points. It's a bit of a hiding now!
TRY! CHIEFS, NANNAI-WILLIAMS, 36-8. Aother beautiful passage of play from the Chiefs! They took the ball through 15 phases before Nanai-Williams finds a gap right on the line!
The Lions is defense is looking very fragile now as the Chiefs get over the advantage line at will!
Conversion is wide! Chiefs now have the game well and truly wrapped up!
TRY! CHIEFS, AKI, 31-8. Great try from the Chiefs! Horrell puts in a delicate grubber through on the 22m and Aki collects and goes over for a try!
The Chiefs attack well up the left wing to gain momentum! Tameifuna tells a couple of Lions to get off the bus during a run up field but Willie Britz eventually does well at the following phase to hold the ball up in contact and win a scrum.
The Chiefs are ecstatic! They've won a penalty after Aki puts in another good hit!
The Lions come close but are brought up short after some good defense from Aki and Retallick! The Lions have a scrum 5m out. They'll be desperate for some points here!
The Lions have won a couple of penalties and have managed to set up a line out 5m.
The Chiefs attack is a bit more loose this time around and the Lions manage to prevent any onslaught. Nanai-Williams eventually throws a forward pass and the Lions have the scrum on the center of the park.
The Lions win a penalty which brings some relief for the visitors! They win another penalty at the resulting line out. Boshoff's kicks have got the Lions into the Chiefs half now.
Franco Mostert and Minnie do well to prevent the maul gaining momentum and win their team a scrum!
The Chiefs steal the ball at the line out and Kerr-Barlow puts a big kick into the Lions corner. Boshoff tries to run it and slips! The Chiefs are all over him and win a penalty. They've set up a line out.
The Lion's forwards work hard at the breakdown to force a penalty from the Chiefs! Elton boots it down field to set up a line out in the Chiefs half.
The conversion attempt is wide from Jantjies!
TRY! LIONS, SKOSAN, 26-8. A powerful scrum from the Lions wins them the ball! They go wide on the blindside where the Chiefs are short on numbers and its an easy run in for Skosan! The Lion's aren't giving up!
Captain Whitely showing his team how it's done with a incredible break and turn of speed! He's eventually brought down but the resulting phase the ball is lost forward.
CONVERSION, ANSCOMBE, 26-3. No mistake from Anscombe who extends the lead!
TRY! CHIEFS, MANU, 24-3. What a great passage of play! It started with the Lions starting full of running. The Chiefs turned over the ball and then just played with patience and skill until eventually Manu crashed over from close range!
Jantjies gets us underway for the second half! Kerr-Barlow clears for the home side.
The Lions started the match with a positive attitude and energy and did well to get early points on the board! The momentum suddenly turned halfway through the half and the Chiefs finally found some confidence and exposed the slightest weakness of the Lions. With the Chiefs regaining confidence, we could be in for a try fest in the second half!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 19-3. Anscombe adds the extras as the Chiefs head into the break with a comfortable lead!
TRY! CHIEFS, NGATAI, 17-3. The TMO has given the green light on this one and the Chiefs finish the first half strongly!
Another try soon after the restart! The TMO has been called into the equation again! Nanai-Williams runs strongly and gets tackled, a Lions player dislodges the ball by a Lions player and Ngatai hacks the loose ball and dots down for a try.
Anscombe's conversion is just wide!
TRY! CHIEFS, LATIMER, 12-3. This time no obstruction is give which was the correct call! Lions defense was a bit soft on this occasion!
Another try with a potential obstruction! Tanerau Latimer goes over in the corner after Ngatai mades a great break!
Josh Hohneck puts a huge hit on Kriel who loses possession whilst on attack in the Chiefs half. Both sides defense has been pretty good tonight! Lions still very much in this game as we approach half time.
The Lions once again overpower the Chiefs in the scrum and end up winning a penalty! Jantjies will find touch. Lions scrum is looking incredibly solid!
The Lions ball is turned over after de Klerk catches a kick from the Chiefs. The home side goes on attack and Nathan Charles storms down the left wing and beats van Rensburg to go over in the corner! The TMO is checking for obstruction. The TMO has cited the obstruction although it''s a harsh call on the Chiefs!
Anscombe's kick is wide! Lions let off the hook there.
Penalty to Chiefs in easy kicking range. Muller puts in a high tackle on Nathan Harris to concede the penalty.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 7-3. Good start from the Chiefs pivot!
TRY! CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 5-3. Nothing complicated in the build up here! Just good support and patience as the Chiefs take the ball through many phases before Anscombe crashes over! Minnie missed a crucial tackle in the lead up to the try.
Tom Marshall puts a grubber through which causes all sorts of trouble for Jantjies inside his 22m. He fumbles before gathering and the Chiefs are all over him to push him into touch!
Skosan picks up a loose pass and bursts straight through! He doesn't have much support and tries to go round the last defense but is just tackled and loses the ball forward.
The Lions backs who've been guilty of running bit laterally finally straighten through Mapoe who makes a half break and offloads. The pass is knocked on by a Chiefs player. Scrum on the halfway to the Lions.
Jantjies strike is good but the accuracy is just off to the left!
The Lions forwards do great work at the breakdown to win a penalty! It's just about in kicking range for Jantjies who will have a chance to extend the lead! Chrysander Botha is leaving the field after taking a knock to the head in a tackle. Boshoff is on the field.
The Lions are on another ferocious attack after some strong running! Jantjies eventually puts boot to ball. The kicking battle ends with a line out on the halfway for the Chiefs.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 0-3. Great strike from Elton! The lions are here to play.
The Chief's scrum buckles and the Lions win a penalty. Jantjies will have a shot from the corner.
Great play from the Lions!! Mapoe makes a great break through showing great strength! He puts a grubber through at a wide angle which Deon van Rensburg hacks toward the line! The Chase is on but the Chiefs get back first but take the ball over the try line. 5m scrum to the Lions!
Lions win a penalty in their 22m. Jantjies finds a decent clearance. Both teams are looking eager to run the ball tonight!
The Lions on receiving a kick try run it from their own try line! Ngatai intercepts and storms towards the line! Mapoe is there to make a try saving tackle and prevent a soft try.
Chiefs get us underway tonight! The Lions immediately run it, showing good intent but are taken into touch! Chiefs are pinged for a penalty and Jantjies finds a decent touch.
Chiefs news: There are fourteen changes to the Chiefs team for tonight, with nine of those changes in the starting XV. Hooker Nathan Harris and prop Josh Hohneck get their first starts of the season while Tanerau Latimer moves into the number six jersey in the forwards. Tawera Kerr-Barlow is the starting half-back with James Lowe getting his first start on the wing since returning from injury. Tom Marshall comes in at inside centre and is joined in the midfield by Charlie Ngatai. Dwayne Sweeney starts on the right wing. Tim Nanai-Williams moves from the wing back to full-back. In the five changes to the bench, Mahonri Schwalger moves to the reserves and is joined by Ben Tameifuna for the first time this season. Mike Fitzgerald, Andrew Horrell and Bundee Aki all make up the new additions to the bench this
Lions news: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made four changes to his starting XV to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight. In the forwards there is just one change to the team which went down to the Stormers in Cape Town a fortnight ago. Warren Whiteley has made a full recovery from injury and will start at number eight. He will also captain the side. Meanwhile, in the back-line, Faf de Klerk has reclaimed his spot in the run-on side. Elton Jantjies will start at fly-half and Deon van Rensburg will return in the wing position, having recovered from his minor injury. On the bench, Armand van der Merwe looks set to make his Super Rugby debut should he get a run on Saturday. Jacques van Rooyen will also provide cover off the bench, having been called up from the Vodacom Cup squad. Due to De Klerk and Jantjies earning starting positions, Ross Cronje and Marnitz Boshoff are the other changes amongst the replacements.
Welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for our round 12 Super Rugby clash featuring the Chiefs and the Lions! The Chiefs will be hungry to improve on their previous performances and regain their place at the top of the NZ log. One feels that the Lions are in for a big test against a wounded giant and will have to play out of their skins to stay in contention tonight.
15. Chrysander Botha
14. Deon van Rensburg
13. Lionel Mapoe
12. Stefan Watermeyer
11. Courtnall Skosan
10. Elton Jantjies
9. Francois de Klerk
8. Warren Whiteley
7. Derick Minnie
6. Jaco Kriel
5. Franco Mostert
4. Martin Muller
3. Julian Redelinghuys
2. Robbie Coetzee
1. Schalk van der Merwe
16. Armand van der Merwe
17. Jacques Van Rooyen
18. Ruan Dreyer
19. Luvuyiso Lusaseni
20. Willie Britz
21. Ross Cronje
22. Marnitz Boshoff
23. JW Jonker
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