Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby preview – Chiefs

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Feb 2012 at 08:00
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Notorious slow starters, the Chiefs didn’t start at all last season and would want to clear that from the memory as quickly as possible and show that they can push for honours that equal their 2010 season, where they reached the final.

It was an interesting off season for the Chiefs, having lost seasoned veterans in Mils Muliaina and Sitiveni Sivivatu, they have recruited Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams to add to the likes of Lelia Masaga and Richard Kahui in the backline. The loose trio of Liam Messam, Tanerau Latimer, Scott Waldrom and Fitz Lee should add some spark as well.

Youngsters Tim Nanai-Williams and Robbie Robinson should also be getting quite a bit of game time, and with Nanai-Williams’ potent kicking boot, make for an exciting season for the Chiefs.

The players to keep an eye on will be Aaron Cruden and how well the centre combination of Williams and Kahui fair. The team does lack a bit of grunt in the tight five though, and I think this might catch up to them at some point during the season.

The Chiefs have a strong team, but will more than likely fill the third position in the New Zealand conference, not quite up to scratch with the Crusaders and the Blues, but they should be much better than both the Hurricanes and the Highlanders. The play-offs seem very far away for the Hamilton team.

Chiefs 2012 Squad


Toby Smith Prop
Sona Taumalolo Prop
Ben Afeaki Prop
Shane Cleaver Prop
Ben Tameifuna Prop
Hika Elliot Hooker
Mahonri Schwalger Hooker
Romana Graham Lock
Craig Clarke Lock
Mike Fitzgerald Lock
Brodie Retallick Lock
Kane Thompson Lock
Liam Messam Loose Forward
Scott Waldrom Loose Forward
Tanerau Latimer Loose Forward
Sam Cane Loose Forward
Fritz Lee No 8
Alex Bradley No 8


Brendon Leonard Halfback
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Halfback
Aaron Cruden First five-eighth
Andrew Horrell First five-eighth
Jackson Willison Midfield
Sonny Bill Williams Midfield
Richard Kahui Midfield
Aseli Tikoirototuma Midfield
Lelia Masaga Winger
Maritino Nemani Winger
Declan O’Donnell Winger
Tim Nanai-Williams Fullback
Robbie Robinson Fullback


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  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.12 08:21:59 by dizzy Reply
  • This might be the surprise package of the season, still backing them to be in nz top 2

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.12 08:43:05 by BR Reply
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  • Will SBW be playing for them or is he focused on boxing now?

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.12 08:52:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : he will play for them but will probaly try to box a few matches

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.12 08:57:37 by BR Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) :

    It sounds like he’ll play this season for the Chiefs and then there is talk of returning to League with the Sydney Roosters …

    SBW and Kahui in the midfield looks promising.

    Chiefs have been my Kiwi team for years lets hope they can deliver this season .. that loss to the Bulls in the Final seemed to have put a stop on their upward curve.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.12 09:33:01 by csb Reply

  • In full flight Lelia Masaga is a joy to watch. The lad has serious pace and a very decent step

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.12 09:39:41 by slammerboy Reply
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  • would love it if they can be more competitive and stand up to the saders, so tired of the saders dominating nz.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.12 10:12:27 by MJ Reply

  • A bit like the Stormers – good backs and loosies but not much up front where the game is won or lost.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.12 10:16:21 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Looseforwards look good.

    Would love it if anyone has NPC form info on Tawera Kerr-Barlow. I’d have liked to have seen more of him last season.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.12 10:28:35 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 9) :he’s an Aussie. Played off the bench for a few games last season. He’ll sit behind Leonard in the pecking order. Think he played for the NZ U20s in the 20011 JWC. I’d say one to watch for the future

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.12 10:32:03 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 9) : The Chiefs would only benefit if he gets more starts this season

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.12 12:10:13 by BR Reply
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  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.12 13:07:39 by berroos Reply

  • @beet (Comment 9) : Another player to keep a close eye on is loose foward Sam Cane. Another who played for the NZU20 team in 2011. Some in NZ say he is the next Richie McCaw better than Matt Todd.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.02.12 22:59:00 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 13) :

    Yes definitely, I think he has a lot of potential. There are a lot of good young opensiders in NZ and Aus (with Colby Faingaa and Liam Gill, Michael Hooper). I wish we could develop an assembly line of top quality junior 7’s like Aus and NZ seem to do. Without Brussouw and arguably Minnie we are scraping the barrel a bit.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.02.12 23:03:41 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 14) :I may be wrong but I see this as an issue at school boy level. Its likely the bigger kids are selected at looseforward because they can do more damage with ball in hand hence why we’ve never had any problems producing ball carrying loosies. There are some talented up and coming opensides like Marnus Schoeman who really needs to step up to Super Rugby. Our very own Chris Cloete is another. Stegman could have been a success but seems to disappoint when wearing the green and gold.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.02.12 23:11:02 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) :

    Yeh I agree, it is a rather worrying trend. Even players like Luke Watson and Nizaam Carr who are on the shorter side have emerged as players that are more linking players with traditional 8th man skills when really a schools coach could have identified them as an up and coming openside and equipped them with the requisite skills/understanding of the breakdown. A player like Carr for instance could be moulded into that role at the Stormers.

    From what I have seen of Schoeman in the CC I thought he was quite handy, I think Minnie has a lot of potential but he needs to be more accurate and still gives away a bit too many penalties, and Stegmann just seems to have regressed. I will look forward to seeing more of Cloete hopefully also.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.02.12 23:25:21 by Pat Reply


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