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Super Rugby 2012: Chiefs (19) v Highlanders (23) F/T


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2012 at 07:30
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The Chiefs take on the Highlanders in the second New Zealand derby of Round 1.

The men from Hamilton look to have a relatively settled side this year and have been further strengthened by the addition of a real superstar in Sonny Bill Williams. Could this be the year where they exceed all expectations and make it all the way through to the final, just like they did in 2009? More likely, though, they’ll flatter only to deceive, with baffling inconsistency tempering the enterprising play dished up.

Coming up against them is a Highlanders side that appears to be the polar opposite – boasting a strong, settled group of forwards, but a back line that appears to have been put together from scratch once again this season.

Neither side proved a particularly serious threat in Super Rugby last year – will this year be any different?

Kick-off is at 08h35 SA time.

Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Tim Nanai-Williams, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brendon Leonard, 8. Fritz Lee, 7. Sam Cane, 6. Liam Messam (Captain), 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Sona Taumalolo

Replacements: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Toby Smith, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21. Andrew Horrell, 22. Asaeli Tikoirotuma

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith,14 Buxton Popoali’i,13 Tamati Ellison,12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear ,10 Chris Noakes, 9 Jimmy Cowan,8 Nasi Manu,7 John Hardie, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Chris King,2 Andrew Hore,1 Jamie Mackintosh (Captain)

Reserves :16 Jason Rutledge,17 Bronson Murray,18 Culum Retallick,19 James Haskell,20 Aaron Smith,21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Kurt Baker


60 Comments

  • Picked the Chiefs to take this one. So far I’m 1 from 3 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.12 08:14:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : 1 from 3 for me as well. 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.12 08:32:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Game is showing early promise so far.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.12 08:45:24 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Currently 6-3 to the Highlanders with around 10 minutes gone.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.12 08:46:29 by LordHope Reply

     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : My FL isnt doing so well either 😥

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.12 08:48:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Try Time Chiefs ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.12 08:49:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Masaga over for a try for the chiefs

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.12 08:50:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • Masanga try.

    Jimmy Cowan doing a ‘no-look’ pop to thin air in the Chiefs half, it’s picked up spread right, straightened by SBW and through the hands for the winger to score midfield.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.12 08:50:51 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Chiefs 10 – 6 Highlanders
    16 min

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.12 08:51:40 by Franshark Reply
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  • good morning all, I feel babalas (without been drinking) after last nights game……

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.12 08:53:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • More 50/50 passes in this game than I go sho’s over par in 18 holes.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.12 08:55:22 by LordHope Reply

     
  • PK for the Highlanders
    Chiefs 10 – 9 Highlanders
    27 min

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.12 09:02:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs with some aggressive rucking on the groung win themselfs a PK

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.12 09:07:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • Successful PK
    Chiefs 13 – 9 Highlanders
    33 min

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.12 09:08:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • Another PK, Cruden for the Chiefs
    Chiefs 16 – 9 Highlanders
    37 min

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.12 09:12:33 by Franshark Reply
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  • HALF TIME
    Chiefs 16 – 9 Highlanders

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.12 09:16:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs loosing the ball 8meters from the try line…

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.12 09:33:24 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs putting a good scrum byt gets penalized, relieve for the HL’s

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.12 09:35:28 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs v Highlanders Sat 25 Feb 08:35 Chiefs by 12
    Waratahs v Reds Sat 25 Feb 10:40 Reds by 2
    Stormers v Hurricanes Sat 25 Feb 17:05 Stormers by 16
    Lions v Cheetahs Sat 25 Feb 19:10 Lions by 9

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.12 09:36:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Chiefs back in HL half and a penalty comes their way…
    Cruden for poles…
    100% success kicking to goal.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.12 09:37:16 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs 19 – 9 Highlanders
    50 min

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.12 09:38:30 by Franshark Reply
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  • Ref has been spot on for me, Kaplan was very trigger happy last night so this is a decent variation.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.12 09:40:48 by LordHope Reply

     
  • A lot of knackered Chiefs players at the moment, few going to have to trudge off. 🙁

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.12 09:45:40 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Aaron Smith try.

    19-16 to Chiefs though

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.12 09:49:34 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Try by Smith,
    Conversion over
    Chiefs 19 – 16 Highlanders
    62 min

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.12 09:51:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • Burleigh try in the corner takes the HL’s ahead
    Chiefs 19 – 23 Highlanders
    66 min

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.12 09:56:43 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chiefs awarded Penalty and they opt for a line out, and again…

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.12 09:58:34 by Franshark Reply
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  • HL’s turn the ball on their 5meter line and hack the ball down field, chiefs to attack from halfway, and concede a penalty… Relieve for the HL’s

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.12 10:02:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • Come on Chiefs!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.12 10:02:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Uncontested scrums now… Do you think they still make the grunting sounds in pro rugby in uncontested scrums? 🙂

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.02.12 10:07:40 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Chiefs not getting their hands on the ball, 5min to go

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.02.12 10:07:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • @LordHope (Comment 30) : Our forwards used to sing during the uncontested scrums. 🙂

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.02.12 10:08:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : 😆

    Mind if I ask which song?

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.02.12 10:10:12 by LordHope Reply

     
  • 1 from 4 😯 😥

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.02.12 10:11:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Masaga has done his knee. Hell be out for the season. Ben Afeaki suspected broken arm. justin Leonard looks like a bad hamstring injury. And now the other chiefs prop gone. Bad times for the Chiefs

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.02.12 10:11:55 by slammerboy Reply
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  • FT

    Highlanders 23-19 Chiefs

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.02.12 10:12:12 by LordHope Reply

     
  • Frantick stuf in the last min, Hilanders hold on for dear live
    FULL TIME
    Chiefs 19 – 23 Highlanders

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.02.12 10:14:31 by Franshark Reply
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  • Congratulations HH – a late birthday present!

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.02.12 10:14:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) : I have never had such a bad start before 😳

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.02.12 10:17:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I Called IT!!!! Highlanders! Beauty!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.02.12 10:21:36 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @JarsonX (Comment 39) :

    That makes 2 of us ..I’m now 0/4 🙁

    AB gets his 100 ..well done.

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.02.12 10:22:10 by csb Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 39) : I have, kry vir jou 🙂 I’m in the same boat though…

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.02.12 10:22:27 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bad start fo my supervru and fl…ai

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.02.12 10:26:41 by juba_fan Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) :

    Cheers BF …. Boys went very well tonight …. now for the Crusaders next week!

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.02.12 10:28:32 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @LordHope (Comment 33) : It varied, usually different rugby tour songs and on occasion the “How the hell can we beliiiiiieve you” song that you sing when the groom is trying to give a speech at the wedding. 🙂

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.02.12 10:28:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 44) : I’ll be shouting for you guys next week. well done tonight. Great comeback.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.02.12 10:29:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 3 from 4, with bp in most of my pools for this one. Sharks rocked the boat, but 3 from 4, with BP and MP, I should now be right back up there

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.02.12 10:35:55 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 44) : How’s your FL doing? 😉

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.02.12 10:38:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 15 lifelines lost

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.02.12 10:52:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : 😛

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.02.12 11:03:37 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : I was just checking on that. 😆

    15 here, 13 in the Sharks game…… good thing we went with the bye. 🙂

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.02.12 11:13:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : I went with the Stormers 😀

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.02.12 11:15:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 52) : So did I, but seeing all that yellow has me stressed! 😕

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.02.12 11:58:02 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 53) : Last year I got lucky with the Reds sneaking a win in round 1 just to die in round 2. Superugby is not easy to predict 😛

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.02.12 12:33:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 48) :

    55th …Happy! 😉

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.02.12 07:40:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 55) : I didnt do much better either, 27th spot. 🙁 We’ll get there though. FL is not a sprint, it’s a marathon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.02.12 09:11:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 29th :sortofokay:

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.02.12 10:43:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10788454 . dont know if you guys have seen the above

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.02.12 09:23:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Otago and the Highlanders are run as separate entities. Don’t think it will have an effect on the Super 15.

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  • @slammerboy (Comment 59) :

    i was wondering about that . But Otago must surely have some sort of interest in the Highlanders . ?

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.02.12 09:26:46 by Zibbie Reply
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