Chiefs named for final

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 Aug 2012 at 08:30
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Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has been able to name an unchanged match 22 for this week’s Super Rugby Final against the Sharks in Hamilton.

Initial injury concerns over captain Craig Clarke, who picked up a knock to the knee in last weekend’s semi-final win over the Crusaders, appear to have abated and Rennie has opted to make no unenforced changes to the unit that downed the seven-times champions in a tense, 20-17 victory.

For the Sharks, whose legs may feel a little tired in the second half, the presence of four All Blacks on a strong Chiefs bench will be a concern, with the likes of Hika Elliot, Sam Cane and Lelia Masaga certain to look to open things up in the final quarter.

Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams ,13. Andrew Horrell ,12. Sonny Bill Williams , 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 10. Aaron Cruden , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 8. Kane Thompson , 7. Tanerau Latimer , 6. Liam Messam , 5. Brodie Retallick , 4. Craig Clarke (capt) , 3. Ben Tameifuna ,2. Mahonri Schwalger ,1. Sona Taumalolo
Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Ben Afeaki , 18. Michael Fitzgerald , 19. Sam Cane , 20. Brendon Leonard , 21. Jackson Willison , 22. Lelia Masaga


  • Damn that was fast!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.12 08:35:06 by Die Kriek Reply
  • What time is kick off? (SA Time)

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.12 09:01:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : 9h35

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.12 09:04:58 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 3) : Not ideal for a huge party . . . 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.12 09:05:53 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Damn there is some hard men in that team, squaring up to be a great match. But I have a sneaky suspicion the Chiefs think that they won their final last week against the Saders. I am cautiously optimistic for this game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.12 09:07:31 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Come on people, Rob has done it, so can you!
    Show your support!

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.12 09:10:03 by Die Kriek Reply

  • As I recall Taumololo niggled McCaw all night last week and it seemed to work.

    Should we not anticipate that they`ll use the same tactic against Bissie?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.12 09:10:08 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Haha yay! I only notice now that I finally have three stars :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.12 09:11:39 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 5) : “But I have a sneaky suspicion the Chiefs think that they won their final last week against the Saders.”

    misguided suspicion: “Wayne Smith was liberal in his praise of the Sharks. ‘We’ve been watching them win eight of their last nine matches, they’ve had quite a number of sudden-death performances so they’re used to it, while we haven’t had to go down the same road.

    ‘So they will have forged a really good spirit and while they will be trying to battle that travel factor and have come a long way, you can win away from home and they’ve shown that,’ he said.

    ‘We’ve just got to go out expecting them to be at their best, just as we expected the Crusaders to be at their best. They’re physical and probably the most talented team on paper if you look at them among those other South African teams.

    ‘We weren’t at our best [the last time they met] and they weren’t at their best – this will be a different kettle of fish.’

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.12 09:13:12 by Megatron Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : Congrats…Its a long road to 4 stars :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.12 09:13:15 by Viking Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : Too true, I think this is going to be the most physical and most brutal match of the tournament, won’t be surprised if some handbags get thrown around.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.12 09:19:09 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 10) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.12 09:26:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 10) :
    It’s a very long road from 4-5 stars and years from 5 stars to platinum

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.12 09:27:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : Haha as long as there is something to say about the Sharks, I’m sure I will reach it someday

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.12 09:28:30 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : Baby steps…You guys catch us with the first 2 stars that come quite easily, BUT THEN … 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.12 09:30:23 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 15) : I had my second star in a month! Been a few months now and still no third!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.12 09:35:32 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : Aag that’s an old tactic by overseas teams, talking their South African opposition up.

    Problem is, the Sharks ARE by a country mile the underdogs for Saturday and most non die-hard-Sharks supporters will have their money on the Chiefs.

    So try again Wayne – you’ll have to do better than that to convince your boys that they are not the overwhelming favorites.

    I bet they’ve put a ban on any reporting from sports scientists in their newspapers – should be a 20 point margin by now 😆

    Though, have to agree Mega, hoping the Chiefs had their best game last week is suicide – this is finals rugby

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.08.12 09:37:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : Keep at it…Random posts like these goes a long way to getting the next star 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.08.12 09:42:16 by Viking Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : well i wasn’t talking about who is blowing smoke up whose arse, just showing KR that the chiefs brainstrust don’t believe their final was last week:

    “Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith said it is imperative that they rise to the level of performance which they displayed against the Crusaders last week.

    ‘We’ve got to, otherwise we’re not going to win it and not too many teams are able to back up two great performances in a row,’ said Smith.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.08.12 09:46:09 by Megatron Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : I think platinum stars are reserved for people without real jobs, who can sit and blog all day… 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.08.12 09:51:52 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : I agree with you there, can’t go into the game thinking the Chiefs already played their best game last week – probably more wishful thinking than anything else.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.12 09:53:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • My nerves are finished. Don’t know what to do for the next 48 hours. Surely not work.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.08.12 09:55:36 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Had a look at the community stats on Superbru. Suprisingly enough with over 40 000 picks ats still 50/50 ❓ Seems like theres a lot of people that fancy the sharks chances…

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.08.12 10:04:25 by Viking Reply
  • @Bite me (Comment 22) : Unfortunately some of us have to, otherwise you may have to fake insanity (no faking will be needed on my part, just less hiding it)

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.08.12 10:06:24 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 23) : Or just hopeful fans who will never bet against their team. *raises hand

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.08.12 10:10:34 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 24) : Insanity… So that explains the irrational statements you were flinging about with gay abandon yesterday…

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.08.12 10:16:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 26) : It may be, would that be an acceptable defence?

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.08.12 10:25:39 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 27) : Hey with the Non Compus Mentus plea you can get out of most predicaments :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.08.12 10:29:41 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • what is amazing is how everyone is looking at the sharks and missing how the chiefs are. They are similar as us, if you put them under immense pressure they tilt, push their tight five back, pressure scrummie & cruden and they wont have the most fun of times. When we just lost earlier this year we were doing that, we know how to beat them.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.08.12 10:30:16 by Dunx Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 28) : Lawyer? Or previously insane?

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.08.12 10:33:27 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Die Saaks is gevaaaalik. Like Ashwin would say it. 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.08.12 10:46:24 by Quintin Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 29) : you were dong that and still lost, doesn’t say much does it? 😀

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.08.12 10:50:48 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 32) : We´re hardly the same side form-wise from the one that closely lost to them earlier in the season. I´m not sure what happened, but this Sharks team has turned 180 since then.

    Having said that, the Chiefs have also improved a lot and love playing off front-foot ball. If we don´t dominate them up front and starve them of possession, we´re screwed, but I do have a sneaky feeling we´re going to pull it off.

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.08.12 11:01:53 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 31) : Whahaha, daai verkleurmannetjie ook nou ‘n kamma kamma Saaaak :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.08.12 11:11:02 by Volstruis Reply

  • Four AB’s on the bench…thats hectic, lets hope Masaga dont get more than 5 minutes ❗ ❗ Good luck to the Saaaaaaks

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.08.12 11:13:24 by Volstruis Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : Sal self nie omgee vir ‘n ou 3de sterretjie nie…wat is die vereiste vir graduation na die 3de ene ❓

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.08.12 11:15:41 by Volstruis Reply

  • Sharks team for the final….

    15 Ludik
    14 Jordaan
    13 JPP (he and Jordaan to swop around when needed)
    12 Lambie
    11 Mvovo
    10 Fred
    09 Mcleod
    08 Kanko
    07 Marcel
    06 Daniel (Capt)
    05 Bresler
    04 Alberts
    03 Jannie
    02 Bismark
    01 Beast

    16 Burden
    17 Herbst
    18 Sykes
    19 Deysel
    20 Botes/Odwa
    21 Bosman
    22 Viljoen

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.08.12 11:18:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 27) : Let’s see, you accused me of fraternising with Aussies… so no, not acceptable. If a district surgeon declared you certifiably insane, and suffering from rabies, paranoid delusions and withdrawals from a crippling drug dependency, then maybe…

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.08.12 11:26:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 37) : Good team…I like Jordaan on the wing and hin and JPP swopping at times. Will bring a different perspective to the game for the Chiefs to strugle with

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.08.12 11:34:13 by Viking Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) : Thanks for clearing that up. 25 years under the rock it is then

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.08.12 11:35:13 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 37) : Hold on. According to the sharks website, Jordaan is at inside and Lambie at fullback! Ludik remains on the wing…

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.08.12 11:35:57 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 39) : Jordaan is at 12, Ludik stays on the wing, Pat gets the 15

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.08.12 11:36:04 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 37) : Expected

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.08.12 11:37:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Jordaan will have to put in a massive performance to keep SBW in check. I do however believe he can do it. He is young and mitivated and will not let anything stand in his way of achieving the result on saturday…

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.08.12 11:37:18 by Viking Reply
  • I hope Bizzie can crown his 100th with a bit of silverware. Well done bissie on an outstanding 100 games!!!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.08.12 11:38:57 by Viking Reply
  • 😮

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.08.12 12:03:24 by markm Reply

  • good luck to the boys :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.08.12 08:43:28 by pete69 Reply


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