Brutal high tackle sees Chiefs reduced to 14 men in see-sawing win over the Hurricanes

Re-live the Chiefs 28-24 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton.

80 mins: That's fulltime, a see-sawing contest in Hamilton with the Chiefs jumping out of the blocks but the Hurricanes pulled it back in the second half. The two teams will meet in Wellington tomorrow in the quarters. 

79 mins: The Chiefs won the turnover, Messam put in a cross-field kick would you believe before the ball fell for Savea to score. Only in Super Rugby...

76 mins: Christie is down now for the Hurricanes after a sickening head clash. A couple of Chiefs down as well. It wouldn't be surprising to see the coaches cowering in the boxes with the number of players that have gone down late in this clash. 

75 mins: Stevenson then launches a sensational counter from behind his own posts. Jacobson is bleeding from the ear. 

74 mins: Lousi with a brutal run over Jacobson, who is not in a good way. 

69 mins: Weber shoots down the shortside and Chiefs are the over the line but it's been awarded. There's a bit of push and shove afterwards. There has certainly been enough to add some spice to next week. It looks like Karpik was the one who scored. McKenzie converts from the sideline. 

65 mins: The Hurricanes look to have scored from a maul. It's being checked upstairs. It's been awarded. It's been a brilliant second half from the Hurricanes, who were definitely caught on the hop by the Chiefs' start. The conversion was unsuccessful. 

63 mins: Red card aside, Messam is on for what is likely to be his last outing in Hamilton as a Chief. 

62 mins: A huge hit and one of Fa'auli will surely be sent off for a no arms tackle. It was Goosen who was on the receiving end of it. Fa'auli has been sent off. 

61 mins: Savea is on to replace Lam, Evans is off the bench for the Canes too.

59 mins: The Canes look to have scored! They're going upstairs but Thomson looks to have scored. It's been awarded. That makes the task that much more difficult for the Chiefs to secure the home quarter. Jordie Barrett has converted. 

57 mins: The Chiefs made an error and the Canes hacked it down field but it was Karpik of all people who was back to dive on the loose ball ahead of Laumape. What an effort. Though McKenzie failed to clear so it will be a 5m scrum for the Canes. Tu'inukuafe is coming on for the Chiefs. 

55 mins: It's a penalty with Henwood doing brilliantly to get over the ball on his own line. The flanker produced a big moment for his side but the penalty did look a little suspect.

53 mins: The Chiefs are over but have they got it down? Doesn't look like it. It's officially a 5m scrum but it was Lienert-Brown who beat a couple of defenders after cutting inside. A fantastic run from the All Blacks centre. 

50 mins: McKenzie tried a chip and was taken out but on the counter, Lam busted through and put Goosen over for a try. It was TJ who clipped McKenzie but there was nothing in it. The try stands. A huge blow for the Chiefs that with Jordie Barrett converting. 

47 mins: It's the Chiefs this time who get the penalty. Another attack from the Hurricanes comes to nothing. They look a bit one dimensional in going to Laumape repeatedly after his heroics against the Blues last week. 

45 mins: Another loose pass from the Canes and the Chiefs were away but the ref penalised them for an illegal clean out. 

42 mins: An incredible move from the normally attacking Hurricanes. They're kicking for goal from some 45m out. Jordie Barrett to take it. This is obviously a ploy to reduce the margin. After all that, he's missed it to the left. 

40 mins: An aimless high kick from B Barrett is taken easily by Alaimalo inside his 22. 

40 mins: TJ kicks it out and that's halftime. What a half from the home side. The Chiefs are a point and a try off the margin of victory they need to leapfrog the Canes and secure a home playoff match against them next week. We'll be back with the action after the break. 

38 mins: A bit of respite for the Canes with a penalty coming from a breakdown.  The Chiefs are still dominating but the Canes have managed to stop some of the bleeding on the scoreboard. 

35 mins: Jordie Barrett does well after fielding a kick virtually on his line. TJ clears a couple of phases later. It's still all the Chiefs here. 

28 mins: The grubber was put through and Stevenson toed the ball ahead, it bounced on its end over a diving Jordie Barrett before Stevenson regathered and found Alaimalo supporting in the middle of the field with a sensational chest pass. McKenzie converts and that margin is within touching distance for the Chiefs. 

27 mins: The Chiefs are in again! What a great try. 

24 mins: Chiefs win the penalty with Laumape not releasing the ball. 

22 mins: McKenzie puts down a Canes' bomb inside his 22 and gives the away side a great chance in the process. 

18 mins: McKenzie converts. Just a reminder, the Chiefs need to win by 22 points with a bonus point to go above the Canes on the ladder and secure a home game next week. That's obviously looking a much more likely scenario now. 

17 mins: Weber has scored! The halfback took an intercept as Barrett threw an inside ball and streaked away from his own half. More bad news for the Canes with Shields coming from the field.

15 mins: Shields is down injured after a copping a clean out in the ribs. He's back on his feet. 

14 mins: A grubber from B Barrett dribbled along the sideline but didn't go out. NMS was on hand to try a football style touch past the defender but the ball ended up in touch. 

11 mins: Weber this time with the bust. He put a kick in and Canes had to take it out. The Chiefs took the throw quickly but the Canes managed to win the ball back. The Chiefs have made a very promising start here and caught the Canes cold in wet conditions. 

8 mins: M McKenzie kmakes no mistake with the conversion. 

6 mins: Pulu makes a great break. He found support but the Chiefs were dragged down short. But they're over! There was no stopping Retallick from close range!

3 mins: Chiefs winger Pulu finds himself in some space down the right but the cover comes across and takes him into touch. From the lineout, the Canes kick out on the full after the ref made it clear the lineout was outside the 22. 

1 mins: B Barrett takes the kick off and hammers a clearance into the Chiefs' half. 

Preview: The Chiefs need to win this final-round clash by 22 points and secure a bonus point in order to leapfrog the Hurricanes into second in the NZ conference and secure a home match in the opening week of the playoffs.

Intriguingly, the likely outcome that the Chiefs fail to win by 22 with a bonus point means these two teams are likely to face each other next weekend.

For the Chiefs, Damian McKenzie is replaced by his brother Marty as he is rested for his second match of the season as directed by the All Blacks.

The home side will be boosted by the return of All Blacks superstar Brodie Retallick in his first match for six weeks.

For the Hurricanes, Ben Lam is replacing Julian Savea on the left wing while a toe injury saw All Black Vea Fifita ruled out.

Chiefs: Solomon Alaimalo, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai (co- capt), Shaun Stevenson, Marty McKenzie, Brad Weber, Jesse Parete, Mitchell Karpik, Lachlan Boshier, Tyler Ardron, Brodie Retallick, Angus Taavao, Liam Polwart, Sam Prattley.

Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Jeff Thwaites, Michael Allardice, Liam Messam,  Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Tiaan Falcon, Jonathan Faauli.

Hurricanes: Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Sam Henwood, Brad Shields (c), Sam Lousi, Michael Fatialofa, Jeff To'omaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Toby Smith

Reserves: James O'Reilly, Chris Eves, Ben May, Gareth Evans, Reed Prinsep, Finlay Christie, Ihaia West, Julian Savea

Former All Blacks coach John Hart appointed one of three NZR representatives on Blues Board

Former All Blacks coach John Hart has been appointed by New Zealand Rugby to the Blues' board.

Hart, along with current NZR Board member Richard Dellabarca and current NZR Rugby Committee member Sam Lotu-Iiga have all been assigned to the board after it was announced last month that NZR had taken a 40 per cent partnership in the Super Rugby club.

NZR boss Steve Tew said it was important that the governing body's representatives on the Blues Board had proven experience in rugby, business and strong connections to the Auckland region.

"We are pleased that John, Richard and Sam are available to represent New Zealand Rugby's partnership interest in the Blues Super Rugby club.

"Their collective skills will extend the existing depth of experience of the Blues Board and in combination with other recent changes to the coaching team and re-signing and recruitment of key players, this is one of many steps to help rebuild the success of the club."

Hart coached the All Blacks between 1996 and 1999, guiding the team to 31 wins in 41 Tests before resigning after the unexpected 1999 World Cup semi-final loss to France.

He also coached Auckland to the NPC title in 1982, 1984 and 1985.

Jonah Lomu will be farewelled at a special ceremony held at Mt Eden park today.
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Jamie Joseph stepping down as Sunwolves coach to focus on Japan's RWC campaign

The Sunwolves will have a fourth head coach in four seasons of Super Rugby after Jamie Joseph announced he'll stand aside in 2019.

Japan national coach Joseph will instead concentrate on preparing the Brave Blossoms for next year's World Cup, which they will host.

He will play a part in appointing next year's Sunwolves coaching staff.

Tony Brown will be favoured to be promoted from assistant coach to head coach, potentially mirroring the same transition that took place at New Zealand's Highlanders in 2017.

Joseph revealed the change at a news conference in Tokyo before the launch of events to celebrate one year to go to the World Cup.

The 48-year-old New Zealander succeeded Filo Tiatia as head coach this year and failed to prevent the Sunwolves picking up the wooden spoon for the second time in their three-year existence.

They also finished last in their inaugural 2016 campaign under Mark Hammett.

The Sunwolves, who have won six of 46 games, look set to struggle again next year.

Josephy revealed a number of his Japanese international players on the Sunwolves roster will sit out the opening rounds of Super Rugby to ensure they are peaking for the World Cup.

Former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph. Source: Photosport



World Rugby urges players to cover tattoos at Japan 2019 to 'respect the culture' and avoid offence

World Rugby organisers have advised players competing at the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup, as well as supporters, to cover up any tattoos in public to avoid causing offence, with markings easily mistaken to be associated with Yakuza, a Japanese mafia.

There is also an education programme put in place by the organisers, which gives information about appropriate footwear to wear indoor and outdoors.

Head of the Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin says the Japanese people will be aware that there will be players not accustomed to Japan's culture.

"We will make (Japanese) people aware around the facilities that players will use in the country that people with tattoos in a Rugby World Cup context are not part of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia," said Gilpin.

"That's where the issue comes from. We have done a lot in the last year or so with the teams to get them to understand that.

"When we raised it with the teams a year or so ago we were probably expecting a frustrated reaction from them but there hasn't been at all. That is a great tribute to the sport itself and to the rugby players themselves."

Gilpin also said players with tattoos are expected to cover up by wearing a vest when swimming in a public pool.

"They all also buy into the idea of putting on a rash-vest in the pool or in a gym as they want to respect the Japanese culture. If they are using a public pool they will have to cover up.

"Players will also have to wear different trainers indoors and outdoors. It will all be self-policing. We won't force any teams to cover up but they will want to because they want to be seen to be respecting the culture.

"Whether it is Scotland, Ireland, Wales or Italy, who have all been there recently, they all get it, they really do."

Beauden Barrett celebrates his try with Aaron Smith.
2nd Bledisloe Cup Test of the 2018 Investec Rugby Championship.
New Zealand All Blacks v Australia (Wallabies) at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on 25 August 2018.
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Beauden Barrett celebrates with Aaron Smith. Source: Photosport

The Rugby World Cup begins on September 20 in 2019 with the opening match to be played between the host nation Japan and Russia at Tokyo Stadium.

Dejected All Blacks Rieko Ioane and TJ Perenara seen after their team's loss during the 2018 Rugby Championship between All Blacks vs South Africa at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Saturday 15th September 2018. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © 2018
Dejected All Blacks Rieko Ioane and TJ Perenara seen after their team's loss during the 2018 Rugby Championship between All Blacks vs South Africa at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Source: Photosport

French rugby skipper Mathieu Bastareaud suspended for five weeks for sickening swinging forearm on prone rival

French rugby skipper and midfielder Mathieu Bastareaud has been suspended for five weeks after his brutal attack on a rival in a Top 14 match in Toulon last week.

The French disciplinary committee handed the Toulon centre a five-match ban, after he was sent off for a swinging forearm attack on Castres lock Christophe Samson while he was lying prone on the ground.

Bastareaud was initially handed a six week ban for the foul play and was given an extra week due to his poor disciplinary record.

But because the 30-year-old pleaded guilty and showed remorse after his attack he had his suspension reduced by two weeks.

He will miss five games for Toulon but will be available for France's Test matches against South Africa, Argentina and Fiji in November.

Bastareaud attacked Castres lock Christophe Samson with a swinging forearm while he was on the ground during a Top 14 match in Toulon. Source: CANAL +