Chiefs smash Reds off the park to seal bonus point win in Brisbane

Relive all of the action from the Chiefs' 36-12 victory over the Reds from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

FULLTIME: Chiefs 36 Reds 12

TRY!!! The Chiefs looking to attack quickly in the final minutes, in search of a bonus point try. They win a penalty and will have a lineout on the Reds' 22.

The siren goes in the background as Taukei'aho's throw evades everyone. The referee stops play after a nasty collision between Sam Cane and George Smith, the Reds will have a scrum feed inside their own half.

Kerevi again hits the line at pace before being tackled. The Reds also looking for a bonus point try, they've got the advantage too before the ref brings play back. The Reds will have a lineout well after fulltime.

The throw has too much on it and the Chiefs have the ball back. Messam is bought down out on the right wing as the referee has the arm out again. McKenzie kicks over the top before we go back for the penalty. McKenzie kicks for the corner as the Chiefs have another lineout,

The throw is good and the Chiefs drive. Taukei'aho with ball in hand as the forwards drive all the way to the line and they've scored! 

Marty McKenzie with the final kick of the match, but he's pushed it away to the left to bring this match to a close.

76 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 12

TRY!! The Reds score again and it's Kerevi doing all the damage at the moment. He slips through two defenders - including Retallick - before sprinting towards the tryline, crossing over for his second of the match.

Lance lines up the kick, but he's hit the upright! A good effort from Kerevi, but probably too little too late for the Reds here.

73 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 7

The Chiefs starting to get sloppy in defence at the moment. They give away another penalty for hands in the ruck, the Reds take the lineout.

67 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 7

Kerevi making things happen for the Reds at the moment. Another strong carry from the Reds' midfielder sees his side earn a penalty, this time against Liam Messam for offside. They go for the lineout and Lance puts the kick right into the corner.

The Reds use a classic training ground move from the lineout, with Rona finding Timu with the number eight scoring up against the upright. Or has he? The TMO interjects as it looks like Timu's lost the ball in the grounding. 

He has lost it, the Chiefs get lucky there. No try the decision.

59 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 7

The Reds go close again, only George Smith knocks the ball on after some great work from Kerevi. The Chiefs will have a scrum to get play restarted.

52 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 7

Johnny Fa'auli has absolutely smashed Caleb Timu! The Reds' number eight is down getting treatment, as the referee checks upstairs for possible foul play. Absolutely nothing wrong with that tackle whatsoever, and the TMO confirms it. Mega hit from Fa'auli!

48 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 7

TRY!! The Reds have a lineout on the Chiefs' 5m line and they drive! Their camped on the Chiefs line - with the forwards looking to work their way over. Lucas makes the call to feed the backs, and finds Kerevi, who charges over from inside the pocket to score. The Reds are on the board in the second spell.

Lance lines up the kick from the left touchline, and he's got it! Brilliant kick.

44 mins: Chiefs 31 Reds 0

TRY!! Error from the Chiefs straight after the break and the Reds will have a scrum. Lucas clears the ball from the back of the scrum to get his side out of danger.

The Chiefs on the attack straight away from the restart. Marty McKenzie finds Alaimalo out on the left who beats his man and draws in the last defender, before getting the ball away to Polwart of all people who goes over on the left wing to score!

Marty McKenzie does brilliantly with the conversion to push the Chiefs' lead out even further.

41 mins: Chiefs 24 Reds 0

Marty McKenzie gets the second half underway at Suncorp.

HALFTIME: Chiefs 24 Reds 0

The Reds try and force an opening before halftime before losing the ball. The Chiefs give possession straight back though and the Reds will have one last chance to grab some points before the break. They go wide to Toua who finds some space, before looking for Daugunu out wide, unfortunately his pass goes to no one, into touch to bring the first half to a close.

34 mins: Chiefs 24 Reds 0

Possible try for the Chiefs! Sam Cane puts Ardron through before the big lock tries to fire a pass back inside to Polwart. The hooker then looks for Tahuriorangi who scores, but the referee wants to check a possible forward pass.

Replays show that it was forward from Ardron to Polwart. Another one ruled out for the Chiefs.

30 mins: Chiefs 24 Reds 0

TRY!! The Chiefs charge the Reds' line from the back of the scrum. Tahuriorangi goes and wins the advantage, next thing Brodie Retallick picks and goes and barges over for a try!

Marty McKenzie lines up his first kick of the night - and it's good!

28 mins: Chiefs 17 Reds 0

The Chiefs again work the ball upfield from the back of a scrum. Cane makes a break before being tackled and the Chiefs have to regroup, Fa'auli fires a loose pass and gives away possession. The Reds look to counter now, Lance kicks downfield to Ngatai. 

The Chiefs come once more, with Alaimalo making a burst down the wing. Ngatai kicks for the corner, but Rodda is the only one there. Fa'auli comes out of nowhere and wins the penalty as the Reds' lock doesn't release the ball. Chiefs scrum.

24 mins: Chiefs 17 Reds 0

Bad news, Damian McKenzie has failed a concussion test. His brother Marty takes his place at first-five.

18 mins: Chiefs 17 Reds 0

TRY!! This time the Chiefs go over though! The Chiefs turn the ball over from the Reds' scrum, with Tahuriorangi finding Retallick, who finds McKenzie. The first-five wraps around, before beating the last man to get the pass away to Ngatai who scores! Great play from McKenzie!

McKenzie adds the extras without any trouble.

15 mins: Chiefs 10 Reds 0

That is brilliant from the Chiefs! McKenzie breaks through the Reds' line after a quick one two with Fa'auli, before firing wide to Alaimalo who races away to score. Or has he? The ref wants to check the grounding. Oh no, he's just let go of the ball before planting it. Reds scrum.

13 mins: Chiefs 10 Reds 0

TRY!! The Reds look to respond right away. Wainui is smashed by Taniela Tupou (aka the Tongan Thor). The Chiefs look to move the ball wide, McKenzie has a burst down the flank before finding Polwart, before getting a penalty. The Chiefs take the lineout.

They look to move the ball, Tahuriorangi finds Boshier just in front of the posts and he crashes over from close range! First try of the night and it's the Chiefs who get it.

McKenzie has no problem with the kick from right in front.

7 mins: Chiefs 3 Reds 0

Penalty! The Chiefs have a shot at goal after an early infringement from the Reds. McKenzie lines up the shot from the 40m line and he's nailed it to put the Chiefs in front early on.

5 mins: Chiefs 0 Reds 0

Tahuriorangi feeds the scrum and Sowakula runs off the back. The ball goes back to McKenzie who kicks over the top for the Reds to try and counter. The Chiefs' defence is firm though, with the ball going back to Toua who clears the danger for the Reds. Chiefs lineout.

3 mins: Chiefs 0 Reds 0

The Chiefs with the first lineout of the match, and Polwart's throw is good. the Chiefs go wide to Alaimalo who goes down in the tackle. McKenzie tries to step his way through before being brought down. Ngatai has a run at the line but loses the ball in the tackle. 

The Reds make the most of their advantage, before Slipper loses the ball forward. Scrum for the Chiefs.

KICK OFF: Chiefs 0 Reds 0

We're away in Brisbane! Jono Lance kicks deep into Chiefs territory to get the ball rolling.

9:40pm

Both sides back in the sheds for their final preparations, kick off not far away in Brisbane.

PRE MATCH

Looking to bounce back from a loss to the Hurricanes in their last match, the Chiefs travel to Brisbane against a Reds side second from bottom in the Australian Conference.

The Chiefs' record against the Reds in recent time makes for good reading for the Kiwi side, with a 120-25 points aggregate in favour of the New Zealanders.

To make things worse for the Reds, their 13 tries scored this season is the lowest by any side in the 2018 campaign.

TEAMS:

Chiefs: 15. Charlie Ngatai (c), 14. Sean Wainui, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Johnny Fa'auli, 11. Solomon Alaimalo, 10. Damian McKenzie, 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8. Pita Gus Sowakula, 7. Sam Cane (c), 6. Lachlan Boshier, 5. Tyler Ardron, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Angus Ta'avao, 2. Liam Polwart, 1. Karl Tu'Inukuafe.

Reserves: 16. Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17. Sam Prattley, 18. Jeff Thwaites, 19. Luke Jacobson, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Marty McKenzie, 23. Alex Nankivell.

Reds: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Filipo Daugunu, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Samu Kerevi, 11. Izaia Perese, 10. Jono Lance, 9. Ben Lucas, 8. Caleb Timu, 7. Liam Wright, 6. Angus Scott-Young, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Izack Rodda, 3. Taniela Tupou, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1. James Slipper (c).

Reserves: 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. George Smith, 21. Moses Sorovi, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Jordan Petaia


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Sam Cane's neck operation a success, as All Blacks star prepares to return home

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has undergone a successful surgery in South Africa, having fractured a bone in his neck in last weekend's win over South Africa.

Cane, 26, came off early in his side's 32-30 win, where it was revealed that he'd suffered the fracture. He's expected to be out for the rest of the 2018 season.

In a post on Instagram, the All Blacks revealed that surgery had gone to plan, and that Cane was in good spirits ahead of his return to New Zealand.

Sam Cane is injured. Investec Rugby Championship, All Blacks vs Australia, Rugby Union Test Match Eden Park, Auckland. 25 August 2018. Copyright Image: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz
Sam Cane. Source: Photosport

"All Blacks loose forward @samcane7 is up and about after his successful operation in South Africa and wants to pass on his thanks for all the support he has received from everyone in New Zealand and around the world," the All Blacks posted.

"All Blacks Doctor Tony Page says Cane's operation has been a success and he'll be flying home sometime over the next few days. He will spend the next six weeks in a neck brace as part of the first steps to making a full recovery.

"Thank you everyone for your get well messages."

Sam Cane after neck surgery in South Africa
Sam Cane after neck surgery in South Africa Source: Instagram/All Blacks


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European rugby writer lays boot into Julian Savea as Toulon slump worsens

Former All Blacks wing Julian Savea's form slump has followed him to France, finding himself on the bench for new club Toulon as they struggle in the Top 14.

Savea, 28, left New Zealand for the cash rich French giants at the end of this year's Super Rugby competition, however he has struggled since becoming the latest addition to the star-studded Toulon backline, failing to cross over for a single try so far this season.

His on-field woes have been compounded, with Savea finding himself on the bench for Toulon's 29-17 defeat to Montpellier last weekend, their fifth loss in their past seven games, currently sitting 12th in the Top 14 standings.

Writing for the Times, European rugby correspondent Owen Slot singled out Savea, also hitting out at the social media antics of wife, Fatima.

"His short term of duty has become best known for the Twitter account of his wife, who has watched her husband's new team and offered such observations as: 'I swear this team doesn't know how to pass' and 'rugby on this side of the world is very behind. I feel Julian's pain out there on the field'," Slot says.

"Players such as Savea and (Malakai) Fekitoa do not just lose the competitive hunger.

"That is why, in the post-Jonny Wilkinson years, there have still been special days when Toulon have risen up and they will continue to do so, almost as a reminder of their individual class. These are still great players who love playing together."

The behaviour of Savea's wife also drew comment - or lack thereof - from Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal, saying: ""I'm not saying anything bad about Madame Savea, because you've seen how her husband is built."

Toulon currently find themselves 16 points behind Top 14 leaders Clermont.

Savea was quick to shut down suggestions he could've rekindled his All Blacks career elsewhere from the Hurricanes.
Julian Savea Source: Photosport


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All Blacks front row trio firming for Mitre 10 Cup injury returns

The All Blacks will welcome the return to action of three key players, with front rowers Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala and Joe Moody all vying to make their comebacks from injury in this weekend's Mitre 10 Cup action.

Coles, 31, hasn't played since last year's All Blacks end of year tour after a knee injury, but has been a part of the All Blacks' squad during this year's Rugby Championship.

The dynamic hooker should find himself back on the field this weekend, expected to be on the bench in Wellington's clash with Taranaki on Friday in New Plymouth.

Meanwhile, Moody and Laulala will square off against one another when Canterbury visit Counties Manukau on Saturday.

Moody, 30, has been out of action since breaking his thumb against the Wallabies at Eden Park in August, while Laulala has been sidelined with a broken forearm since the beginning of March.

Steve Hansen says the hooker isn't far from a return to the pitch. Source: 1 NEWS


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NZ Rugby turned down chance for Matt Todd return clause - report

New Zealand Rugby will be left rueing turning down putting a return clause in flanker Matt Todd's contract with Japanese side Panasonic Wild Knights, amid an ongoing loose forward injury crisis.

With Sam Cane suffering a fractured neck against South Africa last weekend, Ardie Savea is now left as the only specialist number seven with the All Blacks squad.

According to Stuff, Todd's Japanese club offered New Zealand Rugby a clause in his current deal that would allow him to be selected despite it breaching selection policy of representing an offshore side - which was turned down.

As things stand, North Harbour's Dillon Hunt and Hawke's Bay's Gareth Evans are the most likely replacements, although neither of the pair have yet played a Test match.

All Blacks flanker Matt Todd makes a break .
New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies. Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 22 October 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks flanker Matt Todd makes a break against the Wallabies. Source: Photosport


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