Lions hold on to win Super Rugby thriller after late Chiefs fightback

Relive 1 NEWS Now's live coverage of tonight's Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and the Lions at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.


Malcolm Marx.
Chiefs v Lions, Super Rugby, FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. 19 April 2019. © Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /
Lions hooker Malcolm Marx on the charge during a Super Rugby match against the Chiefs. Source: Photosport

The Lions hold onto win after a late fightback from the Chiefs. It was too little too late from the Chiefs and the Lions come away with a crucial win over.

79 mins - CHIEFS 17 LIONS 23

DROP GOAL! Elton Jantjies sets up in the pocket and he slots a clutch 30m drop-goal with just a minute left in the match.

76 mins - CHIEFS 17 LIONS 20

TRY! The Chiefs are in again! Marty McKenzie spots acres of space behind the Lions defensive line and he puts in a clever cross-field kick for Alex Nankivell who regathers the ball. He is tackled just short of the try-line but he manages to get away an offload for reserve back Tumua Manu to score.

Marty McKenzie slots his first conversion of the match and the Chiefs now trail by just three points with three minutes remaining in the match.

64 mins - CHIEFS 10 LIONS 20

TRY! The Chiefs are over again! It all started with a breakout run from Sean Wainui off the kick-off. The Chiefs look to have got their second wind, Luke Jacobson makes a surging run down the right side and is tackled 5m from the try-line. Chiefs prop Nepo Laulala gets his hands on the ball and there is no stopping him from that close to the try-line.

Marty McKenzie misses again from the sideline.

60 mins - CHIEFS 5 LIONS 20

TRY! The Chiefs skipper Brad Weber comes up with a bit of magic! He scoots down the left edge after scrum around halfway. The Lions are scrambling on defence, Weber is tackled around the 22m line and he offloads the ball to Marty McKenzie.

The Chiefs spread the ball out wide to the right side and Sean Wainui dives over down the left hand corner for the first try of the night for the home team.

Marty McKenzie can't convert from the side-line.

55 mins - CHIEFS 0 LIONS 20

NO TRY! The Lions step up on defence just as it looked like the Chiefs could be in for their first try. The Chiefs are 5m out from the try-line and the Lions come up with some great counter rucking to turn the ball over.

45 mins - CHIEFS 0 LIONS 20

NO TRY! Brad Weber makes a try-saving tackle on Lions lock Marvin Orie who fumbles the ball 5m out of the Chiefs' own goal-line. The home team isn't out of trouble yet, as they go up a dominant Lions pack who has had the better of them so far at scrum time.

40 mins - CHIEFS 0 LIONS 20

And we are back underway with the Lions kicking off short and high towards the Chiefs.


The home team can only blame themselves for a disastrous start in the first spell. The Lions have continued to cause problems for the home side at scrum time, with Chiefs' failing to hold onto the ball while on attack inside the Lions' half.

A big blow for the Chiefs with fullback Jack Debreczeni injured late in the first half, he is replaced by Shaun Stevenson.

39 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 20

TRY! The Lions spread the ball quickly to their left edge after a turnover around halfway. Lions skipper Warren Whitely puts in a sneaky grubber in behind Sean Wainui and Aphiwe Dyantyi beats everyone to the ball.

He regathers the ball as Wainui slips over and Dyantyi finishes a great Lions play just before the break.

Elton Jantjies makes no mistake with his shot at goal and the Lions lead the Chiefs 20-0 at halftime.

35 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 13

Angus Ta’avao.
Chiefs v Blues, Super Rugby, FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. 13 April 2019. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /
Chiefs prop Angus Ta’avao in action against the Blues. Source: Photosport

TRY! The Lions' gamble pays off as tight-head prop Carlu Sadie crashes over for the first five-pointer of the match from close range. It appeared he might have lost it over the line, but replays show he grounded the ball before losing control of it.

Elton Jantjies keeps his kicking record for the match at 100 per cent with a successful kick from the side-line.

34 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 6

PENALTY! And again the Chiefs are punished at scrum time as the Lions have the home back-pedaling. The Lions turn down a shot at goal and kick to the corner for a line-out.

28 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 6

THREE! The Chiefs are struggling big time at scrum time as they are penalised again. Elton Jantjies strikes the ball sweetly from 42m out and extends his side's lead.

19 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 3

PENALTY! Lions flanker Kwagga Smith is penalised just outside his own 22 for not releasing Sean Wainui in the tackle. The Chiefs turn down a shot at goal and kick to the corner for a line-out. 

10 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 3

THREE! The Chiefs are penalised for an infringement at scrum time and Elton Jantjies converts a penalty kick from right in front of the goal posts.

7 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 0

NO TRY! Prop Calu Sadie has some help from his Lions teammate as he crashes over the try-line, but the referee rules that he was held up over the chalk. The Lions still have the ball and have a real chance to strike first here.

3 mins: CHIEFS 0 LIONS 0

INTERCEPT! Chiefs hooker Liam Polwart makes a brilliant intercept around halfway and he's off! He shows some good pace for a forward and is brought down 10m from the Lions' goal-line.

He attempts a pop pass off the ground and Anton Lienert-Brown can't hold onto it. The Lions have a scrum deep in their 22.


KICK-OFF! And we are underway with Marty McKenzie kicking off high and long towards the Lions.


The last time the Chiefs took on the Lions, the South African Super Rugby side came out on top 36-32.

The home team have managed to turn their season around after a horror start, beating the Blues last week 33-29.

But the Chiefs are without All Blacks stars Damian McKenzie, Brodie Retallick and Nathan Harris for tonight's fixture, side-lined due to injuries.

Halfback Brad Weber has been named to skipper the Chiefs, with Jack Debreczeni named to start at fullback.

The Lions welcome back their skipper Warren Whitely who has been out for several weeks due to a pectoral injury.


Chiefs: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Angus Ta’avao.

Reserves: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Tumua Manu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Sti Sithole.

Reserves: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Frans Van Wyk, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Andries Coetzee.

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