'You can't take anything for granted' - Kiwi star Bundee Aki stays humble after first try for Ireland

Ireland's Kiwi centre Bundee Aki was jubilant after scoring his first try for his adopted country in the 56-19 Six Nations win over Italy in Dublin this morning.

Starting in the number 13 jersey, Aki crashed over from close range for Ireland's thrid try of the match, breaking his try scoring duck in just his fourth Test match.

Speaking after the match, the former Chiefs and Counties Manukau star couldn't hide his happiness in helping his team register their second consecutive Six Nations victory.

"I was just so happy to be able to get over the line and help out the boys, and to get the score on the board was a bonus," Aki told SportsJOE.

"To get my first try for this team is something special."

However, Aki also conceded that he'll need to work hard to keep his place in the side, with stars like Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose to return to Ireland's ranks in the near future.

"As you can see on our team, there are a lot of quality players and you can't take anything for granted."

"You have to make sure you are putting your head down, working, improving and putting your hand up to take that spot again."


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Blues crowned 2018 Brisbane Tens champions after miraculous try at the death by powerhouse George Moala

Relive all the action from 1 NEWS NOW'S coverage of day two of the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

12.05am - FINAL - BLUES 10 HURRICANES 7

TRY! George Moala has snatched it at the death with a sensational individual effort beating several Hurricanes to power over the try-line.

11.58pm - FINAL - BLUES 5 HURRICANES 7

TRY! Akira Ioane crashes over in the corner and the Blues are on the scoreboard. Conversion is no good.

11.47pm - HALFTIME - FINAL - BLUES 0 HURRICANES 7

A solid first half for the Hurricanes, a lot of errors creeping in for the Blues. Get ready for a massive second half from the Auckland franchise.

11.41pm - FINAL - BLUES 0 HURRICANES 7

TRY! The Hurricanes execute a perfect line-out set move and Alex Fidow powers over to score the first five-pointer of the match.

11.36pm - FINAL - BLUES 0 HURRICANES 0

And we are underway with the men's final between the Blues and the Hurricanes.

11.15pm - WOMEN'S FINAL - NSW 5 v REDS 15

TRY! Alysia Fakaosilea wins it for the Reds, putting on a crunching tackle before scoring the match winner for Queensland! A wonderful match that went right down to the wire. Up next the Blues take on the Hurricanes in the men's final.

11.06pm - WOMEN'S FINAL - NSW 5 v REDS 5

After the first period of extra time the scores remain level and we are going into a second period of extra time. What a match!

11.00pm - WOMEN'S FINAL - NSW 5 v REDS 5

An excellent surge from the Queensland side as they score at the death to even up the scores and send it into overtime.

10.43pm - WOMEN'S FINAL - NSW 5 v REDS 0

The NSW women's are up by one try over Queensland at halftime. The wet conditions have been causing all sorts of problems for the both sides in the first spell.

FULLTIME - SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 14 CRUSADERS 10

The Hurricanes have cemented their spot in the final and will face the Blues for the Global Tens 2018 title.

10.23pm: SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 14 CRUSADERS 10

TRY! Jone Macilai goes one on one against Losi Filipo and he fends him before running over to score an important try for the Crusaders. The conversion is no good and the Crusaders trail by four-points with two minutes remaining in the match.

HALFTIME - SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 14 CRUSADERS 5

10.07pm: SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 14 CRUSADERS 5

TRY! Jamie Booth pops up again and scores his second try of the match for the Canes. He spotted that the Crusaders had no one at the back and put through a cheeky chip kick which he regathered and went on to score close to the goal posts. The Hurricanes nail the conversion from close range.

10.04pm: SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 7 CRUSADERS 5

TRY! The Crusaders reply with a try of their own after George Bridge opts to back himself and burn two Hurricanes defenders to score his side's first try. The conversion is no good and the Canes hold a two-point lead.

10.02pm: SEMI-FINAL 2 - HURRICANES 7 CRUSADERS 0

TRY! The Hurricanes strike first through Jamie Booth who score a brilliant try close to the uprights after a great initial run from skipper Julian Savea.

9.55pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 22 REDS 10

TRY! Dalton Papalii can thank his teammate for delivering a sublime no look offload as he cruises over the try-line to score the match winner. 

9.52pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 17 REDS 10

TRY! The Reds are back in the match after Andrew Ready crashes over to score from close range. The conversion is no good from the Reds and they trail by seven points with two minutes remaining on the clock.

9.48pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 17 REDS 5

TRY! It's another big forward for the Blues who gets a crucial five-pointer - Kurt Ecklund. He dives over to score down the left edge after some good ball playing and final pass from Dalton Papalii.

9.41pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 12 REDS 5

TRY! Jordan Olsen shows great footwork to score an important try for the Blues right on the stroke of haltime, the Blues are up 12-5 over the home team in the first semi-final.

9.35pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 7 REDS 5

TRY! Sam Nock answers immediately for the Blues, finishing off a long range try for the Auckland franchise.

9.33pm: SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 0 REDS 5

TRY! Jayden Ngamanu opens up the scoring for the home side, making a well-timed intercept to get his side on the front foot. 

SEMI-FINAL 2 - CRUSADERS v HURRICANES - 10pm

WOMEN'S FINAL - NSW v REDS - 10.30pm

8.55pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 35 WARATAHS 24

TRY! Malo Tuitama bolts and scores the match winning try to cement the Canes a spot in the semi-final against the Crusaders. It was Losi Filipo who came up with the spot tackle on Drew Mitchell which forced the error.

The Waratahs score a late try through Will Miller - but it is a little too late.

8.50pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 28 WARATAHS 14

TRY! Taqele Naiyaravoro plucks an intercept and jogs over the try-line to score for the Waratahs.

8.47pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 28 WARATAHS 7

TRY! A spectacular kick-off from the Canes with Du'Plessis Kirifi finishing off a great play. Perfect timing from the Hurricanes to get the ball back and come up with a double blow against the Tahs.

8.45pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 21 WARATAHS 7

TRY! Oh no! The Waratahs come up with another error with Hurricanes' Peter Umaga-Jensen pouncing on a poor pass and scoring close to the goal posts.

8.41pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 14 WARATAHS 7

TRY! Ben Lam is just too big and too strong, as he crashes over to score from close range to give the Hurricanes the lead for the first time of the match.

8.39pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 7 WARATAHS 7

TRY! Great counter attack from the Hurricanes as they run it out from their own 22m line. Losi Filipo is the benefactor as he creeps up on the inside and crosses over the try-line for the Canes' first try of the match. 

8.35pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 0 WARATAHS 7

TRY! Alex Newsome makes the Hurricanes pay for a poor pass and he sprints away untouched and scores under the posts. The Waratahs are up 7-0 against the Canes.

8.31pm: Q2 - HURRICANES 0 WARATAHS 0

The winner of this match will cement a spot in the semi-final against the Crusaders.

8.29pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 19

It is all over for the Chiefs with the Reds winning 19-7, setting up a semi-final showdown against the Blues.

8.25pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 19

TRY! Izaia Perese scores a sensational try as the Reds are on the verge of eliminating the defending champs with only one minute left on the clock. A bad miss tackle from the Chiefs Solomon Alaimalo costs the Chiefs.

8.21pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 12

TRY! Angus Blyth has been awarded a controversial try with replays showing the big Reds foward's right foot was in touch before he grounded the ball over the try-line.

8.18pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 7

A lot of mistakes creeping in from both teams, seven more minutes in the match. Can the defending champs cement their spot in the semi-final. 

8.12pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 7

TRY! Angus Blyth scores a crucial try for the Reds just before the break. The scores are level 7-7 with the Queensland Reds nailing the conversion from out wide.

8.07pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 7 REDS 0

TRY! After being camped deep in their half for six minutes, the Chiefs march up field 90 metres and score through Solomon Alaimalo. The Chiefs have made a habit of scoring long range tries from counter attack play.

8.01pm: Q1 - CHIEFS 0 REDS 0

7.59pm: The Brumbies were no match for the NSW women's side going down 22-0. Up next we have the first quarter-final between the Chiefs and the Reds.

7.47pm: The NSW women's team lead the Brumbies 5-0 at halftime after a late try just by Bo Vette-Welsh.

7.31pm: The Queensland Reds women's side have dominated the Melbourne Rebels 36-0. Up next we have the NSW women taking on the Brumbies for a spot in the women's final.

7.17pm: It's one way traffic at the moment as the Queensland women's team lead the Melbourne Rebels 24-0 at halftime.

7.05pm: HURRICANES 12 BRUMBIES 10

The Hurricanes have held on to beat the Brumbies 12-10 in the final pool match in the men's competition.

7.02pm: HURRICANES 12 BRUMBIES 10

6.54pm: HURRICANES 12 BRUMBIES 5

TRY! Julian Savea does well to suck in two defenders, before freeing up the ball out wide for Alex Fidow - he strolls over to score under the posts, scoring his second try of the match. The conversion is successful from in front. 

6.48pm: HURRICANES 5 BRUMBIES 5

TRY! The Brumbies are penalised on the halftime buzzer for being offside and the Canes tap and go and spread the ball out wide to the left edge. Alex Fidow makes an easy catch and dives over to score and level it up at 5-5. The conversion is off target from the Hurricanes out wide.

6.41pm: HURRICANES 0 BRUMBIES 5

TRY! The Brumbies strike first through Jordan Jackson-Hope who dives over to score the first try of the match down the left edge. Great patience shown by the Brumbies as they recycled the ball well and built good positive phases.

The Brumbies fail to add the extras from out wide. 

6.34pm: CRUSADERS 17 FIJI 0

The Crusaders keep a clean sheet. Fiji were unlucky not to score in the final play of the match with the ball bouncing the way of the Crusaders. Up next we have the Hurricanes taking on the Brumbies.

6.28pm: CRUSADERS 17 FIJI 0

TRY! The Crusaders show great patience to score their third try. The Crusaders have an overlap down the left edge and Tom Christie strolls over to score against the tired Fijians. 

Crusaders prop Andrew Makalio.
Crusaders v Hurricanes. Brisbane Global Rugby 10s, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Day 1, Friday 9 February 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Crusaders prop Andrew Makalio. Source: Photosport

6.17pm: CRUSADERS 12 FIJI 0

TRY! The Crusaders lay on an exquisite team try, with their support players and offloading game causing all sorts of headaches for the Fijian defence. The conversion is no good from the Crusaders.

6.11pm: CRUSADERS 7 FIJI 0

TRY! Jone Macilai crosses over the white line to score the first try for the Crusaders. Brett Cameron ignited the attack for the Crusaders sniping through a massive gap in Fiji's defence before Macilai crossed over the try-line to score. The conversion is online for the Crusaders and they are in front 7-0.

6.05pm: CHIEFS 15 WARATAHS 12

The Chiefs finish on top of Pool B after edging the Waratahs 15-12. Up next we have the Crusaders taking on Fiji. 

Tim Nanai-Williams. Chiefs v Waratahs. Day 1. Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Saturday 11 February 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Chiefs player Tim Nanai-Williams. Source: Photosport

5.56pm: CHIEFS 15 WARATAHS 12

TRY! Mack Mason gets the Waratahs back into the match with a clever chip and chase and score. The conversion is good and the Waratahs now trail by three points.

5.50pm: CHIEFS 15 WARATAHS 5

TRY! Oh no that's got to hurt. The Chiefs crash over to score after the halftime buzzer through Lachlan McWhannel. The offloading game from the Chiefs is proving to be the difference against the Waratahs.

5.47pm: CHIEFS 10 WARATAHS 5

TRY! Solomon Alaimalo scores the try that gets his side the Chiefs in front. Great patience shown by the Chiefs as they marched their way up field - before shifting the ball through the hands.

5.43pm: CHIEFS 5 WARATAHS 5

TRY! Taqele Naiyaravoro fends off Chiefs' Charlie Ngatai before charging down the left edge and slams the ball over the try-line with a sensational diving finish. The scores are level 5-5.

5.39pm: CHIEFS 5 WARATAHS 0

TRY! The Waratahs had most of possession early in the match and the Chiefs get a turnover deep in their own half. The Waratahs are penalised for not releasing in the ruck and the Chiefs opt for a quick tap and go. And it is Jonathan Taumateine who goes end-to-end showing great pace to score down the right edge. The conversion is unsuccessful from the Chiefs.

5.37pm: CHIEFS 0 WARATAHS 0

And we are underway as the Waratahs kick off deep to the Chiefs!

FULLTIME - HIGHLANDERS 7 PAU 22

Pau have created a massive upset against the Highlanders, earning their first win of the tournament. Up now we have the Waratahs taking on the Chiefs.

5.31pm: HIGHLANDERS 7 PAU 22

Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders gets a pass away during the Global Tens Tournament at Suncorp Stadium,  Brisbane Australia on February 09, 2018. Photo : Patrick Hamilton / www.photosport.nz
Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders gets a pass away during the Global Tens Tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Source: Photosport

TRY! The Highlanders come up with a costly error and Frank Halai surges down the left flank to score an important try for Pau. 

5.25pm: HIGHLANDERS 7 PAU 17

TRY! Tevita Li scores an all important try, charging down the right flank and he brings it back around and grounds the ball under the goal posts. The Highlanders begin their fightback and the conversion is good. 

HALFTIME - HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 17

TRY! Baptiste Pesenti bulldozes his way over the try-line and scores close to the goal posts. The Highlanders don't know what has hit them, the French club have stunned the men from the South and lead 17-0 at halftime.

5.19pm: HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 10

TRY! Giovanni Habel Kuffner barges over to score for Pau from close range and the Highlanders are in real trouble as the clock winds down in the first half.

5.16pm: HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 5

TRY! Conrad Smith sparks the attack for Pau and the French side have the Highlanders back-pedaling. Pau overwhelm the Highlanders with some excellent defence and they secure a crucial turnover and Paddy Butler crashes over to score the first try of the match.

5.11pm: HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 0

And we are underway as the Highlanders kick it deep off the kick off to Pau!

5.08pm: BLUES 29 REBELS 7

The Blues remain unbeaten in pool play and they have eliminated the Rebels from the tournament. Up next we have Pau take on the Highlanders.

5.00pm: BLUES 29 REBELS 7

TRY! The Blues get a tight-head and push the Rebels back and win a defensive scrum. They recognise the space out to the left side of the field and quickly shift the ball out to Caleb Clarke. He has no one in front of him and he blitzes the Rebels' defence and gets a hat-trick of tries.

The conversion is no good from out wide.

4.56pm: BLUES 24 REBELS 7

TRY! The Rebels strike first in the second spell as Dom Shipperley races down the right side-line and powers over to score his side's first try for Melbourne in the match. The conversion is good from Tayler Adams.

HALFTIME - BLUES 24 REBELS 0

TRY! And it is Caleb Clarke who pops up again to score his second try after pouncing on a clever chip kick from his teammate. He dots down under the goal posts and the Blues convert their conversion from in front of the sticks.

4.46pm: BLUES 17 REBELS 0

Carlos Spencer.
Blues v Wild Knights. Brisbane Global Rugby 10s, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Day 1, Friday 9 February 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Blues veteran Carlos Spencer in action against the Wild Knights at Brisbane Global Tens. Source: Photosport

TRY! Melbourne's ill discipline is costing them at the moment as the Blues score through Jordan Olsen after a quick tap and go from a penalty from five metres out. The Blues nail the conversion from easy range.

4.41pm: BLUES 10 REBELS 0

TRY! Tanielu Telea opts to do it himself stepping a Rebels defender before putting the pedal to the medal to race away and score the Blues' second try of the match. Not looking good here for the Rebels.

Again the conversion is no good from the Blues.

4.39pm: BLUES 5 REBELS 0

TRY! The Blues spot an overlap out wide down right flank and it's young gun Caleb Clarke who powers over to score stepping off his right to evade the first defender, then stepping and fending a second Rebels defender to dot down and score the first try of the match.

The conversion is no good.

4.38pm: BLUES 0 REBELS 0

YELLOW CARD! Henry Hutchison has been sin-binned for an early tackle.

4.37pm: BLUES 0 REBELS 0

And we are underway with the Rebels kicking off to the Blues!

4.33pm: One way traffic in the second spell as the Queensland Reds dominated the Wild Knights 38-7 and earn their first win of the tournament. The Japanese club has been knocked out of the tournament.

Up next we have the Blues take on the Rebels, if the Blues win the Reds will be through to the quarter-finals.

4.20pm: After a quick start from the Japanese club the Wild Knight, it is the Queensland Reds that hold a slender 12-7 lead at halftime.

4.12pm: First up we have the Wild Knights taking on hosts the Queensland Reds.

POOL A: Wild Knights, Rebels, Blues, Reds

POOL B: Pau, Waratahs, Chiefs, Highlanders

POOL C: Fiji, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders

NZ TEAMS:

BLUES - Caleb Clarke, Kurt Ecklund, Jordan Hyland, Akira Ioane, Antonio Kirikiri, Orbyn Leger, George Moala, Melanai Nanai, Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, Marcel Renata, Jonathan Ruru, Hoskins Sotutu, Carlos Spencer, Michael Tamoaeita, Murphy Taramai, Tanielu Telea, Jordan Trainor, Tamati Tua, Jimmy Tupou (c).

CHIEFS - Aidan Ross, Liam Polwart, Sosefo Kautai, Michael Allardice, Lachlan McWhannel, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Liam Messam(c), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Marty Mckenzie, Solomon Alaimalo, Charlie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Williams (c), Toni Pulu, Shaun Stevenson, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao, Atunaisa Moli, Taleni Seu, Lachlan Boshier, Jonathan Taumateine, Tiaan Falcon, Johnny Fa’auli, Alex Nankivell.

CRUSADERS - Jone Macilai, George Bridge (c) Manasa Mataele, Braydon Ennor, Jack Stratton, Zach McKay, Brett Cameron, Tima Faingaanuku, Ngane Punivai, Richard Judd, Andrew Makalio, Billy Harmon, Ethan Blackadder, Tom Christie, Jordan Manihera, Hamish Dalzell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Ben Morris, Dylan Nel, Harrison Allen, Nathan Vella.

HIGHLANDERS - Aki Sieuli, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Tyrel Lomax, Alex Ainley, Paripari Parkinson, Elliot Dixon, Dan Pryor, Shannon Frizell, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Kalolo Tuiloma, Guy Millar, Ash Dixon, Josh Dickson, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Josh Ioane, Fletcher Smith , Tevita Nabura,Teihorangi Walden, Ryan Tongia, Josh McKay, Richard Buckman, Terrance Hepetema, Pita Alatini.

HURRICANES - Julian Savea (c), Brayden lose, Ben Lam, Alex Fidow, Fraser Armstrong, Tolu Fahamokioa, James O’Rielly, Murray Douglas, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Will Mangos, Liam Mitchell, Sam Henwood, Chase Tiatia, Finlay Christie, Jamie Booth, Losi Filipo, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Malo Tuitama, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jonah Lowe, Trent Renata, Hunter Prescott.

5.11pm: HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 0
5.16pm: HIGHLANDERS 0 PAU 5
5.37pm: CHIEFS 0 WARATAHS 0
5.37pm: CHIEFS 0 WARATAHS 0
5.37pm: CHIEFS 0 WARATAHS 0
5.43pm: CHIEFS 5 WARATAHS 5
5.47pm: CHIEFS 10 WARATAHS 5
5.47pm: CHIEFS 10 WARATAHS 5
5.50pm: CHIEFS 15 WARATAHS 5
6.05pm: CHIEFS 15 WARATAHS 12
6.11pm: CRUSADERS 7 FIJI 0
6.54pm HURRICANES 12 BRUMBIES 5
9.35pm - SEMI-FINAL 1 - BLUES 7 REDS 5
11.58pm - FINAL - BLUES 5 HURRICANES 7
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Brisbane Tens - Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders notch up wins on Day One

Relive all the action from day one from 1 NEWS NOW's coverage at the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

REMAINING FIXTURES - DAY ONE

9.07pm: Blues v Wild Knights

10.05pm: Chiefs v Pau

10.34pm: Highlanders v Waratahs

12.01am: Hurricanes v Fiji

12.30am: Brumbies v Crusaders

9.08pm: CRUSADERS 22 - HURRICANES 0

TRY! Nathan Vella scores his second try for the Crusaders after a sensational end-to-end play from his teammates in the lead up.

8.58pm: CRUSADERS 17 - HURRICANES 0

TRY! The Crusaders go end to end and George Bridge powers over to score for the Crusaders. The Hurricanes on the back foot down 17-0 at the break.

8.50pm: CRUSADERS 10 - HURRICANES 0

TRY! The Crusaders put it through the hands and Ethan Blackadder dives over to score his side's second try of the match.

8.48pm: CRUSADERS 5 - HURRICANES 0

TRY! The Crusaders rumble over to score the first five-pointer of the match after a well-constructed line-out maul.

8.43pm: BRUMBIES 17 - FIJI 12

Chance Peni scored a crucial try to give his side a 17-12 comeback win over the Fijians. Up next we have the heavyweight clash of the Hurricanes and Crusaders.

8.30pm: BRUMBIES 5 - FIJI 7

Fiji hold a slender 7-5 lead over the Brumbies, Fiji's discipline has been an area of real concern in the first spell with two of their players being binned for foul play.

8.13pm: BRUMBIES WOMEN 17 - REBELS WOMEN 7

The Brumbies were relentless on defence, refusing to leak in any points in the second spell. Up next we have the Fijian team taking on the Brumbies men's side.

8.01pm: BRUMBIES WOMEN 12 - REBELS WOMEN 7

A close match between these two sides and it is the Brumbies women who go into the break with a 12-7 lead.

7.45pm: NSW WOMEN 19 - QUEENSLAND WOMEN 5

Critical errors and penalties cost Queensland the match with the NSW women side scoring two tries in the second spell to get a 19-5 win over the Queensland women.

7.31pm: NSW WOMEN 5 - QUEENSLAND WOMEN 5

It's all locked up at 5-5 with nothing seperating the two sides in Brisbane.

7.14pm: CHIEFS 17 HIGHLANDERS 12

NO TRY! Tevita Nabura pops up again for the Highlanders and he is ruled to have been in touch as he dived for the left hand corner. Referee awarded it as a try but the TMO is called in to make the call and he says Nabura was in touch as he grounded the ball over the try-line.

7.11pm: CHIEFS 17 HIGHLANDERS 12

TRY! Samisoni Taukei'aho crashes over to score for the Chiefs and gives his side the lead. Some superb offloading from the Chiefs' forwards in the lead up to the try. Tim Nanai-Williams misses the conversion.

7.08pm: CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 12

NO TRY! Greg Pleasants-Tate fumbles the ball five metres out from the try-line just as it looked like the Highlanders were going to score. An excellent run from Josh McKay put the Highlanders in great attacking position.

Tim Nanai-Williams. Chiefs v Waratahs. Day 1. Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Saturday 11 February 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Chiefs player Tim Nanai-Williams. Source: Photosport

7.04pm: CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 12

TRY! A wonderful set-play off an attacking scrum works for the Highlanders and Tevita Nabura crosses over to score down the right hand side. The conversion is no good and the scores are level 12-12.

7.02pm: CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 7

A chance here for the Highlanders as the Chiefs knock the ball on inside their own 22-metre line.

HALFTIME - CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 7

6.57pm: CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 7

TRY! After an excellent break from Tim Nanai-Williams down the left flank, he somehow manages to keep the ball in play and Sean Wainui comes up with it and gives the Chiefs the lead right on the halftime siren.

6.53pm: CHIEFS 5 HIGHLANDERS 7

TRY! Liam Messam strolls over to score for the Chiefs after some nice passing from the big boys in the Chiefs outfit. The Chiefs trail by two points after they fail to convert their conversion.

6.46pm: CHIEFS 0 HIGHLANDERS 7

TRY! Great patience shown by the Highlanders as they shift the ball side to side. And it is Josh McKay who runs it in for the Highlanders for the first try of the match. The conversion is good by the Landers.

6.43pm: CHIEFS 0 HIGHLANDERS 0

And we are underway with the Highlanders kicking off deep to the Chiefs!

6.42pm: CHIEFS 0 HIGHLANDERS 0

Up next we have the defending champs the Chiefs take on Aaron Maugers' Highlanders. Will we see former All Blacks midfielder Pita Alatini in action? Fingers crossed.

6.39pm: WARATAHS 31 PAU 10

The Waratahs' young side was just too good as they outclassed former All Blacks centre Conrad Smith's team 31-10. Frank Halai (former All Blacks winger) scored an impressive double for the French club.

6.25pm: WARATAHS 26 PAU 5

It has been all one way traffic as the Waratahs ran in four tries to Pau's one in the first half.

6.12pm: BLUES 29 REDS 7

TRY! Melani Nanai scores his second try of the match, pouncing on a poor kick from the Reds, before evading several defenders to score his second try.

6.09pm: BLUES 22 REDS 7

TRY! The Blues are awarded a controversial try as replays showed the player lose control of the ball over the try-line.

6.07pm: BLUES 15 REDS 7

TRY! Melanai Nanai crosses over to score for the Blues, the Auckland team showcasing some excellent passing in the lead up to the try. The conversion from the Blues is again no good - they lead the Reds 15-7 with two minutes remaining in the match. 

6.04pm: BLUES 10 REDS 7

TRY! Brandon Paenga-Amosa scores the Reds' first try as the home team makes the Blues pay for a missed-timed cross field kick. The Reds now trail by three points.

HALFTIME - BLUES 10 REDS 0

Blues do well to keep the Reds out just before the break just as it looked like the home team was going to score. The Blues lead 10-0 at the break.

5.50pm: BLUES 10 REDS 0

TRY! A great team try which started inside their own half and it is young star Caleb Clarke who grounds the ball down the right flank right on the try-line for the Blues. He takes a big hit before putting the ball down on the try-line. The conversion is again no good from out wide.

5.47pm: BLUES 5 REDS 0

TRY! The Blues score through Tamati Tu'a. The men in blue work the ball side-to-side and the Reds' defence finally breaks as Tu'a crashes over to score from close range. The conversion from out wide is no good.

Akira Ioane of the Blues makes a break. Super Rugby match, Blues v Rebels at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 30 April 2016. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz
Akira Ioane of the Blues makes a break. Source: Photosport

5.45pm: BLUES 0 REDS 0

And we are underway with the Blues kicking off to the Reds!

5.42pm: A dramatic final minute of the first match in Brisbane as the Wild Knights stunned Melbourne with a late comeback, winning 19-17. Yoshikazu Fujita is the man who scored the crucial try under the posts for the Wild Knights.

5.27pm: The Melbourne Rebels dominated in the early stages of the first spell but the Wild Knights fought back to score two quick tries in the final four minutes of the half. Melbourne Rebels lead 17-12 at the break.

5.14pm: The Wild Knights take on the Melbourne Rebels in the first fixture of the Brisbane tournament.

PRE-MATCH:

A hard tournament to predict, with some star players missing from the New Zealand franchises for the tournament.

Last year's champs the Chiefs have a reasonably strong squad with Mitchell Karpik, Liam Messam and Taleni Seu named in the forwards. They are bolstered by some quality backs Charlie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Williams and Shaun Stevenson.

Julian Savea is named skipper for a young Hurricanes squad.

Former All Blacks stars Carlos Spencer returns for the Blues and Pita Alatini will suit up for the Highlanders.

George Bridge has been named captain for the Crusaders, who also have some young talent on show for the Canterbury franchise.

The nine Super Rugby franchises from New Zealand and Australia will be joined by a Fijian invitational team, French club team Pau and Japan's Panasonic Wild Knights.

POOL A: Wild Knights, Rebels, Blues, Reds

POOL B: Pau, Waratahs, Chiefs, Highlanders

POOL C: Fiji, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders

NZ TEAMS:

BLUES - Caleb Clarke, Kurt Ecklund, Jordan Hyland, Akira Ioane, Antonio Kirikiri, Orbyn Leger, George Moala, Melanai Nanai, Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, Marcel Renata, Jonathan Ruru, Hoskins Sotutu, Carlos Spencer, Michael Tamoaeita, Murphy Taramai, Tanielu Telea, Jordan Trainor, Tamati Tua, Jimmy Tupou (c).

CHIEFS - Aidan Ross, Liam Polwart, Sosefo Kautai, Michael Allardice, Lachlan McWhannel, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Liam Messam(c), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Marty Mckenzie, Solomon Alaimalo, Charlie Ngatai, Tim Nanai-Williams (c), Toni Pulu, Shaun Stevenson, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao, Atunaisa Moli, Taleni Seu, Lachlan Boshier, Jonathan Taumateine, Tiaan Falcon, Johnny Fa’auli, Alex Nankivell.

CRUSADERS - Jone Macilai, George Bridge (c) Manasa Mataele, Braydon Ennor, Jack Stratton, Zach McKay, Brett Cameron, Tima Faingaanuku, Ngane Punivai, Richard Judd, Andrew Makalio, Billy Harmon, Ethan Blackadder, Tom Christie, Jordan Manihera, Hamish Dalzell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Ben Morris, Dylan Nel, Harrison Allen, Nathan Vella.

HIGHLANDERS - Aki Sieuli, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Tyrel Lomax, Alex Ainley, Paripari Parkinson, Elliot Dixon, Dan Pryor, Shannon Frizell, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Kalolo Tuiloma, Guy Millar, Ash Dixon, Josh Dickson, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Josh Ioane, Fletcher Smith , Tevita Nabura,Teihorangi Walden, Ryan Tongia, Josh McKay, Richard Buckman, Terrance Hepetema, Pita Alatini.

HURRICANES - Julian Savea (c), Brayden lose, Ben Lam, Alex Fidow, Fraser Armstrong, Tolu Fahamokioa, James O’Rielly, Murray Douglas, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Will Mangos, Liam Mitchell, Sam Henwood, Chase Tiatia, Finlay Christie, Jamie Booth, Losi Filipo, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Malo Tuitama, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jonah Lowe, Trent Renata, Hunter Prescott.

6.53pm: CHIEFS 5 HIGHLANDERS 7
7.08pm: CHIEFS 12 HIGHLANDERS 12
7.31pm: NSW WOMEN 5 - QUEENSLAND WOMEN 5
7.45pm: NSW WOMEN 19 - QUEENSLAND WOMEN 5