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    Chiefs Vs. ACT Brumbies

    2013 Super Rugby Tournament , 4 August, 2013

    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
    Chiefs 27 defeated ACT Brumbies 22
    Chiefs ACT Brumbies
    27 FINAL SCORE 22
    2 TRIES 1
    5/7 PENALTY GOALS 5/7
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Chiefs - Cruden
    • A 17pts (1C 5G)
    Important moments:
    • Chiefs took the lead at the 69 min. mark 2nd half
    • Cruden, A (CHFS) penalty goal at the 72 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: C Joubert
    Touch judges: C Pollock & G Williamson

    The Super Rugby Final is upon us as the Chiefs host the Brumbies in the championship decider. Join us on The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.

    In the biggest match of the year the Brumbies will travel to Hamilton, where the Chiefs will be trying to win the Final in front of their home fans for the second year in a row.

    Already the match has been called a sell-out, so the Brumbies are sure to face a raucous crowd the second week in a row after playing in front of very parochial Bulls fans last week.

    Across the park both sides come into the Final with players in good form, as you’d imagine after both have won their respective Conferences this year which means they’ve been very consistent.

    One of the important match-ups is the front-row battle.

    The Brumbies’ trio of Scott Sio, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander were very strong last week in the victory at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

    They play a strong role around the park and help the Brumbies gain physical dominance at the rucks – especially Sio, for a front-row forward he gets over the ball regularly in the mould of an Andrew Hore.

    Toby Smith, Hika Elliot and Ben Tameifuna have been good for the Chiefs as well this year and are always involved.

    One area of weakness last week against the Crusaders was the lineout throwing of Elliot, and that will need to be addressed before tonight’s match.

    Sio and Moore are very strong scrummagers, and although Alexander had a strong showing last week he’s not always the strongest in that department, so Toby Smith and Elliot may look to target him at that particular set piece and see if they can prize an opening.

    Both sides have ample firepower in the backline as evidenced by the fact both teams punctuated committed, physical performances with speedy, skilful tries by the backs.

    The back three of the Chiefs – Leila Masaga (likely to play despite being bracketed in the team announcement), Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Gareth Anscombe is one of the best all-round groups in the competition.

    They’re matched by the equally capable Brumbies division of Joe Tomane, Henry Speight and Jesse Mogg.

    The result of such quality in those positions will mean any wayward punts or short kicks through the line will be punished, and fans should get ready for some game-turning counter-attacks to come at pivotal moments.

    Either side could win or lose the game there.

    This Final is one of those occasions where the expectation of a genuine rugby contest probably won’t go unfounded.

    Neither side will budge physically, or be afraid of playing the field position game at times, but both will be aware of the defensive commitment of the opposition and the need to operate with speed to have a chance of breaking them down.

    Each team has the brute strength and skill level required to make the most of any opportunities that arise and we should be the beneficiaries of an exciting game because of it.

    Don’t forget to log on here at 5.30pm AEST to get your live scores, commentary and have your own say.

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    • 7:44am
      vman said | 7:44am | ! Report

      Wheres jiggles been lately and all his calls about the week nz teams, he’s been rather silent since the reds got smashed out of the comp

    • 12:29pm
      Mike said | 12:29pm | ! Report

      Interesting comment by Mark Ella in the Australian yesterday:

      “If Toomua has any hopes of representing the Wallabies this year, he will need to begin by outplaying Cruden in Hamilton.”

    • 4:17am
      Firstxv said | 4:17am | ! Report

      One thing thats puzzling and not yet answered is why Anscombe hasnt been kicking the goals. Crudens role as playmaker has been critical the past two games and he could have been left to focus on that.

      Anscombe has a more technically correct style of goalkicking better suited to high pressure. This remains a bad call by Rennie and could have lost them the match…other than that, the Chiefs better all round game got them there.

    • 12:59am
      Batdown said | 12:59am | ! Report

      Good comment wardad, JWs tactics leaned towards a much closer 10mins. He was correct in his tactics, unfortunately his brave troops could not close out the game. The Chiefs had another gear the Brumbies could not match.

      • 10:39am
        Mike said | 10:39am | ! Report

        sums it up well. it wasn’t because of “boring bloody SA style of play” as Wardad asserts. JW simply used what he had to maximise his team’s chances. The difference was in the Chiefs ability to execute on the field.

        • 8:16pm
          stillmatic1 said | 8:16pm | ! Report

          it could be argued hat he has the weapons to play a much wider game than what he allows though mike. the brumbies have a very competent backline but are seldom used in such a way. the argument is valid that they play a boks circa 09 style of kicking possession away in order to get penalties off the attacking team. although the boks won the 3n in 09 they were derided by many people for this style of play and it slowly became undone when the opposition finally learnt how to catch!

          it is the same reason the stormers have been unable to take the next step due to not scoring the required points to snuff out attacking teams. I feel that if the brumbies open up a bit more in attack then they ought to be very very difficult to beat (which they already are at the mo), due to stretching the opposition defence much more and causing a lot more pressure throughout the game. the chiefs (or anyone) will always find it easy to defend a 10 man like attack system opposed to the alternative.

          they had the biscuits up until the 65th minute mark and then a quick 1 2 punch by the chiefs had the game almost sealed. it was the same vs the saders the week before and always a danger when playing attacking teams (reds, canes etc). mowen, fardy and smith were all black like at the breakdown, running amok and causing havoc. toomua had a quiet game, lili was good without being spectacular, and it was a real team effort by the brumbies. very good year overall by them.

    • 12:43am
      Batdown said | 12:43am | ! Report

      IMO, the Chiefs coaching staff have made an indefinable impact on this Chiefs side. Previous sides before 2012 have always had the potential to become S15/12 champions ( eg. Lomu, G. Osborne, Muliaina and Mealamu) but have consistently underperformed. 2012 and 2013s crop of individuals have been moulded into a team of champions by a coaching staff that have delivered the goods from day one. An incredible feat of teamwork, self belief and determination.

    • 11:11pm
      matthew said | 11:11pm | ! Report

      Was’nt a good game. Final should have been Saders/Chiefs rematch.

    • 10:29pm
      Wardad said | 10:29pm | ! Report

      I am very happy though that Jake Whites boring bloody SA style of play lost out , it may at times be effective but it is not good for our code in the long run ,especialy against that game they play on an oval paddock !Would rather watch Kiwi rugger any day against any other side in any other comp you care to name .

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 10:31pm | ! Report

        Yp, lets rather play league.

        • Roar Guru

          Rob na Champassak said | 10:59pm | ! Report

          Leave it be, BB. Pressure rugby is not for everyone.

          • Roar Guru

            biltongbek said | 11:50pm | ! Report

            I am just getting tired of these types of comments.

            It is really simple, if you have an elitist attitude about a sport, keep it to yourself, alternatively watch league, ballet, diving, lawn bowls or whatever else tickles your fancy.

            • 11:59pm
              Mike said | 11:59pm | ! Report

              It wasn’t even an elitist comment by Wardad, just inept.

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                biltongbek said | 12:02am | ! Report

                No the comment wasn’t, but the attitude

              • 10:42am
                Mike said | 10:42am | ! Report

                Suit yourself, BB. I think a comment like “boring bloody SA style of play” is an inept one. White’s plan was an appropriate one for a team that had played within the last week, that had flown over from SA, and that hasn’t been nearly as dominant during the season as their opponents. It wasn’t particularly “SA style” at all, just smart rugby under the circumstances. Nor was it “boring” except to those who should be watching another code. But we can agree to disagree!

            • 9:09pm
              IvanN said | 9:09pm | ! Report

              World Cup 2007 – Springboks – Many awesome tries from all over the park. ~ Jake always said that once the defense is solid, they will add the attack. what good is scoring 50 if you let 60 past you.

      • 10:51pm
        Mike said | 10:51pm | ! Report

        Did you actually watch the game?

      • 6:14am
        Blackboy said | 6:14am | ! Report

        Chiefs, Chiefs, Chiefs, Chiefs, Chiefs……that’s right, the chant of the Mighty Waikato.

    • 10:04pm
      Batdown said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      Chiefs were beatable wox, the Brumbies were unable to take advantage of their lead. The Brumbies were out enthused in the last quarter. Definitely a game of two halves.

      • 11:48pm
        Chivas said | 11:48pm | ! Report

        TBH if someone could kick goals in the chiefs side, the score wouldn’t have been so close. I don’t really wish to discuss that, because it detracts from the courage and effort put in by the Brumbies. I don’t think the Brumbies had the game to beat the chiefs today as they were sweating on chiefs mistakes rather than making their own plays. I believe this Brumbies side will evolve and develop the ability to do both. They will be stronger for having made these finals.

        They will retain the core of this side for be t season and Pocock will be back so losing GS won’t hurt. This side will make a better fist of it next year, so if the Chiefs want a threepeat, they will need to step up to another level and not leave easy kickable points on the pitch.

        I think White will provide this side with the ability to attack and defend. This is a work in progress. Within 2 seasons they will once again be a dominant force. That is my prediction. Brumbies fans should be excited by the development and evolution of this side.

        What did impress me is the way these players all played together. Execution and accuracy could be better and will only get better, but they all seem to know what each other is doing and trust one another. It’s not instinctual yet, but it will get there. That is why I don’t think Quades style works, because it’s too individualistic. The Zbrumbies looked like a machine in motion.

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