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    Chiefs vs Bulls

    Super Rugby, 1 April, 2017

    FMG Stadium Waikato
    Fulltime - Chiefs 28, Bulls 12
    Chiefs   Bulls
    28 FINAL SCORE 12
    3 TRIES 0
    2 CONVERSION KICKS 0
    3 PENALTY GOALS 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Nick Briant
    Touch judges: Paul Williams & Cam Stone
    TMO: Ben Skeen

    Match result:

    The Chiefs came away with a 16-point win over the Bulls at FMG Stadium in Waikato on Saturday.

    Final score
    Chiefs 28
    Bulls 12

    Match preview:

    This Round 6 match from New Zealand sees the Bulls travelling to Waikato to play the Chiefs. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for all the action.

    The Chiefs are coming off the bye, refreshed and still unbeaten, while the Bulls have had a tough start to their season, registering only one win, and suffered a loss to the Blues last round in their first match outside South Africa.

    The Chiefs are early favourites to win the competition, playing with great confidence, primarily on the back of their tight five and in particular their second row of Brodie Retallick and Dominic Bird, who have been in dominant form.

    The Bulls however are a dangerous side and boast a decent tight five themselves, with several internationals. If they can find some cohesion, the backline will present a significant threat.

    There are plenty of individual match ups to keep an eye on tonight, such as the clash at centre between Anto Lienart-Brown and Jan Serfontein.

    But none are more important than in the halves, with both sides boasting international pairings, Rudy Paige and Handre Pollard for the Bulls, and Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Aaron Cruden for the Chiefs. Their performances will be a deciding element in this match.

    Another to watch will be at lock, with Retallick up against fellow international Lodewyk De Jager. The lineouts will be an intriguing aspect of this encounter and those two will be at the fore.

    Prediction
    Playing at home and judging the sides’ form, it is difficult not to see a comfortable Chiefs victory.

    Chiefs by 18.

    Join us as we cover this match on The Roar and don’t forget to leave your thoughts below as the action unfolds.

    A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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    • Roar Guru

      7:33pm
      Diggercane said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      Thanks all, Canes and Reds now, whoop whoop!!

      Join me on that blog from Brisbane!!

    • Roar Guru

      7:29pm
      Machooka said | 7:29pm | ! Report

      Three tries to zip… interesting game all the same. Thanks marathon man đŸ™‚

    • 7:26pm
      taylorman said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Thanks Digger, how many more do you have?

    • 7:25pm
      taylorman said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Geez SA still have some bldy good players.

    • 7:23pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:23pm | ! Report

      DIGGER! You stalwart! .. thanks for your hard work mate…

      • 10:09pm
        Diggercane said | 10:09pm | ! Report

        Cheers my man

    • 7:22pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Congratulations OB… a BP win but you would have to question the two performances back to back for one of the favourites… as the NZ sides getting head of themselves? …

      • 8:53pm
        Old Bugger said | 8:53pm | ! Report

        To be honest RT, I think its the opposition who lift, for these matches. As I said earlier – I thought the Bulls were playing, like men possessed.

        • Roar Rookie

          12:16am
          Kirky said | 12:16am | ! Report

          OB! I thought the Bulls were right up for it as they really took it to the Chiefs early on, but the Chiefs used the old ‘tried and true’ tactic used by the All Blacks, of running those Bulls Boys all over the park till in the second half they just ran out of huff mate!

          The Bulls guys were big units and not at all bad but they couldn’t keep up the pace needed, ~ they were about 30Kg heavier in the pack than the Chiefys’!

    • Columnist

      7:22pm
      Geoff Parkes said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Thanks Digger.
      Very enjoyable game.

      • Roar Guru

        7:32pm
        Machpants said | 7:32pm | ! Report

        Really? I thought that was a pretty awful game. The bulls dominated but we’re totally clueless on attack. The chiefs played like the blues, passing when they should hold and vice versa. Also they couldn’t tackle to save their lives. Only a last quarter of the chiefs turning their brains on and removing the butter from their hands meant they won. Any team that could play a decent game would have smashed that chiefs performance. So we had the chiefs playing well below themselves and the Bulls totally unable to play a winning game against that. I think both teams will be terribly disappointed.

        Well done digger, we’ve had three nz wins in a row but all of then awful, so well done for sitting/commenting through them.

        Now we’ll hopefully see a good game. GO THE CANES!

        • 8:58pm
          Old Bugger said | 8:58pm | ! Report

          Chook

          I missed then 2nd half but I saw most of the 1st and I agree. However, in saying that, I thought the Chiefs were playing under some great pressure from the Bulls, in that first 40….congrats to the Bulls but……

          I’m sure the Chiefs were thinking, if we could just get over this initial onslaught, then we ask the Bulls the question……can you do the same, in the 2nd half??

          The game is not only brawn – it is a little bit of brain too.

          Thank goodness and, I’ll take the BP anytime, its on offer.

      • Roar Guru

        7:38pm
        Diggercane said | 7:38pm | ! Report

        Thanks Geoff and Mach.

    • Roar Guru

      7:21pm
      Diggercane said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      THE CHIEFS HAVE DEFEATED THE BULLS BY 28 POINTS TO 12 IN HAMILTON

    • Roar Guru

      7:20pm
      Diggercane said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      81′ Bulls lineout, 20 out, won, one last dig for the Bulls, they have a penalty, and another 10 for chatter, Bulls tap and go, a couple short, Bulls hammer the line, Serfontein now, head down, Penalty Bulls! Offside!

      Strauss tap and go again, Jenkins close, Strauss straight ahead, loose ball, Messam has it, Penalty Chiefs!! Off feet and that will be it as Cruden taps and then kicks it out!!

      CHIEFS 28
      BULLS 12

    • 7:19pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      Can the Chiefs do what the Blues couldn’t?… hold onto the BP?

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