Today for manaakitanga, we got into groups and ventured out into our community to spread kindness and carry on the great work from Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa last Friday.

We visited the passionate Tegan Way, a brave six-year old girl from Forest Lake Primary School who has been making a stand against bullying, helping to drive Pink Shirt Day at her school after writing a letter to her principal to organise it.

It was great to be able to visit Tegan and her class, and offer her and her classmates all tickets to our game against the Waratahs tomorrow evening! We were also able to deliver some specially packaged pink lamingtons to the teachers and staff.

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We also spent the morning visiting a bunch of randomly selected valued members with a Friday treat of lamingtons to thank them for their support and to surprise them.

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We were thrilled to be able to chat with our members and to be invited into their homes for a coffee.

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It was great seeing our members’ passion for the team – one member even showed us their membership cards which he’s been collecting since 1996 – now that’s dedication!

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Groups of us visited three of our kind sponsors, AON, Placemakers Clarence Street and Hamilton Radiology to drop off more Lamington’s to make sure the hardworking staff had something to look forward to for morning tea. We really enjoyed getting out to our sponsors and seeing the hard work they put in although Hamilton Radiology have unfortunately seen us this season a whole lot more than we would’ve liked.

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The underlying message we are trying to get through to our Chiefs Country community is spreading kindness and encouraging positive sideline behaviour across all codes at all levels. We cannot wait to play in front of a passionate crowd at FMG Stadium Waikato tomorrow evening, and we look forward to our fans leading the way when it comes to positive sideline interaction. Thanks for the support – click HERE to purchase tickets for tomorrow evening.

The Gallagher Chiefs are back at home this Saturday for a huge Investec Super Rugby clash against the Waratahs. The team is braced for the Sydney based side who have posed a significant attacking threat throughout the season and lead the Australian conference. The home side are back from their South African tour where they won a tough game in Cape Town against the Stormers, and narrowly lost against the Sharks in Durban.

Head Coach Colin Cooper said that the team are doing a lot of work and planning on how to nullify the Waratahs attack.

“The team have travelled back from South Africa well, and brought five points back, which we are pretty happy about. Now it’s about getting ready for a tough Waratahs match. They have really shown against New Zealand opposition what their attack can do, so we are doing a lot of work defensively to stop the Waratahs and their attack play.”

“Recovery is key. We felt there were some inaccuracies in our attack flow in our previous game and we will look to execute better this weekend.”

There are seven changes to the starting fifteen that took the field against the Sharks. In the forwards, All Blacks Nathan Harris and Brodie Retallick return to the number two and four jerseys respectively, while exciting flanker Mitchell Karpik gets a start at number seven. Veteran Liam Messam will wear the number eight jersey.

Damian McKenzie and Anton Lienert-Brown return to the backline after time at the All Blacks camp, and Toni Pulu starts at right wing. It’s a first chance this season to see the midfield pairing of Charlie Ngatai and Lienert-Brown in action together, which fans can get excited about.

Newest All Blacks recruits Karl Tu’inukuafe and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi both feature in the 23, with Karl starting at loosehead and Te Toiroa on the bench. Cooper commented on their determination to take all opportunities offered this season.

“Karl and Te Toiroa are two guys that have put their hands up and have got opportunities through injuries and their form, and they’re now All Blacks. They’ve done really well.” 

The Chiefs Rugby Club are carrying on the great efforts from Pink Shirt Day Aotearoa by spreading kindness in our community this week and promoting positive sideline behaviour. It’s an ongoing campaign through Chiefs in the Community to encourage supportive sideline behaviour at all levels and in all codes. The Chiefs Rugby Club will be raising funds for Mental Health Foundation NZ by auctioning off uniquely designed Chiefs pink tees signed by the team. The key messages for this campaign are #ChiefsCheerBulliesBoo and #SpreadKindness.

The game kicks off at 7:35pm at FMG Stadium Waikato. Fans can enjoy a fantastic double header, with the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup final taking place as the Curtain Raiser which will kick off at 5:10pm between Rotorua Boys High School and Wesley College.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to play the Waratahs this Saturday is:

 

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (10)

2. Nathan Harris (40)

3. Angus Ta’avao (11)

4. Brodie Retallick (94)

5. Michael Allardice (28)

6. Luke Jacobson (8)

7. Mitch Karpik (8)

8. Liam Messam (173)

9. Brad Weber (51)

10. Damian McKenzie (60)

11. Sean Wainui (9)

12. Charlie Ngatai (50) (Captain)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (50)

14. Toni Pulu (28)

15. Solomon Alaimalo (20)

16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (5)

17. Sam Prattley (4)

18. Jeff Thwaites (8)

19. Jesse Parete (3)

20. Matt Matich (1)

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (11)

22. Marty McKenzie (15)

23. Shaun Stevenson (27)

The Chiefs Rugby Club are proud to be launching their new Goal Line based Corporate Suites for 2019.

These purpose designed and equipped Goal Line Corporate Boxes allow 20 guests to enjoy an exclusive hosting experience unique to any stadium in Australasia in which to wow your clients while being associated with one of the most successful sporting organisations in New Zealand. Get ready to enjoy the closest and most unique perspective on a range of world class sporting and entertainment events with an up close and personal view over the lush playing surface of FMG Stadium Waikato. These Corporate Suites not only deliver a supreme hosting experience at all events at the Stadium but allow you the flexibility to have a unique meeting space outside of events available whenever you may need.

The Chiefs Rugby Club are hosting a morning tea at FMG Stadium on Wednesday the 30th of May at 10am to talk through how these Corporate Suites work as a hosting space and a sponsorship asset. To register for the event please click HERE

The Sharks have handed the Gallagher Chiefs their fourth loss of the season, taking out a closely fought match 28-24 at Kings Park in Durban.

In a match where momentum swung back and forth, with each side scoring three tries, a strong finish from the Chiefs was not enough to deny the South African side a deserved win after they dominated territory and possession throughout the 80 minutes, doing enough for four competition points with the Chiefs earning a losing bonus point right on fulltime.

A positive start from the home side saw them swoop into Chiefs territory in the opening minutes, earning a penalty well within the range of sharp shooter Robert du Preez, and the first five made no mistake to give his side an early lead.

After the Chiefs managed to string some phases together, looking organised with ball in hand, a turnover allowed the Sharks to break downfield once more. The Chiefs defence was unable to prevent several waves of attack and eventually du Preez strolled over the line for the opening try of the match. His conversion made it 10-0 in as many minutes.

Despite the early setback, the visitors did not panic and a patient build up was followed by a penalty which gave the Chiefs a line out 10 metres from the line. A throw over the top found lock Tyler Ardron in space and he charged his way through several tackles to get the Chiefs on the scoreboard.

With the action swinging from end to end, fullback Shaun Stevenson was then called on to make a superb try saving tackle after the Sharks had broken clear from a kick inside their own 22.

As the match headed into the second quarter it was the Sharks who began to assert some dominance with good field position, but a gutsy Chiefs defence was managing to hold them out.

After weathering the storm, the Chiefs won a penalty 40 metres out and first five Marty McKenzie stepped up to convert, levelling the scores as halftime approached.

Just before the break there was a chance for the Chiefs down the left wing as Stevenson found a half-gap, but the final offload didn't go to hand, and the scores remained locked up after the first 40 minutes.

It took the Sharks just 90 seconds to strike after the restart, as they won possession from the kick off and eventually found space out wide with left wing Lwazi Mvovo finishing off to put his side back in front.

With the home side looking to build once more, against the run of place Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai jumped into the Sharks backline to snatch an intercept, scoring under the posts with McKenzie adding the extras for the Chiefs' first lead of the game.

The lead lasted a matter of minutes however, as du Preez struck another penalty to nudge the Sharks back in front at the 50-minute mark.

A killer blow came soon after when, from a scrum five metres out, replacement halfback Cameron Wright picked up and found acres of space to score a simple try under the posts. The conversion from du Preez stretched the lead to eight points with just over a quarter of the match remaining.

There was then third penalty for du Preez at the 67-minute mark, extending the lead out to a comfortable 11 points.

The final 10 minutes saw the Chiefs play some of their best rugby of the match, holding on to the ball for long phases, but they lacked the finishing touch as they desperately looked for more points.

In injury time there was finally some reward for the Chiefs efforts, as some slick hands saw wing Solomon Alaimalo put into space and he showed great speed to finish off from halfway in the left-hand corner. The late converted try earned the Chiefs a losing bonus point.

But in the end it was too little, too late with the Sharks hanging on for a well-deserved 28-24 win.

Gallagher Chiefs 24 (Tyler Ardron, Charlie Ngatai, Solomon Alaimalo tries; Marty McKenzie 3 cons, pen) Sharks 28 (Robert du Preez, Lwazi Mvovo, Cameron Wright tries; du Preez 2 cons, 3 pens) HT: 10-10.

The Gallagher Chiefs now return home with their next match against the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 26 May (kick off 7.35pm).

The Gallagher Chiefs are prepared for a massive game in Durban against the Sharks this weekend. The away side performed admirably in Cape Town last weekend against a strong Stormers side, and will be looking to carry the momentum of the win into this weekend’s fixture.

Head Coach Colin Cooper is looking forward to the challenge the Sharks will bring in Durban.

“We are in our second week of this tough tour and we were very happy to beat the Stormers. We are looking forward to a great contest in Durban against the Sharks. It’s going to be another tough game for us, but we are really excited about the challenge ahead. The team has united really quickly and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge in the Shark Tank.”


There are seven changes to the team that took on the Stormers in Cape Town with Nathan, Brodie, Damian and Anton returning home to join up with the All Blacks. In the forwards, Liam Polwart starts at hooker for Harris, Tyler Ardron moves to lock in place of Retallick and the impressive Pita Gus Sowakula gets a start in the number eight jersey.

In the backs, Charlie Ngatai moves into centre for Lienert-Brown and Shaun Stevenson starts at fullback after a bright cameo off the bench last weekend.

Replacement player Matt Matich is named in the reserves and could make his debut for the Gallagher Chiefs and Luteru Laulala will take the number 22 jersey after linking up with the team this week.

It’s also an exciting game for powerful prop Sosefo Kautai who is named on the bench for the first time this season after making four appearances in his debut campaign last year.

An outstanding milestone awaits Co-Captain Charlie Ngatai who will take the field for the 50th time in Chiefs colours. Ngatai is a fan favourite in Chiefs Country and Cooper emphasised how special it is to have a player of his calibre in the team.

“Charlie can play in a lot of positions because he’s a world class player. We are very lucky to have a player of that calibre and for him to play his fiftieth game is great for the team to unite behind him. I can’t speak highly enough of Charlie, I’ve been coaching with him for a long time and he’s a special man and a special player.” 

The teams last met in 2016 at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. The game went down to the wire with the Gallagher Chiefs winning 24-22, and we could be in store for another tight encounter on the weekend.


The game kicks off at 1:05am this Sunday morning (NZT). You can watch it live on Sky Sport 1 in New Zealand.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to take on the Stormers is:

  1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (9)
  2. Liam Polwart (15) (1)
  3. Angus Ta’avao (10)
  4. Tyler Ardron (7) (2)
  5. Michael Allardice (27)
  6. Luke Jacobson (7)
  7. Liam Messam (172) (vc)
  8. Pita Gus Sowakula (5) (3)
  9. Brad Weber (50)
  10. Marty McKenzie (14) (4)
  11. Solomon Alaimalo (19)
  12. Johnny Faauli (15)
  13. Charlie Ngatai (49) (c) (5)
  14. Sean Wainui (8) (6)
  15. Shaun Stevenson (26) (7)

RESERVES:

  1. Samisoni Taukei’aho (4)
  2. Sam Prattley (3)
  3. Sosefo Kautai (4)
  4. Jesse Parete (2)
  5. Matt Matich *
  6. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (10)
  7. Luteru Laulala (1)
  8. Toni Pulu (27)

The Gallagher Chiefs have got back to winning ways with a hard fought 15-9 win over the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town.

In a game full of errors from both sides, a strong final quarter from the Gallagher Chiefs got them over the line with a decisive penalty try - thanks largely to a dominant scrum - proving to be the difference.

From the outset the Gallagher Chiefs looked eager to spread the ball at pace on a fine afternoon suited to running rugby. The Stormers also showed plenty of endeavour in the opening quarter of an hour with some great entertainment for the fans as the ball stayed in play for long periods.

Eventually the Stormers won a penalty handy to the posts, as the Chiefs were caught offside, and first five Damian Willemse landed the first points of the match to give the home side a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes.

The Chiefs began to show their dominance up front which was providing a good platform for first five Damian McKenzie to direct proceedings, and it was one of his cross-field kicks that led to the first try of the day.

After working their way up to midfield, McKenzie kicked wide into space on the left wing and a favourable bounce saw Solomon Alaimalo gather and then offload in the tackle to centre Anton Lienert-Brown who raced clear to score.

There was nearly a very quick reply from the Stormers after a great kick for touch had given them possession just five metres out, but midfielder Damian de Allende had the ball knocked out of his hands as he dove for the line, thanks to a fine desperation tackle from halfback Brad Weber.

In the final stages of the first half the Stormers enjoyed the better of the territory and possession, forcing the Chiefs to make plenty of tackles, but handling errors let them down.

The Chiefs also had their handling issues throughout the first 40 minutes, which played a big part in the lack of points scored at either end despite lots of attacking play from both sides.

At the end of an entertaining but also frustrating first half, the Chiefs went into the break with a 5-3 lead.

There was more of the same to start the second half, as the fast pace of the match continued but a lack of accuracy stopped either side from getting momentum.

McKenzie had a chance at the 50-minute mark to extend the Chiefs lead but his penalty attempt drifted wide and, not long after the restart, the Stormers then won a penalty themselves which Willemse chipped over to put the home side back in front.

As the match headed past the three-quarter mark, the Chiefs slowly began to ask questions of a tiring Stormers defence and they continued to apply pressure by turning down three consecutive shots at goal - looking for a go ahead try off the back of their strong scrum.

Their persistence was rewarded as referee Mike Fraser lost patience with the Stormers' infringing and a penalty try was given to put the Chiefs up 12-6.

The pace of the game began to take its toll and a flurry of substitutions injected some new energy into the Chiefs effort.

One of those replacements, wing Shaun Stevenson, produced a brilliant chip and chase which saw him go over the line for what looked like the Chiefs third try, but it was ruled out due to a knock on.

With less than five minutes remaining McKenzie then finally kicked his first points of the match with his penalty extending the Chiefs lead to nine, forcing the Stormers to score twice to save the match.

A quick response saw fullback SP Marais cancel out McKenzie's penalty with a three-pointer of his own, and the lead was back to six once more with just two minutes left on the clock.

The Stormers put together 13 phases as time expired to test the visitors one final time, but a ruck penalty was awarded to the Chiefs and McKenzie was able to clear to touch to seal the win.

Gallagher Chiefs 15 (Anton Lienert-Brown try, penalty try, Damian McKenzie pen) Stormers 9 (Damian Willemse 2 pens, SP Marais pen) HT: 5-3.

The Gallagher Chiefs now travel to Durban for the second leg of their South African trip, against the Sharks on Sunday 20 May (1.05am NZ time).

The Gallagher Chiefs are fired up to face the Stormers in Cape Town this week after a hard fought loss to the in-form Jaguares in Rotorua last week.

It is always an intriguing battle in Cape Town -  the teams last met in the Quarter Final of last year’s competition, where the away side were victorious 17-11.

Colin Cooper is taking the learnings from the Jaguares game and is excited with the focus the team has shown.

“We took a lot of learnings from the Jaguares, particularly on our attack. We know what to expect from the Stormers, and have been focussed this week. The team travelled smoothly and have come over here wanting to do really well.”

Sam Cane is rested at home with an abdominal strain but Head Coach Colin Cooper is pleased for the opportunity it presents others.

“Losing Sam Cane is always going to be a loss for any team, but alongside Sam is the leadership group led by Charlie Ngatai. It has given an opportunity for a number of young men to step up and come into this contest in South Africa, which is exciting for them, and for us coaches to watch.”

In the forwards, Cooper has brought All Blacks Nathan Harris and Brodie Retallick back into the starting line-up, moving Tyler Ardron from lock into the number 8 jersey. 

In the backline, both Brad Weber and Anton Lienert-Brown will start in their 50th games for the Gallagher Chiefs.

“Getting to 50 games for each of these two men is a good reward for their commitment to the Chiefs Rugby Club for a number of years. Both have displayed Chiefs Mana each time they’ve played, and it is great to be involved with them as a coach”

Johnny Faauli returns to the side, and the exciting Shaun Stevenson comes back from an injury sustained against the Blues in the second round.

The game kicks off at 1:05am this Sunday morning (NZT).

The Gallagher Chiefs team to take on the Stormers is:


1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (8)
2. Nathan Harris (39)
3. Angus Ta’avao (9)
4. Brodie Retallick (93)
5. Michael Allardice (26)
6. Luke Jacobson (6)
7. Liam Messam (171)
8. Tyler Ardron (6)
9. Brad Weber (49)
10. Damian McKenzie (59)
11. Solomon Alaimalo (18)
12. Johnny Faauli (14)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (49)
14. Toni Pulu (26)
15. Charlie Ngatai (48) (c)
16. Liam Polwart (15)
17. Sam Prattley (2)
18. Jeff Thwaites (6)
19. Jesse Parete (1)
20. Pita Gus Sowakula (4)
21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (9)
22. Marty McKenzie (13)
23. Shaun Stevenson (25)

Canadian import Tyler Ardron is loving every minute in New Zealand with the Gallagher Chiefs.

The 26-year old has impressed since coming into the side, showcasing dominant performances as a lock in big New Zealand derbies against the Highlanders and Blues, as well as scoring on his Investec Super Rugby debut against the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

“I’m loving my first season. It’s such an enjoyable environment to come into every morning - great guys and good vibes and the footy is the best I’ve ever played so I’m having a great time.”

Ardron signed for the Gallagher Chiefs from Welsh club Ospreys where he played for four seasons across the European competition.

The impressive Canadian has captained his national side at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and worked alongside assistant coach Neil Barnes who was there as a specialised forwards coach.

Tyler has noticed a step up in the level of rugby since coming to New Zealand, experiencing the Chiefs environment and playing Super Rugby.

“The biggest change is we have over 50 guys in the squad that are all unreal rugby players – they can use the ball, have great footwork and they can all tackle. The depth isn’t quite as strong in Europe. The game is fast and physical over here and there’s a lot of decision making.  You get to make up your mind and do what feels right which is a lot of fun compared to a really structured game.”

The Canadian also noted the passion of the fans in Chiefs country and how special it is playing at FMG Stadium Waikato.

“It’s my favourite stadium to play in at the moment! It only took a couple of games but the atmosphere is amazing. Its special being there with the boys and having a haka on the sideline as we are about to run out – there’s nothing quite like it.”

Tyler commented on feeling more and more integrated in the team and is happy with the form he’s showing.

“My highlight has been the acceptance of all the boys. I feel like I’m starting to find a little form and find my place in the team which is very nice, you don’t want to get too comfortable but you also don’t want to be on the edge worrying all the time.”

The culture of the club has resonated with the Canadian where he’s felt the connection of family strongly.

“I wish I could explain the culture in words better so I could take it back to Canada because it is unreal. The emphasis you have on where you come from and your family and what actually got you here is something I’ve really connected with– all the guys here are so tight and you say good morning to everyone when you walk in in the morning which makes a big difference every day."

Tyler is part of the Gallagher Chiefs travelling squad to South Africa, where the team will take on the Stormers and the Sharks. The first game of the South African tour kicks off this Sunday at 1:05am.

A 29-man travelling squad has touched down in South Africa ahead of the two-game South African tour against the Stormers and Sharks.

 

New face Matt Matich joins the squad for injury replacement after training with the team throughout pre-season. The flanker plays for Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup.  Sam Cane is rested for the South African tour having sustained an abdominal strain.

 

Jesse Parete also earns a spot on tour after an impressive debut off the bench against the Jaguares where he scored the team’s only try with a powerful run through a determined Jaguares defence.

 

A familiar backline are on the ground in South Africa, including regulars Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sean Wainui and Charlie Ngatai.

 

The first game of the tour kicks off against the Stormers in Cape Town this Sunday morning at 1:05am (New Zealand time). The following week, the Gallagher Chiefs will take on the Sharks in Durban with the game kicking off at 1:05am (NZT).

 

The Gallagher Chiefs have played nine games so far this season, winning six, including impressive New Zealand derby wins against the Highlanders and Blues, as well as being beaten only three times. At the conclusion of the South African tour, the team will play the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 26 May, followed by a huge derby against defending champs the Crusaders the following weekend in Hamilton.

 

The group in South Africa are:

FORWARDS:

 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Sam Prattley

Angus Ta’avao-Matau

Jeffrey Thwaites

Sosefo Kautai

Nathan Harris

Liam Polwart

Samisoni Taukei’aho

Brodie Retallick

Tyler Ardron

Luke Jacobson

Pita Gus Sowakula

Michael Allardice

Liam Messam

Jesse Parete

Matt Matich

 

BACKS:

 Brad Weber

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

Jonathan Taumateine

Damian McKenzie

Marty McKenzie

Solomon Alaimalo

Johnny Faauli

Anton Lienert-Brown

Charlie Ngatai

Sean Wainui

Alex Nankivell

Shaun Stevenson

Toni Pulu

The Jaguares from Argentina have come away from their visit to the Rotorua International Stadium with a well-deserved 23-19 win over a depleted Gallagher Chiefs side.

In just the second ever match between the two teams, a huge defensive effort from the Jaguares saw them back up their win over the Blues last weekend to extend their winning streak to four, and hand the Chiefs their third loss of the season.

After a mistake from the kick off gave the Jaguares a brief period on attack to start the match, the opening stages were dominated by the home side as they hammered away at the Jaguares line for several minutes. Some impressive defence kept them out and restricted them to just a penalty from the boot of first five Damian McKenzie.

The response from the Jaguares mirrored that of the Chiefs, as they worked towards the try line and tested the Chiefs defence with sustained pressure. Like the Chiefs at the other end, they had to settle for a penalty shot at goal but the attempt from Nicolas Sanchez hit the post and missed.

Minutes later the Jaguares earned themselves another chance at three points, albeit from the halfway line, but up stepped winger Emiliano Boffelli who nailed it with plenty of room to spare and the scores were tied halfway through the first half.

The second quarter started with another McKenzie penalty, which he just snuck inside the left upright, to nudge the Chiefs back in front.

With the Chiefs on attack once more, the Jaguares then pounced on a dropped pass and launched a superb counter attack from 60 metres out which was finished off by winger Ramiro Moyano. Sanchez added the extras and all of a sudden the visitors were in front 10-6.

As the half moved into the final 10 minutes, the Chiefs slowly began to assert their dominance, with their strong scrum in particular giving them some good momentum. Eventually there was a chance for more points and McKenzie added his third penalty to narrow the gap to one.

The final play of the half saw the Chiefs again test the resilient Jaguares defence, but for a fourth time had to settle for a penalty, with McKenzie on target to give his side a 12-10 lead at the break.

It didn't take long for the Jaguares to regain the lead as just three minutes into the second half Sanchez slotted another penalty, which was followed by a rare penalty miss at the other end by McKenzie.

An extraordinary couple of minutes then completely swung the momentum of the match. Firstly, lock Michael Allardice was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle and from the resulting penalty the Chiefs infringed on the goal line with a penalty try awarded and another yellow card shown to Liam Messam.

With only 13 men the next 10 minutes became crucial for the Chiefs as they looked to hang on and keep themselves in the contest. Despite some nervous moments they were able to get to the 60-minute mark without conceding further points and were restored to 15 men with some fresh legs brought on from the bench.

There was soon another big call just as the Chiefs looked like they had narrowed the gap - a poor clearance from the Jaguares saw the Chiefs take advantage with a well worked try to fullback Charlie Ngatai but the TMO adjudged a knock on in the build up and the try was ruled out.

A controlled response from the Jaguares saw them work their way into the Chiefs half and, after initially turning down a shot at goal, Sanchez opted to add three more points to stretch the lead to 23-12 with just eight minutes remaining.

The end of the match saw plenty of half chances for the Chiefs as they desperately searched for points, needing to score two tries in the final stages, but a committed Jaguares defence kept up their intensity right until the 80th minute.

In added time the Chiefs finally got their way over the line for their first try of the night, with a nice finish from debutant loose forward Jesse Parete securing the Chiefs a losing bonus point, but it was not enough to deny the Jaguares back to back wins on New Zealand soil.

Gallagher Chiefs 19 (Jesse Parete try; Damian McKenzie con, 4 pens) Jaguares 23 (Ramiro Moyano try, penalty try; Nicolas Sanchez con, 2 pens, Emiliano Boffelli pen) HT: 12-10.

The Gallagher Chiefs now head to South Africa for matches against the Stormers in Cape Town (Sunday 13 May, 1.05am NZ time) and Sharks in Durban (Sunday 20 May, 1.05am NZ time).

We’ve had a few changes to our 23 this evening. Luke Jacobson comes into the starting lineup for Sam Cane who has picked up a mild abdominal strain; Liam Messam moves to the number seven jersey and Pita Gus Sowakula will start in the 8 jersey with Lachlan Boshier absent with suspected appendicitis. Brodie Retallick and Jesse Parete are named on the bench In the 19 and 20 jerseys. All the best team! #CHIvJAG

The University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy competitions for 2018 kick off this weekend, starting with a traditional matchup between Rotorua Boys High School (three times University of Waikato Chiefs Cup winners) and Tauranga Boys College. The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the Investec Super Rugby match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the Jaguares, at Rotorua International Stadium tonight.

The University of Waikato Chiefs Cup competition for 2018 will be contested by four teams to play a round robin. The two leading teams will play a final on Saturday 26 May as a curtain raiser to the Investec Super Rugby match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the Waratahs, at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The Schools to contest the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup are Wesley College, Rotorua Boys High School, Tauranga Boys College and Francis Douglas Memorial College.

These schools have produced many Gallagher Chiefs players, and some All Blacks, namely Liam Messam (Rotorua); Sam Cane (Tauranga); Nathan Harris (Tauranga) and Nepo Laulala (Wesley).

The University of Waikato Chiefs Trophy competition for 2018 has six Schools involved to play in two pools with a cross pool final and play off matches on Saturday 26 May. 

The Schools involved in the University of Waikato Chiefs Trophy are:

Pool A 

Manurewa High School 

Pukekohe High School 

John Paul College 

Pool B

Rosehill College

Hauraki Plains

Taupo Nui a Tia College

 

Chiefs Player Identification and Development Manager Kent Currie said that the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy competitions play an important role in the ongoing young player development in the Chiefs region.

“Together with our Provincial Unions, the Chiefs Rugby Club have a focus on the development of players and believe that 1st XV rugby is an important part of that. The Chiefs Cup and Trophy competitions give young players in Schools an opportunity to play against different Schools in a competition format, which adds to their rugby experiences and development, and assists in identifying potential Gallagher Chiefs players for the future.”

“We really appreciate the support and connection of the University of Waikato with our Chiefs schools competitions as part of our Chiefs development programmes.  Also, we recognise the positive support and work with our Provincial Unions, the Schools and the coaches, management and supporters involved to help continue the successful competitions for the players to enjoy and benefit from” said Currie.

The University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy competitions are in their seventh year and provide the Schools players with the opportunity to stake their claim for selection for the Chiefs Region U18 Schools development camp, which takes place in early July and forms part of the selection process for the New Zealand Schools team.

Previous winners:

University of Waikato Chiefs Cup

2017: Rotorua Boys High School

2016: Hamilton Boys High School

2015: Rotorua Boys High School

2014: Rotorua Boys High School 

2013: Hamilton Boys High School 

2012: Hamilton Boys High School 

University of Waikato Chiefs Trophy

2017: St Peters School

2016: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2015: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2014: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2013: St Peters School 

2012: Thames Valley High School

The 2018 University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy Draws are attached.  The matches venue and kick-off times are to be confirmed in the week prior to matches between the schools.