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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)

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Sam Cane
Full Name: Sam Cane
Team: Chiefs
Position:Loose forward
Height:189cm
Weight:103kg
DOB:13.01.92
Super Rugby Games:95
Super Rugby Points:60 (12t)
Super Rugby Debut:2011 v Lions in Johannesburg
Province:Bay of Plenty
Provincial Games:19
Provincial Points:25 (5t)
Provincial Debut:2010 v Auckland in Mt Maunganui
Test Caps:50
Test Points:60 (12t)
Test Debut:2012 v Ireland in Christchurch
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"A player with immense talent and leadership qualities, Sam has been a vital member of the squad for the past seven seasons. Sam has been co-captain of the team with Aaron for the past two seasons."- The Chiefs

Sam enters his seventh season with the Chiefs and is a key part of the team’s leadership co-captaining the side for the third successive season.  On the back of a stellar Super Rugby season in 2016 he collected  the Chiefs Players’ Player of the Year and showed many mature performances in his role as co-captain.   

The talented loose forward has won two Investec Super Rugby titles, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a U20 Junior World Championship gold medal and is a former New Zealand Rugby Age Group Player of the Year.

If you weren’t a rugby player, what would you be doing?
Guitarist in a rock band

Who was your favourite player as a kid?
Jeff Wilson

What event would you go to the Olympics for … No sevens allowed!
Beach Volleyball

Favourite sportsperson outside rugby?
Roger Federer

Forwards- What position would you put yourself in the backline and why?
Backs- What position would you put yourself in the forward pack and why?

Second Five

What’s your go to meal in the kitchen?
Creamy Chicken Fettucine

What’s your mum’s best meal for her boy?
Roast Lamb

Who is the best singer in the team?
Nathan Harris

Favourite movie quote?
Life is a game of inches, so is football –Al Pacino-Any given Sunday

What would you spend your last $10 on?
Two handles of beer for me and a mate

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