Brisbane Tens Day Two: As It Happened

Brisbane Tens
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

It's finals day at the Brisbane Tens. Stay tuned to RUGBY.com.au for all the action.

7:25pm - That's a wrap folksAfter narrowly qualifying for the Quarter Finals, the Chiefs proved too good for the rest of the competition. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThanks for tuning in - keep reading RUGBY.com.au for all the latest and greatest rugby news! For those looking for an in depth report on the Chiefs v Crusaders, check out this take.

6:25pm - Award winners - no surprises here...

Defensive Play of the Tournament - Radike Samo

Most Tries - Shaun Stevenson

Most Valuable Player - Shaun Stevenson

6:10pm - Full time - Final - Chiefs 12 - Crusaders 5

The Chiefs have battled their emotions to claim the inaugural Brisbane Tens title. With news that Sione Lauaki had passed away this morning, the Chiefs played spirited football in the final and several players could be seen looking to the heavens in the moments after their win.The Chiefs have been crowned the inaugural Brisbane Tens champions. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe second half started with some more Liam Messam brilliance, this time he put Latu Vaeno away down the right hand sideline but Vaeno decided not to pass for what would have been a certain try. Jed Brown was sin binned for a professional foul from the ensuing ruck and the Taleni Seu took advantage to score what would prove to be the match winning try. But the injury run which has marred the last few matches continued - Mitch Graham suffering a sickening injury which will almost certainly be a broken leg. He seemed to be in good spirits, though, as he dabbed his way off the field while on the back of the stretcher.

5:50pm - Half time - Final - Chiefs 7 - Crusaders 5Israel Dagg barks orders at his Crusaders team mates. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe Crusaders were the first to trouble the scorers, rewarded with points after camping inside the Crusaders half for the opening five minutes. Andrew Makalio fought his way over off the back of a rolling maul, opening up a 5-0 lead. Brad Weber was stretchered off with a suspected knee injury soon after but the Chiefs responded, Luke Jacobson scoring on the left hand wing with one minute to play in the first.

5:15pm - Some bad injury related news...

Hurricanes forward Vaea Fifita has suffered a broken leg, dampening what had been a successful Tens run for the Wellington side.

"We've sustained a serious injury to a key player which really takes the gloss off the tournament for us, it's tough," coach Chris Boyd said.

"All I know is that he's got a suspected broken leg and he's off to the hospital to get that accurately diagnosed.

"That's a massive blow for us."

5:10pm - Full time - Women's Tens - NSW 5 - QLD 0It's been a scorcher at Suncorp Stadium today. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyNSW have claimed victory in a thrilling second match between NSW and Queensland. The two teams played out a exciting 10-all draw yesterday and today's match looked to be heading down the same path when Queensland stormed into the NSW 22 in the dying minutes, only for a forward pass to hand NSW victory. The away side edged ahead through an Emily Chancellor try and it proved to be the difference.

5:00pm - Big ambitions for Tens

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4:32pm - Panasonic optimistic after spirited Tens performanceDaniel Heenan thanks the Brisbane crowd. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyRead what Robbie Deans, Berrick Barnes and Daniel Heenan told RUGBY.com.au after their QF loss.

4:30pm - Full time - SF2 - Crusaders 17 - Hurricanes 7Digby Ioane and the Crusaders are through to the Tens final. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe inaugural Brisbane Tens final will be a battle of two Kiwi powerhouses after the Crusaders dispatched the Hurricanes in the second Semi Final. A Mitchell Hunt penalty in the dying minutes sealed the 10 point win for the Crusaders, who remain unbeaten throughout the tournament. Quinten Strange opened the scoring for the Crusaders before they extended their lead through a Bryn Hall try two minutes into the second term. Jordie Barrett showed once again that he could be every bit as good as his older brother with a superb chip and chase try but it was not enough for the 'Canes.

3:55pm - Full time - SF1 - Chiefs 26 - Bulls 7The Chiefs are through to the inaugural Brisbane Tens final. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe fairytale run of the Bulls has come to an end, as the Chiefs put together a clinical first half performance to earn a Grand Final berth. The Chiefs played near perfect football in the first term - Shaun Stevenson and Solomon Alaimalo tries adding to a penalty try which saw the Waikato side take a 21-0 lead into half time. The teams traded one try each in the second half but there was no miraculous comeback, as the Chiefs booked a spot in the Grand Final.

3:40pm - Nehe Milner-Skudder reacts to heroic Hurricanes QF win

“The boys dug in deep there and that was a tough game, the Highlanders pipped us last night so we knew it was going to be a huge match and it definitely was," he said.

 

“It's really pleasing to come away with a win." The Hurricanes are doing it for Sione 'Wax' Lauaki. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyMilner-Skudder did not seem surprised that Jordie Barrett slotted the match winning conversion.

 

“He's class - must be something in that Barrett blood, I think," he said.

 

“Typical 'Landers, Dunedin supporters, love chucking a bit of chat out there but it's all in good fun, it's great.”

 

3:10pm - See what the Force had to say after their heart breaking Quarter Final loss


2:55pm - Full time - QF4 - Hurricanes 7 - Highlanders 5The Hurricanes have been among the best teams at the Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe younger brother of Beauden Barrett - Jordie Barrett - has nailed a near sideline conversion to snatch victory for the Hurricanes against their New Zealand counterparts. Eight minutes had passed before Adrian Smith opened the scoring for the Highlanders but it was the Hurricanes who dominated the second term. Having camped themselves inside the Highlanders half for the majority of the second term, Ricky Riccitelli dived over to level the scores with two minutes remaining. The degree of difficulty could not have been any higher for Barrett, who sent the conversion sailing between the sticks to earn the Hurricanes a clash with the Crusaders in the second Semi Final.

2:48pm - Barnes throws his weight behind State of OriginBerrick Barnes is all for a rugby State of Origin. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyWe heard Nathan Grey's take on a rugby State of Origin earlier - here's Berrick Barnes' take on the matter.

“It's hard to differentiate it (from rugby league),” he said.
 
“We've got to explore avenues in rugby and it's time we start looking at it.
 
“We don't know unless we try.
 
“We've seen with the Tens, a lot of people criticised it and I’s say, I think the general consensus was it was pretty damn good. So, why not give it a crack?”

 

2:42pm - Wild Knights react to QF loss


2:25pm - Full time - QF3 - Bulls 19 - Force 12The Chiefs await the Bulls in the first Semi Final. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe last remaining Australian team - the Force - are out of the tournament. In what was a spirited performance, the men from Perth fell victim to a Bulls team that has put together some scintillating rugby on Day Two. The Bulls have openly spoken about using the Tens as a team building exercise and their brand of attacking football has caused serious defensive headaches for opposition teams. The Force skipped out to an early first half lead thanks to tries from impressive backs Alex Newsome and Chance Peni and took the 12-0 break into half time. But the second half was all about the men from Pretoria, as their expansive style of play opened up plenty of space for Warrick Gelant, Tian Schoeman and Francois Bummer to score. The Bulls will face the Chiefs in the first Semi Final.

2:05pm - Listen to what James Slipper, Nick Stiles and Karmichael Hunt had to say about the Reds falling short in the Quarter Finals


2:02pm - Beauden Barrett might just be the most qualified waterboy at the Tens...

Beauden Barrett – the most famous water boy of the Brisbane Tens, is helping out an undermanned Toulon.

 

“We came here not knowing a lot about tens, hope to play footy and already on day two it's pleasing to see us playing smarter, (we've) figured out the kicking game's pretty useful in this format, so it's good to see our balance of attack, run and kick game’s come along," he told RUGBY.com.au

 

“It's very enjoyable, running water. Obviously I wish I was out there but it's the closest I can get without playing.

 

“These boys have been working hard all preseason and it's good to see them playing good footy and I'm hanging out for next week, first hit out in a while.

 

“I've been impressed with how everything's happening, there's so many moving parts, teams moving inside the change rooms, various different spots across the whole venue.

 

"I was working a sweat just signing signatures. The fan base here is just unbelievable, so many Aussies and Kiwi supporters and even a few Frenchies and Japanese supporters too, which is awesome.”

1:52pm - Full time - QF2 - Crusaders 12 - Wild Knights 7

Two Quarter Finals, two New Zealand teams through to the final four. The Crusaders were tested by the Wild Knights but proved a touch too good in the end - as they always seem to do. George Bridge scored his second try of the day to open the scoring for the Christchurch side in the first minute before Seta Tamanivalu opened up a 12-0 lead one minute before half time. The Kiwis looked to be in cruise control but the Wild Knights showed why they have been crowd favourites here in Brisbane, fighting hard to earn Daniel Heenan a try right on full time. Up next, the Bulls and the Force.


1:45pm - Toulon react to terrible TensDrew Mitchell is all smiles despite Toulon's string of bad performances at the Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyDrew Mitchell has pointed at poor timing as a major factor in Toulon's terrible showing at the Brisbane Tens.

"It's a difficult one for us because a lot of the guys back home did want to come but it just didn't fall necessarily in the greatest window for us, given where our season's at," he said.
 
"Not just our season in terms of scheduling but also our season, personally, as a Toulon side.
 
"It was very important for some of those guys to stay home and focus on next week's game, but I'm sure these guys, myself, everyone who's been involved in this will go home with really fond memories and speak really highly of it.
 
"With that, we'll breed excitement and we'll encourage guys to come out in future tournaments.

 

Steve Meehan added that James O'Connor is a 50-50 shot of playing in Toulon's next Top 14 match against Lyon on February 18 but would most likely be available for Toulon's match against Brive a fortnight later.

 

1:42pm - Grey not keen on State of Origin

Waratahs assistant coach isn't a fan of the proposed State of Origin concept... Find out why.

1:15pm - Full time - QF1 - Chiefs 12 - Reds 10

Moses Sorovi has been among the Reds best on Day Two. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThe Reds are out of the Brisbane Tens after the Chiefs broke the hearts of the home crowd. The Reds started well and crossed first after sustained attacking pressure through Samu Kerevi, only for the Chiefs to hit straight back through Shaun Stevenson. Kerevi put the Reds in front at half time when he showed a turn of foot and sped down the right hand sideline to score. Chaos erupted in the second half when Taniela Tupou and Leroy Houston were both sin binned within 60 seconds of another - Tupou for a high tackle and Houston for a professional foul. Stevenson then dotted down under the posts to take the Chiefs lead to 12-10 and the visitors were able to hang on to book a spot in the final four.

Leroy Houston and Taniela Tupou watch on from the sidelines after being sin binned. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart Walmsley12:45pm - Full time - Bulls 26 - Highlanders 17

The Brumbies are OUT after the Bulls caused an upset with a 26-17 win over the Highlanders. In a cruel twist of fate, the Brumbies have fallen one point short on point differential after each team in Pool C finished with two wins and a loss. As a result, the Force and the Reds are the only two Australians teams through to the Quarters. The Reds are on field against the Chiefs in the first QF now!

12:30pm - Tuqiri comfortable back at The Cauldron

 

Waratahs wildcard Lote Tuqiri has spent plenty of time at Suncorp Stadium and told RUGBY.com.au he was full of nervous energy upon his return.

 

"Definitely a cauldron. I was very nervous yesterday but I  got on the ground, got that nervous energy out and felt comfortable enough and the boys got me through two games," he said.

 

"It was definitely 20 steps up (from the Classic Sevens game). I had fun on both days and it’s always nice when people want you to play, good for the ego and good to get in a good atmosphere again.

 

"Mainly just to play with blokes like Izzy and the younger blokes coming through. Young Kellaway and all those kinds of blokes. My sons have got a bit of an idea that I play footy, they can see I actually tried, so that was a big part of it as well."

12:19pm - Full time - Hurricanes 32 - Toulon 0

The Hurricanes have added to Toulon's considerable woes with a 32-0 belting in the French side's final game. James O'Connor was absent once again as Toulon managed just one try for the entire tournament. The six try romp ensures the Hurricanes will play finals football. Their crisp handling and impressive athleticism with ball in hand has them earmarked as one of the teams to beat going into the Quarter Finals.

Toulon have been far from their best at the Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart Walmsley12:05pm - In sad news...


Liam Messam and Hika Elliot will fly home after the Chiefs' Quarter Final clash to be with family and friends of Sione Lauaki, who passed away this morning.

12:00pm - Here's what the Waratahs brains trust had to say after they were eliminated from the Tens


11:40am - Full time - Crusaders 17 - Blues 12

The Reds are the first Australian team through to the Quarter Finals after the Crusaders completed a clean sweep of their pool with a 17-12 win. The Christchurch side jumped out to a 17-0 lead but Blues tries to Ambrose Curtis and Pasqualle Dunn had the home fans worried Queensland may miss out. The Crusaders held up their end of the bargain, though, meaning they will progress alongside the Reds.

11:30am - Morgan Turinui looked a little worse for wear after the Rebels' final outing at the Tens!

Morgan Turinui looked a little worse for wear after the Rebels' final pool match!

11:15am - Full time - Reds 12 - Samoa 5

Eto Nabuli has been one of the Reds best at the Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyKarmichael Hunt has starred for the Reds as they kept their finals hopes alive with a win against Samoa. After defending for a couple of minutes in their own 22 to start the match, the Reds scored first when Hunt put Eto Nabuli through a hole. The flying Fijian drew a defender and dished a clean pass to Moses Sorovi who scored under the posts. The home side took a 7-0 lead into the break but the Samoans came out firing, Tila Mealoi putting the finishing touch on a movement in which nearly every player on the field touched the ball en route to a try. With three minutes to play, Hunt showed some super footwork to draw two defenders and put Andrew Ready over for the match winner.


10:55am - Full time - Chiefs 33 - Wild Knights 5

Both the Waratahs and the Rebels have been knocked out of the Brisbane Tens after the Chiefs easily accounted for the Wild Knights in the second game of the day. The result was never in doubt as tries to Taleni Seu, Tim Nanai-Williams, Brad Weber, Luke Jacobson and Solomon Alaimalo ensured a comfortable win. The Wild Knights and the Chiefs are the two teams through from Pool A.

10:24am - Full time - Waratahs 14 - Rebels 12The Waratahs have been feeling the heat in Brisbane. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyBryce Hegarty scored one try and saved another, saving face for the Waratahs as they notched their first win of the tournament in a thrilling match against the Rebels. Hegarty showed a great turn of foot to score the opening try of the match and after Ben Meehan did the same for the Rebels to level scores, the two teams scored one more try each. Hegarty and Meehan clashed again with one minute to play, as Meehan grubbered through to himself and looked to have scored the match winner. But Hegarty made a try saving tackle which forced the ball loose, handing the Waratahs a two point win.

The win was in vain, though, as the Waratahs are now the first team out of the competition.


10:04am - As it stands...

Israel Folau hasn't seen much game time for the Waratahs at the Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyAs the Waratahs and Rebels kick off, here is how the standings have shaped up.

The Waratahs will need a minor miracle to qualify for the finals even if they do manage a win here as they currently have a -22 point differential.

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