Exciting news for Chiefs fans – 2018 memberships are on sale today, giving you the chance to secure your HSBC New Zealand Sevens tickets as part of your membership before anyone else when they go on sale to the general public on 30 August!

The ALL FOR ONE 2018 membership includes admission to six Gallagher Chiefs Investec Super Rugby round robin home games at FMG Stadium Waikato, as well as a two-day ticket to the HSBC New Zealand Sevens on 3-4 February 2018, all at one great price.

Members can choose their zone for the Chiefs Investec Super Rugby season and enjoy the same seat for all six games with easy access into FMG Stadium Waikato with your plastic membership card.  Plus you can enjoy the inaugural HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton with lots of exciting options for fans of all ages to enjoy and as a Chiefs member you get the first chance to get tickets so be the first in to experience the Sevens.

For each membership seat secured, an additional two HSBC New Zealand Sevens Whopping Weekend passes can be purchased with your membership.

Get in before these tickets go on sale by securing your Chiefs membership today. 

A Chiefs membership provides fantastic value with savings on game ticket prices PLUS lots of other great benefits including an exclusive membership gift, great discounts and priority purchase offers plus behind the scenes team events and much more!

Memberships start from as little as $65 for children and $175 for adults. Be the first to secure your membership for Chiefs + Sevens by clicking here or by phoning us on 0800 424 4337.

 

The Sevens Zones are as follows:

For those keen to get amongst the dancing and party atmosphere there’s the Amber Zone (WEL Networks stand) with general admission seating.

The Blue Zone (Brian Perry Stand) has allocated seating in the top and bottom tier for those that want to enjoy all the on- and off-field action from a reserved seat.

Families and picnic blankets take over the Green Zone grass embankment, while the White Zone (Goal Line terrace, general admission seated) will be an alcohol free area. 

The Gallagher Chiefs have warmed up for the Super Rugby playoffs with an impressive 28-10 win over the Brumbies at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Showing no signs of rust after the international break, the Gallagher Chiefs scored three tries with plenty of their trademark running rugby on display as fullback Damian McKenzie led the way with a superb all-round performance and a personal tally of 18 points.

The opening moments of the match belonged to the Brumbies as they spent almost the entire first ten minutes with ball in hand, but some sharp defence from the Gallagher Chiefs kept them out comfortably enough.

Two massive scrums from the home side relieved the pressure and, after another brief attack from the Brumbies, the Gallagher Chiefs moved downfield for the first time in the match.

After a few phases of pressure, a penalty was awarded out in front and McKenzie made no mistake to open the scoring with a three-pointer.

Moments later the Chiefs split the Brumbies defence wide open for the first try of the evening. Off the front of a lineout on halfway, wing Solomon Alaimalo was put into a big gap from halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow and a wide pass out left found McKenzie who showed good speed to finish easily from 30 metres out.

McKenzie converted his own try to make it a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.

A quick response from the Brumbies came through centre Nigel Ah Wong who burst onto a short ball, running the perfect line, and he crashed through a couple of Gallagher Chiefs tackles to score.

First five Wharenui Hawera, the former Waikato man back at FMG Stadium Waikato, converted the Ah Wong try to narrow the Gallagher Chiefs lead back to three.

The Chiefs went desperately close to a second try not long after with 11 phases inside the Brumbies 22 ending with Alaimalo nearly scoring in the right hand corner before he was bundled into touch by some good scrambling defence.

Another opportunity then came via an Aaron Cruden cross kick with a leaping McKenzie knocking it on over the line as he attempted to pluck it from the air. Some more good defence forced the Gallagher Chiefs to settle for a second McKenzie penalty.

From the kick off the Gallagher Chiefs were quick to launch another attack with wing James Lowe starting and finishing off a brilliant attacking movement, but the try was ruled out due to a forward pass.

On the stroke of halftime, the Brumbies worked their way downfield and Hawera was able to end the first 40 minutes with a penalty which narrowed the Gallagher Chiefs lead to 13-10 at the break.

A yellow card for the Brumbies led to the perfect start to the second half for the home side. Inside the first two minutes the Gallagher Chiefs stretched the 14 man Brumbies defence with Alaimalo on the end of an overlap to score in the right hand corner.

The Brumbies settled down after the initial blow and no more damage was done with halfback Tomas Cubelli in the sin bin, but the Gallagher Chiefs were next to score as McKenzie added his third penalty of the night.

As the second half wore on the Gallagher Chiefs began to assert their dominance in possession and territory and it seemed a matter of time before they extended their lead. Several substitutions for the final quarter also injected fresh legs, but to the Brumbies credit their tiring defence managed to stop wave after wave of Gallagher Chiefs attack.

Finally, with 10 minutes remaining, the Gallagher Chiefs crossed for their third try. After keeping the ball alive with some quick phases and offloads, space was created and McKenzie popped a pass to Michael Leitch, ranging out wide, and the big Number 8 dived over in the left hand corner.

In the closing minutes the Gallagher Chiefs went in search of a bonus point try that may help their playoff situation, throwing everything at the visitors, but a couple of errors and conceded penalties denied them.

Gallagher Chiefs 28 (Damian McKenzie, Solomon Alaimalo, Michael Leitch tries; McKenzie 2 cons, 3 pens) Brumbies 10 (Nigel Ah Wong try; Wharenui Hawera con, pen) HT: 13-10.

The Gallagher Chiefs now await the remaining results of the final round before their playoff fixture for next weekend is confirmed.

Youth and experience blend impeccably to create powerful propping stocks for the 2018 Gallagher Chiefs. Kane Hames and Sosefo Kautai have committed to the Chiefs until 2019, with Nepo Laulala and Atunaisa Moli signing for the next three years.

Incoming Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper said: “I am very excited by the signings of four quality front rowers for next year and the future of the Chiefs. Kane and Nepo are great men on and off the field. They bring a huge amount of experience, leadership and are very driven, plus they provide continuity which is great for the team. Atunaisa and Sosefo are young, hard-working and important for the future. Atunaisa offers versatility as he can play on both sides of the scrum, while Sosefo is finding his feet in Super Rugby quickly which will create some great competition for places. I’m looking forward to working with them all and seeing them continue to grow as players and men.”

Loosehead prop Kane Hames has dominated the Gallagher Chiefs number 1 jersey this season, starting in 12 of the 13 games he has played this year to date. The 28-year-old joined the Gallagher Chiefs as injury cover in 2016, with his performances earning him an All Blacks Test debut against Australia in August last year. The 1.81m and 113kg studious tighthead prop hails from Bay of Plenty but currently plays his Mitre 10 Cup rugby with the Tasman Makos. Hames has an immense work ethic, high standards and is a strong leader. The Maori All Blacks representative is also a registered rugby referee and he has thus far played 22 games for the Gallagher Chiefs.

Sosefo Kautai made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Waikato last year, following an impressive campaign with the New Zealand Under 20s side. At 1.89m and 133kg, Kautai is the best scrummager for his age in the country. The 20-year-old tighthead prop made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Gallagher Chiefs against the Stormers in Cape Town this year and has since added three more caps to his name. The Sacred Heart College graduate and Auckland age-grade representative is a very instinctive player who has an exciting future ahead of him.

Samoan-born Nepo Laulala has been a mainstay of the Gallagher Chiefs forward pack this season, starting in every one of his 11 appearances this year. The Wesley College alumnus made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2013, playing 33 games over two seasons for the southern side before moving north to join the Gallagher Chiefs in 2015. That same year, Nepo Laulala was selected for the All Blacks and has played 4 Tests for the national side to date. After missing the 2016 season due to a serious knee injury, 26-year-old Laulala made his long-awaited debut for the Chiefs against the Highlanders in February this year. At 1.84m and 116kg, the hard-working Counties Manukau prop is regarded as one of the best tighthead scrummagers in the country. 

Atunaisa Moli is a very talented rugby player with a lot of potential. The 1.89m and 127kg Waikato prop is equally adept on both sides of the scrum. The former New Zealand Schools representative was born in Gisborne and schooled at Marlborough Boys College. He was selected for the New Zealand Under 20s side for two consecutive seasons, captaining the side to a Junior World Championship title in 2015. A big defender and strong ball carrier, 21-year-old Moli has been a regular inclusion in the Gallagher Chiefs playing-23 this year. To date Atunaisa Moli has played 25 games for the Gallagher Chiefs.

The significance of this Saturday’s contest between the Gallagher Chiefs and the Brumbies will only truly be realised retrospectively. It could be the last time Dave Rennie leads his team into battle at FMG Stadium Waikato. It could be the last performance at home for a very special group of long-serving players that includes Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and James Lowe.

Gallagher Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane said: “As far as special games go, our match on Saturday afternoon against the Brumbies is right up there. It’s our final guaranteed game at home this season and I’d love for thousands of our loyal fans to join me in the stands to honour Rens, Aaron and the boys who are leaving at the end of this season. Let’s give them a turnout befitting the massive contribution they’ve made to our Club.”
Whether the Gallagher Chiefs play on home soil again this season is unknown, but some things are certain. It will be Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald’s 100th Investec Super Rugby competition game when he takes the field against the Brumbies on Saturday night. Having captained the Chiefs in International fixtures against Wales in 2016 and the British & Irish Lions last month, Donald has already celebrated his century milestone with the Club.

The result of Saturday’s game will also ultimately decide the Gallagher Chiefs quarterfinals opponent. Currently there are two scenarios; the preference sees the Gallagher Chiefs pack their bags next Wednesday for Canberra to take on Australia’s best Super Rugby side, the Brumbies. The appeal of this scenario is solely due to the reduced travel time. To secure this, the Chiefs must defeat the Brumbies this weekend and in the later game, the Crusaders must draw with or beat the Hurricanes. The second scenario sees the Gallagher Chiefs depart for Cape Town a mere seven hours after their match this Saturday to play the Stormers.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to play the Brumbies at 5.15pm this Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato:

1. Kane Hames (22)
2. Nathan Harris (28)
3. Nepo Laulala (12)
4. Michael Allardice (21)
5. Mitchell Brown (15)
6. Liam Messam (160)
7. Lachlan Boshier (16)
8. Michael Leitch (31)
9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (80)
10. Aaron Cruden (86) - Captain
11. James Lowe (50)
12. Charlie Ngatai (41)
13. Alex Nankivell (3)
14. Solomon Alaimalo (7)
15. Damian McKenzie (47)

RESERVES:

16. Liam Polwart (3)
17. Aidan Ross (3)
18. Atu Moli (25)
19. Tom Sanders (20)
20. Mitchell Karpik (6)
21. Finlay Christie (7)
22. Stephen Donald (101)
23. Shaun Stevenson (22)

() = Gallagher Chiefs caps in brackets

Unavailable for selection: Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Glen Fisiiahi, Sam McNicol, Toni Pulu, Taleni Seu and Dominic Bird.

Head coach Dave Rennie has opted to rest hard-working All Blacks Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Anton Lienert-Brown to refresh them for playoffs next weekend. Tim Nanai-Williams will rejoin the side next week following his commitments with the Samoan national team.

The Gallagher Chiefs will wear black armbands on Saturday to acknowledge the passing of Ron Hendl - a wonderful supporter, long-standing sponsor and member of the Chiefs whanau.

The Gallagher Chiefs play the Brumbies at 5.15pm this Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato. Get your friends and family together and join thousands of passionate Chiefs fans for an exhilarating afternoon of rugby. Tickets are available from ticketdirect.co.nz or 0800 4 CHIEFS.