Sonny Bill Williams inspired the Chiefs to open their Super Rugby campaign by holding off a late charge by the Blues for a 23-18 win in Auckland.

Chiefs hold on, beat Blues in Super Rugby

The Chiefs have extended their Super Rugby-winning streak over neighbours the Blues to eight matches after coming away with a 23-18 victory in Auckland.
Seven months ago sitting at ANZ Stadium, as the precious seconds counted down at that memorable final, I uttered two desperate words to myself as Bernard Foley struck the ball.
ACT Brumbies captain Stephen Moore warns team round-one record win means nothing before a trip to New Zealand.
Waratahs loosehead prop Benn Robinson respects the Western Force pack, but he says he and his fellow forwards won't be trapped into "worrying about them."
Melbourne Rebels face an anxious wait to find out if co-captain Scott Higginbotham and scrum half Nic Stirzaker will be suspended following their win over the Crusaders on Friday night.

Too early to make call on Karmichael

The jury is still out on Karmichael Hunt in rugby, as players and coaches declined to give his performance a rating after the Reds were outmuscled.
Michael Cheika has challenged Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley to shed their newcomers tag and make the jerseys their own – starting with the Waratahs.

Cheika tips tough first game for Tahs

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says he expects the Western Force to make life difficult for his team in their first game as defending Super Rugby champions.

Pocock keen to put knee chat behind him

Wallabies David Pocock and Stephen Moore both made solid returns during their first Super Rugby match back from their respective knee surgeries.
James Horwill's bizarre performance for the Reds during their record 47-3 loss against the Brumbies on Friday night has earned the former Wallabies skipper an appointment with the SANZAR judiciary.
The Hurricanes won't have to look far if their regular goalkickers lose their groove this year.

Foley 'set to quit Wallabies' after RWC

Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley is reportedly set to quit Australian rugby after this year's World Cup to play in Japan.
David Pocock and Stephen Moore will make their return from knee reconstructions on Friday.