The Chiefs defeated the Brumbies 48-23 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Canberra. The hosts started well and opened the scoring with two Christian Lealifano penalties on five and eight minutes (6-0). The visitors hit back with a try through Toni Pulu after the winger received the ball after good work following a turnover and made no mistake, although Damian McKenzie missed the conversion.
The away side then scored another try. This time it was Donald Lowe who rounded off a great team try to make the score 12-6 after the conversion. The Australians hit back with a try on 35 minutes after Scott Sio powered over and Lealifano converted to make it 13-12.
The Waikato franchise then scored a McKenzie penalty on 38 minutes before a try on a minute later from Tom Sanders, who was put through with a great Aaron Cruden pass. It was 20-13 at half-time to the kiwis. The New Zealanders then started to dominate the encounter as McKenzie scored two early second half penalties making the score 26-13.
The ACT side then looked to spark a comeback with a Scott Fardy try on 53 minutes, andi t was converted (26-20). The teams then traded penalties making the score 29-23. The men from the land of the long white cloud then ran riot.
The try of the night was on 64 minutes when Cruden played an amazing cross field kick straight into James Lowe’s arms who then dotted down unopposed. Mckenzie added the sundries (36-23). Then Brad Webber finished off a lovley counter attacking try to extend the Hamilton team’s lead on 66 minutes (41-23).
The away side rounded off the game with a McKenzie try on 79 minutes and he converted as the hooter sounded to round off a 48-23 final score with the Chiefs showing why they are considered one of the best teams in the competition.