The Chiefs outclassed the Southern Kings to scoop a convincing 58-24 victory at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. All in all it was a commanding victory for the visitors especially in the second stanza where they completely dominated their opponents. The Waikato franchise came into this encounter from a disappointing round two loss to the Lions at home.
Against the Kings, a win was a must. In the third minute Louis Fouche slotted from the pin to hand his side a start they were hoping for. Damian McKenzie cancelled the spot kick in the 12th minute with one of his own. The first try of the match came in the 20th minute for the visitors courtesy of Sam Cane.
The New Zealanders simply built from there. Even though Fouche kicked the hosts into a 12-10 advantage, McKenzie was on target again before crossing the try line himself on 32 minutes. Four minutes later Taleni Seu was over the line and it looked as if Dave Rennie’s men were running away with it.
However Edgard Marutlulle would crash over the white wash on the stroke of half-time to bring Deon Davids’ side back into it. The Port Elizabeth team trailed 27-17 at the break. Four minutes into the second stanza, Rennie’s troops scored another try.
Charlie Ngatai’s five-pointer was a sign of what was to come. The side went on to score a try two minutes later as well courtesy of Aaron Cruden. It was four tries in the opening 21 second stanza minutes as Marutlulle first gave the home side some hope before Can crashed over for his second score of the day.
After McKenzie’s conversion it was 48-24 to the kiwis. Ten minutes from time Glen Fisiiahi went over before McKenzie converted and landed a late penalty to complete the rout.