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Chiefs smash Lions and take back top NZ spot

Dwayne Sweeney flies through Martin Muller's tackle

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Article Published: Saturday 3 May 2014|

The Chiefs moved back to the top of the New Zealand Conference when they smashed the Lions 38-8 in Hamilton on Saturday.

The victory is the Chiefs first in six matches as they had lost their last two, drew twice in South Africa and lost to the Force in Perth.

The Chiefs outscored the Lions by six tries to one in the contest.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie made 14 changes to his matchday squad after they lost to the Brumbies in Canberra last week and the changes produced the desired result after their season had started to disintegrate.

While the Chiefs got back to winning ways, it was not a complete performance from the Chiefs who enjoyed a golden period in the lead up to half time but otherwise struggled to breach the Lions defence.

But it was the fact they had rediscovered their winning formula rather than the manner in which they produced it that most impressed Chiefs captain Liam Messam.

"I'm proud of the way the boys bounced back. We had our backs against the wall and they came out here and performed. It's probably not the flashiest performance but it's a win," he said.

It was the Lions who led 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes, before the Chiefs received an injection of confidence with their opening try by Gareth Anscombe.

After a try by new hooker Nathan Harris was disallowed because of an off-the-ball obstruction the Chiefs closed out the half with tries to Tanerau Latimer and Charlie Ngatai in quick succession.

Prop Pauliasi Manu produced the crucial fourth try immediately after the resumption when he bullocked his way through the Lions defence from close range.

With the bonus point in the bag the Chiefs went off the boil allowing the Lions to strike back immediately with a try to Courtnall Skosan.

It was to be another 30 before the Chiefs were able to score again with Bundee Aki and Tim Nanai-Williams both crossing in the closing minutes.

The win put the Chiefs back on top of the New Zealand conference with five wins from 10 matches while the Lions are third in the South African conference with four wins from 10.

Final Score Chiefs 38 (19) Lions 8 (3)


Tries - G.Anscombe,T.Latimer,C.Ngatai,P. Manu,B.Aki,T.Nanai-Williams
Pen -
Con -G.Anscombe 3,A.Horrell
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -C.Skosan
Pen - E.Jantjies
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Ben Skeen



1. Pauliasi Manu ,2. Nathan Harris ,3. Josh Hohneck ,4. Ross Filipo ,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Tanerau Latimer ,7. Sam Cane ,8. Liam Messam (c) ,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow ,10. Gareth Anscombe,11. James Lowe ,12. Tom Marshall ,13. Charlie Ngatai ,14. Dwayne Sweeney ,15. Tim Nanai-Williams

Replacements : 16. Mahonri Schwalger ,17. Jamie Mackintosh ,18. Ben Tameifuna ,19. Matt Symons ,20. Mike Fitzgerald ,21. Brad Weber ,22. Bundee Aki ,23. Andrew Horrell


15. Chrysander Botha ,14. Deon van Rensburg ,13. Lionel Mapoe,12. Stefan Watermeyer,11. Courtnall Skosan ,10. Elton Jantjies,9. Faf de Klerk ,8. Warren Whiteley (c),7. Derick Minnie ,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco Mostert ,4. Martin Muller,3. Julian Redelinghuys,2. Robbie Coetzee,1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe,17. Jacques van Rooyen ,18. Ruan Dreyer,19. MB Lusaseni ,20. Willie Britz,21. Ross Cronje,22. Marnitz Boshoff,23. JW Jonker

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