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The Chiefs pulled off a bit of a shock win on Saturday when they hosted the Waratahs. The Waratahs scored enough tries to win the match but it was Peter Hewat’s kicking that cost them the win. All season the Waratahs have been able to bank the points with Hewat’s kicking but not in this match.


Out of the five tries the Waratahs scored Hewat was only able to convert one try, ironically it was the most difficult and was the last act of the match. Hill’s kicking for the Chiefs was impeccable.


The Waratahs did pick up two bonus points scoring a last gasp try as the hooter blew bringing them to within 7 points.


The match itself was highly entertaining with 9 tries, five of them by the losing team. Muliaina scored two tries for the Chiefs bringing his tournament total to three.


At the breakdown the Chiefs were dominant and their loose forwards put in a huge effort restricting the Waratahs from attacking. Marty Holah had a particularly good match.


Both sides spent the match replying to each other’s last score but with ten minutes to go the outlook was bad for the Tahs as they trailed 37-26. The Chiefs slowed the game down eating up crucial time for the Waratahs and the gap proved to big for the Waratahs.


The Waratahs may have lost more than just the match as Rogers was seen leaving the field in the last minute limping to the sideline.


The loss opens the door for the Crusaders to host their home semi final and next week’s Waratahs Hurricanes match will surely decide who hosts the second semi-final.


Scorers


Chiefs


Tries – Tuitupou, Muliaina 2, Sivivatu. Conversions – Hill 4, Penalties – Hill 3


Waratahs


Tries – Rogers, Freier, Tuquiri, Polota-Nau, Elsom, Conversions – Hewat , Penalties – Hewat 2

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