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Messam : Chiefs didn't turn up for the first half

Chiefs Co-Captain Liam Messam rams into the Cheetahs defence

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Article Published: Saturday 2 March 2013|

Chiefs Co-Captain Liam Messam admitted that they didn't turn up for the first half of their 45-3 hammering of the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs started the match with a frenetic pace and took an early lead which they held on to until a Gareth Anscombe penalty in the 17th minute.

Anscombe's penalty came from a very rare visit by the Chiefs to the Cheetahs half of the field.

Eight minutes after Anscombe had leveled the scores the Chiefs set up a 5m line out and from the line out Liam Messam scored the first of their six tries.

While the Chiefs took a 10-3 lead into the break it was the Cheetahs who had dominated the first half stats.

Messam admitted that the Chiefs had been given a stern wake up talking to at half time by coach Dave Rennie.

The half time talk clearly motivated the Chiefs as they scored their second try two minutes into the second half when Ben Afeaki gathered the ball from a charge down and scored in the corner.

The Chiefs weathered further attacks from the Cheetahs but on the 60 minute mark the Chiefs replacements arrived from the bench and the Cheetahs were unable to live with the increased pace and power of the game.

The Chiefs 60 minute turn around was immediate as they ran in four tries in the final 20 minutes of the match.

"Nothing like a good telling off at half-time,"said captain Liam Messam said of the second half domination.

"We didn't turn up in the first half and they were beating us at our own game at the breakdowns."

"So we just went back to basics, good clean ball for our backs and we scored at the end of the game."

"They're big boys and something we pride ourselves on is the breakdown so we gave our backs some quick ball."

The Chiefs fly to South Africa next where they will face last year's South African Conference winners the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town.

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