Chiefs continue form against Highlanders


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The Chiefs got their second successive win on Saturday after they beat the Highlanders by 39 points to 24 in the first match of the Super 14 seventh round matches on Saturday.

The Chiefs took the lead early on and never looked like losing after Stephen Donald kicked a penalty in the second minute.

Both teams scored a bonus point for scoring four tries or more.

Lelia Masaga of the Chiefs and Hoani MacDonald of the Highlanders both scored two tries a piece.

Backing up from their victorious six-try performance against the Bulls a week ago, the traditional Super 14 slow-starters added another six touchdowns against the Highlanders to again take maximum points.

It was the Chiefs fourth win from seven matches but was still not convincing enough to suggest they could work their way up to play-off contention.

The Highlanders, meanwhile, remain winless at the bottom of the table but again managed a bonus point with four tries.

Despite the size of the scoreline it was not all one-way traffic for the homeside, who rushed to a 22-0 lead inside 25 minutes.

The Highlanders rallied with two late tries in the first half to trail 12-22 at the turn, and further narrowed the gap to 19-27 midway through the second half.

But a lack of cohesion and repeated handling lapses meant too many opportunities were wasted.

The Chiefs were up 10-0 after eight minutes as straight, strong, running from midfield backs Callum Bruce and Richard Kahui put the Highlanders defence under extreme pressure.

With territory favouring the Chiefs they opened the scoring with a penalty by Stephen Donald, who ended the match with 14 points, and a try to Brendon Leonard, who was again a decisive influence with his sniping around the ruck.

A chip kick by Bruce saw Liam Messam out run Craig Newby to score while a blindside scrum move saw Sione Lauaki and Leonard split the defence to send Leila Masaga over to have the Chiefs up 22-0.

But in the final 10 minutes of the half the Highlanders came back with two tries.

The first came when stand out midfield back Johnny Leota found a gap to send Fetu’u Vainikolo over, and then big lock Hoani MacDonald galloped 22 metres down the touchline to score wide out.

The Chiefs became the first side this year to score four tries against the Highlanders when Masaga toed the ball over the line to score a minute into the second half.

Against the run of play, and down to 14-men when Jamie MacKintosh was sinbinned, the Highlanders struck back when a 50-metre run by Vainikolo ended with MacDonald’s second try, which Bowden converted.

But their fightback was soon eroded as Donald scored and converted his own try and then Mils Muliaina crossed wide out to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 39-19 before replacement Mike Delany scored on time for the Highlanders.


Chiefs 39 Highlanders 24





Tries – Brendon Leonard , Liam Messam ,Lelia Masaga (2), Stephen Donald ,Mils Muliaina

Pen – Stephen Donald

Con – Stephen Donald (3)



Tries – Fetu’u Vainikolo, Hoani MacDonald (2),Mike Delany

Pen –

Con –  Daniel Bowden (2)


Saturday March 29
Venue :
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (New Zealand)
Jonathon White (New Zealand), Keith Brown (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Alan Riley (New Zealand)




1. Simms Davison,2. Tom Willis ,3. Ben Castle,4. Toby Lynn,5. Kevin O’Neill,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Sione Lauaki,9. Brendon Leonard,10. Stephen Donald,11. Sitiveni Sivivatu,12. Callum Bruce,13. Richard Kahui,14. Lelia Masaga,15. Mils Muliaina (captain)

Reserves:16. Aled de Malmanche,17. Ben May,18. Jay Williams,19. Faifili Levave,20. David Bason,21. Dwayne Sweeney,22. Viliame Waqaseduadua


15. James Wilson, 14. Paul Williams , 13. Niva Ta’auso, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10. Daniel Bowden, 9. Jimmy Cowan ( vc ), 8. Steven Setephano , 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Craig Newby ( c ), 5. Hayden Triggs, 4. Hoani MacDonald, 3. Clint Newland, 2. David Hall, 1. Jamie Mackintosh

Reserves: 16. Jason Macdonald, 17. Chris King, 18. Isaac Ross, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Toby Morland, 21. Mike Delany, 22. Brett Mather.



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