Chiefs dazzle Brumbies


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New Zealand’s Chiefs smashed the Brumbies with six tries in a 42-28 Super 14 rugby romp at Canberra Stadium on Friday.

The Chiefs climbed to fourth on the standings halfway through the eighth round with a breathless performance of running, unstructured rugby for their first win over the Brumbies in 10 Super encounters.

The Hamilton-based side grabbed control of the game with a 28-7 halftime lead, snaring a scoring bonus point for four tries by the 33rd minute as their greater hunger and aggression at the turnover proved too much for the home side.

The total of 42 points conceded was the second highest in 13 years for the Brumbies at home.

The Chiefs’ superior pace out wide proved decisive, with winger Sitiveni Sivivatu scoring the opening try and setting up the next for centre Callum Bruce after spearing through a yawning gap off a lineout win inside the opening 12 minutes.

Such was the away team’s dominance that they increased their lead to 35-7 playing a man down after Bruce was sin-binned just before halftime.

Fly-half Stephen Donald scored two tries, one a runaway 60-metre effort, and converted six tries for a match tally of 22 points.

The Brumbies, who welcomed back their two Wallaby backs Stirling Mortlock and Adam Ashley-Cooper from injury, paid severely for not playing direct enough and were caught out playing too laterally.

The Brumbies’ first home loss to the Chiefs in a decade also spoiled skipper Mortlock’s 100th game for the Brumbies.

But the home side pegged back a scoring bonus point when scrum-half Josh Holmes posted the home side’s fourth try with his second try after the fulltime siren.

The Chiefs’ best try of the match came nine minutes from time off a counter-attack deep inside their own quarter with six players handling before substitute Jamie Nutbrown dived under the crossbar for a pulsating score.

It gets no easier for the Brumbies, whose fourth defeat in seven games leaves them in ninth spot midway through the round and facing the Blues in Auckland next week.

The Chiefs have a bye next weekend to recharge before a testing home game with the unbeaten leaders the Crusaders on April 18.


Full time score Brumbies 28 Chiefs 42





Tries – Tyrone Smith ,Josh Holmes (2) ,Peter Playford

Pen –

Con – Stirling Mortlock (3)




Tries – Sivivatu, Bruce, Donald (2), Waqaseduadua, Nutbrown

Pen –

Con – Stephen Donald (6)

Cards – Callum Bruce , Faifili Levave(yellow)


Venue :Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Referees : Marius Jonker (South Africa), Nathan Pearce (Australia)
TV Match Official : George Ayoub (Australia)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Brendan McCormick (Australia)




15-1: Nic Henderson, John Ulugia , Guy Shepherdson ,Alister Campbell ,Mark Chisholm ,Mitchell Chapman , George Smith ,Stephen -Hoiles , Patrick Phibbs , Christian Lealiifano , Francis Fainifo , Tyrone Smith , Stirling Mortlock (c) , Peter Playford , Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Reserves:Saia Faingaa ,Salesi Ma’afu ,Peter Kimlin , Julian Salvi , Joshua Holmes , Matt Toomua , Sanualio Afeaki.


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. Jamie Nutbrown,21. Dwayne Sweeney,22. Viliame Waqaseduadua.


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