Chiefs hit top gear against troubled Bulls



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The Chiefs hit top gear beating the Bulls by 43 points to 27 in Rotorua picking up their first bonus point of the season.


Brendon Leonard excelled for the Chiefs scoring two tries for the home side.


The Bulls and defending champions look to be in very troubled ground as they let in a second batch of 40 points in two weeks.

Chiefs kicker Stephen Donald had a shaky start but once the Chiefs took the lead he transformed into a confident kicker converting five tries and a penalty.


The Chiefs scored six tries to three in a match that they dominated throughout with more than 70 percent possession and territory.


All Blacks scrumhalf Leonard scored his first try in the first half as the Chiefs turned a 10-0 deficit in a 12-10 lead at halftime and again during a burst of scoring which brought the Chiefs 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half.

He was part of a 22-point turnaround in that 16-minute period on either side of halftime and brought a sharp counterattacking instinct to the Chiefs’ four second-half tries and a bonus point.

With his guidance, the Chiefs opened a 36-13 lead after 56 minutes and, with his leadership, staved off a short-lived Bulls fightback in the middle of the second half, which cut the lead to 36-27.

It was Leonard’s kick, deep into Bulls territory that set up the Chiefs’s last try, to flanker Liam Messam, which ended the comeback.

The Bulls led 10-0 after 20 minutes with a try to inside center Wynand Olivier, converted by Derick Hougaard who also added a penalty among four successes from four attempts at goal.

That advantage came although the Chiefs enjoyed two thirds of possession and when the Chiefs used that ball more securely, used kicks to turn the Bulls around and gain field position, the match changed.

Leonard scored their opening try after No. 8 Sione Lauaki superbly regathered his own chip kick and quickly passed to the supporting scrumhalf.

Callum Bruce added a second try a minute from halftime and Stephen Donald’s conversion sent the Chiefs to the break with a two-point lead.

A Donald penalty, Leonard’s second try from a free kick and further tries to outside backs Dwayne Sweeney and Lelia Masaga, in which Leonard was instrumental, built a 36-13 advantage.

The Bulls struck back with tries to flanker Deon Stegmann and winger Akona Ndungane but Messam’s last try clinched the Chiefs’s victory.

“It was a great effort,” the Chiefs captain Mils Muliana said.

“We went away during the week, looked at our game and changed a few things. The tight five really set it up tonight for us guys at the back.

Our set piece improved a lot on recent weeks and we showed what we can do with good set pieces.”

The Bulls’ second straight loss on the road by a 40-point scoreline, after last week’s 40-8 loss to the Reds, has pushed their season further into crisis.

“It makes it very tough for us but we just have to take it on the chin and look forward to next week,” captain Fourie du Preez said.

 Final Score Chiefs 43 Bulls 27





Tries – Leonard (2), Bruce, Sweeney,Masaga,  Messam
Pen – Stephen Donald
Con – Stephen Donald (5)



Tries – Olivier, Stegman, Ndungane
Pen – Derick Hougaard
Con – Derick Hougaard (3)
Drop G – Derick Hougaard
Cards – Danwel Demas. (yellow)


Saturday March 22
International Stadium, Rotorua
Chiefs v Bulls
James Leckie (Aus)
Asst. referees: Chris Pollock (NZ), James Sholtens (Aus)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZ)
Assessor: Paul Ramsay (NZ)


Our man of the match : Brendon Leonard



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. Viliame Waqaseduadua,12. Callum Bruce,13. Dwayne Sweeney ,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. Murray Williams,22. Roimata Hansell-Pune.


15. Morne Steyn.,14. Akona Ndungane,13. JP Nel,12. Wynand Olivier,11. Danwel Demas,10. Derick Hougaard,9. Fourie du Preez (K),8. Pedrie Wannenburg,7. Wikus van Heerden (O/K),6. Deon Stegman ,5. Danie Rossouw,4. Bakkies Botha,3. Rayno Gerber,2. Derick Ku’n,1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Reserves,16. Bandise Maku,17. Werner Kruger,18. Wilhelm Steenkamp ,19. Hilton Lobberts,20. Heini Adams,21. Stephan Dippenaar,22. Dewald Potgieter.

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