Chiefs hold off stubborn Reds



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The Chiefs broke into play-off territory on Saturday in Round eleven by beating a stubborn Reds team by 32 points to 20.

The final score line did not reflect the closeness of the match as the Reds put in an excellent spell in the second half which saw them scoring 17 unanswered points in 13 minutes which brought them right back into the match after being down 24-3 at half time.


The Reds refused to give up and had a decision for a try go against them with under ten minutes to go.

Lelia Masaga became the leading tryscorer in the Super 14 and Stephen Donald the leading pointscorer in the match.

Winger Masaga scored two tries to lift his tally for the season to six and flyhalf Donald scored a try among 17 points to raise his season’s aggregate to 118 as Waikato kept alive its challenge for a semifinal place.

Donald and Masaga scored early tries as the Chiefs took a 14-0 lead after nine minutes on their way to a 24-3 lead at halftime.

That buffer proved crucial as the Reds launched a concerted comeback and cut the lead to 24-20 before the Chiefs edged away.

The Chiefs sealed the match with a late penalty to Donald, his fifth goal from as many attempts, and an intercept try to All Blacks No.8 Sione Lauaki which went unconverted, Donald’s only goalkicking lapse.

“It was a good win but we made a few mistakes in the second half which was a bit frustrating,” Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina said.

“We’ve got a big leg now away from home so it was good to finish on a high. We scored points when we needed to but we gave them a few chances in the second half and they came back well.”

Donald set the tone for a fast-paced and fiercely competitive match when he scored the Chiefs first try after only four minutes, chipping ahead and retrieving his own kick out of the arms of Reds’ fullback Clinton Schifcofske for his fifth try of the season.

Masaga touched down five minutes later as the home side took advantage of an overlap, putting the pacy winger into space on the right flank with help from center Richard Kahui, who straightened the attack.

Masaga scored again in the 35th minute, when the Reds had been reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of Schifcofske for a late tackle.

Wallabies utility Digby Ioane took the field as an early second-half replacement and sparked the Reds backline, scoring a try and contributing to two others by center Morgan Turinui.

“We’re not very happy with that, to be honest,” Reds captain James Horwill said.

“We let the Chiefs get away to too big a lead at the start and it was tough coming back from that.”

The match was the last at home this season for the Chiefs, who will now face the Western Force in Perth and the Lions and Sharks in South Africa in their last three regular-season games.

 Final score Chiefs 32 Reds 20





Tries – Stephen Donald ,Lelia Masaga (2)Sione Lauaki

Pen – Stephen Donald (2)

Con – Stephen Donald (3)



Tries – Morgan Turinui (2), Digby Ioane

Pen –

Con – Clinton Schifcofske
Drop – Berrick Barnes
Cards – Clinton Schifcofske (yellow)



Saturday April 26
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa), Bryce Lawrence(New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Alan Riley (New Zealand)




1-15- Ben May , Tom Willis ,Ben Castle ,Toby Lynn ,Kevin O’Neill ,Liam Messam ,Tanerau Latimer ,Sione Lauaki ,Jamie Nutbrown , Stephen Donald , Sitiveni Sivivatu ,Dwayne Sweeney , Richard Kahui , Lelia Masaga , Mils Muliaina (capt)

Reserves:Aled de Malmanche , Simms Davison/Simon Lemalu , Jay Williams , Faifili Levave , Brendon Leonard/David Bason ,
Callum Bruce/Murray Williams , Sosene Anesi.

Reds :

Clinton Schifcofske, Brando Va’aulu, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Rodney Blake, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.

Reserves: Sean Hardman, Dayna Edwards, Ed O’Donoghue, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Charlie Fetoai, Digby Ioane.

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