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Chiefs put Wales to the sword



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Two time Super Rugby champions the Chiefs outclassed Wales side 40-7 in a historic mid-week match at FMG Stadium in Hamilton on Tuesday.

The Chiefs outscored Wales by six tries to one after leading 21-0 at half time.

Having been kept scoreless in the opening half Wales changed tactics chose to hold on to the ball more and several times went beyond 15 phases but were ultimately they were still outscored by three tries to one in the second half.

Wales’ preparations for the match were hampered by injuries but this led to regular captain Sam Warburton starting the match and star No.8 Toby Faletau being named on the replacements bench.

New Zealand’s 2011 Rugby World Cup hero Stephen Donald stole the show and was given a standing ovation when he left the field in the 68th minute.

Donald had a hand in the Chiefs decisive moments as the home side survived on scraps of possession and when he left the field stricken with cramp late in the game.

“My little calves couldn’t get me the distance,” said Donald, who has only played 35 minutes of Super rugby this year.

“It wasn’t pretty. We seemed to defend for probably 80 percent of the game but this group of battlers did well.”

Disappointed Wales skipper Luke Charteris said the tourists could offer no excuses for the heavy defeat.

“They gave us a lesson. It was a tough lesson to take. We’ll have to go back and take a look at it and look at ourselves. It’s not acceptable to lose like that,” he said.

Donald crossed for one try, which was disallowed because television replays could not show he grounded the ball, and had a hand in the three that were confirmed as well as landing the conversions as the Chiefs led 21-0 at half-time.

It took Wales until the 55th minute to get on the board when replacement hooker Kristian Dacey barged over to finish off a lineout drive with Rhys Priestland adding the extras.

As Wales emptied their bench they controlled the next 10 minutes but despite the efforts of Priestland, Aaron Jarvis and Charteris they could not breach the Chiefs’ defence.

Instead it was Donald, battling cramp, who sparked the Chiefs next try when he attacked the Welsh line to set up the move ending with James Lowe crossing the line.

Donald added the conversion before leaving the field and leaving Toni Pulu and Sam McNicol to add the final two tries.

The loss to Chiefs, following the 39-21 defeat in the first Test, provided few answers for Gatland looking for a way to beat the All Blacks in the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.

The Chiefs contested the match without eight of their All Blacks who were away on national duty.

Wales will now move to Wellington as they face the All Blacks in the second of three Tests on Saturday while the Chiefs next match is in Suva, Fiji against the Crusaders on July 1.

Final Score Chiefs 40 (21) Wales 7 (0) 


Tries – B.Weber, T.Sanders, D.Bird, J.Lowe. T.Pulu, S. McNicol
Pen –
Con – S.Donald 4, A. Lienert-Brown
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – K.Dacey
Pen –
Con – R.Priestland
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee : Mike Fraser
TMO : Shane McDermott


1. Mitchell Graham , 2. Rhys Marshall , 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Michael Allardice , 6. Mitchell Brown* 7. Lachlan Boshier , 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Stephen Donald, (c) 11. Sam Vaka , 12. Andrew Horrell , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. James Lowe

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18. Atu Moli , 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Tevita Koloamatangi, 21. Kayne Hammington , 22. Sam McNicol , 23. Latu Vaeno


Matthew Morgan (Bristol Rugby), Eli Walker (Ospreys), Tyler Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Tom James (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby) Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), James King (Ospreys).

Replacements: Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues).

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