Chiefs power to eighth Super Rugby win


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    The Chiefs showed few signs of travel fatigue as they powered to their eighth straight Super Rugby win with a 33-14 victory over the Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.

    Returning home earlier this week from an unbeaten three-match overseas stint, the Chiefs took a little time to hit full pace but, once they did, the Hurricanes could find no answer to their hard-running attack.

    The Chiefs were particularly effective around the breakdown, and the speed of their ruck ball kept the Hurricanes’ defence back-pedalling for much of the opening 40 minutes.

    Starved of good quality ball, with the Chiefs dominating possession, the Hurricanes defensive line had to work overtime and the penalties against them inevitably mounted.

    With Chiefs and All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden in accurate form with the boot, the home team lead mounted steadily to 12-3 as the half-hour mark neared.

    But with just five minutes until the break, the Hurricanes finally secured some decent field position and shifted the ball quickly to Andre Taylor.

    The fullback scythed through the Chiefs’ midfield, sold half a dummy and jinked through for his seventh try of the Super Rugby season.

    Ahead 12-8 at halftime, the Chiefs extended their lead five minutes after the restart when Lelia Masaga latched onto a flat ball from returning halfback Brendon Leonard and waltzed around Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara to score under the posts.

    Two Beauden Barrett penalties kept the Hurricanes in touch as the 60-minute mark neared, but the Chiefs kept the ball close and showed patience in building pressure after an initial Cruden break brought them to within 10 metres of the line.

    Inevitably, try-scoring loosehead prop Sona Taumololo powered over from close in for his seventh try of the season for the Chiefs to lead 26-14 with 15 minutes remaining.

    Ten minutes later, replacement prop Toby Smith burrowed over from 5m out in a repeat of Taumololo’s effort put the match beyond doubt.

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    • April 29th 2012 @ 9:20am
      west said | April 29th 2012 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      Great game. Chiefs are on a hell of a roll and it will be a huge achievement for any team to beat them. Chiefs should rumble threw to the final and claim the title. I doubt reds will climb out of there hole in time, even after beating the pitiful Blues.
      It looks like the Chiefs team will feature strongly in future All Blacks. Set to be named in May for there training camps. Hika Elliot, Latimer, and Cruden are looking very sharp. Sono scoring his 7th try, hes One tough and powerful enforcer. Not to forget that fella….oh yea SBW. The team is looking very sharp. With there unforgiving defense, ruthless counter attacking and turn overs. Good luck to there competitors.

      • April 29th 2012 @ 10:09am
        Onor said | April 29th 2012 @ 10:09am | ! Report

        nz have three ginuine contenders. crusaders, highlanders and the chiefs. The chiefs are very sharp and should have no problems dismantling the lions in puke next week. Somehow a firing crusaders side is still superior to a firing chiefs side. I love my chiefs as I am from the bay.. but.. I would not rule out the crusaders or the highlanders. If anyone can beat the chiefs.. it will most certainly be another nz side.. you can be sure of that. I wouldn’t be so certain of the chiefs dominating the allblacks… camps is one thing.. but to feature in the 22.. is a totally different story. The selectors will go for experience.. no matter how much talent is on show. It took izzy a while to break in.. and it’ll be the same for other players.. ben smith.. aron smith.. bauden barrett or who ever!!! elliot and latimer might be good at super level.. but international level. requires more than a funky step and a quick fend!! in saying that, i’d like nothing more than the ab’s to be stacked with our young talent.. andre taylor, ben smith, brad shields, sam cane, bauden barrett, savea, fruen… etc… perhaps if rennie or joseph were in charge.. but it wont happen on hansens watch!!

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