Chiefs beat Highlanders 19-7 in Super Rugby


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    Super Rugby defending champions the Chiefs condemned the winless Highlanders to a fourth defeat with a straightforward 19-7 win on Friday in Hamilton.

    Both teams scored one try but fullback Gareth Anscombe kicked 14 points to reflect the Chiefs’ control of the match and lifted them to a fourth win from five matches.

    They have cemented second place in the standings behind the Brumbies while the Highlanders remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

    The result comes exactly one month after the competition-opener between the teams in Dunedin, which the Chiefs won 41-27.

    They were just as convincing at Waikato Stadium, opening up a 10-0 lead inside 10 minutes after centre Tim Nanai-Williams pounced on turnover possession and raced 60m to score untouched.

    However, the hosts failed to cross again, having scored a competition-leading 18 tries in their first four games.

    Instead, Anscombe slotted four from seven shots at goal, punishing the ill-discipline of a Highlanders side who were outplayed at the breakdown and lacked the same fluency in attack.

    The visitors scored their try in the 20th minute when All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith finished off a neat scrum blindside move.

    The try was converted by five-eighth Colin Slade but he had a night to forget with the boot, landing just one from four shots.

    Up 13-7 at halftime, two more Anscombe penalties stretched the scoreline before a scoreless final quarter.

    Chiefs inside centre Andrew Horrell went closest to scoring another try but replays showed he grounded the ball centimetres short of the line.

    Chiefs flanker Sam Cane and Nanai-Williams continued excellent seasons to date while Highlanders veteran lock Brad Thorn – captaining in place of the injured Andrew Hore – was tireless around the park.

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    • March 23rd 2013 @ 1:46am
      Felix said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:46am | ! Report

      Chiefs will thumb anything in their way,I think they want to retain the title,fittest team in the world.

    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 2:10am
      jeznez said | March 23rd 2013 @ 2:10am | ! Report

      Woohoo, tipped one. Like I assume everyone else did.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 2:28am
      Hightackle said | March 23rd 2013 @ 2:28am | ! Report

      Im pretty sure the Chiefs are the best thing since sliced bread, NO! Even better. They are the ducks guts, the cats pjs and the dogs bollocks of Super Rugby.

      • Roar Guru

        March 23rd 2013 @ 7:17am
        biltongbek said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:17am | ! Report

        I take it you support the Chiefs?

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:03pm
        Ajax said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

        What scares me is not how good the Chiefs are, but how good the Highlanders are.. bottom of the table??

        I must be missing something, I thought it was a high class game between 2 good sides.. if the Highlanders are the worst side in the NZ conference we Aussies are in trouble.. …the men in skirts look like a decent outfit in my eyes.

        Best thing about the S15 is a guy can watch 2 sides you dont support and just appreciate the skills on show.. enjoyed that game I have to say.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am
      Billy Bob said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      Yeh, HT? What about staying onside in ruck defence and not knocking on twice before a runaway try.
      Chiefs were good, but also lucky this time.
      They will know they’ve played a game this morning.
      And Cooper in commentary makes Kearns look like a diplomat.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:25pm
        Hightackle said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

        You need to have another look billy.
        The TMO had about 20 and couldnt see a knock on.
        Pffft you should be a TMO with brilliant speculation like that.
        He was tackled in the ruck it was knocked from his grasp by a Highlander, the secound “knock on” wasnt a knock on in any way, shape or form.

        How about the Highlanders holding defenders back as they score tries? You didnt seem to mention that.
        I would suggest you had an outcome you wanted.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:31pm
          Hightackle said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

          The score was 19-7.
          The only try the Highlanders scored was when Messam was held back in defence.
          The Chiefs were the better team, the try you thought shouldnt have counted was reviewed. The try where the Highlanders clearly infringed wasnt reviewed and you say the Chiefs got lucky, maybe when god was handing out talent but not in last nights game.

    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 7:25am
      sixo_clock said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:25am | ! Report

      I never thought I would ever see a Kiwi side outplay the Waratahs in dumb thoughtless Rugby. How many times did the Highlanders lose the ball because not enough players thought it was their job to support the breakdown? Yes, it was played at speed but any player or team who wants to rev up the speed also has to execute. For getting well outside their comfort zone they paid a price in bombed tries and lost possession. The sight of the Woolly Mammoth in his ‘off the rack’ suit with a microphone says a lot.

      A Kiwi side falling into trap of losing gloriously or was it losing ugly?

      No doubt the Chiefs have tapped into that rich vein of fast, patient and accurate Rugby, they deserved to win. Welcome back Richard.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:31am
        Kane said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:31am | ! Report

        How many times did Aaron Smith leave the ball unprotected at the back of the ruck? Did my bloody head in!

        • Roar Guru

          March 23rd 2013 @ 7:51am
          biltongbek said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:51am | ! Report

          I distinctly remember at least twice, and both times the Higlanders had the momentum.

          • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:56am
            Kane said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:56am | ! Report

            I think he has been outplayed by all the halfbacks he has come up against to date. Will be interesting to know what shags thinking

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:41am
      nickoldschool said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:41am | ! Report

      Really think Nanai-Williams is doing very well at centre these days. Its rare to see such an elusive 13 and i hope this will give ideas to coaches as he is definitely having an impact.

      Leila Masaga is the most under rated wing; would have played for every other selection if he hadnt been a kiwi. Thats these kind of players, NW and masag, we need in Sydney to bring supporters back. They play the rugby i want to watch.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:59am
        winston said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:59am | ! Report

        Williams will move out to the wing or maybe even 12 to make room for Kahui and its great to see him back.The highlanders seem to be improving with every game but its going to be way too little way too late. The chiefs are looking good for another shot at the tittle.

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