Chiefs down tenacious Force
Cape Town - The Chiefs claimed the overall lead in the Super Rugby standings with victory over the Force at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Friday.
As it happened: Chiefs v Force
The Chiefs won 35-27 after leading 23-8 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored four tries through centre Charlie Ngatai, hooker Hika Elliot, wing Tim Nanai-Williams and a penalty try. Flyhalf Marty McKenzie was on target with three penalties and three conversions for a personal haul of 15 points as he took over at pivot from the injured Aaron Cruden.
The Force, who were reduced to 14 men after a red card shown to scrumhalf Ian Prior in the 28th minute, replied with tries by flanks Angus Cottrell and Matt
Hodgson, wing Luke Morahan and replacement hooker Heath Tessmann. Flyhalf Luke Burton added two conversions and a penalty.
The Chiefs picked up a full-house of five points for their victory to move to the top of both the New Zealand Conference and the Overall log.
The Force picked up a point for scoring four tries, but remained rooted to the bottom of both the Australian Conference and Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 12 action, the Chiefs travel to Melbourne to face the Rebels (Saturday, May 2 at 11:40), while the Force visit Auckland to take on the Blues (Saturday, May 2 at 07:30).
Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams,
11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael
Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Johan Bardoul, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons
(captain), 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham
16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Michael
Fitzgerald, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23
Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11
Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt
Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Steve Mafi, 3
Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan
16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm
Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Junior Rasolea, 23