Melbourne - Fullback Gareth Anscombe finished off half of the Chiefs' six tries
as the New Zealand-based defending champions beat the gritty Melbourne
Rebels 39-33 in Super Rugby on Friday.
Wallabies fullback Kurtley
Beale, returning from a month-long suspension due to an alcohol-fueled
fight with two team-mates in South Africa, came off the bench to score
one of the Rebels' five tries and help set up another.
Retallick's try following his block of an attempted clearing kick by
Rebels flyhalf James O'Connor with eight minutes left ultimately gave
the New Zealand Conference-leading Chiefs their winning margin.
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Hugh Pyle scored a pair of tries for the Rebels, who trailed 24-14 at
half-time but had more than 80 percent possession in the second half.
The Chiefs scored four tries in the opening half - three by Anscombe. A fourth try at the end was disallowed by video.
who still hopes to play for Australia against the British and Irish
Lions in three tests in June and July, had missed the last six games;
first through a broken hand and then suspension for his drunken
After undergoing counseling over the past month, he
returned to training on Tuesday and was named in the reserves a day
He came on at fullback in the 47th minute and made an
inauspicious start; kicking the ball out on the full in the restart. But
he showed he had lost none of his electric pace and skills as he helped
set up lock Pyle's second try.
He and fellow playmaker O'Connor
combined to send Nick Phipps in under the crossbar before Beale split
the defense and raced to the tryline himself in the 75th, giving the
Rebels two bonus points despite the loss.Teams:
15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12
Rory Sidey, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott
Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Cadeyrn
Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson
16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Gareth Delve, 20
Nic Stirzaker, 21 Kurtley Beale, 22 Lachlan MitchellChiefs:
Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki,
11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Matt Vant
Leven, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke
(captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Pauliasi Manu
16 Hika Elliot, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau
Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 Patrick Osborne