Chiefs hold off brave Force
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The defending champion Chiefs withstood a second half fightback by the Force to win their Super Rugby clash in Pukekohe on Friday.
The Chiefs won 22-21 after leading 19-11 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored a try through wing Lelia Masaga, while flyhalf Aaron Cruden, a late replacement for Gareth Anscombe who broke his ankle in the captain's practice, kicked the conversion as well as five penalties.
The Force replied with tries by wing Patrick Dellit (2) and a conversion and three penalties by fullback Jayden Hayward.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory and extended their lead atop the New Zealand Conference
. They stayed second in the Overall standings
after the table-topping Brumbies picked up four points for their bye this weekend.
The Force had to content with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but stayed bottom of the Australian Conference
and 13th on the Overall log
In next weekend's Round 14
action, the Chiefs visit Wellington to play the Hurricanes (Friday, May 17 at 09:35), while the Force host the Sharks in Perth (Friday, May 17 at 13:45). Teams:
15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Mike Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 August Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Asaeli TikoirotumaForce:
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 6 James Hilterbrand, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Sam Norton-Knight