Hamilton - Reds wing Rod Davies
marked his first Super Rugby game of the season by scoring two tries to
help his side earn a 31-23 victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton
Number eight Jake Schatz and flyhalf Quade Cooper
added tries for the Reds, who moved to 31 points overall but are still
second in the Australian conference behind the Brumbies, who are on
Cooper slotted four conversions and a penalty for the
visitors while Bundee Aki and Patrick Osborne scored tries for the
Chiefs and Gareth Anscombe scored 13 points with the boot.
sides were prepared to play the game at a high pace, though the Chiefs
were hampered by numerous errors that cost them points and handed at
least two tries to the visitors.
Davies, playing in his first game
after recovering from a hamstring injury, did not have to wait long for
his opportunity when Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden made a break but
passed the ball directly to the lurking Reds winger, who ran in
untouched to open the scoring in the sixth minute.
The Chiefs got
on the board when Anscombe slotted his first penalty, before inside
centre Aki finished off a sustained phase of play from the home side.
conversion gave the Chiefs a 10-7 lead after 22 minutes, but the Reds
hit back after a perfect rolling maul from an attacking lineout saw
Schatz flop over four minutes later.
Cooper converted to give the
visitors a 14-10 lead at the break and while Anscombe narrowed the gap
to one point early in the second half, the Reds again struck straight
The home side were penalised numerous times to allow the
Reds to march down field and then hammer away at the line before Cooper
sold a dummy and sidestepped his way over.
Davies' second try came
from another Chiefs turnover as the Reds quickly counter-attacked with a
superb cut-out pass from Will Genia opening up the space down the left
Osborne then provided some impetus for the Chiefs with
strong running, which was rewarded with a try before he limped off with a
knee injury, but when the home side turned the ball over while hot on
the attack with five minutes remaining their momentum was lost.
were getting a lot of opportunities but we didn't deserve to win that
game," Chiefs captain Liam Messam said. "There were opportunities but we
were probably two steps too slow."Teams:Chiefs:
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Tim Nanai Williams, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Bundee
Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 August Pulu, 8 Liam
Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael
Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Michael Kainga, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Fritz Lee,
20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Patrick Osborne.
15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11
Rod Davies, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6
Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2
James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Substitutes: 16 Albert Anae,
17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Chris
Feauai-Sautia, 22 Aidan Toua.