Early second half Chiefs blitz secures win over Reds
Cape Town - The Chiefs have beaten the Reds 46-17 in a Super Rugby encounter at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
As it happened: Chiefs v Reds
Despite the Reds leading 12-7 after 20 minutes thanks to tries from hooker Stephan Moore and winger Eto Nabuli, the Chiefs powered their way back into the match.
After prop Kane Hames had them on the board through a converted try, fullback Damian McKenzie added two penalties for a 13-12 lead.
A further converted try scored just before half-time by centre Charlie Ngatai extended their lead to 20-12 as the teams went into the break.
It was a 12 minute three-try blitz after half-time that put the home team in control as lock Dominic Bird and flyhalf Stephen Donald (twice) got over the whitewash with McKenzie adding two further conversion to push the lead out to 39-12.
A unconverted Reds try from Campbell Magnay in the 57th minute reduced the deficit but the Chiefs scored their fourth try of the half through winger, James Lowe. McKenzie added the conversion for the Chiefs to lead 46-17 and that's the way it stayed till the final whistle.
Next week the Chiefs have a bye while the Reds are away to the Rebels.
Tries: Stephen Moore, Eto Nbuli, Campbell Magnay
Conversions: Quade Cooper
Tries: Kane Hames, Charlie Ngatai, Dominic Bird, Stephen Donald (2), James Lowe
Conversions: Damian McKenzie (5)
Penalties: Damian McKenzie (2)
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Sam McNicol, 23 Shaun Stevenson
15 Duncan Paia’aua, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa’agase
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani