Chiefs master conditions to blow Rebels away
Wet weather greeted the teams in Hamilton as the Chiefs hosted the Rebels. One would be excused for wondering whether conditions were indeed tough for running rugby as the Chiefs proceeded to rack up four tries in the opening half hour of the match. Eventually the home side ran out 36-15 victors.
Seta Tamanivalu got the scoring going in the fourth minute and Nathan Harris was the unlikely recipient of an Aaron Cruden grubber kick into the corner. A good attacking play from the lineout saw Brad Weber snipe through a hole before feeding Toni Pulu for the Chiefs third try. A break out led to the fourth as James Lowe burst clear before feeding Cruden to cross the whitewash and make the score 26-3.
The second half turned into more of an arm wrestle as the Australians tried with all their might to force their way back into the game but the Chiefs’ defence held firm. There was some more excitement in the final ten minutes of the game as the teams traded tried but the home side had set themselves up for a comfortable victory after their strong initial effort which blew the Rebels out of the water.
The Chiefs controlled things successfully up front and given quality ball the home side’s backs showed just how devastating they can be. The visitors had no answer for the superior skill of the, no table topping, Kiwi team from Waikato.