Tahs impress against Chiefs
For the majority if the 2016 Super Rugby season the New Zealand sides have looked dominant and in a different league to the South African and Australian teams, in particular the latter. Yet the Wallabies gained an important boost ahead of the international break as the Waratahs well and truly had the better of the Chiefs in Sydney.
The opening quarter of the match belonged to the Chiefs as they hit their hosts with a mighty early effort. Yet a Israel Folau intercept as well as the errant boot of Aaron Cruden meant the teams were deadlocked at 10-al despite the visitors having two tries to show for their efforts compared to one opportunistic effort of the Waratahs.
The Chiefs would continue to dominate the contest yet when the Tahs were down a man their defensive efforts took a step up to keep the Chiefs out. This proved to be crucial as Michael Hooper greedily accepted the first real opportunity that came the home side’s way as they somehow enjoyed a 17-13 advantage at the break.
Surprisingly trailing the Chiefs set out to turn their fortunes around as Nathan Harris got over to sneak the Kiwi side into the lead.
If the Chiefs were somewhat surprised at what had happened to them in the first half they would have been left astonished as their Australian hosts stunned them with three tries in a dozen minutes.
With fifteen minutes to play the Chiefs suddenly found themselves 38-18 adrift and well and truly beaten. The match ended 45-25 in what was a seriously impressive performance from a side who have looked far from their best thus far this season.