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Chiefs Run Riot Over Cheetahs

02 March 2013 Back to Latest News

A second half blitz has seen the reigning champion Chiefs thump the Cheetahs 45-3 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton this evening.

By Anthony Momoemausu

A second half blitz has seen the reigning champion Chiefs thump the Cheetahs 45-3 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton this evening.

Playing their first game in front of home fans in 2013 the side shook off a slow start and dominated the second half outscoring their opponents 35-0.

The Cheetahs showed no ill effects of the lengthy travel earlier on displaying great continuity in attack, although the home side were up to the task in defense.

The visitors were soon rewarded for their positive play as first five Johan Goosen nailed the three points for the lead.

Chiefs fullback Gareth Anscombe replied moments after with a penalty kick of his own to level the scores.

The champions had their best offensive chance when the backs combined from a lineout to send winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma away down the sideline before linking with Aaron Cruden

Turning down a shot at three points the Chiefs continued their assault on the Cheetahs defence and the gamble payed off as captain Liam Messam smashed his way over for the first try of the match.

The visitors appeared to be in control of both possession and territory but the Chiefs were able to withstand every Cheetahs onslaught leading into the halftime break.

It wasn't long before the Chiefs posted further points in the second half as a Cheetahs clearence kick was charged down by Brodie Retallick and pounced on by prop Ben Afeaki to score in the corner.

Anscombe added the extras from the sideline to continue his rich goal kicking form and put the Chiefs ahead 17-3.

Penalties were mounting against the Chiefs but the Cheetahs struggled to find any field position that they enjoyed in the first half.

The Chiefs notched up their third try of the evening after Cruden broke the Cheetahs defensive line before delivering a pop pass for Tikoirotuma to dot down.

The bonus point try came shortly after courtesy of Anscombe after the backs linked up beautifully as the former Blues playmaker showed his pace much to the delight of the Waikato Stadium crowd.

Rookie front rower Rhys Marshall chimed in with a try of his own as he continued his impressive start to his Super Rugby career.

It looked as though the Cheetahs had run out of steam as the Chiefs continued to run riot and substitute Ben Tameifuna sealed the night off for the front rowers with the sides fifth try and a 45-3 victory.

For coach Dave Rennie tonight's performance was frustrating and that score line was not a fair indication of how the game went.

Rennie was happy to walk away with maximum competition points and no further injuries to add before the trip to South Africa.

"I guess the positive is, we got five point out of it and we head off to South Africa reasonably unscathed from tonight."

Fullback Gareth Anscombe said the South African trip has come at a opportune time but is fully aware of the threat the Stormers possess.

"The Stormers are a pretty clinical side and had a very good season last year. I think the South African trip has come at a good time for us.

The side now prepare to travel to South Africa with their next match against the Stormers at Newlands Stadium next Sunday at 4.05am (NZ Time)

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Score Summary

Chiefs: 45 (Messam, Afeaki, Tikoirotuma, Anscombe, Marshall, Tameifuna tries; Anscombe pen, 6 con)

Cheetahs: 3 (Goosen pen)

As it Happened.

Minute. Match Detail. Score.
14. Goosen pen. 0-3
17. Anscombe pen. 3-3
24. Messam try. 8-3
26. Anscombe con. 10-3
Halftime
42. Afeaki try. 15-3
42. Anscombe con. 17-3
63. Tikoirotuma try. 22-3
64. Anscombe con. 24-3
67. Anscombe try. 29-3
68. Anscombe con. 31-3
72. Marshall try. 36-3
73. Anscombe try. 38-3
78. Tameifuna try. 43-3
79. Anscombe con. 45-3
Full time

COMMENTS

(Addrienne) 29 June 2013

Hey hey hey, take a gnaedr at what' you've done

(Dave) 28 June 2013

Oh, yes! I remember those days. Brilliant idea! Actually, that's what Cuddle Time at night is all about mainkg The Boy sit still for awhile in order to allow his body to realize it's sleepy and then he'll sleep better at night. Maybe even through the night. It works more often than not.

peter 03 March 2013

well done CHIEFS we are back for the 8th year and will be with you all the way even in the cake tin go hard and show all the doubter;s

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