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Brumbies add to Chiefs' woes

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Friday, April 25, 2014     Getty Images

Mistakes proved costly for the defending champions who are in danger of losing their lead in the New Zealand Investec Super Rugby Conference. The Brumbies had some rub of the green in two of their tries but made the most of it to inflict one of the heavier defeats the Chiefs have suffered in recent times.

It was 72 minutes before the Chiefs got over the goal-line, and it came from a tighthead conceded by the Brumbies. No.8 Liam Messam surged toward the line and from the breakdown it was replacement halfback Brad Weber who showed fine running skills to break and step through to the line for the try.

But it was too little too late after an 18-point burst in a 10-minute spell midway through the second half shot the Brumbies out to an unassailable lead.

Replacement forward Josh Hohneck added another two minutes before the end after more impressive forward work to get into the 22m area. A penalty was tapped by Jamie Mackintosh and Hohneck was able to score.

Thirty minutes into the game, the home team got in front for the first time after first five-eighths Matt Toomua took an inside pass from wing Joe Tomane to go over for the try.

Christian Lealiifano added the conversion to go with his earlier penalty goal then added another three minutes before half-time.

Chiefs first five-eighths Gareth Anscombe kicked his third penalty goal early in the second half but no sooner had they got back to 9-13 down, than the Brumbies got back into Chiefs territory. From a lineout, hooker Stephen Moore took a ball at the front of the lineout and charged toward the line.

The ball was moved by the Brumbies and while a pass from Jesse Mogg looked forward to winger Tomane who then scored, the TMO could not find the evidence to deny the home team the try.

The Chiefs mounted a strong effort to break the Brumbies line but Tomane made an intercept but in clearing out downfield he was ruled to have been tripped by Chiefs replacement back James Lowe who was sin-binned for his efforts.

Nic White kicked a long penalty goal from the incident and then three minutes later, the Chiefs were made to suffer for being a man down and it was home centre Tevita Kuridrani who went across on the blindside through weak Chiefs defence.

Three minutes Kuridrani scored a second, and the bonus point try for the Chiefs after a bad error following a powerful rolling maul from the Chiefs. However, they dropped the ball in backplay after wards and ball was toed ahead and the ruck won for Kuridrani to be put into clear space for a try which with a superb conversion attempt from White saw the Brumbies out to a 33-9 lead.

A ruck penalty followed moments later and White made no mistake in kicking for goal.

Scorers: Brumbies 41 (Matt Toomua 2, Joe Tomane, Tevita Kuridrani 2 tries; Christian Lealiifano con, 2 pen; Nic White con, 2 pen) Chiefs 23 (Brad Weber, Josh Hohneck tries; Gareth Anscombe 3 pen; Andrew Horrell 2 con). HT: 13-6