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Chiefs trampled by rampaging Brumbies

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Saturday, February 23, 2019    allblacks.com    Getty Images

Despite missing stars David Pocock, Henry Speight and Toni Pulu, and coming up against a Chiefs side boosted by talisman Brodie Retallick’s 100th game, the Brumbies were simply too strong in crossing for eight tries to the Chiefs two.

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From their rock solid set piece to free flowing back play and energetic defence, the Brumbies had the wood on the Chiefs from the get-go and didn’t let up until the final whistle.

There were plenty of standouts for the Brumbies with world class mid-fielder Tevita Kuridrani at his penetrative best and Chance Peni making the most of a start in the fourteen jersey with two expertly taken tries. Halfback Joe Powell had one of his best games in Brumbies colours with superb decision making and slick distribution keeping his side on top while Christian Lealiifano’s game management was outstanding in the ten jersey.

In the pack, lock Rory Arnold enjoyed a great battle against centurion Brodie Retallick and No.8 Lachlan McCaffrey was active around the park.

Up against a front row featuring All Blacks Nathan Harris and Nepo Laulala, the Brumbies had the edge throughout and underlined their dominance in the 69th minute by forcing a penalty from a Chiefs feed close to the line. The pack then combined for a perfectly executed lineout drive for 38-year-old hooker Josh Mann-Rea to score. 



While that try summed up the Brumbies forward dominance, the try of the game came in the 16th minute when fullback Tom Banks burst into space from a brilliant no-look ball. With only his opposite Shaun Stevenson to beat, Banks laid on a slick sidestep to bamboozle his opposite and cross for a try that gave his side real belief.

The Brumbies didn’t look back from there. The half time score of 33-10 was the most first half points they have scored since 2004 and a try at the death to Tevita Kuridrani tipped them over 50 points.

The Chiefs now head home to take on the Sunwolves in Hamilton next week and will be looking to improve their defence and set-piece as they seek their first win in 2019.

Scorers:
Brumbies 54 (Tevita Kuridrani 2, Tom Banks, Chance Peni 2, Lachlan McCaffrey, Folau Fainga’a, Josh Mann-Rea tries, Christian Lealiifano 5 con, Wharenui Hawera 2 con) Chiefs 17 (Ataata Moeakiola, Samisoni Taukei’aho tries, Damian McKenzie pen, 2 con)
HT: 33-10