Chiefs trampled by rampaging Brumbies
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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.
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.
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)
FT | The stampede is complete in Canberra.#BRUvCHI #RaiseTheStakes pic.twitter.com/3GwFEOIm9o— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) February 23, 2019
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