Chiefs run in six tries to over-rule Lions

14:31, May 03 2014
Aaron Cruden
Aaron Cruden barks out a play call during the Chiefs Super Rugby opener against the Crusaders.
Israel Dagg
Chiefs players Charlie Ngatai and Mils Muliaina attempt to bring down Israel Dagg.
Augustine Pulu and Tim Nanai-Williams
Chiefs players Augustine Pulu and Tim Nanai-Williams jump high for a high-ball against the Crusaders.
Robbie Fruean
Chiefs centre Robbie Fruean has a barnstroming game against his former Crusaders team.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow runs onto Waikato Stadium to face the Highlanders.
Liam Messam
Liam Messam runs into the tackle of Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman.
Tim Nanai-Williams
Chiefs fullback Tim Nanai-Williams glides through a gap in the Highlanders defensive line.
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Chiefs fans enjoyed a two-point victory against the Highlanders.
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Chiefs lock Michael Fitzgerald charges forward at the Highlanders.
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Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow sprints away from a scrum.
Gareth Anscombe
Gareth Anscombe cuts through the Stormers' defence late in the game.
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Aaron Cruden brings down Stormers second-five Jean de Villiers.
James Lowe
Chiefs wing James Lowe confronts the Stormers defence.
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Tom Marshall toes the ball on in the Chiefs' impressive win over the Stormers.
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Caille Visagie and Dean Greyling of the Bulls tackle Tom Marshall of the Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld.
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Prop Ben Tameifuna of the Chiefs tries in vain to keep the ball under control against the Bulls in Pretoria.
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Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow tries to make a break against the Bulls in South Africa.
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Jacques Du Plessis of the Bulls crashes trough the Chiefs' defensive line.
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Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick lines up Cheetahs hooker Adriaan Strauss for a hard tackle.
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Michael Fitzgerald makes a charge for the Chiefs against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
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Gareth Anscombe chases down a loose ball against the Cheetahs in South Africa.
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Chiefs halfback Augustine Pulu looks to offload after being grounded by the Melbourne Rebels' defence.
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Tom Marshall on the charge for the Chiefs against the Rebels in Hamilton.
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Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna makes a charge against the Rebels at Waikato Stadium.
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Sam Cane in action against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Gareth Anscombe of the Chiefs looks for support in the tackle of Kieran Reid of the Crusaders.
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Tom Marshall of the Chiefs loses possession in the slippery conditions during the Chiefs and Crusaders match.
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Tom Marshall of the Chiefs takes a high ball under pressure from Johnny McNicholl of the Crusaders.
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Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies is tackled during their match against the Chiefs.
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Tevita Koloamatangi of the Chiefs is tackled during their match against the Brumbies.
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Liam Messam of the Chiefs runs the ball during their match against the Brumbies.
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Gareth Anscombe of the Chiefs scores a try in the tackle of Franco Mostert of the Lions.
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Tim Nanai-Williams of the Chiefs scores a try against the Lions in Hamilton.
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Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna makes a charge at the Lions defence during their Super Rugby clash.
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Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh puts the head down to make some hard yards for his team against the Lions.
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Fireworks go off at Yarrow Stadium ahead of the Chiefs' home clash with the Blues in New Plymouth.
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Tom Marshall, centre, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a try for the Chiefs against the Blues in New Plymouth.
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Chiefs fans delighted to get the chance to cheer their team on in New Plymouth.
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Liam Messam, right, asks referee Mike Fraser to go to the TMO during the Chiefs' clash with the Blues.
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The Chiefs put the pressure on the Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter in New Plymouth.
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Kurtley Beale and Wycliff Palu take down Chiefs fullback Tom Marshall at Taranaki Stadium.
Conrad Smith
Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith makes a pass during his side's clash with the Chiefs.
Tim Nanai-Williams
Tim Nanai-Williams is tackled by Dane Coles.
Brodie Retallick
Brodie Retallick runs it against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Tawera Kerr-Barlow flicks a pass out during the Chiefs' clash with the Waratahs.
Aaron Cruden
Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden attempts to sidestep a tackle during his side's clash with the Waratahs.
Tanerau Latimer
Tanerau Latimer of the Chiefs makes a break during his side's Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Bundee Aki
Bundee Aki of the Chiefs looks to take the high ball during his side's 29-25 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Tim Nanai-Williams
Tim Nanai-Williams scores a try for the Chiefs during their round 17 Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Gareth Anscombe
Gareth Anscombe of Chiefs on the attack during his side's round 17 Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma
Asaeli Tikoirotuma from the Chiefs during his side's 24-16 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton.
Hadleigh Parkes
Hadleigh Parkes from the Hurricanes celebrates a try during his side's Super Rugby clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Ben Tameifuna
Ben Tameifuna of the Chiefs steps out of the tackles of Ardie Savea (left) and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes during his side's round 18 Super Rugby win in Hamilton.
Jeremy Thrush
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes charges into Liam Messam of the Chiefs with the assistance of Ben Franks (left) during the round 18 clash between the two sides at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
Ardie Savea
Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes is tackled by Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden during the round 18 fixture at Waikato Stadium.
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Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick reaches for the ball.
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Halfback Tawera Kerr Barlow topples over in the Chiefs' round 19 Super Rugby game against the Blues.
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Chiefs first five Aaron Cruden barks orders at his team during their Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park.
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Chiefs players Aaron Cruden and Tim Nanai-Williams share their joy at making it to the Super Rugby playoffs after beating the Blues at Eden Park.
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Good sportsmanship was on show after the Chiefs beat the Blues at Eden Park with Bundee Aki sharing a moment with Ma'a Nonu.
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Bundee Aki runs into the Brumbies defence at GIO Stadium.
Pat McCabe
Brumbies second-five Pat McCabe is lifted off his feet in a Chiefs tackle.
Pauliasi Manu
Pauliasi Manu illustrates the Chiefs' disappointment at the final whistle.
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Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna on the charge.
Liam Messam
Liam Messam brings down Brumbies No 10 Christian Lealiifano.
Augustine Pulu
Augustine Pulu looks to break a Brumbies tackle.

The Chiefs are back in the Super Rugby New Zealand Conference hunt after a 38-8 home victory over the Lions, but they still have some work to do to rediscover their fluidity.

The six tries to one victory in front of 11,168 at Waikato Stadium put the Chiefs back on top in the conference with the Hurricanes having the chance later in the night to regain that lead in Sydney.

But for the home side in Hamilton this was exactly what they needed. Not always clinical, they still managed to finish well enough to score three tries each half and with more players due to return from injury in the next few weeks it sets them up for their match against the Blues in New Plymouth next Friday night.

Gareth Anscombe
CIRCLE OF LIFE: The Chiefs' Gareth Anscombe shrugs off Franco Mostert's tackle to score a try during the round 12 Super Rugby match against Lions at Waikato Stadium.

It was a stuttering first half dominated by the four officials, with a lot of stoppages and four visits to the TMO.

But the Chiefs scored three unanswered tries in the second quarter to lead 19-3 at the break and get within a sniff of their bonus point.

The TMO visits brought positive results twice for the Chiefs, but twice resulted in tries turned down, the second of those ruling out what looked like a fair and impressive touchdown to 21-year-old hooker Nathan Harris in the left corner.

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TMO Ben Skeen, however, decided prop Josh Hohneck had obstructed as Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow broke from the final ruck to set Harris on his storming run to the line when in reality he didn't appear to have effected play in any meaningful way.

At that stage the Chiefs had one try on the board through first-five Gareth Anscombe after winger Dwayne Sweeney and fullback Tim Nanai-Williams had provided the spark on attack in the lead-up, but two tries were given the green light by Skeen in the final three minutes of the first half.

The first went to centurion flanker Tanerau Latimer after a big break by centre Charlie Ngatai and then Ngatai himself got one after Nanai-Williams was tackled and the Lions ripped the ball loose in the ruck for the big centre to pounce.

After a shaky start to the scrums the Chiefs settled down at set-piece time and their attack always looked much more penetrative than the visitors, who did try to move the ball wide at every opportunity.

It took the Chiefs less than three minutes of the second spell to get their bonus point through loosehead prop Pauliasi Manu after Anscombe slid a kick through for replacement centre Bundee Aki and Anscombe turned it into a 26-3 lead with his conversion.

But the home side got a quick reminder not to get complacent over their lead when winger Courtnall Skosal scored from a scrum soon after.

It took 25 minutes before the next points were put on the board despite plenty of endeavour from the Chiefs, with their clinical finish still lacking until the home replacements started to make their presence felt.

Aki scored the fifth try for the Chiefs nine minutes from the end from an Andrew Horrell nudge through, which again the TMO had a say in, and the floodgates threatened to open.

They did with Sweeney having an impressive attacking run to the right before 15 phases ended in Nanai-Williams dancing through from first receiver to score on the other side of the field for the final try.

Chiefs 38 (Gareth Anscombe, Tanerau Latimer, Charlie Ngatai, Pauliasi Manu, Bundee Aki, Tim Nanai-Williams tries; Anscombe 3, Andrew Horrell conversions) Lions 8 (Courtnall Skosal try; Elton Jantjes penalty goal). HT: 19-3

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