Chiefs too strong for Blues
Published 02/03/2012 | 10:42
The Chiefs picked up their first win of the new Super 15 season with a 29-14 success against the Blues in Hamilton.
The hosts prevailed despite the absence of four key men, injured in last weekend's defeat to the Highlanders, and poor conditions caused by heavy rain. The Blues remain winless after also losing their opener to the Crusaders.
Sona Taumalolo, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Tim Nanai Williams were the try-scorers for the Chiefs.
Tom Carter led a terrific first-half performance from the NSW Waratahs as they defeated the Melbourne Rebels 35-19 at AAMI Park.
Carter bagged a double inside the opening 40 minutes, while Sekope Kepu's first Super Rugby try also came before the break as the Waratahs opened up a 22-6 lead.
And that was enough for Michael Foley's side to record a comfortable victory, with Bernard Foley's 44th-minute try giving them a bonus point as well.
Young fly-half Beauden Barrett kicked a match-winning penalty with two minutes left to hand the Hurricanes a narrow 30-28 win against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Barrett sealed a see-sawing contest from close range after the New Zealand side went through 18 phases before Butch James was crucially whistled for being in an offside position.
Only minutes earlier James looked like being the match-winner when he stormed over and the impressive Elton Jantjes converted.
But the Hurricanes kept their cool to methodically work their way forward before their 20-year-old fly-half landed the most important of his five penalties on the night.