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Anscombe leads Chiefs win

Gareth Anscombe kicked 17 points as the Chiefs defeated the Rebels 22-16 in the Super Rugby clash at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.

Chiefs fly-half Anscombe booted five penalties and converted Michael Fitzgerald's 15th-minute try as the New Zealand side held off the challenge of the Rebels, who fought back from 19-0 down midway in the first half.

Shota Horie scored the visitors' only try five minutes into the second half, which was converted by Jason Woodward, who also slotted three penalties in the match.

Anscombe put the Chiefs ahead with a penalty in the second minute after the Rebels infringed at a ruck before he added another shortly after.

The Rebels' indiscipline cost them again in the 12th minute as Anscombe stretched the home side's lead with another penalty score before Fitzgerald drove over for his first try for the franchise, which the stand-off converted.

It put the Chiefs 19-0 up but the Rebels hit back with two Woodward penalties to leave the field 19-6 down at half-time and were quickly back to within six points of the hosts thanks to Horie's 45th-minute try.

Woodward slotted the conversion to put his side right back in the game, but a yellow card for Scott Higginbotham in the 55th minute for an infringement on his line saw the Rebels reduced to 14, with Anscombe capitalising with a penalty soon after.

Woodward scored another from the tee to keep the Rebels in the clash, but he put a 72nd-minute penalty wide and the Melburnians were unable to break the Chiefs' defences again.


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