Chiefs 45 - 3 Cheetahs

Match info: Super Rugby at Waikato Stadium

Date: 02/03/2013 KO: 06:35

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Chiefs

TriesMessam (24) Afeaki (42) Tikoirotuma (63) Anscombe (67) Marshall (72) Tameifuna (78)ConversionsAnscombe (26, 42, 64, 68, 73, 79)PenaltiesAnscombe (17)

45
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Cheetahs

PenaltiesGoosen (14)

FT (ht: 10-3)

  • Last Updated: March 2 2013, 17:43 GMT

The Chiefs have returned to their title-winning form in Super Rugby after overwhelming the Cheetahs 45-3 at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

Gareth Anscombe scored 20 points for his side
Gareth Anscombe scored 20 points for his side

With their title defence under question after last week's 41-27 win over the Highlanders, the champions showed a defensive performance showcasing why they secured their maiden title last year.

A sharp rise in intensity from the hosts in the second half was too much for the Cheetahs to cope with as they rattled off six tries - five of them in the second half - to secure victory.

The hosts' bonus-point win was as much about defence as it was offence as they ensured the visitors were left with no opportunities to eat into a significant margin.

Chiefs fly-half Gareth Anscombe's accurate start to the 2013 season continued as he scored a try, kicked six conversions as well as a penalty for a personal tally of 20 points.

Cheetahs number 10 Johan Goosen did not fare as well, converting just one of four penalty opportunities to ensure his side had a huge mountain to climb.

In the end that mountain proved too big for the Cheetahs to overhaul and they slumped to their second successive defeat.

For the Chiefs, two wins from as many matches has continued a satisfying start to their title defence.

The visitors dominated early on and were duly rewarded when Goosen kicked his first penalty after 15 minutes.

The hosts replied almost instantly through Anscombe after Cheetahs lock Frans Viljoen and Johann Sadie were both ruled offside by referee Mike Fraser.

The penalty sparked the hosts into action, and in the 26th minute it was Chiefs captain Liam Messam who scored for the hosts, bringing up his 23rd try in his 98th appearance.

Augustine Pulu was penalised by Fraser soon after, but Goosen's wayward kick let the hosts off the hook.

Resuming after half-time with a new spark, the hosts overpowered a fading Cheetahs outfit.

The first sign came minutes into the second half, when an inability to clear the ball under pressure saw Chiefs prop Ben Afeaki benefit from some outstanding defending by lock Brodie Retallick.

An attempted clearance kick from Goosen was charged down by Retallick before Afeaki picked up the scraps on the wing to walk two metres to score his first try in Super Rugby.

The Chiefs were at it again minutes later through Fiji-born winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma thanks to a slick backline move before Aaron Cruden set up Anscombe for the bonus-point try.

Quick tries to replacement hooker Rhys Marshall and replacement prop Ben Tameifuna extended the lead as the Chiefs showed some of their best form.


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