Chiefs tame Lions to snap Super Rugby losing streak

2014-05-03 14:56

Defending Super Rugby champions Waikato Chiefs ran in six tries in an ultimately convincing 38-8 victory over the Lions in Hamilton, New Zealand, today to get back to winning ways after two successive defeats.

Three tries in five minutes around halftime blew open what had been a relatively even contest with prop Pauliasi Manu securing the bonus point when he bulldozed over two minutes after the break.

Backs Bundee Aki and Tim Nanai-Williams crossed in the last 10 minutes to put a gloss on a result that sent the Chiefs back to the top of the New Zealand conference. The Waikato side’s closest challengers, the Hurricanes, went down 39-30 to the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Lions scored a well-worked try through winger Courtnall Skosan after 46 minutes but played too much rugby in their own half in falling to a fourth straight defeat, their good start to the season now a fading memory.

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