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Chiefs vs Moana Pasifika highlights, scores, match report, video


– This article was originally published on stuff.co.nz and is reproduced with permission

A big win over Moana Pasifika, and not a rolling maul try in sight.

The Chiefs respected coach Clayton McMillan’s wish and not only rebounded well from their shutout against the Blues last weekend, but they also did it nicely.

Lineouts have been the kryptonite for Moana, and an ugly and boring part of recent wins against them, but an understaffed Chiefs side had some fun in the wide flumes in their 45-12 Super Rugby Pacific win in Hamilton on Saturday night.

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Sure, they tried it several times, but to the visitors’ credit, they also held on, and instead the 8126 at FMG Stadium Waikato were given Easter treats in six tries for two bonus points . victory.

Etene Nanai-Seturo and Alex Nankivell each bagged a brace, while caretaker captain Luke Jacobson also crossed, as the Chiefs won at home for the first time since May 22 last year – there are about 11 games.

In what was their sixth match in 23 days in a schedule reshuffled by COVID-19, Moana Pasifika showed glimpses of brilliance, a dose of combat, much-needed improvement in the discipline department, but a host of unforced errors. expensive.

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From a shocking line-up of misfires to a plethora of full kicks, they never quite got the chance to cause an upset against a Chiefs side with three All Blacks out injured, and with another handful of frontliners rested. .

Trailing 24-5 at the break, the visitors struck in the opening minutes of the second stanza when Ereatara Enari left Bradley Slater and Ollie Norris to hold on to nothing and fired Solomone Kata, but the Chiefs were not on the not to be dissuaded.

Their 51st-minute strike was the highlight of the competition, when the play swept an injured Shaun Stevenson to the ground – who then left the park in poor condition – and Nanai-Seturo pounced on the left sideline and instead to give a pass in, opted for a chip kick for Nankivell to collect to the max for his brace.

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Salt was rubbed into the wound when officials discovered Chris Apoua’s shoulder had illegally connected to Mitch Brown, and referee Ben O’Keeffe waved a yellow card, which could have been very close to red .

The Chiefs conceded another try with their one-man advantage, and Bryn Gatland completed a perfect night from start, scoring 15 points, while new All Black Josh Lord put in a huge performance alongside the international back Tupou Vaa’i.

The big moment

Superb second try from Alex Nankivell. Moana Pasifika had just struck first in the second half to reduce the deficit, but the Chiefs’ superb strike showed they were serious.

Ranking of matches

7/10: Traffic was still expected to be pretty one-way, but the Chiefs made sure it wasn’t going to be a rolling maul-fest and used the ball well.

The big picture

The Chiefs now move to 5-3 and prepare for a two-week stay in Australia, starting with their Super Round clash against the Waratahs in Melbourne next Friday. For the 1-7 Moana Pasifika, they will believe their chances against the Australians, also in action next Friday, against the Force.

MVP

Chiefs winger Etene Nanai Seturo. The All Blacks flier at seven scored a brace and completed a record 138 yards on 11 runs, beating six defenders – including three on the way to his first try – and making five superb clean breaks – four more than anyone on the park.

Heads 45 (Luke Jacobson tries 11min, Etene Nanai-Seturo tries 15min, 57min, Alex Nankivell tries 37min, 51min, Rivez Reihana tries 79min; Bryn Gatland 6 con, pen) Moana Pasifika 12 (Anzelo Tuitavuki tries 19min, Solomone Kata tries 44min; Lincoln McClutchie con). excl. tax: 24-5

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