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Match Report – The sun rises for Sunwolves with historic win over Chiefs


The Sunwolves got their first away win in four years when they cause one of the biggest upsets in Super Rugby.

They were in the lead from the second minute of the game and never let it sipped to win 30-15 against the Chiefs.

It was the best start to the match the Sunwolves could have asked for when Damien McKenzie start with a kick out on the full.

From the scrum the Sunwolves showed their intension in running the ball at the Chiefs. They made a few line breaks from the scrum to expose some poor defence from the Chiefs to send Shuhei Matsuhashi over for their first try.

Keeping pressure on the Chiefs they forced them to play in their own half. When the Chiefs did get their hands on the ball they knocked it on.

The Chiefs defence was in shambles as well with the Sunwolves finding holes every time they went on attack.

The Chiefs got on the board with a penalty after 22 minutes. With a lead of 10-3 the Sunwolves extended the lead with a few penalties before they scored their second try through Uwe Helu.

That gave them a lead of 23-3 at the break and in a nice position for the first major upset of the year.

The Chiefs had a good start to the second half keeping the ball in hand. They got their first try from a good kick by McKenzie which Alex Nankivell gather to dive over under the sticks.

This reduce the lead to 23-10 but the Sunwolves hit back with Van den Heever. With this try the Sunwolves took their lead to 30-10.

The Chiefs were next to score after camping in the Sunwolves twenty two through Etene Nanai-Seturo.

The Chiefs got one back with 15 minutes to go but the lead was still 30-15 for the Sunwolves. The Chiefs became desperate and although they had opportunities they could not get over the line.

The Sunwolves were eating the time with the Chiefs searching for three scores.

They were able to hold on to that lead and took a historic win away from home.


Chiefs Chiefs  15  30 Sunwolves Sunwolves

Chiefs – Try: Nankivell. Conversion: McKenzie.

Sunwolves – Tries: Matsuhashi, Helu, Van den Heever. Conversion: Parker (3). Penalty: Parker (3).

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