Chiefs second half blitz sinks Waratahs
Saturday, June 3, 2017 Jamie Wall
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Winger James Lowe and halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow put in sensational performances, both scoring tries and playing a huge part in another dominant Chiefs victory.
Their two brilliant scores just after halftime by the Chiefs effectively ended the match at Waikato Stadium as a contest. Lowe’s came off a trick lineout and reverse pass by the halfback, then returned the favour by setting up Kerr-Barlow a couple of minutes later after some Damian McKenzie magic.
The Chiefs dominated the entire first half, with the Tahs only points coming off a late penalty to Bernard Foley. Earlier, McKenzie and Lowe lit up the first half with tries to give the home side an 18-3 lead at the break.
The hope was snuffed out shortly after when Lowe crossed for his hat-trick, making sur that any All Black wing injury crisis has plenty of depth to cover.
That makes it yet another win for the New Zealand conference over the Australian one, and there’s every reason to think that will continue for the rest of the season. Australian rugby really needs a shot in the arm right now, however the lingering confusion over whether one of their teams will be axed needs to be addressed before any forward steps are taken.
The Chiefs now have a huge showdown next weekend against the Hurricanes in Wellington, the one team that they are in direct competition with for second place behind the Crusaders in the New Zealand conference. While the hype right now is about the Lions, that game cannot be missed.
TRY! @jameslowenz picks up a hat-trick of tries and that should seal it. Kick is good. @ChiefsRugby 46 - 31 @NSWWaratahs #CHIvWAR pic.twitter.com/nODwfhumkb— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) June 3, 2017
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