Chiefs scalp Sunwolves to stay unbeaten

2020-02-15T08:08:57+02:00February 15th, 2020|

Damian McKenzie excelled as the Chiefs claimed a 43-17 bonus-point win against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.

The fullback played a part in all four first-half tries for the Chiefs, who were without rested All Blacks trio Aaron Cruden, Anton Lienert-Brown and Sam Cane.

McKenzie scored a try himself when Solomon Alaimalo generously passed him the ball despite being over the tryline.

Late tries by Quinn Tupaea and Kaleb Trask secured the bonus point for the Chiefs, who moved back to the top of the New Zealand conference.

The Sunwolves did score three tries themselves, the first by former Sharks flyhalf Garth April.

Chiefs – Tries: Solomon Alaimalo, Shaun Stevenson, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Lachlan Boshier, Quinn Tupaea, Kaleb Trask. Conversions: McKenzie (3), Kaleb Trask.
Sunwolves – Tries: Garth April, Jaba Bregvadze, Shogo Nakano. Conversion: April.

Match and player stats

Sunwolves – 15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Naoto Saito, 8 Jake Schatz (c), 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Mitch Jacobson, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams.
Subs: 16 Effie Ma’afu, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tevita Tupou, 21 Takahiro Kimura, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.

Chiefs – 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Dylan Nel, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross.
Subs: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Brown, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Tiaan Falcon, 23 Orbyn Leger.