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Super Rugby: Chiefs tame Lions to return to top of New Zealand Conference
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Defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs returned to something like their best form with a 38-8 win against the lacklustre Lions in Hamilton.
The Chiefs' first victory in three matches takes them back to the head of the New Zealand Conference.
After recent defeats Chiefs coach Dave Rennie gave his team a shake-up, making nine changes to the team thrashed by the Brumbies in Canberra last week.
The Chiefs led 19-3 at the break and were good value for that margin. Charlie Ngatai caused his opponents some problems early on and went close to scoring, though it was the visitors who took the lead when Elton Jantjies slotted over a penalty after the Chiefs had collapsed a scrum.
Lions full-back Chrysander Botha had to leave the field after coming off the worst in a clash of heads with Dwayne Sweeney and soon after the Chiefs forwards began to take control.
Showing great composure, they worked the ball into opposing territory before Gareth Anscombe crossed out wide for the game's first try, adding a tricky conversion himself.
Hooker Nathan Harris had a try ruled out by the video referee for an obstruction in back play, but it didn't halt the Chiefs for long.
Tanerau Latimer was able to extend their lead with a try three minutes before the break, before Ngatai squeezed over just before the hooter, completing a double-blow for the South Africans.
The game was gone when they compounded that by turning over cheap possession early in the second-half and five phases later it was Pauliasi Manu who was able to power his way under several defenders to score his team's fourth try.
There were some occasional moments of magic from the Lions, including when skipper Warren Whiteley made a bust down the left, beating several men on a 50-metre run.
Although he didn't score, he gave his team a great platform from which Elton Jantjies sent winger Courtnall Skosan diving over.
The Lions pack were not short of effort, but they were outplayed on the night by the opposing eight and the points were well and truly secured for the Chiefs when Andrew Horrell's kick behind the defensive line was well read by Bundee Aki, who was first to the ball to record his seventh try in the competition.
Dwayne Sweeney's run down the right flank caused further problems for the Lions' defence, before a switch of play to the left presented Tim Nanai-Williams with the opportunity to step his way through a weary defensive line to round off a convincing win.
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|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|17:10||Bulls vs Crusaders|
|Friday 3rd April|
|07:35||Hurricanes vs Stormers|
|09:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Reds|
|Saturday 4th April|
|07:35||Chiefs vs Blues|
|09:40||Brumbies vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Sharks vs Crusaders|
|16:05||Lions vs Bulls|
|Friday 10th April|
|08:35||Blues vs Brumbies|
|Saturday 11th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Highlanders|
|10:40||Waratahs vs Stormers|
|12:45||Western Force vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Bulls vs Reds|
|16:05||Lions vs Sharks|
|Friday 17th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 18th April|
|05:30||Hurricanes vs Waratahs|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Blues|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels|
|12:45||Western Force vs Stormers|
|16:05||Sharks vs Bulls|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Waratahs 28 - 13 Brumbies|
|Saturday 21st March|
|Sharks 12 - 11 Chiefs|
|Bulls 25 - 24 Western Force|
|Crusaders 57 - 14 Cheetahs|
|Friday 20th March|
|Melbourne Rebels 16 - 20 Lions|
|Highlanders 13 - 20 Hurricanes|
|Saturday 14th March|
|Cheetahs 10 - 27 Sharks|
|Stormers 19 - 28 Chiefs|
|Reds 0 - 29 Brumbies|
|Highlanders 26 - 19 Waratahs|
|Crusaders 34 - 6 Lions|
|Friday 13th March|
|Western Force 17 - 21 Melbourne Rebels|
|Hurricanes 30 - 23 Blues|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Stormers 29 - 13 Sharks|
|Cheetahs 20 - 39 Bulls|
|Reds 5 - 23 Waratahs|
|Blues 10 - 13 Lions|
|Friday 6th March|
|Brumbies 27 - 15 Western Force|
|Chiefs 17 - 20 Highlanders|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
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