Brumbies move to top with 54-17 win over Chiefs

Christian Leali'ifano	kicked five conversions
Christian Leali'ifano kicked five conversions

Brumbies 54-17 Chiefs, GIO Stadium

Brumbies ran an eight-try riot as they went on trounce Chiefs 54-17 in the second round of the Super Rugby 2019 season at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

The win has taken Brumbies to the top of the Australian Conference with six points while Chiefs with their second defeat from as many games languish at the bottom of the New Zealand Table.

It was Chiefs, who started the proceedings with a second-minute penalty kick from Damian McKenzie but the remainder of the first half was dominated by Brumbies with tries from Tevita Kuridrani (13'), Thomas Banks (17'), Chance Peni (23'), Lachlan McCaffrey (37') and Folau Fainga'a (40'). Leali'ifano also kicked four conversions as Brumbies raced to 33 points before the break.

Winger Ataata Moeakiola touched down in the 29th minute to provide some consolation for the Chiefs but they were trailing by 23 points at the end of the first half which left a daunting task for the New Zealand side in the final 40 minutes.

Samisoni Taukei'aho's try in the 57th minute and a conversion from McKenzie remained the only points for the Chiefs in the second half but tries from Peni (52'), Josh Mann-Rea (70') and Kuridrani (78') meant Brumbies completed a massive 34 point victory.

Super Rugby 2019 Points Table