Chiefs resist Brumbies in a tight 24-19 win in Hamilton

Liam Messam was part of the winning Chiefs side
Liam Messam was part of the winning Chiefs side

Chiefs 24-19 Brumbies, FMG Stadium Waikato

Chiefs managed to overcome Brumbies with a 24-19 victory in their Super Rugby encounter in Hamilton on Saturday.

The win has helped Chiefs consolidate their third position in the New Zealand Conference while Brumbies also remain third in Australian group.

The Chiefs dominated the possession in the first quarter and despite that, they had only three points on the board when Damian McKenzie kicked a 13th minute penalty goal.

The home side soon increased the lead to 10 points when Charlie Ngatai set up Nathan Harris for a 24th minute try and McKenzie improved it.

There was no respite whatsoever for Brumbies as McKenzie capped off a fantastic first half for the home side with a converted try in the 31st minute as the teams headed into the break with a 17-0 scoreline.

The response for Brumbies came in the 53rd minute when Henry Speight crossed over but his efforts were negated by Chiefs replacement Jonathan Faauli as the hosts maintained a 24-5 lead.

Chiefs' momentum was dented a bit when Jesse Parete was sin-binned in the 65th minute for a dangerous tackle on Matt Lucas and despite Brumbies scoring back to back tries with the numerical advantage through Thomas Banks and Speight followed by a double conversion from Wharenui Hawera, Brumbies went on lose the game by five points.