Chiefs 15-30 Sunwolves, FMG Stadium Waikato
Sunwolves registered their first away win in Super Rugby as they defeated Chiefs 15-30 in the third round clash at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday.
This is Sunwolves' first win in the season as they moved to the fourth position in the Australian Conference while Chiefs are at bottom place in New Zealand Conference after losing all three games.
The visitors got off to a terrific start with Shuhei Matsuhashi crossing over in the second minute and Hayden Park kicked a conversion and a penalty to make the scoreline 0-10.
Damian McKenzie led Chiefs' response with a 23rd minute penalty goal but that was negated by Parker a few minutes later with a three-pointer of his own.
The Japanese side had all the momentum heading into the break when Uwe Helu touched down in the 32nd minute and once again Parker repeated with a conversion and a penalty kick as the teams finished the first half with a 3-23 scoreline.
The start of the second half was much better for the New Zealand side with Alex Nankivell dotting down for the hosts five minutes after the resumption and a conversion from McKenzie brought the gap to 13 points but that increased to 18 when Gerhard van den Heever crossed whitewash in the 57th minute.
All the Chiefs could manage in the final quarter was a try from Etene Nanai-Seturo as Sunwolves completed a comprehensive 15-30 victory.