Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Chiefs thrash Brumbies to continue New Zealand sides' dominance

The Chiefs have continued the NZ dominance of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, with a 40-12 victory over the Brumbies at Hamilton's FMG Stadium. 

New Zealand sides have now won the opening eight matches against Australia rivals, but the ACT team came into the clash with confidence, after pushing the Crusaders in the opening round and beating the Chiefs last time the two sides faced off. 

The Brumbies are known for having a strong set piece, but the Chiefs dominated them at scrum time, which was the catalyst to their six-try-to-three victory. 

For the fourth time in nine matches, an NZ team has poured on 40 or more points to thrash an Australian side.

The Chiefs made a fast start to the contest, when lock Tupou Vaa'i crashed over from a lineout drive after just five minutes and the visitors looked like they might be in for a long night.

But the Brumbies grabbed their first try of the evening eight minutes later, when centre Len Ikitau finished a great team effort.

Halfback Ryan Lonergan flick-passed behind his back to brother Lachlan, who went close, before Ikitau ran onto a short ball from Noah Lolesio to finish in the corner.

The key to the first half was the Chiefs scrum dominance, swinging the contest their way with two massive shoves.  

The first came after 21 minutes, when the Chiefs smashed the visitors on their own line and Luke Jacobson picked the ball up to crash over.

The big No.8 had a massive evening, running 16 times for 78 metres, making 11 tackles and grabbing his second try - identical to his first - after another huge Chiefs scrum to see his side take a 19-5 lead into the sheds. 

After the restart, they scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes to all-but seal the result. 

Damian McKenzie had the first, finishing off a great team try that saw the impressive Alex Nankivell go close, before the Chiefs first-five ran onto a Brad Weber short ball to extend the lead. 

Just four minutes later, Nankivell crashed over, after a brilliant offload from Lachlan Boshier in contact. 

The Brumbies stalled the home side's momentum with a try from Bayley Kuenzle, but the Chiefs put the game to bed with the play of the night. 

McKenzie brought a kick return back from his 22 and was caught high by Darcy Swain, before the ball swung wide to Chase Tiatia, who chipped over the top to Kaleb Trask.

He brought in the final defender, before offloading for the impressive Anton Lienert-Brown to cap off a brilliant try. 

To compound the issue, referee Ben O'Keeffe sent Swain to the bin for the high tackle on McKenzie. 

The Brumbies got a late consolation as the siren went through Rob Valetini, but not enough to stop another one-sided result over the Aussies. 

The result sees the Chiefs remain in fourth with two wins from two, while the Brumbies remain winless. 

Chiefs 40 (Vaa'i, 2 Jacobson, McKenzie, Nankivell, Lienert-Brown tries; McKenzie 5 conversions) Brumbies 19 (Ikitau, Kuenzle, Valetini tries; Lolesio 2 conversions)