Super Rugby Pacific: Chiefs decimate struggling Moana Pasifika in record-breaking Hamilton rout

  • 06/04/2024

The Chiefs have bounced back from last weekend's speed bump against the Crusaders with a 68-12 demolition of embattled Moana Pasifika at Hamilton's FMG Stadium on Saturday.

After a 28-0 first-half blitz, the match was as good as in the bag at the interval for the overhauled Chiefs, who proceeded to run in a further 40 points for a total of 10 tries to record their biggest ever margin of victory.

It was another miserable outing for Tana Umaga's men, who have now conceded 175 points through their past three games.

All Blacks wing Emoni Narawa was sensational for the Chiefs, as was rampaging No. 8 Wallace Sititi. Returning Damian McKenzie kicked nine of 10 conversions, his lone miss coming with time expired to deny him Stephen Donald's franchise record.

Rameka Pohipi breaks for the Chiefs.
Rameka Pohipi breaks for the Chiefs. Photo credit: Getty Images

The hosts opened the scoring through their lineout, with flanker Simon Parker peeling off the rolling maul to crash over the chalk.

Ten minutes later, Narawa added another with an effortless piece of individual skill, hoofing the ball from inside his own half from a turnover and casually outpacing the cover to recollect and score.

Narawa's slick handling helped Etene Nanai-Seturo run in the Chief's third, before Daniel Rona ran in the fourth to blow the score out to 28-0 after just 33 minutes.

The tidal wave continued in the second stanza. Halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi scooped a loose ball and sniped down the short side to open the half in ominous fashion.

Melani Matavao gave the visitors something to smile about, capitalising on a powerful Julian Savea run to crash over and break his team's duck.

Normal order quickly resumed, as Narawa broke and served replacement Sione Ahio for a try with his first touch in Super Rugby.

Wing Peniasi Malimali was the next off the try-scoring rank for the Chiefs, before Narawa raised 50 in the 63rd minute with a neat chip and chase for himself.

Another Narawa break resulted in Cortez Ratima sliding in under the black dot, as the contest closed with a consolation try to Miracle Faiilagi and one final rub of salt from Narawa.

The Chiefs move to the capital to face the Hurricanes next Saturday, while Moana Pasifika host the Reds on Friday.

Chiefs 68 (Simon Parker, Emoni Narawa 2, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Daniel Rona, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Sione Ahio, Peniasi Malimali, Cortez Ratima tries; McKenzie 9 con) Moana Pasifika 12 (Melani Matavao, Miracle Faiilagi tries; Otumaka Mausia con)