24 Apr 2011

Chiefs win at Lions den

9:12 am on 24 April 2011

The Chiefs have beaten the Lions 34-30 in their Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg.

The Chiefs went into the match at Ellis Park as the last-placed New Zealand team in the competition but they gave the Lions, who have won only one out of 10 matches, a lesson in how to make good use of possession, scoring five tries to three.

Scott Waldrom scored twice in a man of the match performance, while the other tries came from Romana Graham, Toby Smith and Dwayne Sweeney. Cobus Grobbelaar, Michael Killian and Joshua Strauss crossed for the Lions.

It's only the Chiefs' third win of the season and while it came against the bottom-of-the-table South Africans, skipper Mils Muliaina maintains his side can still push for a playoffs place.

The win takes the Chiefs off the bottom of the New Zealand conference and Muliaina reckons a late run's not impossible. His coach Ian Foster says there's still seven games left for the Chiefs and while the Bulls next weekend in Pretoria will be tough, this win's very satisfying as his young pack stood up and won the effort areas.

The margin would have been bigger if Chiefs first five Stephen Donald had not missed four out of eight kicks at goal.

Sitiveni Sivivatu remains in doubt for the Bulls game.