1 Apr 2017

Chiefs fend off Bulls to continue unbeaten streak

9:41 pm on 1 April 2017

The Chiefs have fended off a dogged challenge from the Bulls before roaring home in a 28-12 win in Hamilton to continue their unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season.

Second five Johnny Faauli in action for the Chiefs.

Second five Johnny Faauli in action for the Chiefs. Photo: PhotoSport

The Waikato team lost co-captain Sam Cane to concussion in the fourth minute and trailed 9-3 at half-time, but tries after the break to winger Shaun Stevenson, fullback Damian McKenzie and replacement prop Atunaisa Moli sealed their fifth successive win.

All Blacks flanker Liam Messam celebrated his 150th match for the Chiefs, helping to secure a bonus point by killing off a late raid on the try-line by the Pretoria-based Bulls.

The South Africans battled hard but were kept try-less at Waikato Stadium, with flyhalf Handre Pollard kicking their entire score in penalties.