Happy days for Hamilton Hicks

The Chiefs moved into the top half of the Vodacom Super 14 table with a emphatic 35-17 win against the Reds on Friday, after leading 18-10 at the break.

Send the Chiefs to South Africa and they spend their nights at Cape Town strip clubs. Send them back to Hamilton and the sound of cowbells brings out their best.

The Chiefs dominated from the start and led 10-0 after 10 minutes, thanks to a penalty from flyhalf Stephen Donald and a try from right wing Sosene Anesi which was referred to the TV referee.

At the end of the first quarter, the home side put a kickable penalty into touch, for a line-out inside the Reds 22. The Chiefs forwards set up the driving maul and when their backs piled in, the Aussies had no chance. In the end, it was a delighted Donald who scored the ‘forwards try’.

The Reds hit back with an Elton Flately penalty, before Drew Mitchell brushed off a poor tackle from Sitivini Sivivatu to score in the right-hand corner. The TV ref was called upon again, but while Mitchell’s entire body was over the touchline he had yet to make contact with the ground and the try was awarded.

Another penalty from Donald made it 18-10 at half-time, before Sitivini Sivivatu scored from a line-out inside the Reds 22 to restore the home side’s 15-point cushion.

Donald added another three points soon after and when Loki Crichton grabbed his side’s bonus-point try after a chip and chase, the Hicks were out to a commanding 35-10 lead.

Replacement Caleb Brown got seven points back for the Reds, who came close to scoring again when Josh Valentine was tackled out on the corner flag. However, it was the Chiefs who claimed the five points to revive their stop-start season.

SCORERS:

Chiefs – Tries: Sosene Anesi (10min), Stephen Donald (17min), Sitivini Sivivatu (45min), Loki Crichton (65min). Conversions: Donald (3). Penalties: Donald (3).

Reds – Try: Drew Mitchell (28min), Caleb Brown (70min). Conversions: Elton Flatley (2). Penalty: Flatley.