Five first-half tries from the Chiefs handed them a comfortable 50-26 win over the Reds in Brisbane.
The Lions may have the Hurricanes to worry about on Saturday evening, but from this showing they will not be looking forward to heading down to Hamilton next weekend.
The Reds have been talked up by the Aussie media, but they were due a good hiding and they got just that from the rampant Kiwis.
The teams adopted contrasting styles as the visitors looked to loosen everything up while the hosts, unlike their previous contests, looked for their forwards to dominate against the suspect Chiefs’ tight five.
Whenever the Reds did go wide, the Chiefs’ big-hitters smashed the unsuspecting attackers back.
No matter how poor the Chiefs are at the set-piece they will punish any mistake, and a couple of errors inside the opening 11 minutes handed the visitors a 12-0 lead.
The Reds had all the ball in the opening exchanges, but a turnover won by Chiefs opensider Tanerau Latimer was spread to flyhalf Stephen Donald who sprinted 75m to score.
Reds fullback Mark McLinden’s knock-on handed Sitiveni Sivivatu the first of his brace. There should have been a third but for some reason Australian ref Ian Smith refused to go up stairs as Sivivatu touched down.
The All Blacks’ winger injured his shoulder in doing so but before he left the field ghosted through some weak defence in Quade Cooper’s channel as the Chiefs cruised to 19-0 after 14 minutes.
Sivivatu’s replacement, Dwayne Sweeney, immediately cost his team as he was sin binned for a dangerous tackle allowing the Reds to strike back.
The hosts opted for a direct approach and the pick-and-go from hooker Sean Hardman got them on the scoreboard, while Berrick Barnes pulled another back.
However, without Peter Hynes the Reds’ back three lacked experience and poor positional play allowed captain Mils Muliaina to cruise over from an unattended high kick.
The bonus point was in the bag but the Chiefs didn’t looking like taking the foot off as Sweeney stepped three defenders for a try off another turnover as they went to the shed 37-12 ahead.
The Queenslanders may have won the second half 14-13 and sneaked a bonus point but this was anything but an even contest.
By Grant Ball