The Chiefs beat the Highlanders and closed the gap to the Hurricanes in Super Rugby’s highly competitive New Zealand Conference.
All three sides are set for the play-offs, but they trail the Crusaders at the top of the group and jostled for position on Saturday.
The Chiefs secured a standout result as they won 45-22 on the road at the Highlanders for their third win in four away matches after a blistering first half.
Six tries before the break – including two from Toni Pulu – incredibly had the visitors up 42-0 at the break as they put the result beyond doubt.
But the hosts were able to deny the Chiefs a bonus point. Teihorangi Walden scored a brace soon after the restart, before another two tries followed.
FULL TIME: What a game! We take the win in Suva 45-22. A huge fortnight of rugby to come at FMG Stadium Waikato with the Brumbies and Hurricanes to visit – got your tickets yet? #HIGvCHI #ChiefsMana pic.twitter.com/OGeQzjVSFR
— Chiefs Rugby (@ChiefsRugby) June 30, 2018
The Chiefs will now have the Hurricanes in their sights ahead of their meeting, with the second-placed side in the conference losing 24-12 to Brumbies, who ran in three second-half tries to overturn a 12-5 deficit half-time deficit.
There was a surprise thriller between two of the league’s strugglers, meanwhile, as the Sunwolves defeated the Bulls 42-37 in Singapore.
The two number 10s were the stars of the show as the Sunwolves’ Hayden Parker scored a try and kicked six conversions, while Handre Pollard crossed once and put away four conversions and three penalties.
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