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Chiefs score 10 tries in Moana Pasifika rout


The Chiefs cantered over for 10 tries in a 68-12 domination of Moana Pasifika, the most lop-sided Super Rugby match in more than a year.


Wing Emoni Narawa grabbed a hat-trick at Hamilton's FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday night, while presumed All Blacks first-five Damian McKenzie landed nine of 10 conversions for 18 points.



The 56-point winning margin was the largest in Super Rugby since the Hurricanes hammered Moana Pasifika 59-0 in Round 5 last season.


The Chiefs unleashed an ominous attacking display, with eight different try-scorers, to rebound from the previous week's loss to the Crusaders, improving to 5-0-2 and into the top-four on 23 points.


It was a third consecutive heavy defeat for Moana Pasifika, who have conceded 175 points in those matches.


MP could not contain the creativity of McKenzie and the speed of Narawa and regular wing Etene Nanai-Seturo, who also scored a try from fullback in his 50th Super Rugby match.


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The Chiefs crossed for 10 tries in the rout of Moana Pasifika in Hamilton. PHOTO: SUPER RUGBY

Flanker Simon Parker opened the floodgates in the 10th minute, before Narawa and Nanai-Seturo scored in a six-minute span midway through the half, and Daniel Rona made it 28-0 before halftime.


Halfback Te Tairoa Tahuriorangi increased the lead minutes into the second half, before

before debutant prop Sione Ahio crashed over and the Chiefs went to yet another level.


The home side scored four tries in 13 minutes, including Narawa's second to bring up the half century, and other five-pointers from wing Peniasi Malimali and replacement No 9 Cortez Ratima.


Miracle Fai'ilagi salvaged some pride for Moana Pasifika minutes from fulltime but Narawa finished in style, picking up from a messy ruck and finding a way to complete his hat-trick.


The Chiefs face the Hurricanes in a top-four blockbuster at Wellington's Sky Stadium next Saturday (kick-off 7.05pm).


Chiefs 68 (Simon Parker, Emoni Narawa 3, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Daniel Rona, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Sione Ahio, Peniasi Malimali, Cortez Ratima tries; Damian McKenzie 9 con) Moana Pasifika 12 (Melani Matavao, Miracle Faiilagi tries; Otumaka Mausia con). HT: 28-0

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