Chiefs whack woeful Wales

The Chiefs scored six tries to beat Wales' second-stringers 40-7 in Hamilton on Tuesday.

It is the first time a Super Rugby franchise has beaten a touring international team. The Chiefs were missing eight All Blacks and another 12 players.

The match was all over by half-time as three tries from scrumhalf Brad Weber, No 8 Tom Sanders and lock Dominic Bird gave the hosts a 21-0 lead. A break from former All Blacks flyhalf Stephen Donald led to the first try and he continued to free up the Chiefs' dangerous backs.

Wales, who had been forced to start Test captain Sam Warburton after Ellis Jenkins pulled out because of injury, finally got on the board early in the second half through replacement hooker Kristian Dacey, but that was followed by the Chiefs' fourth try, from fullback James Lowe.

Chiefs winger Toni Pulu and replacement back Sam McNicol then crossed the line to complete the rout.

Wales will now face the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday having lost the first Test 39-21 in Auckland.

Chiefs – Tries: Brad Weber, Tom Sanders, Dominic Bird, James Lowe, Toni Pulu, Sam McNicol. Conversions: Stephen Donald (4), James Lowe.
Wales – Try: Kristian Dacey. Conversion: Rhys Priestland.

Chiefs – 15 James Lowe, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Sam Vaka, 10 Stephen Donald (c), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Sam McNicol, 23 Latu Vaeno.

Wales – 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Eli Walker, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Tom James, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 James King, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Luke Charteris (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Rob Evans.
Subs: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Rhys Patchell.

Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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