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Reds see yellow as comeback quashed in Super Rugby Pacific quarter final

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Friday Jun 7, 2024

Chiefs have progressed through to the semi finals of the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs after a dominant display FMG Stadium Waikato today against a Queensland Reds side devoid of ideas and energy.

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From just the fifth minute of the game the Chiefs took the lead, never relinquishing control as the home side built up a 31 – 0 lead,  consisting of four tries and one penalty goal, before half time.

The second half saw a rejuvenated Reds side come charging out of the blocks as Tate Mcdermott touched down for two early tries to give his side a foothold in the match.

As the match approached the final 20 minutes, it was either going to be a Chiefs runaway, or the start of a magical Reds comeback. The result was quickly chosen after Hunter Paisami of the Reds received a yellow card, and substitute Bradley Slater went over for Chiefs fifth and final try of the day.

Final result: Chiefs 43 – 21 Reds

Three standout players for Chiefs:

Tupou Vaa’i

His performance was marked by several critical moments, including executing a crucial turnover on Tate McDermott at a ruck which directly facilitated the team’s fourth try and a miraculous try-saving tackle on Fraser McReight which thwarting a near-certain score.

Wallace Sititi

Constantly carrying hard as he provided a solid platform for his side to attack from. He was also instrumental in Narawa’s try.

Samisoni Taukei’aho

Dominant performance in the tackle area. Five defenders beaten from seven carries and an impressive 16 tackles made. Add in his two tries and impressive lineout performance and you can see why he is so highly rated within the national side.

In the latest episode of Walk the Talk, Jim Hamilton chats with double World Cup winner Damian de Allende about all things Springbok rugby, including RWC2023 and the upcoming Ireland series. Watch now for free on RugbyPass TV

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