Sportal.co.nz reports Flanker Scott Waldrom scored two tries to help the Chiefs earn a bonus-point 34-30 victory in Sunday’s clash with the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Romana Graham, Toby Smith and Dwayne Sweeney also crossed for the visitors, with Stephen Donald kicking nine points.
Thirteen of the Lions’ points came from the boot of Burton Francis, while they scored three tries through Michael Killian, Josh Strauss and Cobus Grobellaar.
The win was only the Chiefs’ third of the season, but it was a sixth defeat in a row for the Lions, Super Rugby’s bottom side.
Two Francis penalties put the Lions into an early 6-0 lead, but the New Zealanders came roaring back with two tries in the space of 10 minutes from Waldrom putting them 12-6 in front.
Wing Lionel Mapoe made a 40-metre diagonal burst to lay on the hosts’ first try for Killian, but Chiefs lock Graham charged over just before the break to give his side a 19-13 half-time lead.
The Chiefs were on the board first in the second half as Smith dived over for a bonus-point try and centre Sweeney put them further ahead with a fifth try.
There was still life in the Lions, though, and tries from Strauss and Grobellaar reduced the deficit to just one point at 31-30 with seven minutes left.
However, Stephen Donald slotted over his first penalty of the night at a crucial time to end the Lions’ hopes of snatching an unlikely victory.Tweet