Waikato Chiefs surprise Brumbies in Super 12 warm- up
February 7, 2000

The Chiefs beat the Brumbies at Mount Manganui on Sunday.

The Waikato Chiefs, along with South Africa's Bulls the book makers' underdogs for this season's Super 12, caused a surprise on Sunday by defeating the much fancied Australian side the Brumbies 34-14 in Mount Manganui.

The Brumbies got into an early lead thanks to 3 Stirling Mortlock penalties, but replacement fly half Loki Crichton put the home side back in the game with a 26th minute try and then set up the second, running half the length of the field before providing full back Bruce Reihana with the scoring pass.

Wing Roger Randle scored 2 tries in the final 20 minutes of the game and substitute flanker Marty Holah added another.Wallaby hooker Jeremy Paul scored a late Brumbies try but that turned out to be a mere consolation.

One of the notable features of the game was the Chiefs debut of former All Black no 8 Isitolo Maka, discarded by the Otago Highlanders before Christmas.The victory does not necessarily provide a reliable guide to form but will have encouraged the Chiefs who made a very poor start to last season before staging a recovery in the final stages of the competition. Consistency has always been their problem but if they can make a solid start in 2000 they may yet confound the bookmakers.

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