Wainui scores five in Chiefs win at Brookvale

· Super Rugby Trans-Tasman
by Waratahs Media

The Chiefs have defeated the Waratahs 40-7 with winger Sean Wainui entering the record books with a five try haul.

The Waratahs already missing key personnel with skipper Jake Gordon, hooker Dave Porecki and fullback Jack Maddocks all unavailable through injuries suffered last week against the Highlanders, found themselves short even before a ball was kicked, losing Tetera Faulkner in the warmup.

Things would go from bad to worse for the Waratahs as star centre Izaia Perese left the field early in the game with a dislocated shoulder putting his Wallabies aspirations on hold.

The Chiefs got on the scoreboard in just the second minute of the game with Sean Wainui scoring his first try of the match after finding some space out wide and dotting down in the corner.

Wainui would double his tally in the 14th minute of the game with the Chiefs in cruise control dominating territory and possession in the opening twenty minutes of the game.

The Waratahs struck back in the 34th minute with a pinpoint Crossfield kick from Will Harrison finding Mark Nawaqanitawase in the corner to leave the scores 14-7 at half-time.

Unfortunately for the home side that was as close as it got, with Wainui running riot and scoring a hat-trick in the second half to bring up a record Super Rugby record 5 tries in a match. Tom Florence scored the only other try for the Chiefs.

Waratahs flanker Lachlan Swinton will also face a nervous wait from the judiciary as he was sent off with a red card late in the game.

NSW Waratahs Co-coach Chris Whitaker was feeling a sense of Groundhog Day in his post-match presser.

“Frustrating, it was just a continuation of the year,” Whitaker said.  

“We lose Tetera Faulkner in the warmup, so we have to make adjustments to the starting front-row.

 “Then poor Izzy gets injured in the first couple of minutes so that shuffles our backline around, so we finish with our two starting wingers in the centres and our halfback on the wing.  It was hard to get any continuity.

“I’ve said before every game we had guys out of position, we had two guys out on the field that had only trained with us this week, but they keep trying , so its tough on them but I’m extremely proud of the boys.”

The Waratahs also said farewell to several popular members of the team with Sam Wykes retiring, Robbie Abel finishing up at the Waratahs, and Jack Dempsey heading to Glasgow. 

 CHIEFS 40 (Tries: Wainui 4, Taulani Conversions: Gatland 4, Trask) defeated WARATAHS 7 (Tries: Nawaqanitawase Conversions: Harrison) at Brookvale Oval

WARATAHS (1-15): Andrew Tuala, Tom Horton, Tetera Faulkner, Hugh Sinclair, Jack Whetton, Lachie Swinton, Jack Dempsey, Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, James Ramm, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Alex Newsome (c), Mark NawaqanitawaseReserves: Robbie Abel, Pek Cowan, Chris Talakai, Sam Caird, Jeremy Williams, Will Harris, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed

CHIEFS: (1-15): Aidan Ross, Bradley Slater, Angus Ta'avao, Zane Kapeli, Tupou Vaa'i, Pita Gus Sowakula, Lachlan Boshier, Luke Jacobson, Brad Weber (c), Bryn Gatland, Sean Wainui, Quinn Tupaea, Alex Nankivell, Shaun Stevenson, Kaleb Trask
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Ollie Norris, Reuben O'Neill, Viliami Taulani, Tom Florence, Xavier Roe, Anton Lienert-Brown, Chase Tiatia