The Chiefs have broken a long losing-streak in Canberra dating back to 2008, punishing the Brumbies 58-23 tonight.
Dave Rennie’s men punished the Brumbies who went into the match as Super Rugby’s best defensive team, and closest-rivals to the Chiefs on the points table.
The Chiefs ran in six tries, including a double for James Lowe on the wing, and it was nothing short of punishing, a performance fitting of a team that deserves its place on top of the Super Rugby ladder.
Lowe’s two tries puts him into the top tier of players to dot over the line in 2016, but it was the wingers ability to kick into space and put the Chiefs deep into Brumbies territory that was equally as impressive.
Damian McKenzie continued his scoring ways, running in a try late in the piece, kicking 7/10 on goal, and becoming the quickest player in Chiefs history to reach 100-points in a season.
Charlie Ngatai was influential, showing instinct for counter-attack coupled with the ability to draw in defenders, setting Toni Pulu up for his second try in as many weeks when the Chiefs scored their first.
The Chiefs won the battle at the breakdown in the second half, degrading a Brumbies forward pack with plenty of Wallabies regulars.
Equally as frustrating for the Brumbies was that they had the better of success in scrums early on before the Chiefs turned the switch late in the first half, scoring 14-points in just eight minutes.
Tom Sanders and Brad Weber also scored in the 48-23 victory.