Masaga hat-trick takes Chiefs past Kings

WINGER Lelia Masaga scored a hat-trick of tries for the Chiefs to help secure a bonus-point 35-24 victory over Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

The Chiefs were always in control of the match against a Kings side, who put in plenty of effort but lacked the quality to put the defending champions under sustained pressure.

After an even opening 20 minutes the Chiefs began to show their championship quality.

With the scores level at 3-3, Chiefs fly half Aaron Cruden drew the Kings' defence and provided a perfectly timed pass for Masaga to dive over in the corner for the first of his three tries.

Cruden was again involved for the second, combining well with outside centre Tim Nanai-Williams to put Masaga in again. There was a suspicion of a forward pass in the build-up but the television match official confirmed the try.

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