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The Chiefs are up and running in Super Rugby Pacific after holding on for a deserved 26-16 victory over the Highlanders at Wakatipu Rugby Park.
The Highlanders entered this game knowing they had beaten the Chiefs at home in five of the last six matches between the two teams in Super Rugby, but there would be no repeat this time around as the hosts outscored the visitors three tries to one.
An early penalty from new signing Josh Ioane after the Highlanders strayed offside put the Chiefs in front, although Mitch Hunt quickly returned the favour for the Highlanders following a Chiefs infringement at the ruck.
Another penalty a few minutes later saw the Highlanders take the lead, but the Chiefs would score the first try of the match just a few minutes later after Xavier Roe broke the line and handed it off to Alex Nankivell, whose inside pass freed Sam Cane for the score. Ioane added the extras as the Chiefs took a 10-6 lead
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