The Chiefs Development XV gave the New Zealand U20’s a good run for their money yesterday, finally going down in the closing minutes 22-20 at Blake Park.
The match scoring opened with the two sides trading penalties. Towards the end of the first half, Chiefs Development fullback Shaun Stevenson ran 30m to score which was converted out wide by Dan Hollinshead, leaving the half time score 10-3 in the Chiefs Development’s favour.
In the second spell the NZU20’s scored a converted try to level the score board which they backed up with another try. However Bay of Plenty’s Caleb Hall turned the tides when he scored an intercept try. The second five-eighth ran 40 m to the line which Hollinshead converted. With ten minutes left on the clock Hollinshead extended the Chiefs lead with a penalty.
The final say went to the NZU20’s score a converted try off a ruck in the last minute to seal the win before they head off to the Junior World Cup in Italy.
Chiefs Development coach and Chiefs player identification and development manager Dave Dillon said “It was a hard fought battle and great to finish our campaign with a good performance.
“It was great to have some new and younger players involved who were playing against some of our other players that are part of the Chiefs Development programme and currently playing in the NZU20’s.”