Three first-half tries from the Chiefs saw them outclass Wales by 40-7 in a one-off friendly match in Hamilton on Tuesday.
The last time Wales loss to a New Zealand club side was back in 1988 against Waikato in a match which the current Wales head coach Warren Gatland scored.
The home side outscored Wales by five tries to one, tries for two-time Super Rugby champions’ tries come via Brad Weber, Tom Sanders, Dominic Bird, James Lowe, Toni Pulu and Sam McNicol while Kristian Dacey got Wales’ only try.
Veteran playmaker Stephen Donald’s fine form from the tee saw him add eight points through four conversions.
The loss comes just days after Wales’ Test squad lost to the All Blacks in Auckland in the first of the three-match Test series.
A mismatch in the midfield saw Stephen Donald assist with a brilliant score after the skipper dummied Josh Turnbull before off-loading to his half-back partner, Brad Weber, to run in for the first try of the match, Donald added the extras to give the visitors an early lead.
Despite the possession and territory being fairly poised, the home side’s strike rate was better in the opening 40 and after a few exciting line breaks the Chiefs’ confidence, in their attacking abilities, grew.
The Chiefs kept ball in hand and applied consistent pressure which handed them ideal opportunities to starve Wales from quality possession, fly-half Donald’s visionary skills freed up the dangerous Chiefs backs which saw them score three unanswered tries in the first-half.
The visitors came out firing in the second-half, which saw them gaining valuable metres but they had to wait until the 55th minute to get on the scoreboard.
A well-worked lineout maul, metres from the Chiefs’ try line, allowed Wales to overpower the home side as replacement hooker Kristian Dacey crashed over and Priestland’s conversion made the score 21-7 as the final quarter of the match was approaching.
A massive 80 phases in total compared to that of the visitors’ 6 in the second half certainly testifies that Gatland’s men gave it their all as the match was slipping away from them.
This effort from the visitors was, however, shortlived as the Chiefs’ patience on defence paid off after a quick lineout throw saw replacement forward Taleni Seu off-load to James Lowe for the home side’s fourth try which Donald converted from a difficult angle to make the score 28-7.
Minutes later it was the fastest man in New Zealand Rugby, according to Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie, Toni Pulu, who took the game well out of the reach of Wales after a clever grubber kick from Seu allowed Pulu to collect and crash over for his side’s fifth try. Sam McNicol went over for the home side’s sixth and final try with the conversion taking the score to 40-7 and a memorable win for the 2013 Super Rugby champions.
Chiefs – 40
Tries: Brad Weber, Tom Sanders, Dominic Bird, James Lowe, Toni Pulu, Sam McNicol
Conversions: Stephen Donald (4), James Lowe
Wales – 07
Try: Kristian Dacey
Conversion: Rhys Priestland.
Chiefs: 15 James Lowe, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Sam Vaka, 10 Stephen Donald (c), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Sam McNicol, 23 Latu Vaeno
Wales: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Eli Walker, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Tom James, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 James King, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Luke Charteris (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Rhys Patchell
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Venue: FMG Stadium, Hamilton