Colin Cooper’s side spent the best part of the last 10 minutes camped on their own line, and conceded a string of penalties, but refused to budge. The Reds threw everything at them, particularly with their penalty advantages, but the Chiefs’ forwards and backs held strong.
This was the reaction on Twitter after their performance:
Astonishing defence by the Chiefs there. Crikey. #CHIvRED
— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) May 24, 2019
WOW that defence was tested and somehow held! But really shocked how Cardner didn't send at least a couple of Chiefs to the bin! Huge credit to the @ChiefsRugby to hang on. That defence was something else! Great to see the chipper @brad_weber9 back this week! #CHIvRED
— Cornflake (@Cornf1akesCrib) May 24, 2019
That old saying, Defense wins games!! MEAN!! ? ? ?
— justin (@justin__kenny) May 24, 2019
Great effort boys ??
— Daryne Begbie (@Daryne_Nicole) May 24, 2019
Wow. Great defence by chiefs. Big win. #CHIvRED
— Jimmy (@JimmyHapstar) May 24, 2019
The Chiefs defence has been a brick wall. Red's just stifled!
— D-Boy (@Dumisani_m) May 24, 2019
— PhD(ork) (@macgibbons) May 24, 2019
How on earth did the chiefs hold onto that game ? unreal defense and determination, blow me down if a South African side can show thatkind of patience and commitment
— Chris de Klerk (@chrisdeekay) May 24, 2019
Manic defense by Chiefs. Young Reds team still growing.
— ??????? s?????s (@rugbycology) May 24, 2019
This was a game perhaps where the Reds missed their leader and talisman Samu Kerevi, who was rested for this match. The team really lacked any penetration in the midfield, and that is something that the Wallabies inside centre can provide. He has been in fantastic form in recent weeks, and his absence highlighted what a key player he is for the Reds.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs, who have had a shaky season, will rue not showing such a belligerent defensive performance like this earlier in the season. The two-time champions have been on the end of some tight losses, as well as some heavy ones, this season, which would perhaps not have panned out that way if they showed the grit they did against the Queensland side.
The Chiefs’ performance may have had something to do with the return of Sam Cane, who started his first match since breaking his neck. While he came off on 50 minutes, he put in a very physical performance for someone that has been out with such a serious injury, and may have lifted his team.
Whatever the cause was of this inspired performance, this was a brilliant defensive display.
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