Shaun Stevenson scored a hat-trick of tries as the Chiefs tore apart the Rebels to qualify for the Super Rugby play-offs in style.
The Chiefs secured their place in the Super Rugby play-offs in style on Friday, while the Highlanders kept their hopes alive with a landslide win of their own.
Winger Shaun Stevenson scored a hat-trick of tries as the ruthless Chiefs tore apart the Rebels, running out emphatic 59-8 winners at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Jack Debreczeni also touched down and kicked six conversions in the rout, meaning the Hamilton-based team heaped more misery on a Rebels side beaten 66-0 by the Crusaders in the previous round of fixtures.
Sam Cane crossed to open the scoring in the 13th minute while Sean Wainui, Anton Lienert-Brown, Lachlan Boshier and Marty McKenzie also went over, with the bonus-point triumph completing an impressive comeback after Chiefs had opened the campaign with four straight defeats.