Running in six tries to one, the Chiefs scored three first half tries as they stormed into a 19-3 lead at the break, ensuring the Lions started their tour Down Under in the worst possible way.
The Lions, however, could feel unlucky with the Chiefs’ second try by flank Tanerau Latimer after a clear knock-on and possible obstruction two minutes before the interval.
The Lions showed character on defence and their scrum was again their biggest weapon, but all the tackles they had to make eventually wore them down.
“I’m very happy. It was a difficult week for us after just one win in the previous six weeks,” said Chiefs captain Liam Messam.
“The Lions are a tough side, but once we started to hold on to the ball and string phases together it improved our attack.”
For the badly outplayed Lions outfit, it was their fourth straight defeat. They were delivered another blow when fullback Chrysander Botha left the field with concussion, he could be sidelined for their game against the Highlanders this weekend.