CHIEFS CLING ON TO EDGE SHARKS
It took all of 80 minutes but the Chiefs fought off the Sharks to maintain their spot at the top of the Super Rugby table. The 24-22 win at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium was about as hard fought as a side could get as the Sharks refused to surrender, snapping back every tiny advantage the Chiefs battled to gain. It was just enough as they got home off the back of Aaron Cruden’s boot as the Chiefs cocaptain finally stepped up to the tee to land four valuable penalties. The Chiefs might have thought they were going to catch the Sharks already pondering their overnight flight back to the republic when storming centre Seta Tamanivalu cut through their midfield defence from their first attack.
His try, before a minute had ticked by, was very much a false dawn, however, although the Chiefs had the better of the opening quarter.
Despite their territorial advantage in that period there were signs the Chiefs were not quite clicking into top gear as they got stuck between second and third far too often.