CHIEFS CLING ON TO EDGE SHARKS

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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.

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