Chiefs give a vis­ual treat

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

The Chiefs picked up five valu­able points in their 37-29 win over the Sharks on Satur­day night at Waikato Sta­dium to re­claim the top spot in the tight New Zealand Con­fer­ence.

It was an event­ful evening at­tended by 11,713 sup­port­ers. Chiefs coach Dave Ren­nie ad­mit­ted it was an ugly win, but rated it much bet­ter than an ugly loss.

The en­ter­tain­ment started with a streaker who re­ceived the manda­tory two- year ban from Waikato Sta­dium be­fore he was charged with dis­or­derly be­hav­iour by the po­lice.

The crowd were treated to a vis­ual spec­ta­cle when a Sea­sprite SH-2G he­li­copter landed on the field with Viet­nam vet­eran Barry Cook climb­ing out to de­liver the match ball.

He was joined by lo­cal vet­er­ans and army per­son­nel for the Last Post.

The Chiefs wore black arm­bands out of re­spect for for­mer Chiefs as­sis­tant coach Far­rell Te­mata who died. They used it as in­spi­ra­tion to get off to a blaz­ing start, rack­ing up 24 unan­swered points in 17 min­utes in a match-up that was a re­peat of last year’s In­vestec Su­per Rugby fi­nal.

It was a mixed per­for­mance with flashes of bril­liance in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive try off a set piece move by Asaeli Tikoiro­tuma.

Cen­tre Tim Nanai-Wil­liams crossed the line for two tries and per­formed a try- sav­ing tackle from a 40-me­tre chase, earn­ing the Player of the Day from Chiefs fans.

Much to the de­light of the fans, the match saw the re­turn of Chiefs co­cap­tain Craig Clarke, Ma­honri Sch­wal­ger and Rob­bie Robin­son who came off the bench in his first match of the sea­son.

The Chiefs head off to Aus­tralia to play the Rebels this Fri­day night at 9.40pm New Zealand time.

The Chiefs’ next home game will be held at Pukekohe’s ECOLight Sta­dium on Fri­day, May 10 when they take on the Western Force.

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