Chiefs give a visual treat
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.