Home team Away Team

Chiefs

  • Bill Williams, Thompson, Masaga, Nanai-Williams,
    Penalty goals: Cruden (3),
    Conversions: Cruden (4),
37 - 6

Sharks


  • Penalty goals: Michalak (2),
  • Super Rugby
  • Final
  • 4th Aug 2012
  • KO 08:35
  • Ground: Waikato Stadium

Clarke hails classy Chiefs

Chiefs were outstanding admits Daniel

Last updated: 4th August 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Clarke hails classy Chiefs

Craig Clarke: Surreal

Related links

Teams

Also see

Chiefs captain Craig Clarke paid tribute to his side after they beat the Sharks 37-6 to claim the Super Rugby crown on Saturday.

The Chiefs, all but written off at the start of the season, dominated for much of the match become just the sixth team to lift the title in the 17-year history of the tournament.

"It's a little bit surreal," said Clarke. "We were a little bit slow out of the blocks. We were coming off a physical game last week but we got into our work and found our feet.

"We managed to disrupt them a bit in the air and put them on the ground so they couldn't drive. The second half showed our trademark line speed and the boys were getting up in their face.

"We've got a heap of pride in our defence and we talked about not letting them over and keeping to no tries."

Clarke's counterpart Keegan Daniel regretted his side did not score points when they dominated early in the game.

"That's what finals rugby is about," said the Sharks skipper . "You get such a little amount of opportunity to score points and you should capitalise.

"When we dominated the game early on we didn't put that into points.

"No excuses. The Chiefs were outstanding tonight. They really suffocated us."

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super Rugby
Friday 13th February
Super Rugby
06:35Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels
08:40Brumbies vs Reds
17:10Lions vs Hurricanes
Saturday 14th February
06:35Blues vs Chiefs
15:05Sharks vs Cheetahs
17:05Bulls vs Stormers
Sunday 15th February
06:05Waratahs vs Western Force
Friday 20th February
06:35Chiefs vs Brumbies
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs
17:10Bulls vs Hurricanes
Saturday 21st February
06:35Highlanders vs Crusaders
08:40Reds vs Western Force
15:05Stormers vs Blues
17:10Sharks vs Lions
Friday 27th February
06:35Highlanders vs Reds
11:00Western Force vs Hurricanes
17:10Cheetahs vs Blues
Saturday 28th February
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies
15:05Bulls vs Sharks
17:10Lions vs Stormers
Friday 6th March
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com