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- 9th Mar 2012
- KO 06:35
- Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Chiefs hold off Crusaders
Messam and Taumalolo both score to seal victory
The Chiefs held on to clinch a nail-biting 24-19 victory over the Crusaders at McLean Park in Napier on Friday.
The Waikato franchise silenced criticisms over the strength of their pack as they took the fight to the seven-time champions.
However a lack of discipline allowed the Crusaders to remain in touch.
Liam Messam and Arizona Taumalolo both drove over for tries for the Chiefs, with 14 points coming from the misfiring boot of Aaron Cruden.
The Crusaders, though, responded with 14 points from rising star Tyler Bleyendaal - while a second-half try from Robbie Fruean made it interesting.
The Chiefs got off to the ideal start as Cruden slotted over a regulation penalty in just the second minute, with Bleyendaal missing a long-range effort to level matters.
Bleyendaal was successful with his second effort on 10 minutes - however the Chiefs should have pulled clear but Cruden failed with two relatively straight-forward shots at goal.
Cruden finally rewarded the Chiefs for their dominance during the opening period with a penalty, however the visitors deserved much more from all their efforts.
The Chiefs, though, finally crossed the whitewash when Messam powered over - with the TMO needing to verify the grounding. Cruden converted.
The Crusaders responded well and, after Andy Ellis had a try chalked off for offside, Bleyendaal cut the deficit with his second penalty of the game.
However, Cruden restored the 10-point cushion before the break with a penalty.
The second half saw the Crusaders come out all guns blazing - and they we rewarded with a try through Fruean, with the centre profiting after Kieran Read had barged through the Chiefs defence. Bleyendaal converted.
The Crusaders couldn't build on their onslaught and the Chiefs were able to reassert their dominance - with Taumalolo burrowing over from close range after a series of drives. Again the TMO was needed to spot the ball under the pile-up.
The boot of Bleyendaal, though, kept the home side in touch - with the fly-half punishing the indiscipline with two efforts to cut the lead to 21-19.
Cruden settled the Chiefs' nerves with a late penalty - and despite Read having half a chance to break their hearts, the visitors held on.Super 15. Click here to bet.
|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|17:10||Bulls vs Crusaders|
|Friday 3rd April|
|07:35||Hurricanes vs Stormers|
|09:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Reds|
|Saturday 4th April|
|07:35||Chiefs vs Blues|
|09:40||Brumbies vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Sharks vs Crusaders|
|16:05||Lions vs Bulls|
|Friday 10th April|
|08:35||Blues vs Brumbies|
|Saturday 11th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Highlanders|
|10:40||Waratahs vs Stormers|
|12:45||Western Force vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Bulls vs Reds|
|16:05||Lions vs Sharks|
|Friday 17th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 18th April|
|05:30||Hurricanes vs Waratahs|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Blues|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels|
|12:45||Western Force vs Stormers|
|16:05||Sharks vs Bulls|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Waratahs 28 - 13 Brumbies|
|Saturday 21st March|
|Sharks 12 - 11 Chiefs|
|Bulls 25 - 24 Western Force|
|Crusaders 57 - 14 Cheetahs|
|Friday 20th March|
|Melbourne Rebels 16 - 20 Lions|
|Highlanders 13 - 20 Hurricanes|
|Saturday 14th March|
|Cheetahs 10 - 27 Sharks|
|Stormers 19 - 28 Chiefs|
|Reds 0 - 29 Brumbies|
|Highlanders 26 - 19 Waratahs|
|Crusaders 34 - 6 Lions|
|Friday 13th March|
|Western Force 17 - 21 Melbourne Rebels|
|Hurricanes 30 - 23 Blues|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Stormers 29 - 13 Sharks|
|Cheetahs 20 - 39 Bulls|
|Reds 5 - 23 Waratahs|
|Blues 10 - 13 Lions|
|Friday 6th March|
|Brumbies 27 - 15 Western Force|
|Chiefs 17 - 20 Highlanders|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com