Chiefs thump weary Sharks
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Hamilton – Flyhalf Aaron Cruden kicked 17 points to steer the Chiefs to a 37-6 win over the Sharks in the Super Rugby final on Saturday.
Victory handed the Chiefs their first title and atoned for a crushing defeat in their only other finals appearance three years ago.
Cruden slotted conversions of tries to wingers Tim Nanai-Williams and Lelia Masaga, backrower Kane Thompson and departing superstar Sonny Bill Williams. He also added three penalties – seven goals from nine attempts – to take his points tally for the season to 251.
The Chiefs were in the final for the second time in 17 years, haunted by their last experience, in 2009, when they were beaten 61-17 by the Bulls for the heaviest finals defeat in Super Rugby history.
Tries: Tim Nanai-Williams, Kane Thompson, Lelia Masaga and Sonny Bill Williams.
Conversions: Aaron Cruden (4)
Penalties: Cruden (3)
Penalties: Frederic Michalak (2)
15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga
15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis,1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Riaan Viljoen By Sbue