Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Chiefs go back-to-back with Super Rugby final win over the Brumbies

The Chiefs successfully defended their Super Rugby title by beating the Brumbies 27-22 in an exciting final in Hamilton on Saturday night. They become one of just a handful of teams that have won the tournament back-to-back.

The Chiefs came from 10 points down to turn things around in the second half and join the likes of the Auckland Blues, Crusaders and Bulls in becoming just the fourth team to defend their title.

Two quick tries and a penalty in a short period of time fired the hosts into the lead, despite the visitors at one stage looking in control and on the way to their first title since 2004. The Chiefs then withheld a late onslaught to take the win.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie dismissed talk of becoming the next Super Rugby dynasty.

"I don't care to be honest. It's more about what happens within our group and we're really satisfied," he said. "It's a tough tournament. You've got to be good and consistent for long periods and that gave us the opportunity to play at home and that probably made a difference.

"Dynasty is the sort of thing you reflect back on. We've won a couple of titles and next year it will be about realising how hard we've had to work to achieve what we have done and trying to replicate that."

Sticking to an attacking gameplan, the Chiefs played attractive rugby and ended the tournament with more points and tries than any other side.

"They showed why they are a championship team," said disappointed Brumbies coach Jake White.

"They showed why they won last year and they showed why they came first in the whole competition by getting a home final."

Extended highlights of the match are below, with more to come shortly

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:34 am | View Comments (15)

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JG August 04, 2013 10:36 am

All the talk from the Oz press about how and why the Brumbies were going to win has again come to naught. You would think by now they would have learnt their lesson and would zip it.

Well done Chiefs, great game Brumbies. Jake White and Rennie are two brilliant coaches.

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Jon August 06, 2013 8:11 am

Pffft what?
All the papers were talking about how unlikely it would be if the Brumbies somehow won, despite flying from Canberra to South Africa then back to NZ in three weeks, and then having to win away from home.
Did you just want to be snide?

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JG August 07, 2013 9:35 am

Not at all trying to be snide. Just saying what I was reading. I only saw one article in the oz press about the travel factor, the rest were exactly as I commented on, hence my comment. Geez, somebody woke up out of sorts.

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Bunn August 04, 2013 6:18 pm

What a great game full of pace, skill and physicality. Looking forward to the rugby championship!

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Kiwi In Germany August 04, 2013 7:37 pm

I thought is was also a great game for a final. Full of drama. Very fast paced. I'm glad the Chiefs managed the comeback in the second half. However, I think both sides made it harder for themselves with many unforced errors. Especially penalties not put into touch... Criminal IMO. Loved that massive run from Brodie, god he's a strong runner. The Chiefs were also caught out a lot with their loose passing. It can be so devastating when it comes off. When it doesn't you can give away intercept 7 pointers.

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Reality August 04, 2013 7:40 pm

Looks like a great match. I wonder though; are the Chiefs games frequented by herds of goats or do the fans purposefully make that noise?

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Jon August 06, 2013 8:12 am

It's cow bells, it's a Waikato thing. I guess because it's a fairly rural area, alot of cows?
Who knows, it's just their thing that they do.

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Kiwi In Germany August 04, 2013 9:17 pm

It started with Waikato in the NPC. It's all cow country there. So they ring those damn cow bells like crazy. It can be quite deafening to be there at a match & I imagine visitors find it a bit distracting...

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stroudos August 05, 2013 7:02 am

4:25 - great impression of a brick wall there by Tameifuna!

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Reality August 05, 2013 4:53 pm

Am I the only one who thought that was just a big shoulder-charge? He smashed him with his right shoulder but his left arm was nowhere to be seen.

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stroudos August 05, 2013 8:28 pm

Well, yes, I mean if we're being picky you could say that it was a blatant shoulder-charge - not even in the "ooh he didn't wrap his arms" sense, but in this case leading with the point of the shoulder a-la-rugbyleague - so, a wholly illegal tackle.

But why let that detract from a wonderful moment of "get-the-fuck-outta-here"...

Got to say also, Brumbies 13 did bloody well to keep the ball alive.

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Reality August 05, 2013 10:01 pm

I suppose it was impressive, all right. The Brumbies player did incredibly well not to end up in a heap on the ground and as you said, his offload while being smothered by three players was excellent.

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Jon August 06, 2013 8:15 am

That was not a real league style shoulder. It was just what happens sometimes when two big rugby players hit each other.
He was trying to make a normal tackle, the guy just bounced off.

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finbar August 05, 2013 3:59 pm

Forward pass at 9.06 on the phase before Roberston's try!! Should've been reviewed.

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paimoe August 06, 2013 12:32 am

Congrats to the Chiefs

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