The Chiefs triumph over the Sharks

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The Chiefs kept their Super Rugby season alive with a 29-23 victory over the Sharks in Hamilton. In Dunedin the Highlanders held on to claim a 32-27 victory to end the Jaguares four match winning streak.

The Chiefs took an early lead through the boot of Marty McKenzie. Captain Brad Weber scored a converted try after being set up by Atu Moli for a 10-0 lead. A Curwin Bosch penalty closed the gap to seven points. Hyron Andrews crossed over for a converted try to level matters.

The hosts once again took the lead a few moments later with a Mitch Karpik try. Bosch kicked a penalty just before half time to take the score to 17-13 at the break.

The Sharks scored first in the second half through Ruan Botha to take a 20-17 lead. It was followed by another Bosch penalty kick to take the lead to six points with 17 minutes to go. Two late tries by the Sharks’ Anton Lienert-Brown with just 12 minutes to go and Webber’s second try of the day saw the Chiefs edge back in front.

The win for the Chiefs leaves them just one point outside the playoffs with five rounds left.

In Dunedin, It was the Jaguares that started strongly. Matias Moroni scored the opening try. The Highlanders clawed the way back into the match.

James Lentjes scored the home side’s first try after being set up by Josh Ioane. Halfback Aaron Smith set up the third try of the match that saw Matt Faddes finish off the set piece.

The Jaguares continued to score through penalties as they kept within touching distance. Tries by Sio Tomkinson and Liam Coltman saw the Highlanders take a 26-13 at half time lead. Marcos Kremer closed the gap to just six points for the Jaguares with an early second half try.

Josh Ioane slotted two penalty kicks to extend the lead by 12 points, but Ramiro Moyano went over for the visitors to reduce the deficit to five points. However, the Highlanders held on for victory.