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As it happened: Chiefs v Sharks

Published: 7:00PM Saturday April 27, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Catch up on all the action from the Chiefs round 11 Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Hamilton.

FULLTIME: Chiefs 37-29 Sharks

The Chiefs do well to hang on for the win against a brave Sharks outfit who have been ravaged by injuries.

It wasn't always pretty, and the Chiefs dropped off for periods of the game, but they will be happy to notch a bonus point victory that puts them back up into second spot on the New Zealand conference ladder.

Tune in again tomorrow to onenews.co.nz for more Super Rugby live updates when the Crusaders host the rebels in Christchurch from 4pm.

80mins Chiefs 37-29 Sharks

Aaron Cruden ices the cake with a last-minute penalty after the Sharks were too overzealous at the breakdown.

77mins Chiefs 34-29 Sharks

Sharks halfback Cobus Reinach stole an intercept from the scrum base and ran 45 metres before Tim Nanai-Williams dragged him down. The Sharks get the penalty for Nanai-Williams not keeping his feet at the ruck...Lambie bangs it over from in front.

75mins Chiefs 34-26 Sharks

The Chiefs defence holding firm but the Sharks are throwing everything at them...

67mins Chiefs 34-26 Sharks

Opensider Sam Kane and experienced halfback Brendon Leonard are both on for the Chiefs.

60mins Chiefs 34-26 Sharks

TRY! The Sharks get one through speedster Keegan Daniel. The visitors are still well in this game. Lambie gets them closer with another conversion. 

52mins Chiefs 34-19 Sharks

Good pressure and continuity from the Chiefs sees the Sharks infringe, allowing Anscombe to bang over another three points.

47mins Chiefs 31-19 Sharks

TRY! Tim Nanai-Williams gets his second as the Chiefs collect their bonus point try. Aaron Cruden threaded a kick in behind which the Sharks coughed up allowing Nanai-Williams to pounce. Anscombe adds another two points with the conversion.

40mins Chiefs 24-19 Sharks

Aaron Cruden kicks-off the second half for the Chiefs.

HALFTIME: Chiefs 24-19 Sharks

An unbelievable game of rugby with the Chiefs looking like world-beaters in the opening quarter before the Sharks came roaring back.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie will not be pleased with the way his side has dropped off after starting so well.

Uncharacteristic errors from Aaron Cruden, and five penalties conceded inside their own half have hurt the hosts, while the Sharks grew in confidence as the half went on.

The Chiefs need to tighten up their man-on-man defence while up front the forwards need to do more to combat the Sharks driving mauls.

Stand by for a thrilling second half.

37mins Chiefs 24-19 Sharks

TRY! Derick Minnie gets a double for the Sharks as their big men continue to dominate the setpiece. From the lineout, the Sharks were again able to drive through the Chiefs to score out wide. Lambie makes no mistake with the kick.

33mins Chiefs 24-12 Sharks

TRY! The Sharks get another one to No. 8 Lubabalo Mtembu who backed up Lambie to collect a lovely inside ball to dive over the line. Lambie's kick from close to touch drifts wide. 

31mins Chiefs 24-7 Sharks

The Sharks have looked more confident on the back of that try while a couple of errors have crept into the Chiefs play.

21mins Chiefs 24-7 Sharks

TRY! The Sharks get on the board with a try to prop Derick Minnie who drove over from the lineout. Lambie nails the kick from wide out. 

15mins Chiefs 24-0 Sharks

TRY! Tim Nanai-Williams races down the touchline to go in untouched. Anscombe makes it four from four off the boot.

All the momentum with the Chiefs at the moment as unforced errors hurt the Sharks cause.

10mins Chiefs 17-0 Sharks

TRY! The Chiefs quickly get their second through Bundee Aki who collected a nice inside pass from Liam Messam to run in an easy five-pointer. Anscombe makes no mistake with his third kick of the night.

8mins Chiefs 10-0 Sharks

TRY! Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma scores from a well worked lineout move. Anscombe adds the extras.

6mins Chiefs 3-0 Sharks

Gareth Anscombe nails his first kick of the night to give the Chiefs the early lead. The Sharks infringed at the breakdown after the Chiefs drove play deep into their half.

3mins Chiefs 0-0 Sharks

The Sharks had the chance to nab first points but Lambie's penalty shot fell short of the uprights.

0mins Chiefs 0-0 Sharks

Play is underway in Hamilton with Sharks five-eighth Patrick Lambie kicking-off.

Prior to kick-off both teams lined up for a moments silence as part of a ANZAC Day commemorative service.

7.20pm

A big blow for the Chiefs with All Black Richard Kahui ruled out of tonight's game with a hamstring injury. Bundee Aki has been brought in as his replacement.

Pre-match

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of the Chiefs round 11 Super Rugby clash against the Sharks at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Both of last year's Super Rugby finalists have lost their last two games making tonight's contest all the more pivotal for their 2013 hopes.

Losses to the Reds and Waratahs saw the Chiefs drop from the top of the New Zealand conference, while the Sharks, down in ninth spot, have been riddled with injuries.

Both sides have made big changes in the hope of rectifying matters tonight.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made nine changes, with All Black Richard Kahui wearing the No. 12 jersey alongside centre Tim Nanai-Williams, Augustine Pulu coming in at halfback, and a new-look front-row being introduced.

Sharks coach John Plumtree made 11 changes following last week's 12-6 defeat to the Cheetahs, giving No. 8 Tera Mtembu and flanker Derick Minnie their first taste of Super Rugby, while recalling big lock Anton Bresler, and also re-jigging his front-row.

The visitors will rely heavily on the experience and direction of centre Francois Steyn and five-eighth Patrick Lambie, but as always, the battle up-front will be all important.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7.35pm.

Chiefs: 1.Toby Smith, 2.Mahonri Schwalger, 3.Michael Kainga, 4.Craig Clarke (C), 5.Brodie Retallick, 6.Liam Messam , 7.Tanerau Latimer, 8.Nick Crosswell, 9.Augustine Pulu, 10.Aaron Cruden, 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12.Richard Kahui, 13.Tim Nanai-Williams, 14.Lelia Masaga, 15.Gareth Anscombe.

Replacements :16.Rhys Marshall, 17.Ben Tameifuna, 18.Michael Fitzgerald, 19.Sam Cane, 20.Brendon Leonard, 21.Bundee Aki, 22.Charlie Ngatai.

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Francois Steyn , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Piet Lindeque , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Lubabalo Mtembu , 7. Jean Deysel (C) , 6. Derick Minnie , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Craig Burden , 1. Wiehahn Herbst.

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Danie Mienie , 18. Franco van der Merwe , 19. Keegan Daniel , 20. Marcell Coetzee , 21. Cobus Reinach , 22. S'bura Sithole.

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