In a tense Vodacom Super Rugby clash of massive proportions, when both sets of players would have come away knowing they were in battle of attrition, The Chiefs managed to lead from start to finish for a gripping 18-12 victory.
They say defense wins games and for much of the game, it appeared that The Sharks would break through the Chiefs’ defense and force the win. At one stage just one point separated them with The Sharks hammering away, but ultimately, it was not enough and a try at the death just underpinned how dangerous this Chiefs side is proving to be, having not lost since the opening week of the 2012 campaign.
The low score doesn’t do justice to the effort and endeavor from the two sides.
Make no mistake, this game was played at not so much breakneck speed as frenzied close-quarter attack, massive tackles more so than elusive running, although it was spoiled for both sides but some loose handling of the ball with conditions near-perfect, although possibly a bit dewy, something alluded to by captain Keegan Daniel after the game.