Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Chiefs have progressed to their first ever Super 14 final after a bruising match against the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday. The sell out home crowd witnessed the Chiefs outscore their opponents, winning the game 14-10.
Maa Nonu opened the scoring for the Hurricanes after impressive Victor Vito broke the line and offloaded nicely for Nonu to collect and trot over the line.
The Canes lost John Schwalger to the sin bin, which the Chiefs capitalised on as they scored a try through Sione Lauaki.
Stephen Donald made the break that set the dangerous Sitiveni Sivivatu free, which led to some neat handling and then the big man flying down the wing, beating two attempted tackles with power and pace.
Sivivatu featured prominently again later as it was his brilliant run that resulted in fullback Mils Mulianas try in the 54th minute. Muliana was full of praise for his side after the match.
"I'm absolutely proud of my boys - the heart and dedication in the last 10-15 minutes that went into defence, you can't train stuff like that," he said.
The match ended in virtual darkness as fog descended on the field, with the Hurricanes desperately trying to overcome the four point deficit. The Chiefs held out though, so they'll travel to Loftus Versfeld to take on the Bulls in the final.