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Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Chiefs thump the Sharks to win the 2012 Super Rugby title

It was one game too far for the Sharks as the Chiefs were more than convincing in their home final, taking the 2012 Super Rugby title with a 37-6 win in Hamilton. The Chiefs have since credited the culture within the franchise.

The Chiefs have now joined an elite group of teams to have won the title, namely the Crusaders, Bulls, Blues, Brumbies, and Reds. While they made the final in 2009, this has been their strongest year and came about through changes in personnel, including a debutant coach, Dave Rennie. 

"They’ve been a fantastic group to work with and deserve all the success they’ve got," he said.

"The culture has been fantastic. They are a very tight group and enjoy each other’s company, and they’ve worked hard for each other. We targeted guys we thought would work hard for us and were willing to do a bit of graft, hit rucks and so on.

"We picked guys who probably weren’t as heralded as others in the competition. But they’ve really stood up, and we’ve got some great young kids and we’ve got some established players who went to another level this year. The leadership within the group was fantastic and that made a big difference," Rennie added.

It was the Sharks' third straight playoff match away from home and they looked weary as they were unable to get their game together in the wet conditions, making some uncharacteristic errors. The Sharks have now lost in four Super Rugby finals.

By contrast the Chiefs scored four tries through Tim Nanai-Williams, Kane Thompson, Lelia Masaga, and the departing Sonny Bill Williams, who celebrated by diving into the crowd. Williams and Sona Taumalolo are leaving, but the Chiefs are well positioned to have a very healthy future.

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adakins August 05, 2012 11:36 pm

Congrats boys got up at 3:30am to watch this game was totally worth it!

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ruckinmual August 06, 2012 9:24 am

Really do think Lambie shouldn't be on the starting lineup. Back from injury to play on the final. Not a good idea. Viljoen is better, kicking and tackling as well up against one of the best attacking team in the world. well also, Jordaan vs SBW on the 12. Quite a miss match though. I? reckon, putting Lambie on 12 Jordaan on 13, Pietersen on 14 should be at least a fraction better. Ludik can play 15. If still want to put Lambie on the starting lineup. Anyway, congrats the Chiefs for the title.

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Jeri August 06, 2012 12:25 pm


Bad luck for the Sharks to have series of away game in a row, but then this is part of the job description.

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Marv August 06, 2012 1:53 pm

Awesome effort by the Chiefs, well done to the Sharks for gusting it out over the past 3+ weeks. Very pleased to be seeing new Champion teams coming through: last year the Reds, this year the Chiefs!! Crusaders, Bulls and a bunch of others need something new.

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