The Chiefs kept the Crusaders tryless as they won 26-9 in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday. The game got off to a scrappy start with both teams struggling to keep ball in hand. The away side was reduced to 14 men when Sam Cane was shown a yellow card.
Daniel Carter converted the penalty to put his side ahead in the seventh minute. Aaron Cruden levelled the score through a penalty of his own. Early pressure by the Chiefs saw the Saders give away another penalty. Tim Nanai-Williams slotted over the conversion.
Michael Leitch crashed over to score the first try of the match. Andrew Horrel added the extras. Poor kicking by Carter saw him miss several early penalties.
With half time emerging, James Lowe scored the second try of the match to extend the lead by 18-6. After a bizarre first half, Carter slotted over a penalty to narrow the margin by 18-9. Thereafter, Horrel slotted over a penalty in the 58th minute to extend the score by 21-9.
With the home side on the back foot, brilliant interplay by Nanai-Williams saw Liam Squire cross the whitewash. Horrel missed the conversion. Dave Rennie’s men kept pressing but were unable to clinch a bonus point try as they won 26-9 against the Saders at home.