The Chiefs recorded their third Vodacom Super Rugby win in a row after thumping the Crusaders 40-16 in a thrilling New Zealand Conference derby at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday. Both teams came into the match in decent form, with the Chiefs beating the Brumbies and the Crusaders defeating the Highlanders in the last round. The hosts scored three tries in the first half through Sonny Bill Williams, Augustine Pulu and Charlie Ngatai with two conversions and a penalty from Aaron Cruden to lead 22-9 at the break, after Colin Slade had given the visitors an early lead with two penalties and scoring a third in the 23rd minute.
The Saders looked more determined in the second half and got their first try of the match through Andy Ellis in the 44th minute, with Slade scoring the conversion. Yet this only seemed to spur the Waikato franchise on, as two penalties from Cruden and tries from Tom Marshall and James Lowe helped the hosts to a crushing 40-16 win; their biggest win ever over the Canterbury side.