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New Zealand’s Chiefs came from behind to beat Australia’s Brumbies at the Waikato Stadium to win their second successive Super Rugby title.
The narrow 27-22 victory was set up after their first try was scored by Liam Messam, and then followed by a score from full-back Robbie Robinson who burst through a gap to score a second.
This came after the Brumbies had gone ahead when a Christian Lealiifano, who scored all his side’s points matching the final record set by Joe Roff for the Brumbies back in 2004, picked up an interception and gave them the opening try and a 16-9 half-time lead.
Aaron Cruden’s tally of one conversion and five penalties sealed victory. for the Chiefs.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was delighted with the character shown by his side and said: “It was a messy first half.
“They were able to get in and slow a lot of our ball and steal ball and we got sucked into trying to push too many passes. So there was real character shown in that second half. We got great impact off the bench.”
Brumbies coach Jake White refused to name names but was disappointed with the amount of mistakes his side made.
He said: “Last week we were dead and buried in the 78th minute and we ended up winning (against the Bulls) and I had a little feeling it might happen again.
“Obviously you have to be a bit disappointed. I don’t want to single out players in our squad but there were a lot of mistakes that were made when the pressure was on, and that happens in finals.”