Sharks lose narrow battle in New Plymouth
Cape Town - The Chiefs have ground out victory over the Sharks in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Friday.
As it happened: Chiefs v Sharks
The Chiefs won 24-22 after the teams were dead-locked at 15-all at half-time.
The Chiefs scored two tries through centre Seta Tamanivalu and No 8 Michael Leitch. Flyhalf Aaron Cruden was on target with a conversion and four penalties.
The Sharks replied with three tries by prop Kyle Cooper, flyhalf Garth April and replacement hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle. April was also successful with two conversions and a penalty.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory to extend their lead atop the New Zealand Conference and the Overall log, while the Sharks picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points.
In next weekend's Round 11 action, the Chiefs host the Highlanders in Hamilton (Saturday, May 7 at 09:35), while the Sharks welcome the Hurricanes to King's Park (Saturday, May 7 at 15:00).
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13
Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sam McNicol, 10 Aaron Cruden
(co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6
Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2
Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham
16 Nathan Harris, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Kane Hames, 19 James Tucker, 20
Lachlan Boshier, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Shaun
Willie le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre
Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8.
Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5.
Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle
Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17.
Thomas du Toit, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean
Deysel, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Joe Pietersen, 23. Odwa Ndungane