Chiefs push Crusaders to the edge
THE Crusaders kept their Super Rugby play-off hopes alive with a tension-charged 28-21 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.
The Crusaders leapt out to a 20-6 lead 20 minutes into the game but were reeled in by the hosts and forced to defend grimly in the final minutes to secure the valuable win in a frenetic atmosphere at a packed Waikato Stadium.
Trailing by a converted try, the Chiefs won two penalties after the siren as they hammered the Crusaders' defence in a desperate bid to cobble a draw, but were denied when inside centre Sonny Bill Williams was held up on the line.
While Williams might regret not passing out wide to the right where the Chiefs had a three-man overlap, the Crusaders were deserving victors despite having the benefit of a controversial 52nd-minute try awarded by television review.
The win gave the Crusaders valuable breathing space in the wildcard berths for the play-offs, while the Chiefs have already sewn up the New Zealand conference and will contest the postseason.
Read the full match report at ABC news online.