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Waikato Chiefs claim hard-fought triumph over Sharks

AFP, WELLINGTON

The Sharks’ Odwa Ndungane, left, is tackled by Hika Elliot of the Chiefs during their Super 15 match yesterday at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Photo: Reuters

The Waikato Chiefs eked out a come-from-behind 15-9 win over the previously unbeaten Coastal Sharks to revive their Super 15 season in difficult conditions in Hamilton, New Zealand, yesterday.

No tries were scored in a hard-fought encounter, where the boot of Chiefs’ replacement flyhalf Mike Delany, who replaced injured Stephen Donald midway through the first half, proved decisive.

Delany slotted four penalties, including one effort on the full-time siren, to deliver the Chiefs win.

The New Zealanders looked the most likely to cross the line for most of the match, but the Sharks’ defense forced a string of handling mistakes to keep the South African team in the running.

REDS 53, REBELS 3

AP, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Scott Higginbotham scored one try, missed one and made two more as the Queensland Reds trounced the Melbourne Rebels 53-3 yesterday.

Higginbotham made up for dropping a pass with the line open in the 30th minute by scoring a try six minutes later which cemented the Reds’ 25-3 lead at halftime.

He earlier provided the final pass in tries by center Anthony Faingaa and lock Adam Wallace-Harrison that gave Queensland control after Melbourne scored first.

Prop Ben Daley scored to clinch the Reds’ first four-try bonus point of the season. Mike Harris then came off the bench to score two tries, make another and kick a conversion in a comprehensive win.

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