19 Apr 2009

Chiefs at top of Super 14, Crusaders beat Sharks

8:22 am on 19 April 2009

The Chiefs are now at the top of the Super 14 rugby competition after beating the Cheetahs 28-10 in Kimberley while the Crusdaers have upset teh Sharks 13-10 in Durban.

The Chiefs and the Sharks both have 31 points but the New Zealand side have a better points differential and also a game in hand.

The Chiefs scored three tries to one in their win. They take on the third placed Bulls next week.

The Sharks, who have been leading the competition for most of the season, crashed to their second loss in a row this morning, going down to the Crusaders 13-10 in Durban.

Coach Todd Blackadder says Crusaders captain Richie McCaw, who scored his side's only try, was inspirational in his first game back after injury.

In other games the Western Force beat the Waratahs 15-14 in Sydney and the Hurricanes beat teh Stromers 34-11 in Wellington

The top of the Super 14 table is now congested with eight teams still in with a strong chance of making the top four play-offs.

Two points behind the Chiefs and Sharks are the Bulls and the Hurricanes with 29 points, then follow the Blues and waratahs with 28 points, the Brumbies with 27 and teh Crusaders with 26.

The Waratahs and Sharks both have yet to have their bye.