4 Aug 2013

Chiefs win Super Rugby title again

10:21 am on 4 August 2013

The Chiefs won the Super Rugby final on Saturday night for the second consecutive year.

They beat the ACT Brumbies 27-22 at Waikato stadium after being 10 points down in the final 15 minutes.

The Chiefs were down 9-16 at half-time and the Brumbies led 22-12 in the 65th minute after a converted try and five penalties.

Then the Chiefs scored two tries four minutes apart and Aaron Cruden kicked 17 points to rescue the home side.

AAP reports Cruden hailed the character of the team to fight back after being under huge pressure by the Brumbies for three-quarters of the match.

"The Brumbies really tested us in the first 60 minutes and we had our backs against the wall," he said.

"But as a good Chiefs team does, we came out fighting and were able to get home in the end.

"It's massive (getting successive titles). It's a goal we set right at the start of the year. To ... succeed in achieving that goal is pretty satisfying."

The Brumbies previously won the Super Rugby title in 2001 and 2004.