29 Apr 2012

Chiefs solidify top spot

6:07 am on 29 April 2012

The Chiefs have beaten the Hurricanes 33-14 in Hamilton to cement top spot in the super rugby standings.

The Chiefs have collected their eighth straight win from nine games in the season.

They're two points clear of the Stormers who defeated the Western Force 17-3.

The Highlanders are second to the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference and fifth overall after a 36-33 win against the Cheetahs this morning in Bloemfontein.

The Hurricanes suffered their fifth loss of the season.

Aaron Cruden, laser-sharp all night, kicked the Chiefs to a 12-8 lead at half-time with four penalties, but the Hurricanes had the first try through Andre Taylor five minutes before the break, the fullback charging 50 metres down the left wing.