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RugbyU: Waikato Chiefs 22 Melbourne Rebels 16

Result of a Super 15 match between the Waikato Chiefs and Melbourne Rebels at Waikato Stadium on Saturday: Waikato Chiefs (NZL) 22 Melbourne Rebels (AUS) 16 (h-t: 19-6) Chiefs - Try: Mike Fitzgerald. Conversion: Gareth Anscombe. Penalties: Anscombe (5) Rebels - Try: Shota Horie. Conversion: Jason Woodward. Penalties: Woodward (3) Referee: Matt O'Brien (AUS) afp

RugbyU: Chiefs down Crusaders to open title defence

Reigning Super 15 champions the Waikato Chiefs made a stirring start to their title defence with an 18-10 win over New Zealand rivals the Canterbury Crusaders on Friday. The Chiefs, back-to-back winners in 2012 and 2013, produced a mighty defensive effort to hold out the late-surging Crusaders, with centre Robbie Fruean returning to torment his old club in Christchurch. Fruean, who left the Crusaders last season to undergo a heart operation, scored the opening try in the ninth minute and the Chiefs never relinquished the lead despite sustained pressure from the home team.

RugbyU: All Black legend Muliaina back for Chiefs

Legendary ex-All Black Mils Muliaina announced Friday that he will leave Japanese club rugby next year to rejoin his former Super 15 team the Waikato Chiefs. The 33-year-old back, who won 100 Test caps for New Zealand, said he was excited at the prospect of playing rugby in his homeland again after two years with Japan's NTT DoCoMo. "I have really enjoyed my time in Japan... but I am grateful for the opportunity to play Super Rugby again in New Zealand for another team that I am passionate about," he said.

RugbyU: Chiefs trio re-sign with All Blacks

The All Blacks announced Wednesday that Waikato Chiefs trio Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Tawera Kerr-Barlow had signed contract extensions taking them through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Coach Steve Hansen said retaining three players from the reigning Super 15 champions strengthened the All Blacks' squad. "Liam is a natural leader and key member of the All Blacks, while Sam and Tawera have also impressed us since coming into the All Blacks in the past two years," he said.

RugbyU: Chiefs tame Brumbies for Super crown

The Waikato Chiefs came from behind to beat the ACT Brumbies 27-11 in the Super 15 final Saturday, to reinforce their standing as the southern hemisphere rugby powerhouse. The Chiefs claimed their second Super crown in as many years with a 15-point closing burst after trailing 12-22 with 17 minutes to go. Before a packed crowd of 25,000 at Waikato Stadium, the Chiefs outscored the Brumbies two tries to one.

RugbyU: Chiefs tame Brumbies for Super crown

The Waikato Chiefs came from behind to beat the ACT Brumbies 27-11 in the Super 15 final Saturday, to reinforce their standing as the southern hemisphere rugby powerhouse. The Chiefs claimed their second Super crown in as many years with a 15-point closing burst after trailing 12-22 with 17 minutes to go. Before a packed crowd of 25,000 at Waikato Stadium, the Chiefs outscored the Brumbies two tries to one.

RugbyU: Waikato Chiefs 27 ACT Brumbies 22

Result of a Super 15 final between the Waikato Chiefs and ACT Brumbies at Waikato Stadium on Saturday: Waikato Chiefs (NZL) 27 ACT Brumbies (AUS) 22 (h-t: 9-16) Scorers: Chiefs - Tries: Liam Messam, Robbie Robinson. Conversion: Aaron Cruden. Penalties: Cruden (5) Brumbies - Try: Christian Lealiifano. Conversion: Lealiifano. Penalties: Lealiifano (5) Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Champion Chiefs downplay talk of dynasty

The Waikato Chiefs have dismissed talk of being rugby's latest dynasty despite their 27-22 trumping of the ACT Brumbies in the Super 15 final for back-to-back titles. The Chiefs have traditionally been an unfancied side but becoming only the fourth side to win consecutive Super 15 titles has given them cause to command respect. However, unassuming coach Dave Rennie is not concerned about how others see his champion side.

CORRECTED: RugbyU: Chiefs tame Brumbies for Super crown

The Waikato Chiefs came from behind to beat the ACT Brumbies 27-22 in the Super 15 final Saturday, to reinforce their standing as the southern hemisphere rugby powerhouse. The Chiefs claimed their second Super crown in as many years with a 15-point closing burst after trailing 12-22 with 17 minutes to go. Before a packed crowd of 25,000 at Waikato Stadium, the Chiefs outscored the Brumbies two tries to one.

RugbyU: Waikato Chiefs 20 Canterbury Crusaders 19

Result of a Super 15 semi-final between the Waikato Chiefs and Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday: Waikato Chiefs (NZL) 20 Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 19 (H-t: 3-9) Scorers: Chiefs: Tries: Lelia Masaga, Aaron Cruden. Conversions: Cruden (2), Penalties: Cruden (2) Crusaders: Try: Israel Dagg. Conversion: Dan Carter. Penalties: Carter (4) Referee: Steve Walsh (AUS) afp.
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