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Chiefs fight back to beat New Zealand rivals Crusaders

Published 27/02/2016

New Zealand's Sam Cane was on the scoresheet for the Chiefs on Saturday
New Zealand's Sam Cane was on the scoresheet for the Chiefs on Saturday

Sam Cane's try two minutes from time sealed a 27-21 comeback victory for the Chiefs over the Crusaders in a closely-fought Super Rugby opener in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders led 13-8 at half-time, Richie Mo'unga scoring all his side's first-half points with a try, conversion and penalty as he stepped into the boots of former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, but the Chiefs battled back in the second half to claim the spoils.

Seta Tamanivalu, Damian McKenzie and captain Cane all went over after the interval to go with Shaun Stevenson's first-half score, and New Zealand rivals the Crusaders could only respond through a David Havili try.

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