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Aaron Cruden stars as Chiefs claim Super Rugby top spot with big win over Rebels

Aaron Cruden finished with 14 points as the Chiefs claimed a 36-15 bonus-point win over the Melbourne Rebels to go top of the Super Rugby standings.

Fly-half Cruden converted Seta Tamanivalu's early try and, after a Mike Harris penalty had made it 7-3, Cruden missed another effort after the television match official had confirmed a Nathan Harris score.

Brad Weber's try - this time converted by Cruden - pulled the Chiefs further in front and New Zealand international Cruden then went over himself and added the extras to make it 26-3 at the break.

Mike Harris offered the Rebels hope with an early second-half score, which he also converted, but Cruden's penalty made it 29-10. Andrew Horrell's try was converted by Damian McKenzie to complete the Chiefs' scoring, with Reece Hodge grabbing a consolation for Melbourne.

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