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Victory keeps Chiefs top

The Chiefs recorded their fourth win in a row as they ran in three ties to see off the Waratahs 30-13 in their Super 15 clash at Waikato Stadium and maintain top spot in the New Zealand conference.

Full-back Robbie Robinson, flanker Liam Messam and prop Sona Taumalolo, the Chiefs' top try-scorer this season, crossed to earn the hosts victory.

The Cheetahs recorded a rare victory on New Zealand soil by beating the Hurricanes 47-38 in an entertaining encounter in Wellington. Both sides wrapped up the four-try bonus point by half-time after a topsy opening 40 minutes, which saw too many players on both sides slip off tackles.

Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett, Andre Taylor and TJ Perenara crossed for the home side before half-time, while Andries Strauss, Hennie Daniller, Ryno Benjamin and Coenie Oosthuizen got on the board for the South Africans.

The second half was a much more muted affair as the Cheetahs controlled territory and possession to notch further tries from Oosthuizen and WP Nel. The hosts managed just two penalties from Barrett in the second half.

The Sharks ended the Brumbies impressive unbeaten home record as their four tries settled an error-strewn match 29-26 in their favour at Canberra Stadium.

Riaan Viljoen touched down twice, while Willem Alberts and Lwazi Mvovo also crossed, with Frederic Michalak kicking nine points.

The Western Force handed the Queensland Reds their third loss in a row in Super 15 with a convincing 45-19 victory in Perth.

James Stannard, Nathan Sharpe, Ben Seymour, Samu Wara and Matt Hodgson scored tries for the home side, with full-back Dave Harvey slotting four penalty goals and four conversions.

Zac Guildford and Sean Maitland scored tries as Crusaders came from behind to beat the Lions 23-13, while a late penalty from Peter Grant saw the Stormers sneak a narrow 20-17 win over rivals the Bulls and maintain their 100% record in this season's Super 15.

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