Evan Pegden Aaron Cruden produced a piece of magic to win it for the Chiefs but the Highlanders confirmed they are indeed the real deal this season.
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Richard Shute Crusaders v Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Defending champions the Chiefs have produced a lionhearted defensive effort to beat the Crusaders 18-10 in a fiercely fought Super Rugby contest in Christchurch.
Paul Cully Star's eligibility for All Blacks was looked into and parties met in Sydney in August 2012.
The Queensland Reds made an impressive start to their Super Rugby pre-season on Saturday night with a 31-20 win against reigning champions the Chiefs in Toowoomba.
Paul Cully The often maligned Australian Super Rugby conference has "turned the corner" after initially struggling to cope with its expansion to five teams, says Dave Rennie, the coach of back-to-back winners...
Paul Cully Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has revealed how he "would have loved" to sign Wallabies star Israel Folau, and interest levels were high enough that Folau's eligibility for the All Blacks was looked into...
All Blacks Liam Messam and Aaron Cruden have been named co-captains for the Super Rugby defending champions the Chiefs.
You won't hear the phrase "three-peat" around the Chiefs' camp heading into this year's Super Rugby competition.
Georgina Robinson Former championship-winning Chiefs captain Craig Clarke has been forced to take an indefinite break from rugby are suffering 10 concussions in 22 months.
Super Rugby champions the Chiefs on Friday ruled out a long-mooted friendly against European champions Toulon.
Former All Black Mils Muliaina is returning to New Zealand rugby and the Chiefs.
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
WELLINGTON: The Crusaders' big names stood up en masse to humble the Chiefs 43-15 in an imperious Super Rugby performance in Christchurch.
Marc Hinton There is no panic in the Chiefs ranks, despite a good old-fashioned 43-15 butt-kicking at the hands of the Crusaders on Friday night. The defending champions have been down this rocky road before.
Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
The Chiefs earned themselves a week's respite before hosting their Super Rugby major semi-final with a bonus-point 26-16 win over the 14-man Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Daniel Gilhooly, Wellington Chiefs deliver more playoffs heartbreak for Crusaders, setting up second successive Super Rugby home final.
Hamilton: The Chiefs don't expect travel fatigue to play a role when they host the Brumbies in a most unexpected Super Rugby final on Saturday.