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Chiefs fell Hurricanes, go top

THE Waikato Chiefs surged to the top of the Super 14 standings with a 16-8 win over the Wellington Hurricanes at Hamilton yesterday.

The Chiefs shook off the effects of jetlag after returning from South Africa this week to win the top-of-the-table clash with their fellow New Zealanders.

The win put the Chiefs in pole position for a home semifinal with only one round of the regular season to go.

Chiefs flyhalf Stephen Donald scored all of his team's points, landing three first-half penalties then converting his own try early in the second half.

The Chiefs led 9-8 at the break and scored the only points in the second half when Donald slipped past prop John Schwalger then sidestepped Wellington fullback Cory Jane to score under the posts.

"It's a wonderful night," Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina said in a televised interview. "It was a very gutsy effort. It was really close and our team was really patient and we got there in the end."

Hurricanes winger David Smith scored the only try of the first half but missed a golden opportunity for a second that would have kept his team in the match when he dropped the ball with the line open seven minutes from the end.

Willie Ripia landed a first-half penalty but failed with four other attempts at goal as the Hurricanes surrendered their place at the top of the standings and missed out on a bonus point.

In Canberra, Australia captain Stirling Mortlock became Super 14's all-time top point-scorer yesterday in leading the ACT Brumbies to a 37-15 win over the Auckland Blues.

The win moved the Brumbies into the top four and a potential semifinal spot pending the final regular-season round. The Blues were six points outside the top four and with no chance of making the playoffs.

Mortlock moved past former All Blacks and Canterbury Crusaders pivot Andrew Mehrtens' record of 990 points when he scored a converted try just after halftime. He trailed by eight points going into the match, and his 12 points from a try, two conversions and a penalty gives him 994 points in his Super 14 career.


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