It’s ugly, but it’s a win

Chiefs captain Jono Gibbes admitted it was “ugly”, but said he’ll take any win.

The veteran utility forward was speaking after replacement wing Tane Tu’ipulotu kept the Chiefs’ Super 14 play-off hopes alive with a decisive try two minutes from time in their 28-23 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday.

The victory moves the Chiefs to third spot on the standings and puts pressure on the Sharks (who play the Lions in Durban on Saturday), Bulls (who play the Blues in Pretoria later on Friday) and Brumbies (who face the Crusaders on Saturday).

The match had five lead-changes in the second half as both sides threw the ball around looking for a win, thrilling the long-suffering Waratahs supporters.

However, wet conditions over the past week also meant a high number of dropped balls and simple errors as several certain tries went begging.

“It was pretty ugly,” Gibbes said in his post-match reaction.

“The Waratahs disrupted us and knocked us off our stride. But I guess four points is the main thing.

“A win is all that matters at this time of the year. I guess four points is a positive.”


365 Digital

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