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Super Rugby winner Clarke praises his Chiefs team

Chiefs captains Liam Messam and Craig Clarke raise the Super Rugby trophy

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Article Published: Saturday 4 August 2012|

Chiefs Super Rugby winning captain Craig Clarke has praised his team after they beat the Sharks 37-6 in the Grand final making them Super Rugby champions.

The Sharks made a strong start to the match but Clarke said his side's confidence grew as they worked their way into the game.

"We managed to disrupt them a bit in the air and put them on the ground so they couldn't drive. "

"The second half showed our trademark line speed and the boys were getting up in their face," said the Chiefs co-captain.

"We've got a heap of pride in our defence and we talked about not letting them over and keeping to no tries."

Even though it won't count for a bonus point the Chiefs scored four tries while the Sharks could only muster two penalties by French fly half Freddie Michalak.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said that he regretted his team could not score more points when they dominated early in the game.

"That's what finals rugby is about," said Daniel after the match.

"You get such a little amount of opportunity to score points and you should capitalise and when we dominated the game early on we didn't put that into points," he said.

"No excuses. The chiefs were outstanding tonight. "

"They really suffocated us," admitted Daniel.

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