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Mixed emotions from Chiefs after beating Sharks

Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke had mixed emotions about the Sharks match

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Article Published: Saturday 27 April 2013|

Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke said he was pleased to see his team get back on track but disappointed that they allowed the Sharks come back at them.

After successive losses to the Reds and the Waratahs the Chiefs beat the Sharks 37-29 in Hamilton.

The Chiefs got the perfect start as they went out to a 24-0 lead but let the Sharks come back at them and score three tries in 18 minutes in the first half.

After explosive first half in which six tries were scored the match settled down a little in the second half but both sides managed to cross the line for their bonus point tries.

"We put a lot of emphasis on the start of our games and we did some good things there," said Chiefs captain Craig Clarke, who returned after a five-week absence due to concussion.

"But maybe it was all a bit too easy and we slipped a bit."

"Disappointing from our point of view to let them come back, but credit to them for showing a bit of fight."

A late penalty kick from Patrick Lambie looked to have secured the Sharks a losing bonus point giving them two points from the match but Aaron Cruden kicked a penalty in extra time to put them out to a nine point difference.

Sharks captain for the match Jean Deysel said that he was pleased with the way the Sharks fought their way back into the match.

"I'm so proud of the boys for fighting back," Sharks captain Jean Deysel said.

"At one point it was 24-0 down and the boys came back, and it was unfortunate we couldn't come away with the win at the end."

The Sharks have already been tipped for victory next week as they travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders who have yet to win a match this season.

The Chiefs travel to Melbourne where they will face the Rebels.

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