The Chiefs kept up with the pace in a highly competitive New Zealand Conference as the Bulls also boosted their Super Rugby play-off hopes on Saturday.

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It looks increasingly likely that New Zealand will provide four quarter-finalists in this year’s tournament and the Chiefs, although second last in the pool, are well placed to be among them.

They went to the Stormers and won 15-9 as Anton Lienert-Brown and a penalty try ended the South African side’s unbeaten home run this season.

The hosts failed to cross, despite leading until the 65th minute as Damian Willemse twice kicked penalties.

 

And the Stormers’ defeat allowed the Bulls to put pressure on their South African rivals with a 39-33 success over the Sharks.

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Five different scorers touched down for the hosts as they held on despite a late Sharks push through brothers Jean-Luc and Robert du Preez, although the losing side’s efforts were not in vain as they too leapfrogged the Stormers with a bonus point.

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