Chiefs take out BNZ Cup

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After beating the Blues 11-8 at Eden Park on Friday, the Chiefs have won the BNZ Cup for 2014.

It is the second year in a row that the Chiefs have won the BNZ Cup which is awarded to the New Zealand team who has claimed the most wins against other New Zealand teams in local derby matches.

The contest was tight this season with only three points separating four of the New Zealand teams with the Chiefs edging out the Hurricanes for top spot.

Chiefs co-captain Liam Messam said “It is great that the BNZ put up this cup for these highly intense matches. Playing other New Zealand teams is always tough, so this is a hard cup to win. We still have to focus on the job ahead of us but the boys are rapt to have won the BNZ Cup.”

BNZ Head of Brand, Mike Davy congratulated the Chiefs winning the BNZ Cup. “Winning the cup two years in a row is a tough ask given the quality of teams New Zealand has on offer. In modern rugby, squad depth is just as important as having x-factor players and the team have shown that having a little bit of both at the pointy end of the season makes all the difference.”