HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Chiefs retained the Super Rugby title after scoring two second-half tries to come from behind to beat the ACT Brumbies 27-22 in the final on Saturday.

Backrower Liam Messam scored a 62nd-minute try and fullback Robbie Robinson added another six minutes later as the Chiefs came from 22-12 down to edge out the Brumbies, who were attempting to win their third Super Rugby crown and first in nine years.

Wallabies inside center Christian Leali'ifano scored a try, added the conversion and kicked five penalties to score all of the Brumbies' points, guiding them to a 16-9 lead at halftime.

But the Brumbies wilted in the last quarter after having played in South Africa in the semifinals, and the Chiefs became the first back-to-back champions since the Bulls in 2010.

 

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