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Chiefs trump Brumbies for Super 15 back-to-back title

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The Waikato Chiefs have dismissed talk of being rugby's latest dynasty despite their 27-22 trumping of the ACT Brumbies in the Super 15 final for back-to-back titles. 

Chiefs perform a victory Haka after their win in the Super 15 final against the ACT Brumbies, at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, on August 3, 2013. The Chiefs won 27-22. The Chiefs have traditionally been an unfancied side but becoming only the fourth side to win consecutive Super 15 titles has given them cause to command respect.However, unassuming coach Dave Rennie is not concerned about how others see his champion side."I don't care to be honest. It's more about what happens within our group and we're really satisfied," he said as he reflected on how the Chiefs set themselves up for Saturday's showdown."It's a tough tournament. You've got to be good and consistent for long periods and that gave us the opportunity to play at home (in the final) and that probably made a difference."It was also too early to talk of a dynasty, he added, as the Chiefs joined the Canterbury Crusaders, Northern Bulls and Auckland Blues as the only teams to achieve consecutive titles."Dynasty is the sort of thing you reflect back on. We've won a couple of titles and next year it will be about realising how hard we've had to work to achieve what we have done and trying to replicate that."For much of Saturday's final the Brumbies held the upper hand, and led 22-12 going into the final quarter before Rennie unleashed his bench and within a handful of minutes the Chiefs had piled on a match-winning 15 points.Christian Lealiifano landed five penalties and converted his own runaway try to post all of the Brumbies points and Aaron Cruden had kicked four penalties for the Chiefs before the final blitz.It began when man-of-the-match Liam Messam drove over the...

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