Chiefs beat Crusaders 27-21 in Super Rugby

Leak Moli, right, of Japan's Sunwolves is tackled by Jaco Kriel, left, of South Africa's Lions during their opening match at the Super Rugby in Tokyo, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Lions won by 26-13. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Chiefs captain Sam Cane scored from a lineuout drive in the 77th minute to clinch a 27-21 win over the Crusaders on Saturday in the first round of Super Rugby.

Fullback Damian McKenzie had converted his own try nine minutes earlier to give the Hamilton-based Chiefs a 22-21 advantage in a match in which had five lead changes. But it took Cane's try three minutes before fulltime to seal a gripping contest in which neither side led by more than six points.

Richie Mo'unga stepped into the boots of retired flyhalf Dan Carter and scored 16 points for the Crusaders, lifting the Christchurch team to a 21-15 lead before the two late tries sealed the Chiefs' victory.