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Pulu: Composure was crucial

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Sportal.co.nz     28 Apr 2013     Getty Images

The Chiefs led 24-0 after the first quarter, with Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Bundee Aki and Tim Nanai-Williams all dotting down for the hosts.

The visitors' resilience told when they answered with 19 points of their own to trail the hosts by five at half-time.

But regaining some composure at the half-time interval eventually saw the defending champions overwhelm their fellow 2012 finalists with a combination of scything attacks and tight defence, particularly through the middle of the park.

It resulted in an almost-flattering 37-29 victory that saw them regain their status as the top New Zealand side in the 2013 Super Rugby competition.

Pulu said a fast start was something the side had practiced in detail, and he was rapt it was able to transitioned so effortlessly onto the field.

"That's something we've talked about and realised we haven't done it well for the last two weeks," said Pulu.

"We just need to keep doing it for the full 80."

When asked about the Sharks' incredible fight in the second quarter of the match, Pulu said it all 'happened so quick'.

"We all sat back and we were dull at 24-0. But we didn't panic or anything, we knew we had to keep playing and get our systems right, but against other good teams we'll need to get that right."

Having a good start is one thing, but a complete performance has eluded all 15 teams so far this season.

Regardless, the eight-point win was exactly that, a win – and one the Chiefs are determined to learn from.

"It was major for us. We needed to get back on track. Our goal was to win and get all the little details right."