Cruden happy with goalkicking performance

Chiefs fly-half Aaron Cruden declared himself happy with his goalkicking performance in his side's 24-22 win over the Sharks in New Plymouth on Friday.

Cruden landed five from seven shots at goal and while it wasn't a perfect effort, it was a timely reminder to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen of his ability from the kicking ahead of the three-Test series against Wales in June.

"It's something we have talked about over the last couple of weeks, introducing it back into my game, and as a goalkicker you always want to be out there in the middle kicking," he told Fairfax Media.

Cruden missed most of last season with a knee injury which meant that full-back Damian McKenzie took over the Chiefs' goalkicking duties duringhis absence but the All Blacks pivot knew he would be called upon to take responsibility at some stage.

"Working back after the ACL reconstruction last year, it took a bit more time than I thought it was going to, but I guess the repetition of goalkicking has been increased over the last few weeks and it was good fun to get back out in the middle and see a few go through the posts."