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Chiefs

Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 30-07-2016
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Full-time, the Hurricanes take this one and progress to the final. Thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match. Be sure to join us later for the massive second semi-final clash between the Lions and the Highlanders.
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Chiefs pinged for holding onto the ball, Hurricanes penalty Barrett clears the ball upfield. McKenzie has a run from the back before Weber fumbles the ball and the ref blows for full-time.
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McKenzie has a run and then throws a loose pass that rolls into touch. Hurricanes lineout but Retallick knicks it on the opposition throw as the Chiefs look to finish on a high note.
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McKenzie attempts a cheeky kick cleaned up by Marshall who takes the ball out. Hurricanes wont mind that at all.
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Hurricanes win the penalty for the Chiefs infringing at the breakdown. Barrett clears for touch.
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Canes with ball in hand as the clock continues to tick , less than 5 minutes now as Uhila has another run. Massive effort from the prop this evening.
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Elliot finds his jumper and the Chiefs are on the attack on the Hurricanes 22 before Stephenson breaks the line looks to offload to Weber who fumbles the ball with the try line in sight. Scrum Hurricanes on their own try line.
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Gibson-Park feeds the scrum plays Barrett who boots the ball into touch as the time is quickly running out for the Chiefs.
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Chiefs set a lineout inside the Hurricanes 22 , Maul is set before the call is to use it. Elliot has a run , Chiefs come extremely close but the ref judges the player is held up and force the turn over in the form of a scrum put-in.
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Lovely cross kick by McKenzie but Lowe drops the ball cold as the Hurricanes turn the ball over and are back on the attack before Marshall clears the ball but it goes out on the full.
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Uhila has a run for the Canes as he looks to offload to Julian Savea who loses the ball forward and the Chiefs have the scrum put-in deep inside the Hurricanes half.
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Cruden throws a loose pass into touch inside the Canes 22. Lineout is successful for the Hurricanes and Perenara pumps the ball into touch.
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Barrett clears the ball into touch and the Chiefs take the lineout quickly as Pulu has a run from deep but gets smashed. Chiefs attacking from deep .
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Chiefs scrum 5 meters from the Hurricanes line. Weber feeds plays Lowe who crashes it up followed by Seu. It all comes to nothing as McKenzie coughs up the ball and the Hurricanes are awarded the scrum to relieve pressure.
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Weber feeds the scrum plays McKenzie who plays Cruden who looks to flick it on but there is a hand by Hurricane Cory Jane who knocks the ball forward, ref awards the Chiefs a penalty and Jane receives a yellow card for an intentional knock down
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Penalty Chiefs, they opt to pack down for a scrum .
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Chiefs on the attack 5 meters from the Hurricanes try line. Chiefs with the penalty advantage as Cruden makes a good run followed by Bird who has had a mammoth of a game. Hurricanes defense holds strong.
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Chiefs scrum inside the Canes 22, Weber feeds and Pulu has a run along the right wing before Ardie Savea makes a lovely turnover and Barrett clears the ball into touch. Simply no reward for the visitors today
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Chiefs regain the ball from the kick off as McNicholl has a run, Cruden then gets smashed but the Chiefs still have possession as they look to strike back quickly.
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Barrett extends the lead for the Hurricanes
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Hurricanes on the attack on the Chiefs 22 . Uhila, May, Riccitelli and Fatialofa all having a run before the Canes win the penalty and Barrett will have another shot at goal.
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McKenzie lands his third penalty of the night
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Chiefs with a lovely counter attack as Bird breaks the line plays the ball to Lowe who gets bundled into touch inches away from the Hurricanes try line. Hurricanes take the lineout quickly , Shields has a run but is isolated so the Chiefs win the penalty and opt to have a shot at goal.
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Barrett adds the extras
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Five meter scrum to the Hurricanes as Vito picks up off the back puts his head down and crashes over for the try!
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Ref awards the Hurricanes a penalty for foul play, Barrett sets up a lineout inside the Chiefs 22 , Hurricanes win the lineout and continue to bash at the Chiefs defense with the likes of Vito, Savea and bigman Uhila getting stuck in.
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Barrett hoists the up and under and Halaholo regathers offloads to Perenara who has a go before being bundled into touch
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From the scrum McKenzie has a run but is shut down quickly as the Canes hold him up and the ref blows for a Hurricanes scrum. Great defense.
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Chiefs on the attack on the Hurricanes 22 as McNicholl makes a nice run, wave after wave of attack results in nothing as the ref blows for a Chiefs scrum from a unintentional knock on from a Hurricanes players hand.
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Second half underway as Cruden kicks off

Half Time

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Halftime, see you all in a bit for the second half
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McKenzie makes a lovely kick to add the penalty for the Chiefs
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Chiefs destroy the Canes scrum and win the penalty. McKenzie will have a shot at goal to close the gap and give some much needed reward for the Chiefs.
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Chiefs attack from the back through McNicholl then Lienert-Brown who loses the ball forward. Scrum Hurricanes on the 10 meter line in their own half.
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Barrett adds the extras
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INTERCEPTION! Barrett , like a thief in the night intercepts the ball from a Sam Cane pass and runs 50 meters to score under the sticks! Pure class player!
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From the kick off Barrett clears the ball up field to McNicholl. Cruden then looks for field position but Barrett cleans up nicely and pumps the ball into touch.
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Penalty to the Hurricanes. Perenara chooses to go for the points. Barrett lines up his kick from in front and chips it through the middle.
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From the scrum Cruden has a run but is smashed by Ardie Savea and in getting smashed loses the ball forward, scrum Hurricanes inside the Chiefs 22. Dangerous position.
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Ardie Savea breaks the line from his own line and makes a magnificent run of 40 meters before putting in a kick gathered by Perenara who looks to play Halaholo but the ball is lost forward. Hurricanes so dangerous so lethal out of nowhere. Chiefs scrum inside their own 22.
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Third penalty in a row as Sam Cane chooses to pack down for another scrum 5 meters out from the try line. Kerr Barlow plays McKenzie who comes inches short from scoring but goes into touch.
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Kerr Barlow has a run from the scrum but gets shut down quickly. Cane picks and goes followed Seu , TMO in action for a potential try... It is judged to be short , but the Chiefs have the penalty for the Hurricanes being offside.
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Kerr-Barlow feeds the scrum , Chiefs win the penalty for the Canes front row collapsing. Sam Cane opts to pack down again hoping for more ascendancy up front.
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Chiefs continue to bash at the Hurricanes line. There's a bit of relief for the Canes defense as the ref deems the ball to be stuck in the ruck and not coming out- ultimately blowing for a Chiefs 5 meter scrum. Dangerous position.
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Chiefs penalty in a kick-able position, they reject the points and set up a 5 meter lineout. Canes collapse the maul that is set as the ref gives a stern warning to Canes captain Perenara. Chiefs set up the lineout again.
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Hurricanes force the turnover and Barrett clears the ball up field to McKenzie who makes a lovely run, phase after phase sees McKenzie get the ball again and this time throw a magic "out the back" pass that gets the crowd excited. Great play by the Chiefs as they have ball in hand inside the Canes 22.
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Scrum to the Chiefs near the halfway, Kerr Barlow feeds and plays McKenzie who makes a line run followed by Seu, Retallick and Lowe getting stuck in as they make their way up to the Canes 22.
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Couple kicks back and forth as the game becomes a bit sloppy before Riccitelli absolutely smashes Harris midfield. Bone crunching stuff
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Hurricanes look for the turnover at the breakdown but the ref blows for a Chiefs scrum inside their own 22. The Canes and the home crowd are not happy with that call.
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Two lineout steals from the Chiefs in the last few minutes. Canes clearly missing All Black Dane Coles.
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From the scrum Kerr-Barlow looks for territory but his kick goes out on the full. Hurricanes lineout inside the Chiefs half but Retallick knicks the ball on the oppositions throw and Tamanivalu clears the ball but again, the ball is out on the full.
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Scrum resets a couple times as the ref looks to iron things out with both front rows in the early stages of the game
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Chiefs clear their lines from the resulting kick off , Canes take it quickly as Woodward has a run, the next phase sees Barrett throw a forward pass. Chiefs scrum on the ten meter line inside their own half.
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McKenzie lands the penalty for the Chiefs
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Chiefs with ball in hand inside the Canes 22 as Tamanivalu has a nice run followed by Bird and Lienart-Brown. Ref awards the Chiefs a penalty and McKenzie will have a shot at goal.
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Barrett fails to add the extras
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Lowe runs it back at the Canes followed by a lovely sniping run by Kerr Barlow but loses the ball forward, the Canes then counter attack as Barrett slices through the defence makes 35 meters and comes inches away from scoring but manages to get the ball to Halaholo who scores a stunning try!
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McKenzie pulls his penalty attempt to the left hand side of the uprights. 22 dropout to the Hurricanes.
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Chiefs awarded a penalty for Jane entering from the side. Mckenzie will have a long range attempt at goal for the first points in this encounter.
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Play going back and forth as McKenzie has a run and plays Cane who is held up on the halfway line and the Hurricanes are awarded the scrum put-in.
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Chiefs take the kick off well and Bird crashes it up followed by James Lowe and Tamanivalu who have a dab. Cruden then puts in a kick that rolls out on the halfway line. Riccitelli finds his jumper for the Canes and Fatialofa has a good run midfield. Canes continue attacking just inside the Chiefs half.
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First half underway as Barrett kicks off for the Hurricanes.
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Almost time for this game to get underway, it should be a cracker!
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Head to head: In the backline, the showdown between the two world-class pivots, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, is worth the ticket alone. In the forwards, we have two very contrasting second rows. Michael Fatialofa and Vaea Fifita both have great ball handling skills and speed, while Brodie Retallick and Dominic Bird are more the bruiser types.
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For the Chiefs: You just cannot ignore the impressive Damian McKenzie. He is the most dangerous player in Super Rugby with ball in hand at the moment. Wing James Lowe is another player that can create something out of nothing on attack. Up front, Tom Sanders brings some much needed physicality, while lock Brodie Retallick is just a class act in all facets of the game.
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For the Hurricanes: Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was outstanding against the Sharks and it will be interesting to see if he can dominate the game against stronger opposition. In the second row, Michael Fatialofa and Vaea Fifita have both been revelations this season, while prop Loni Uhila is almost unstoppable when he builds up a head of steam with ball in hand.
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The two teams will face each other in a mouth-watering semifinal at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington and Hurricanes head coach Boyd believes they can't read too much into their 27-28 loss to the same opponents back in Round Nine
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Welcome to this semi-final Super Rugby clash between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Loni Uhila
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 3 Ben May
  • 4 Vaea Fifita
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Victor Vito
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Jason Woodward
  • 12 Willis Halaholo
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Cory Jane
  • 15 James Marshall
RESERVES
  • 16 Leni Apisai
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Michael Kainga
  • 19 Mark Abbott
  • 20 Tony Lamborn
  • 21 Jamison Gibson-Park
  • 22 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 23 Julian Savea
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Atunaisa Moli
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Taleni Seu
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Tom Sanders
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 14 Sam McNicol
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Mitchell Graham
  • 19 Lachlan Boshier
  • 20 Tevita Koloamatangi
  • 21 Brad Weber
  • 22 Toni Pulu
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
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PREVIEW: Hurricanes v Chiefs

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:41

SUPER RUGBY SEMIFINALS: Chris Boyd believes the Chiefs are a slightly different team now than when Hurricanes played them back in April.

The two teams will face each other in a mouth-watering semifinal at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington and Hurricanes head coach Boyd believes they can't read too much into their 27-28 loss to the same opponents back in Round Nine.

On that occasion the Hurricanes were the dominant side throughout the 80 minutes, but they also failed to convert a number of opportunities in that match.

"We've looked at that [this week] and at the last half-a-dozen games of the Chiefs, as they would've done with us," Boyd told the Dominion Post.

"They're playing slightly differently than they did then and so are we, so it's a different contest." 

Despite finishing on top of the combined Super Rugby standings and thrashing the Sharks in the quarterfinals, the Hurricanes do not does not see themselves as favourites.

"I mean we're reasonably optimistic, as are the Highlanders, but I think the Chiefs are the most optimistic side in the competition and you give them half a chance on the crumbs that get spilt [and] they'll punish you for them. So our ability to scramble on defence and tidy up those crumbs is going to be crucial," Boyd said.

Meanwhile, Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie believes the momentum is all with the Hurricanes ahead of the big showdown.

"They've been impressive the last few weeks, obviously beating the Crusaders then beating the Sharks as well, so obviously a bit of momentum for them," McKenzie told stuff.co.nz. "But hopefully we can go down there and stop it this weekend, it'd be nice."

The semifinal will also be McKenzie's biggest match of his career after the Waikato side fell short at the quarterfinal stages last year.

"Obviously we got knocked out in the quarters last year, so first time in a Super Rugby semifinal, so it'll be a massive occasion, probably a sell-out crowd in Wellington," McKenzie added.

Players to watch:

For the Hurricanes: Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was outstanding against the Sharks and it will be interesting to see if he can dominate the game against stronger opposition. In the second row, Michael Fatialofa and Vaea Fifita have both been revelations this season, while prop Loni Uhila is almost unstoppable when he builds up a head of steam with ball in hand.

For the Chiefs: You just cannot ignore the impressive Damian McKenzie. He is the most dangerous player in Super Rugby with ball in hand at the moment. Wing James Lowe is another player that can create something out of nothing on attack. Up front, Tom Sanders brings some much needed physicality, while lock Brodie Retallick is just a class act in all facets of the game.

Head to head: In the backline, the showdown between the two world-class pivots, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, is worth the ticket alone. In the forwards, we have two very contrasting second rows. Michael Fatialofa and Vaea Fifita both have great ball handling skills and speed, while Brodie Retallick and Dominic Bird are more the bruiser types.

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 11 games against the Chiefs on home turf, though they lost their last such encounter by one point in Round Nine earlier this season. The Hurricanes have lost all six of their play-off games against fellow New Zealand teams in Super Rugby, including a 10-14 defeat to the Chiefs in 2009. The Chiefs have previously contested four semifinals in Super Rugby history, winning each of the last three. Each of the Chiefs' last four away games in New Zealand have been won by the team trailing at half-time. The Hurricanes have scored more than twice as many points as they've conceded in their last six Super Rugby games (197-88), of which they have won all of them. Aaron Cruden has 15 try assists this season, more than any other player in the competition; however, the last of these came back in May. The Hurricanes have a points difference of +99 in the final 20 minutes of their games this season, the best figure of any team. 55 percent of the Hurricanes' tries this season have come from first phase possession, the highest rate in the competition. Beauden Barrett (193) and Damian McKenzie (190) are both within reach of becoming the first and second players this season to score 200 points. Ardie Savea made 11 tackles in the opening weekend of the finals to take his season tally to 176, second only behind the Chiefs' Sam Cane (180). This will be a tight contest - expect the Hurricanes to edge it by five points or less.

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Chiefs get Caned into submission

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:38

REPORT: The Hurricanes showcased a defensive masterclass to ensure a 25-9 victory over the Chiefs in Wellington to secure a home Super Rugby Final.

Big hits, silky skills and moments of brilliance were the order of the day in another classic New Zealand derby but the Hurricanes' line speed and dogged defence was too much for the Chiefs to handle.

It was a tough old start as both sides kept the ball among the forwards to build the phases. The breakdowns were highly competitive and set the tone for things to come and was soon followed by a moment of Beauden Barrett brilliance.

The Hurricanes flyhalf spotted some space behind the Chiefs' defensive line. He chipped, chased it down and sprinted away from the cover defence to make about 40 metres. The cover defence managed to bring him down a few metres from the try line but he had the vision to offload to Willis Halaholo for the game's first try.

Barrett could not convert though but the home side had a 5-0 lead after eight minutes. The Chiefs hit back a few minutes later through a Damian McKenzie penalty after the Hurricanes were penalised for being offside inside their 22.

The visitors went on a lengthy period of dominance inside the Hurricanes' 22 and turned down numerous shots at goal to go for the try but they came away with nothing and the home side punished them for it.

First, Barrett slotted a 33rd minute penalty to stretch his side's lead before the pivot picked off a Sam Cane pass on his 10 metre line to race away and score under the posts. He popped over the conversion to hand the Hurricanes a 15-3 lead after 35 minutes.

The Chiefs had the final say of the half though as a McKenzie penalty on the stroke of half-time saw them head into the break trailing 6-15.

The physical tussle continued in the second period and it took the Hurricanes nine minutes to register the first points of the half. A solid scrum on the Chiefs' five metre line saw Victor Vito break away down the short side to grab his side's third try.

Barrett added the extras to stretch their lead to 22-6 after 49 minutes. McKenzie and Barrett traded penalties within three minutes of each other as the home side remained 16 points ahead after 56 minutes.

The home side were reduced to 14 men in the 63rd minute when Cory Jane was sent to the bin but the Chiefs failed to add any points during that 10 minute period as the Hurricanes remained in the ascendency.

The Hurricanes were in cruise control as they ensured safe passage to their second consecutive Final.

Man of the match: Brodie Retallick's engine just kept going as he put in the hard yards. Sam Cane was busy and Aaron Cruden did what he could to get his side on the front foot. The entire Hurricanes pack deserves a mention for their work at the breakdowns and making life tough for the Chiefs around the fringes. However, their were two players in particular who contributed immensely to the Hurricanes' success. Ardie Savea was an absolute monster with ball in hand and at the breakdown while Beauden Barrett showed why he is probably the best flyhalf in the world with another complete performance.

Moment of the match: Take a bow Beauden Barrett. His vision to chip over the Chiefs' defensive line, run it down and then sprint away from all the cover defenders was something to behold. What made that movement more spectacular was his vision to offload the ball to Willis Halaholo to dot down.

Villain of the match: It was a tough, physical encounter but the players kept their emotions in check.

Scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries: Halaholo, Barrett, Vito
Cons: Barrett 2
Pens: Barrett 2

For the Chiefs:
Pens: McKenzie 3

Yellow card: Cory Jane (Hurricanes, professional foul - deliberate knock-on, 63)

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Michael Kainga, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Vince Tavae-Aso, 23 Julian Savea.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atunaisa Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Lachlan Boshier, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Willis Halaholo (6min), Beauden Barrett (34min), and Victor Vito (46min)
TRIES
Beauden Barrett (35min) and Beauden Barrett (48min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (32min) and Beauden Barrett (55min)
PENALTIES
Damian McKenzie (10min), Damian McKenzie (39min), and Damian McKenzie (51min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Cory Jane (62min)
 
 
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)