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Super Rugby | Hamilton
06:35 (GMT) | 10-03-2017
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The Chiefs get a penalty after the reset kick and McKenzie adds 3 points. FULL TIME
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Barrett secures the extras
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Julian Savea scores a TRY for his team after the Canes moved the ball up field with a few long passes up field
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Leitch gets awarded a yellow card
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Mckenzie converts a penalty for 3 points
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Chiefs on attack and receives penalty
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Canes in good attacking position but the ball is turned over by the Chiefs.
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Chiefs looks to attack from their own half. The ball is kicked back by the Canes over the try line and McKenzie restarts with a free kick
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Line-out for the Chiefs after a failed counter attack by the Canes. James Lowe clears
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Chiefs gets a line-out after the kick-off.
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Barrett looks to add the extras but misses.
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Canes secures line-out ball and their driving maul looks strong. Perenara manages to slip over for the try after some good work from the forwards.
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Chiefs look to attack from their half and almost falls in troubled but Mckenzie clears and misses touch. Canes counter and wins a penalty. They opt for touch again.
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Line-out ball secured by the Canes and putting on a driving maul before they look to break away but gets tackled into touch.
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Line-out on the 10 of the home team to the Canes and they attack the mid field. Referee blows for a penalty and the Canes opts for touch.
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Canes look to attack but the ball is knocked forward. Scrum to the Chiefs close to the half way line. Kicked forward by Kerr-Barlow into touch.
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The ball is lost forward by the Canes and the Chiefs clears.
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The game is halted after an injury to Milner-Skudder. Barret kicks for touch, Canes in good attacking position and looks to drive
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The ball is won back by the Canes after the reset as they look to attack. Penalty given to the away team on the half way
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McKenzie looking to add the extras and does so with a perfect kick
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Chiefs attacking close to the Canes try line and the referee blows for a penalty in good kicking position.
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Perenara looks to feed but the Canes gets a free kick and Barrett kicks it out on the half way line. Throw in Chiefs ball
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Kerr-Barlow looks to attack with a sneaky kick. Chiefs attacking but the ball is lost forward. Scrum for the Canes
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Ball knocked on by the Canes in the line-out. Scrum down for the home team. Kerr-Barlow feeds the scrum
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The ball is cleared by Barrett. The ball goes out close to the Canes 10. Chiefs in attacking position.
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Scrum on the away team 22. Scrum reset.
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Scrum on the home team 10 for the Chiefs. Ball knocked on by the Canes as the Chiefs looks to attack
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The referee blows the whistle and Barrett kicks-off to start the 2nd half. The Chiefs secures the ball and Ker-Barlow clears.

Half Time

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McKenzie adds the last points before the half time whistle.
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The Chiefs make use of their maul after the throw. Kerr-Barlow with a cheeky kick forward and Pulu runs after it making it their first and sliding into the try zone to secure the 5 points
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Perenara slips it in and the Canes are shoved back. They take the scrum and kick forward but the ball is easily managed. Free-kick to the Canes. The ball is kicked into touch for a line-out outside their 22
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The Chiefs lose the ball forward inside the 10 of the visitors and the Canes have a scrum, still one man down
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Line-out for the Chiefs around the half way. The ball moved up field and cleared by the away team but the referee halts play for a word with the captains. Line-out to the Chiefs and they initiate their attack from the 22 of the Canes
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Penalty against the Chiefs in the scrum; front row collapsed. Barrett kicks into touch and the Canes have a line-out outside their 22
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Scrum at the 5 of the Canes.
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Line-out for the Canes after the restart. The Chiefs pick it up and start their attack from the 10. Kerr-Barlow kicks forward and his team rushes after the ball to contest. They win a penalty around the 5 of the visitors.
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Penalty to the Chiefs inside the 22 of the Canes. The referee awards a penalty for an offside after the advantage was played. McKenzie takes the kick and adds 3 points to his teams score
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The Canes having a discipline issue after a high tackle while defending. The referee plays advantage and then calls play back
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The Canes get a free ball after the throw, Coles picking a free ball
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The referee calls lock over and awards him a yellow card for a shoulder ram
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The ball cleared by Peranara into touch after the reset. The referee stops play for an infringement by the Canes
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Barrett adds another 3 points
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The Canes get a penalty after the reset. Barrett line up a kick from some distance. Not an easy kick in these conditions
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McKenzie adds the extras
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Leitch making it right to the 5 and Retallick picks it up and shoves himself over
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Scrum reset again. The conditions causing problems for the stability in the scrum
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Scrum reset
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The referee stops play as the Chiefs lay their bodies on the try line. Ardie Savea is awarded a yellow card. Scrum at the 5 of the Canes
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The Canes trying their best to hold the line and they do. The ball is tackled into touch and the Chiefs get another line-out at the 5
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High tackle by Shields on a Chiefs man. Play goes on for a bit but the referee calls it back. McKenzie kicks into touch at the 5
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The reset kick sent into touch. The Chiefs take a quick line-out and rush towards the 5 down field
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Barrett gets a kick after a foul by the Chiefs, and he looks to add the first points. He ensures the 3 points
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Barrett gets it and kicks it down field. James Lowe returns the kick
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Proctor looking to skip through the defence but he loses it and the Chiefs try to build but give it back. The Canes start their attack from the half way
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The ball gifted to the Canes after the scrum and they move the ball up field to the hosts' 10 but lose it again
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The ball is overcooked and by Barrett and McKenzie and the Chiefs get another scrum at the 10 of Canes
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Donald coming on for Nanai-Williams after outside center injured his shoulder. Scrum reset
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The Chiefs lose the ball forward at the 10 of the Canes. Scrum
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Line-out for the Canes. Scrum to the Chiefs shortly after
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The Canes camping at the 10 of the Chiefs, struggling to find a way through but then the Chiefs turnover and make a quick break into the 22. The Chiefs find the gap after their counter attack and make it though the space but the referee calls play back for a penalty to the Canes
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Both teams opting to boot the ball and gain some territory. Line-out fro the Canes at the hosts' 10
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Brendon Pickerill blows and we're off with a kickoff from the Chiefs
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The conditions on the pitch will definitely see a few handling errors as the rain continues to pour from when it started over an hour ago
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The players huddling up, getting ready to leave the locker rooms
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Both teams have a 100% lineout and scrum success rate for this particular fixture
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Hurricanes have won three of the last four meetings between the sides, including a 25-9 victory in last year's semifinal.
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Welcome to live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Hika Elliot
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Mitchell Brown
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 14 Toni Pulu
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Sabastian Siataga
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Taleni Seu
  • 20 Lachlan Boshier
  • 21 Jonathan Taumateine
  • 22 Stephen Donald
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
START LINE UP
  • 1 Loni Uhila
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Mark Abbott
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Reed Prinsep
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder
RESERVES
  • 16 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 James Blackwell
  • 20 Callum Gibbins
  • 21 Chris Smylie
  • 22 Otere Black
  • 23 Jordie Barrett
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SR Preview: Round Three, Part One

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:31

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It is one of the most highly anticipated matches of the early rounds, but an adverse weather system may put a dampener on the opening match of the weekend.

A weather system drenching the North Island looks set to continue battering the Waikato region.

The front had already taken its toll on the top of the North Island, with widespread flooding, and weather reports suggest there will be 'periods of rain, possible heavy falls' in Hamilton on Friday.

Maybe the teams will be forced to change tactics a bit, but the encounter between the Chiefs and Hurricanes will still be a cracker.

In the other Friday match the Brumbies host the Western Force in Canberra.

We look at the Friday matches!

Friday, March 10

Chiefs v Hurricanes
(FMG Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The weather forecast for Hamilton on Friday is not good: Periods of rain, possible heavy falls. String winds can be expected.

However, the defending champion Hurricanes will be determined to continue their impressive early season form - which has seen them score 24 tries in two huge wins, over the Sunwolves (83-13) and the Rebels (71-6).

The Chiefs, although by smaller margins, were equally impressive in dismantling the Highlanders (24-15) and Blues (41-26) in rounds one and two.

Despite the weather predictions, expectations are that the teams will only make 'minor' adjustments to their game plans.

"The boys should have the skill set to be able to handle it," Chiefs assistant coach Neil Barnes told stuff.co.nz.

"If it's atrocious conditions, we'll alter things a bit but we won't too much, to allow for the weather, because we don't think it will be that bad."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was expecting the Chiefs to provide a major step up in physicality and intensity from the opening two weeks - which many pundits feel were games that did not fully test the defending champions.

"We are under no illusions what the Chiefs will bring to the table," Boyd said.

"We expect a really tough contest up front and at set piece and they also have plenty of threats in the backs.

"We are looking forward to the challenge."

Friday's match represents the first between the two franchises since last year's Super Rugby semifinal in Wellington, which was won by the Hurricanes 25-9.

The teams also met during the round robin in 2016 with the Chiefs winning a cliff hanger 28-27.  

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 25-9, Wellington (semifinal)
2016: Chiefs won 28-27, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 21-13, New Plymouth
2015: Hurricanes won 22-18, Wellington
2014: Chiefs won 24-16, Hamilton
2014: Hurricanes won 45-8, Wellington

Prediction: Hurricanes have won three of the last four meetings between the sides, including a 25-9 victory in last year's semifinal. The Hurricanes have won just two of their last 10 away to the Chiefs, although they won on their most recent trip to face Dave Rennie's side in June 2015. The Canes will be aiming to win consecutive matches away to the Chiefs for the first time since winning their first three trips there in 1996, 1998 and 2000; the Hurricanes' five victories away to the Chiefs have all come by eight points or fewer. The Chiefs have won their opening two games and are aiming to start their season with three consecutive victories for the third time in the last four years, a feat they had managed just once previously (2010). The Hurricanes have scored 24 tries in their last two games, more than they had scored in their six games prior (23). The bookmakers are having trouble separating the two teams, but we feel home ground advantage may help the Chiefs edge a thriller - by five points or less.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Sabastian Siataga, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Jordie Barrett.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Western Force
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.45; 16.45; 08.45 GMT)

The Brumbies will be looking to end a two-match losing streak against a Western Force that showed they know how to grind out a win.

The Brumbies fell in agonising fashion last week, a late try after the siren to Lukhanyo Am gifting the Sharks a 27-22 victory in the nation's capital.

It means that the Brumbies are fourth in the Australian conference, generally regarded as the weakest of the four.

The Force showed a marked improvement with the ball in hand, the flair of new recruits Curtis Rona and Chance Peni adding a new dimension to the attack that had been lacking in previous seasons.

The Brumbies will need to be at their best at set piece time, the Force's mixture of experience and young guns have been showing real proficiency in the early rounds, particularly at scrum time.

Force coach Dave Wessels decision to start Wallabies Pek Cowan, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Tetera Faulkner on the bench puzzled many last week, but the introduction of three late in the game gave the Force a massive boost and a big edge at scrum time.

Wessels said that the team has worked hard in the lead up to this game and look forward to challenge in the nation's capital.

"It's a massive challenge this week," he said.

"We haven't beaten the Brumbies since 2013 and we've not won back-to-back games since 2014 and although we were very pleased to win our first game at home last week against the Reds, we know we have a lot of improvements to make.

"The Brumbies have been very competitive in their first two games of the year, so we know the challenge that awaits us in Canberra."

Recent results:
2016: Brumbies won 24-10, Canberra
2016: Brumbies won 31-14, Perth
2015: Brumbies won 33-20, Perth
2015: Brumbies won 27-15, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 47-25, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 27-14, Perth

Prediction: The Brumbies have won the last six meetings between these sides, those victories all coming by 12+ points. The Canberra side has won six of their eight home games against the Force, including the last five in a row. The Force earned a win against the Reds in their last game and will be aiming for back-to-back victories in Super Rugby for the first time since May 2014. The Western Force are one of only three teams (Blues, Crusaders), and the only Australian team, yet to concede a try in the final quarter of a game this season. Sam Carter has made 35 tackles this season, the most of any player and seven more than the next-best Australian based player, team-mate Josh Mann-Rea (28). The Force will make life decidedly unpleasant for the Brumbies, but we expect the home team to win the arm-wrestle by 12 to 15 points.

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Ben Hyne, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Lolo Fakaosilea, 22 De Wet Roos, 23 Andrew Smith.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Onehunga Havili Kaufusi, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman.

Referee: Peter Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Chiefs outmuscle 'Canes in the rain

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:49

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs climbed to the top of the combined Super Rugby Standings with a 26-18 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.

After scoring 24 tries and amassing 154 points in their opening two matches against the Sunwolves and Melbourne Rebels, the Hurricanes struggled in a hard-fought New Zealand derby.

With torrential rain making conditions difficult at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium, the Hurricanes were outplayed and displayed poor discipline, earning two yellow cards.

Each side scored two tries but both of the Hurricanes' efforts came late and served only to add respectability to the scoreline.

The match featured ferocious tackling and plenty of off-the-ball niggle as the competition's two form teams went toe-to-toe for bragging rights in the New Zealand conference.

But the Chiefs, who had to work hard for their wins over the Highlanders and Blues, proved more battle-hardened in defence.

Damian McKenzie's boot also proved a decisive factor as he kicked four penalties and two conversions for the Chiefs. 

Early opportunities were rare in the driving rain, with the Hurricanes up by a single penalty at the 15-minute mark. 

The Chiefs then laid siege to the Hurricanes' line, with the Wellington side committing three penalties before referee Brendon Pickerill lost patience and sent Ardie Savea to the sin bin.

The one-man advantage allowed the Chiefs to break through for the opening try as Brodie Retallick barged over the line. 

Savea was just about to end his spell on the sideline when lock Michael Fatialofa became the second Hurricane shown a yellow card after a shoulder charge on Nepo Laulala. 

The Hurricanes managed to fend off the Chiefs until he returned, but the Chiefs then struck through winger Toni Pulu just before half-time. 

Pulu outpaced three defenders as he chased down Tawera Kerr-Barlow's perfectly weighted chip kick, then dived and skidded along the wet grass to ground the ball and send the Chiefs into the break up 17-6.

The Hurricanes finally sparked into life in the 65th minute, when TJ Perenara burst from the back of a driving maul and somehow managed to get his outstretched arm through the defence for a try. 

They continued to press but a Damian McKenzie penalty with five minutes on the clock sealed the result for the Hurricanes, despite a consolation try to Julian Savea.

In a final disappointment for the Hurricanes, McKenzie kicked a penalty after the siren to stretch the winning margin to eight and deny them a bonus point.

Man of the match: Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Brodie Retallick had strong games for the home side. However, the award goes to fullback Damian McKenzie for a brilliant all-round performance.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Retallick, Pulu
Cons: McKenzie 2
Pens: Mckenzie 4

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Perenara, J Savea
Con: B Barrett
Pens: B Barrett 2

Yellow cards: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes, 18 - repeated infringements at the maul); Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes, 27 - foul play, shoulder charge); Michael Leitch (Chiefs. 77 - dangerous play- high tackle)

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Sabastian Siataga, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Jordie Barrett.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

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Brodie Retallick (21min) and Toni Pulu (39min)
TRIES
TJ Perenara (63min) and Julian Savea (78min)
Damian McKenzie (22min) and Damian McKenzie (40min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (79min)
Damian McKenzie (30min), Damian McKenzie (50min), Damian McKenzie (74min), and Damian McKenzie (80min)
PENALTIES
Beauden Barrett (13min) and Beauden Barrett (25min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Michael Leitch (77min)
Ardie Savea (18min) and Michael Fatialofa (27min)
 
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)