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Super Rugby | Westpac Stadium
07:35 (GMT) | 09-06-2017
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McKenzie takes a quick tap and sends it into touch to end the game. FULL TIME
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The Chiefs move the ball up field and the game looks all wrapped up as the horn sounds. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the Chiefs inside the 22
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The Chiefs on the attack after the reset and they're at the 5 already. They form their line and look to run down the clock
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Jordie Barrett with a glorious kick from a tight angle getting the 2 points
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The throw taken quickly and the ball moved down field into space where Goosen is waiting and he scores a TRY along the edge of the pitch
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The restart kick is cleared by McKenzie. The ball lost forward by Ardie Savea but the referee calls play back for an earlier infringement. The ball kicked into touch at the 5 of the Chiefs
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McKenzie lines it up for a kick at goal from outside the 22 and takes the 3 points
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Jordie Barrett gets it after the ball is cleared and then gives away a penalty in the ruck. Penalty to the Chiefs
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The Canes steal it from the throw and then lose it. The Chiefs have a penalty around their 10. Scrum to the away team
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They look for the maul but can't make any ground. The ball moved up field in panic and Jordie Barrett with a questionable pass to Julian Savea along the wing and the ball goes into touch. The referee says line-out to the Chiefs
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Canes and the ball is sent into touch by Beauden Barrett at the Chiefs 5
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The Chiefs looking to play the ball out of danger but the ball is tackled into touch as it's moved up field by the fullback. Line-out to the Canes at the 10
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The ball is tackled into touch by Lowe and the Canes' attack falls through. Line-out to the Chiefs at their 10
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Scrum reset
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All the momentum with the visitors now. They try to make some more ground to the 22 of the hosts but the referee blows as the ball is lost forward in a tackle. Scrum to the Canes
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The reset kick is there and the Chiefs are the ones who take control going forward again
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McKenzie takes the kick and it hits the upright bouncing in to get the 2 points
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Stevenson gets it steps in between two opening a world of space and offloading to Lowe who takes the final few steps and puts his team in front for the first time
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Scrum to the Chiefs at the half way
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The ball moved around the half way by the Chiefs but it's lost forward by Lowe after a sketchy pass by McKenzie
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The ball kicked into touch at the half way. Line-out taken but the Canes give away a scrum
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The referee refers to the TMO for the penalty and decides Allardice's offense is yellow card-worthy and sends him to the bin
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Anton Lienert-Brown gets it after the scrum and sprints from his own 22 to the opposite 22 as Aso tries to catch up. The referee blows for a penalty after a shoulder charge by the Chiefs
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The Chiefs win a penalty after a failed maul by the Canes. Scrum to the Chiefs
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The Chiefs have the ball after the throw and clear but it doesn't find touch. The referee blows a line-out as McKenzie is tackled into touch
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The Canes steal away the ball from the throw and the ball moved up field and Julian Savea gets it along the wing and looks to fight his way over the line shoving players aside. The ball goes into touch for a line-out
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Jordie Barrett with the cross-field kick but it goes into touch at the 5 of the Chiefs
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The Canes knocking on the door of the Chiefs now as Gibbins carries into the 22, assisted by Julian Savea
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The ball goes into touch for the Chiefs and McKenzie clears after it's taken but Jordie Barrett takes it and carries forward
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The ball moved forward to the half way but the Chiefs holding firm but Beauden Barrett prances passed 2 players into space but is brought down after
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Line-out taken by the Canes. The ball moved up field and the Canes have a scrum at their 10
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Beauden Barrett with the reset kick and the Chiefs have it at the half way. The ball moved down field and Messam tackled into touch
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He takes his kick sends it far wide
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The Chiefs get a penalty outside the 22 and McKenzie steps up for a chance at 3 points
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The ball cleared but not into touch and Jordie Barrett takes it down
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The Chiefs force an error from Perenara and the Chiefs have a scrum at their 22
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Scrum reset
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The ball is moved around their 10 and then lost forward again for another scrum. Scrum to the Canes this time
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The Chiefs have a scrum early in the second half
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Lowe tackled into touch and the referee ends the half. HALF TIME
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Chiefs outside the 22
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Beauden Barrett looking to create some space by making a run to the wing The ball passed to Perenara and he offloads before the 22 but Eves drops it forward
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The ball cleared and the Canes have a throw at their 10. Aso looks to carry for his team but is brought down at his 10. The ball moved up field
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Another scrum at the 5 for the Chiefs. They take their scrum and the Canes win a penalty to relieve the pressure
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Scrum reset
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Another scrum at the 5 of the Canes, this time for the Chiefs
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Scrum at the 5 for the Canes
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The Chiefs move forward after the scrum and they make do so with intense pace. Cruden makes it to the 5 after a smart kick forward by Lowe but the defending tackle keeps the score level for the Canes
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The referee blows for a Canes knock-on and the Chiefs have a scrum at their 22
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The Chiefs look to play out of danger but the turnover comes and the Canes with it now at the 22 of the visitors
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The ball kicked into touch and then taken. The ball kicked across the field by Perenara but McKenzie is there
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The referee blows fora obstruction after the ball is kicked forward by the Canes flyhalf. The referee blows for obstruction as the ball in the air is contested
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The reset kick sent back and the Canes have a throw at the half way
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McKenzie adds the extras
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The Chiefs get it after a clearance by Beauden Barrett. Alaimalo gets it in space and a quick series of offloads sends it to the flyhalf and Cruden puts it down for 5 points
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Scrum reset
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The ball being kicked back on forth but the Chiefs come away with the ball after a kick to the half way. The ball is passed forward and the referee halts play for a scrum to the Canes at their 10
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The ball cleared after the scrum
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The Canes look for the maul but the Chiefs push them back. The referee blows for a penalty against the Canes. Scrum to the Chiefs at their 5
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Line-out at the 5 for the Canes
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The line-out taken and they play with advantage after a foul at the scrum. The ball played but the referee calls play back and Barrett kicks into touch
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The Canes get a penalty around their 10 and kick into touch at the Chiefs 10
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Scrum to the Canes at their 5
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The Chiefs with some stunning passing to make it to the 5, James Lowe at the center of it again as he sends it to McKenzie. The ball passed forward at the last
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The Canes move forward at the 10 of the Chiefs but lose it forward. Scrum to the Chiefs at their 10
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The Chiefs look to make something with the ball in the Canes' half but the ball is cleared
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The referee says 5 meter scrum for the Canes
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The Chiefs move the ball along the wing, Lowe the man with a spectacular pass to Lienert-Brown who goes the distance on the edge of the pitch to plant the ball down. The referee refers to the TMO and decides the ball was lost forward at the last. no try
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The Canes steal the line-out and the Canes clear from inside the 22
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The Chiefs take their reset kick and win a penalty shortly after. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the Canes
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Jordie Barrett secures the extras
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Beauden Barrett sends it up field and the Canes carry it over with Fifita
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The Canes move the ball along the 22 and make it to the 5
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The Canes pushing the Chiefs back and they win a penalty after a strong shove. Scrum to the hosts now
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The referee blows for a scrum inside to the Chiefs inside their 22
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The Chiefs on the attack early but the Canes turn it over and Ardie Savea carries forward for his team into the Chiefs 22
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players on the field now
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The Chiefs have lost just one of their last six games played away from home(W4, D1), outscoring their opposition in the second stanza of each of their last three road fixtures
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The Hurricanes have won 25 of their last 29 Super Rugby fixtures, including each of their last three, though two of their four losses in that span have come against the Chiefs (one each vs. Crusaders, Sharks).
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Nine of the last 11 New Zealand derbies played on a Friday night have been decided by a margin of nine points or fewer, while the Chiefs have lost just one of their last eight such fixtures (W6, D1).
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The Chiefs have won five of their last eight regular season games against the Hurricanes, including each of the last two, never before in Super Rugby history have they beaten the Wellington side more than twice on the bounce
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Welcome to the Westpac stadium, where the Canes host the Chiefs
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Chiefs
START LINE UP
  • 1 Chris Eves
  • 2 Leni Apisal
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Sam Lousi
  • 5 Vaea Fifita
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Callum Gibbins
  • 8 Ardie Savea
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Vince Aso
  • 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • 15 Jordie Barrett
RESERVES
  • 16 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 17 Loni Uhila
  • 18 Mike Kainga
  • 19 James Blackwell
  • 20 Reed Prinsep
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Matt Proctor
  • 23 Wes Goosen
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Michael Allardice
  • 6 Mitchell Brown
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Liam Messam
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Charlie Ngatai
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Liam Polwart
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Tom Sanders
  • 20 Lachlan Boshier
  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 22 Alex Nankivell
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
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SR Preview: Hurricanes v Chiefs

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:17

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: While all others prepare for the International Test Series, the Hurricanes meet the Chiefs at the Westpac Stadium in the only Super Rugby match in Round 16.

This weekend sees only two New Zealand teams in action as the British and Irish Lions tour takes the centre stage.

With Crusaders topping the New Zealand conference, both teams - Hurricanes and Chiefs- are fighting for the first wildcard qualifier position in Friday's New Zealand derby.

Hurricanes wing Julian Savea will start in his 100th Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in front of his home fans.
 
Savea returns to the left wing in place of Ben Lam in one of six changes to the team that played the Western Force in Perth.
 
The team for Friday’s match also features the return of wing Nehe Milner-Skudder and loose forward Ardie Savea to the starting team, as well as an all new front row of Chris Eve, Leni Apisai and Jeffery To’omaga-Allen.
 
Julian Savea will become the tenth player to reach 100 caps for the Hurricanes after Tana Umaga, Rodney So’oialo, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Jeremy Thrush, Ma’a Nonu, Victor Vito, Conrad Smith and Cory Jane.
 
Otherwise known as The Bus, Savea, 26, made his Hurricanes debut against the Highlanders in Wellington in 2009 and has been a fixture on the wing ever since.
 
Though it took him 16 matches to score his first Super Rugby try, Savea has been a try-scoring machine during his seven seasons in the Hurricanes.
 
He has crossed the try line 45 times in 99 matches, the same number of tries he has scored for the All Blacks.
 
Savea said it had always been a privilege to represent the franshice and it would be a proud moment to bring up his 100th match in front of friends and family at Westpac Stadium.
 
"This team means a lot to me and I’ve always felt privileged and proud to represent the club. I’m really looking forward to running out against the Chiefs and hopefully we can get the right result,"
 
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it was a significant achievement for any player to reach 100 Super Rugby matches.
 
"To play 100 matches at this level shows a high level of commitment and professionalism and for Julian to do it in the Hurricanes jersey is a great story.
 
"He’s a local guy who has been in the Wellington and Hurricanes system since he was at Rongotai College and come through the Oriental Rongotai club, so I think a lot of people will be very proud on Friday,"

The other changes for the Chiefs match see Eves and To’omaga-Allen replace Loni Uhila and Ben May respectively as the props with Apisai getting his first start of the season at hooker in place of Ricky Riccitelli.
 
Riccitelli is bracketed in the reserves with Bay of Plenty’s James O’Reilly, who would make his Super Rugby debut should he take the field.
 
Ardie Savea comes back in at No.8 with Brad Shields reverting to blindside and Reed Prinsep to the reserves.
 
After returning from a broken foot in Perth via the bench, Milner-Skudder returns to the starting side on the right wing in place of Cory Jane.
 
The reserves bench features the return of Matt Proctor, who has been out for seven weeks recovering from concussion.
 
Proctor made a successful return to the field on Monday with a 20 minute appearance for the Hurricanes Development side against Wanganui.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has made three changes to the starting fifteen who defeated the Waratahs 46-31 last Saturday in Hamilton.

There’s one change to the forwards with Michael Allardice replacing the injured Brodie Retallick.

The remaining two changes affect the backline with midfield sensation Charlie Ngatai to start at centre and exciting young utility back Solomon Alaimalo to don jersey 14.

Recent results:
2017: Chiefs won 26-18, Hamilton
2016: Hurricanes won 25-9, Wellington
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
2013: Chiefs won 34-22, Hamilton


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction: The Chiefs have won five of their last eight regular season games against the Hurricanes, including each of the last two, never before in Sup er Rugby history have they beaten the Wellington side more than twice on the bounce. Nine of the last 11 New Zealand derbies played on a Friday night have been decided by a margin of nine points or fewer, while the Chiefs have lost just one of their last eight such fixtures (W6, D1). The Hurricanes have won 25 of their last 29 Super Rugby fixtures, including each of their last three, though two of their four losses in that span havecome against the Chiefs (one each vs. Crusaders, Sharks). The Chiefs have lost just one of their last six games played away from home(W4, D1), outscoring their opposition in the second stanza of each of their last three road fixtures. The Hurricanes have scored 83 tries so far this season, surpassing the previous competition record of 81 tries scored by the Lions in 2016. Their 26 tries conceded are also the second fewest of any team in the competition this season behind the Lions (25). The Wellington side have scored 64 tries on or before the third phase of possession this season, 17 more than any other team in the competition. The Hurricanes have scored 20 tries after forcing a turnover this campaign, the most of any team in the competition and 16 more than the Chiefs via the
same method. The Chiefs have conceded only 11 first-half tries so far this season, fewer than any other team in the competition. Chiefs have one the previous meeting between the two sides, and will head to Wellington with confidence and eager to bag the points however home ground advatgae does favour the Hurricanes, a difficult one to call but the Hurricanes should win it by five points.  

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Chris Eves
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli/James O’Reilly, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie. 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden ,9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane , 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson

Date: Friday, June 9
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

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Chiefs upset 'Canes in Wellington

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 05:25

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Chiefs recorded a hard-fought 17-14 win over the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

It was the Hurricanes' first home defeat of the season Friday in a frantically paced New Zealand derby.

The Hurricanes starting XV had six players named in the All Blacks' squad to play the British and Irish Lions while the Chiefs had five, providing ample motivation for those looking to secure a Test berth.

It was end-to-end rugby, with both sides chancing their arm and throwing the ball around, although the expected try-fest did not eventuate due to some ferocious defence.

The intensity of the match underscored the task facing the Lions, who are yet to face both teams and fell to a 16-22 defeat this week to the Blues, the worst of New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises this season.

But the Chiefs' win may have come at a cost for the All Blacks after flyhalf Aaron Cruden did not emerge for the second half following a knock to the knee.

With the unbeaten Crusaders set to take top spot in the New Zealand conference, the fixture was essentially a battle for second, which guarantees fifth place overall on the Super Rugby ladder. 

The Hurricanes, on 54, retain a one-point lead over the Chiefs.

The reward for coming fifth is likely to be a play-off match against the Brumbies in Canberra, rather than a draining trip to meet the Stormers in Cape Town.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring after five minutes when lock Vaea Fifita crossed the line after scooping up Thomas Perenara's pass. 

Perenara and newly minted All Black Jordie Barrett then combined for a try-saving defensive effort on their own line to deny the Chiefs. 

The Waikato team hit back when a stray kick from Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett sparked an attack that resulted in a try for his opposite number Cruden. 

Cruden came close to a second but was brought down by Vince Aso just short of the line, injuring his knee.

With the scores locked at 7-7, McKenzie squandered the chance to put the Chiefs ahead when he hooked a straightforward penalty attempt. 

The Chiefs appeared to be in trouble when lock Michael Allardice was sinbinned for foul play, but wing James Lowe scored against the run of play after a fine break from Cruden's replacement Shaun Stevenson. 

McKenzie's penalty provided enough of a buffer for the Chiefs to stay ahead even after Jordie and Beauden Barrett unlocked their defence to put Wes Goosen over.

Man of the match: Lock Vaea Fifita was outstanding for the Hurricanes, while Ardie Savea also had a few good carries. Wing James Lowe was elusive with ball in hand for the Chiefs and he scored the game's crucial try. However, the award goes to centre Anton Lienert-Brown, who tormented the Hurricanes' defence. He was also solid on defence as well. 

The scorers: 

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Fifita, Goosen
Cons: J Barrett 2

For Chiefs:
Tries: Cruden, Lowe
Cons: McKenzie 2
Pen: McKenzie

Yellow card: Michael Allardice (Chiefs, 60 - foul play, dangerous charge)

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Chris Eves
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie. 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden ,9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane , 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

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Vaea Fifita (5min) and Wes Goosen (76min)
TRIES
Aaron Cruden (22min) and James Lowe (63min)
Jordie Barrett (6min) and Jordie Barrett (77min)
CONVERSIONS
Damian McKenzie (23min) and Damian McKenzie (64min)
 
PENALTIES
Damian McKenzie (74min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Michael Allardice (59min)
 
 
VENUE Westpac Stadium
REFEREE Nick Briant (New Zealand)