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Hurricanes vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

13th April, 2018

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Hurricanes vs Chiefs

Super Rugby, 13 April, 2018

Westpac Stadium
Fulltime - Hurricanes 25, Chiefs 13
Hurricanes   Chiefs
25 FINAL SCORE 13
3 TRIES 1
2 CONVERSION KICKS 1
2 PENALTY GOALS 2
0 DROP GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Touch judges: Ben O'Keeffe & Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman
Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
When: 5:35pm (AEST)
TV: Live, Fox Sports
Betting: Hurricanes $1.30, Chiefs $3.55

Hurricanes
15 Jordie Barrett
14 Vince Aso
13 Matt Proctor
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Ben Lam
10 Beauden Barrett
9 Jamie Booth
8 Gareth Evans
7 Sam Henwood
6 Brad Shields (c)
5 Sam Lousi
4 Vaea Fifita
3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
2 Ricky Riccitelli
1 Toby Smith

16 James O'Reilly
17 Chris Eves
18 Ben May
19 Michael Fatialofa
20 Reed Prinsep
21 Richard Judd
22 Ihaia West
23 Wes Goosen

Chiefs
15 Charlie Ngatai (cc)
14 Sean Wainui
13 Anton Lienert-Brown
12 Johnny Faauli
11 Solomon Alaimalo
10 Damian McKenzie/Marty McKenzie
9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
8 Taleni Seu
7 Sam Cane (cc)
6 Lachlan Boshier
5 Tyler Ardron/Michael Allardice
4 Brodie Retallick
3 Angus Ta'avao-Matau
2 Nathan Harris
1 Aidan Ross

16 Liam Polwart
17 Karl Tu'inukuafe
18 Jeff Thwaites
19 Luke Jacobson
20 Liam Messam
21 Jonathan Taumateine
22 Marty McKenzie/Tiaan Falcon
23 Alex Nankivell
TJ Perenara is back for the Hurricanes when they host the Chiefs. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)
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The Hurricanes take on the Chiefs in Wellington, in a mouth-watering clash of two of the top sides in the whole competition. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).

These two sides are both on a five-game winning run, and look very good.

Both survived big tests in the last round – the Canes squeezed by the Sharks by one point and the Chiefs overcame the Blues with a last-second penalty try to win by two.

Rather than seeing these as near slip-ups, both sides will likely take great confidence from their performances. Super Rugby so often sees big wins for teams with tries coming from all over the place, but in these two games, we saw the Chiefs and the Canes have to truly fight right to the bitter end to get the win.

The Hurricanes are known for their attacking prowess. In 2017 they set a new record for most tries scored in one season and have started 2018 with the same flair. What’s scarier for the opposition is the fact that they’ve added a defensive capability that is making them harder and harder to beat.

Canes fans will be glad to see Beauden Barrett back at 10 but will be disappointed that his halves partner in TJ Perenara is going to miss this game and potentially up to another seven weeks. Three others changes shouldn’t be seen as a sign of problems – all are players coming back from injury.

While the Canes are looking worryingly good, the Chiefs are growing in confidence each week, aided by settled selection – their only changes this see Taleni Seu and Charlie Ngatai return to the starting line up.

It’s tight at the top of the Kiwi conference – just three points between the top three sides – and as the competition reaches its midway point, neither of these sides can allow the Crusaders to build a bigger and bigger gap.

Prediction
It’s hard to bet against an in-form side that has Beauden Barrett pulling the strings. As long as his forwards give him the platform he needs, the All Blacks playmaker should just have enough class to take care of the rest.

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Hurricanes to win by 5.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).