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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

    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.

    Hurricanes to win by 5.

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    • Roar Guru

      8:24pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 8:24pm | ! Report

      Match Report

      The Hurricanes have beaten the Chiefs 25-13 in an impressive performance that sees them take the top spot in the New Zealand conference mid way through the season.

      Rugby fans all over were excited about this match. So much talent and a local derby that promised to be one of the matches of the season with two of the most exciting #10s in world rugby going head to head.

      The match genuinely was a game of two halves. In the first 40 minutes the Chiefs had far more possession and territory but they just couldn’t break the Canes down and created few if any genuine opportunities to score. The Canes have long been heralded for their attacking flair but this season they have added some mean defence and this was on display throughout this game. Even with players like McKenzie, Ngatai and Alaimalo in an exciting Chiefs back line the Canes seemed comfortable as wave after wave of attack came at them.

      Meanwhile when the Canes did have the ball they were able to make it count. Ben Lam especially looked a huge threat. In the opening minutes he surprised the Chiefs defence with his speed and almost got in the corner. Then soon afterwards he got the ball about 30 metres out with plenty of Chiefs defenders between him and the line and yet was able to glide through a half gap and then shrug off a couple of tackles to score a great try. He is looking like a truly dangerous strike weapon and both Super Rugby sides and Rugby Championship sides should be worried.

      The Chiefs lacked this real clinical finishing and were making too many errors when it mattered. They were able to grab a couple of penalties however and with the score 10-6 to the home side at half time it really was still anyone’s game.

      The game was waiting for someone or something to ignite it. Unsurprisingly it was Beauden Barrett who lit the match and put the game beyond the Chiefs in the first 10 minutes of the second half. He’d been quite quiet in the first half – not playing poorly at all but just doing what needed to be done. In the opening minutes of the second half though he decided to turn it on. He swooped on a bouncing ball from another Chiefs handling error and was racing down the sideline with the try line insight. He put in a little grubber and then was able to out pace and out reach the lion hearted Retallick as both players dived to touch the ball down. The TMO gave the decision to the Canes and the lead started to grow.

      Minutes later Beauden was then try provider as the Canes stretched the Chiefs defence. They pulled them from one side to the other before Barrett put in a great cross field kick for his outside backs to go after. Lienert-Brown tried his best to take the catch but as it slipped out of his fingers Laumape pounced and fell over the line. Two tries inside 4 minutes showed just how deadly the Canes are.

      Over the rest of the match the Chiefs continued to try everything they could but they just couldn’t really break down the Canes defence. Even after a nicely finished try by Boshier the Canes still looked in control at all times.

      The Hurricanes have a bye next week while the Chiefs have a road trip to Queensland where they will want to get their season back on course with a good win.

    • Roar Guru

      7:34pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:34pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      80‘ – The Hurricanes have beaten their rivals the Chiefs in a thrilling game tonight 25 – 13.

      Two very different halves of rugby with the first being quite slow and cagey as both sides prodded and probed each other’s defences. The Chiefs had lots of possession and territory but the Canes lead at half time thanks to being more clinical when they did have opportunities and to their incredible winger Ben Lam who scored a great try.

      The match was waiting for something to really ignite it and not surprisingly Beauden Barrett provided the spark. One try and one great assist and the Canes were well away and the Chiefs could never really catch up.

      Full match report to come.

      Hurricanes: 25
      Chiefs: 13

    • Roar Guru

      7:28pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      Penalty Goal
      80‘ – Canes decide to go for goal with Jordie stepping up.

      He’s about 43 metres out and has slotted it easily!

      That wraps it all up here and the Hurricanes have won by 12 points!

      Hurricanes: 25
      Chiefs: 13

    • Roar Guru

      7:27pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Penalty
      78‘ – Chiefs win their own scrum and go in search of a crucial try.

      But the Canes win it back in midfield and get the penalty with less than a minute to go.

      Hurricanes: 22
      Chiefs: 13

    • 7:26pm
      CJ said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      A lot of good players in both teams. Probably not a bad effort for the Chiefs at Windy Wellington.

    • Roar Guru

      7:26pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      78‘ – Canes have the line out about 30 metres out from the Chiefs line and they win it.

      They start to go through some narrow hit ups before getting it out to the midfield.

      A Canes knock on though stops the move and the Chiefs will have the scrum and 2 minutes to make something legendary happen.

      Hurricanes: 22
      Chiefs: 13

    • Roar Guru

      7:24pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      Penalty
      75‘ – Wonderful run from Evans at the back of the Canes scrum and he takes his team up to their own 10m line. Great energy this late in the game.

      And the Canes get the penalty too and pump it into touch deep in the Chiefs half.

      Hurricanes: 22
      Chiefs: 13

    • Roar Guru

      7:22pm
      Oliver Matthews said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      74‘ – McKenzie is everywhere for the Chiefs and trying everything he can but he just can’t break down this Canes defence.

      5 minutes to go and the Canes have a line out on the half way line.

      Chiefs have to find a way to get a try in next couple of minutes to really put the pressure on and they start well by stealing the line out.

      They are up inside the Canes 22 but then they knock on at the breakdown and the Canes will have the scrum.

      Hurricanes: 22
      Chiefs: 13

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