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Chiefs & Hurricanes armwrestle ends in a draw

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Article Published: Friday 10 June 2011|

The Chiefs and the Hurricanes played to an 18 all draw at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton in the seventeenth round of Super Rugby.

Both teams scored two tries each, with one each being converted and each team adding two penalties.

Chiefs first-five Stephen Donald who will join Bath later this year had a drop goal charged down and missed a couple of shots at goal.

The Chiefs scored the first try of the match in the second minute and led 15-5 at half time.

However the Hurricanes hit back in the second half and scored an early try and outscored the hosts by 13 points to three.

The Hurricanes were thrown into turmoil midweek when rookie coach Mark Hammett announced All Blacks Ma'a Nonu and Andrew Hore-veterans of more than 200 matches-would not be offered contracts next season.

The decision angered Hurricanes fans and reportedly caused divisions within the team. Both Hore and Nonu rose above their personal disappointments to play important roles in Friday's match.

Hore scored the Hurricanes' only try of the first half and Nonu created a brilliant second-half try which helped to tie the scores after the Chiefs led 15-5 at halftime.

A try to All Blacks center Richard Kahui, converted by Stephen Donald, gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead after only 70 seconds and they maintained an advantage throughout the first half.

Former All Blacks lock Isaac Ross scored the Chiefs' second try two minutes from halftime and allowed them to take a 10-point lead to the interval. The Hurricanes pegged back the deficit with a try to All Blacks winger Hosea Gear, created by Nonu less than two minutes into the second half.

Aaron Cruden converted Gear's try and kicked two second-half penalties, first tying the scores at 15-15 then levelling the game again after Donald gave the Chiefs a short-lived 18-15 lead.

Donald had the chance of a drop goal in the last minute of normal time but his clumsy attempt was charged down. The match was played in steady rain on an already sodden field and was of moderate quality.

The teams shared 27 handling errors and fought out almost even shares of possession and territory.

The draw left the Hurricanes still one-point clear of the Chiefs at the bottom of the five-team New Zealand conference and both have tough assignments in next week's last regular-season round.

The Chiefs take on the first-placed Reds and the Hurricanes meet the fourth-placed Crusaders.

Final Score Chiefs 18 Hurricanes 18


Tries - R Kahui, I Ross
Pen - S Donald 2
Con - S Donald
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - A Hore, H Gear
Pen - A Cruden 2
Con - A Cruden
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence, Nick Briant
Television match official: Ben Skeen


Chiefs :1. Ben May,2. Hika Elliot,3. Nathan White,4. Craig Clarke,5. Isaac Ross,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Fritz Lee,9. Brendon Leonard,10. Stephen Donald,11. Sitiveni Sivivatu,12. Dwayne Sweeney,13. Richard Kahui,14. Lelia Masaga,15. Mils Muliaina (Captain)

Reserves:16. Aled de Malmanche,17. Toby Smith,18. Culum Retallick,19. Matt Vant Leven,20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,21. Tim Nanai-Williams,22. Jackson Willison

Hurricanes:. John Schwalger,2. Andrew Hore (c) ,3. Neemia Tialata,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. Piri Weepu,10. Aaron Cruden,11. Hosea Gear,12. Ma'a Nonu,13. Alapati Leiua,14. Julian Savea,15. Cory Jane

Reserves:16. Dane Coles,17. Jacob Ellison,18. Jason Eaton,19. Mark Reddish / Karl Lowe,20. Tyson Keats,21. Jayden Hayward,22. Richard Buckman

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