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Cane : Chiefs were lucky against Hurricanes

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Chiefs captain Sam Cane has admitted that his team were “a bit lucky” to leave Wellington with a 27-28 Super Rugby victory over the Hurricanes.

The victory keeps the Chiefs on top of the Super Rugby standings and extended their winning streak to six matches and Cane admits some of the luck went their way.

The Chiefs were awarded a questionable Seta Tamanivalu try in which the finger nails were judged to have used to score the try.

Cane’s Chiefs finished the match with 14 players and uncontested scrums after their scrum was under pressure.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie replaced prop Siate Tokolahi with Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, the Chiefs’ final front row replacement, but he not suited to playing tighthead so uncontested scrums were called.

According to rugby law the team fielding a replacement not able to play in the front row – which triggers uncontested scrums – must lose a player, so Fisi’ihoi had to go off which left the Chiefs with 14 players but since their scrum had been going backwards they were able to limit the damage to a degree.

The victory showed that the Hurricanes are likely to be real contenders for the title again at the end of the season after dominating much of the game.

Hurricanes number 10 Beauden Barrett also had a poor match with his goal kicking and missed two conversions and two penalties. Had he landed any one of those kicks the Hurricanes might have won.

The Hurricanes did however let themselves down in the match with handling lapses which contributed to the loss.

“We were a bit lucky,” a relieved Cane conceded.

“We didn’t play very well. The Hurricanes were probably the better team.”

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