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Chiefs beat Hurricanes in Hamilton

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The Chiefs picked up a come-from-behind 35-29 win in their last Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes, snapping a six-game winless streak against them (D1, L5).

The Chiefs have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce – each by a margin of six points or fewer.

  • The last time the Chiefs won more games in succession was a five-game winning streak from March to April in 2018 which was ended by a 25-13 defeat to the Hurricanes.
  • The Hurricanes have lost six of their last seven Super Rugby games (W1) – including their last two on the bounce – despite having trailed at half-time only twice in that span.
  • The Canes have been outscored by 32 points in the final quarter of their games in the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season; they are the only team to have conceded (56) more points than they have scored (24) in this period.
  • Chiefs’ Brad Weber has made a league-high 10 clean breaks this Super Rugby Aotearoa season; he has made 10 clean breaks across his last seven Super Rugby games against the Hurricanes.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

2.00: TRY! Tyrel Lomax puts James Blackwell through a gap, and the big lock runs away to score next to the posts. The big guy ran a superb line to get through the defenders and score. 0-5

3.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barrett adds the extras. 0-7

5.00: The Hurricanes have a five-metre scrum after the ball is carried over by the Chiefs. The visitors have found it easy to get through the Chiefs’ defence, and are looking up for this despite having nothing to play for but pride.

7.00: The Chiefs cannot get their hands on the ball, they concede another penalty; the Canes go quickly, but Peter Umaga-Jensen knocks on. The visitors should have taken the three.

9.00: The Chiefs finally get some possession, they go wide to the wings before Brad Weber’s kick is touched, and rolls into touch for a chiefs’ throw inside the Hurricanes’ 22.

10.00: The driving maul comes to nothing after Weber knocks on before taking the ball out of the set-piece.

13.00: Peter Umaga-Jensen wins the turnover, the Chiefs clear; however, the ball is not out, which results in a kicking duel between the fullbacks. Eventually, the Chiefs win a penalty for offsides.

15.00: PENALTY! Damian McKenzie, the top points-scorer in Super Rugby Aotearoa, puts his team on the board. 3-7

17.00: Pita Gus Sowakula cannot gather McKenzie’s chip-kick, and a try goes begging. McKenzie started the move, putting Lachlan Boshier through a gap. The Chiefs recycled quickly, McKenzie went wide, but nothing came of the attack.

19.00: David Hill, the Chiefs assistant coach wants his team to “play with quick-ball from the ruck”, and to “settle down” after the Canes’ fast start.

22.00: The Hurricanes are still dominating the stat’s sheet; they have had two-thirds possession and territory, winning more rucks, while making the Chiefs attempt more tackles. Both set-pieces have been even, though, both operating at 100% efficiency.

25.00: The contest has turned into a bit of an arm-wrestle, the gaps have closed, and the battle at the breakdown has become crucial.

27.00: Gus Sowakula breaks off a powerful scrum by the hosts, setting up an attack down the right touchline. The ball is booted away, but the Chiefs win the lineout after the Canes are forced to kick.

29.00: NO TRY! Anton Lienert-Brown knocks on over the try line, but the referee was playing advantage for a penalty for offsides by the visitors. The Cheifs battered the Canes’ line for 15 phases, but could not cross.

30.00: Chiefs opt for a scrum on the Hurricanes’ try line.

31.00: TRY! Pita Gus Sowakula makes amends after another powerful scrum by his front rowers. The number eight gathered at the back of the scrum, broke off, slipped under Luke Campbell, and powered over the chalk. 8-7

32.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good – Chiefs lead. 10-7

34.00: Chiefs are ending the half strongly. Their power runners are making metres and finding gaps in the defence.

37.00: It’s all Chiefs, their scrum is dominant, and their biog ball carriers are winning the collisions. Alex Nankivell is tackled into touch, by the corner flag, after a turnover by Boshier set up the counter-attack.

40.00: Naitoa Ah Kuoi is pinged for leaving his feet at the ruck. Dane Coles opts for a kick at goal from about 55 metres out. We all know Jordie Barrett can slot these, he did so last year from the other side of the field.

41.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake with another rocket to level at the break. 10-10

The halftime score was Chiefs 10 Hurricanes 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at FMG Stadium, Hamilton.

44.00: PENALTY! McKenzie puts his team back in front. 13-10

47.00: Penalty to the Chiefs for accidental offsides after Barrett got back to save the day for his team. Bryn Gatland toed a wayward throw through the defenders. He gathered, chipped the on-coming defenders but Barrett got back to cover. However, the ball spilt out in front of the fullback, and the Chiefs have a great chance here.

48.00: TRY! Gatland gets over after the five-metre scrum to extend his side’s advantage. 18-10

49.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the two. 20-10

53.00: TRY! Devan Flanders finds a hole and ghosts through to the 22; he is tackled, the ball is recycled wide where the visitors win a penalty after a 13-phase attack, but they don’t need it because Billy Proctor flies over the whitewash. 20-15

54.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 20-17

56.00: MISS! McKenzie cannot extend the lead. 20-17

59.00: PENALTY! McKenzie refinds his radar. 23-17

61.00: Jordie Barrett knocks on after some superb soccer skills in the build-up. Chiefs have the scrum on their line.

64.00: We’re going back for a penalty after Alex Nankivell is offside. Barrett kicks to the corner.

66.00: Another penalty, this time from the maul, allows the Hurricanes to increase the pressure on the Chiefs with another lineout on their line.

68.00: Asafo Aumua went close twice after the maul, the referee pings the Chiefs for two offsides, and issues a warning. Barrett kicks to the corner again. Here we go!

69.00: TRY! Asafo Aumua gets his try after breaking from the maul. The Chiefs stopped the set-piece, but patience by the Canes allowed the hooker to choose his moment to break and charge towards the try line. not even Boshier could stop the rampaging front-rower. 23-22

70.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good, and the visitors lead. 23-24

73.00: A ‘Captain’s Referral’ is unsuccessful for the visitors, to the joy of the home crowd. Chiefs kick to the 22 for a driving maul.

75.00: Isaia Walker-Leawere wins a turnover after a multi-phase attack from the lineout. The Chiefs will rue that missed chance. Barrett clears.

76.00: Another dodgy lineout kills the Chiefs, who are back inside their half after losing possession.

79.00: More mistakes by the hosts at the lineout allow the Canes to weather the storm.

80.00: Another ‘Captain’s Referral’ by the visitors goes nowhere because the time had expired. The Chiefs have a halfway scrum with a last play for the win.

82.00: The Chiefs win a scrum penalty, they go wide, but nothing comes from the attack. McKenzie needs to be the hero again.

83.00: PENALTY! McKenzie wins it for the Chiefs! The ball sailed over the posts for the fifth win in a row for the hosts! 26-23

FULL TIME

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The final score is Chiefs 26 (10) Hurricanes 24 (10)

Scorers

Chiefs
Tries – Sowakula, Gatland
Pen – McKenzie (4)
Con – McKenzie (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – Blackwell, Proctor, Aumua
Pen – J. Barrett
Con – J. Barrett (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Fraser
TMO: Glenn Newmann

Teams

Chiefs  

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Jonah Lowe, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross

Replacements:
16 Nathan Harris, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Samipeni Finau, 20 Kaylum Boshier, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Rameka Poihipi, 23 Chase Tiatia

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Ruben Love, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements:
16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakere-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Brayden Lose, 22 Cam Roigard, 23 Billy Proctor

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