The Chiefs have played the Hurricanes 36 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Chiefs have won 15 matches, lost 19 and drawn twice.
The Hamilton-based Chiefs’ 15 wins give them a record of winning 42% of their games against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.
- The Hurricanes are undefeated in their last four Super Rugby matches against the Chiefs (W3, D1); however, neither side has been on a longer unbeaten run in the history of this fixture.
- In the last five Super Rugby matches where the Chiefs have hosted the Hurricanes, each side has picked up two wins apiece (D1), with each of those results decided by a single-figure margin.
- The Canes have lost their opening two games of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the last time the Wellington-based side endured a longer losing run was a three-match span from May to June in 2018.
- The Chiefs have averaged the most time in possession per game (17min 52sec) of any team in Super Rugby Aotearoa so far; indeed, they have also averaged the fewest missed tackles per game (15.7) of any side in the campaign.
- Ben Lam (Hurricanes) has had a try involvement in each of his previous four Super Rugby matches against the Chiefs (3 tries, one assist).
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in NZ.
2.00: Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks to the corner, the Hurricanes Win another penalty-advantage. Scrum Canes on the Chiefs’ line.
5.00: TRY! Van Wyk opens the scoring. 5-0
7.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barett slots the kick. 0-7
9.00: The Canes are all over the Chiefs, here.
12.00: Garden-Bachop clears to halfway.
13.00: The Chiefs win the penalty; Barrett kicks his team to the opposition’s 22.
15.00: Barrett is offside. Chiefs clear.
17.00: The Chiefs are having a good time but the Canes are looking for an upset.
18.00: PENALTY! Du Plessis Kirifi is pinged at the ruck; Damian McKenzie opens the scoring. 3-7
19.00: Lachlan Boshier gives away the penalty.
21.00: The Canes win a penalty after Nepo Laulala is offsides.
23.00: Reset scrums.
24.00: Huge scrum from the Chiefs on their own try-line. Relieving penalty for the Chiefs.
26.00: Second scrum-penalty for the Chiefs, who kick to the corner.
29.00: The Canes steal possession, winning the ball after the Chiefs are sloppy in the attack.
31.00: The Chiefs capitalise after an attacking lineout, but, after trying to keep hold of the ball, the Waikato men lose the ball in the tackle.
34.00: This has all the hallmarks of a Sunday game: slow, poor and everyone is tired.
36.00: A good crowd inside the Hamilton Stadium, but they WANT A VICTORY. Naitoa Ah Kuoi LEAVES THE FIELD TO A ROUSING RECEPTION.
35.00: BRAD WEBER is isolated, and the Hurricanes lose another penalty.
36.00: Boshier is caught offsides. The Hurricanes will take a shot at goal.
36.00: PENALTY! J. Barrett adds the three. 3-10
39.00: Kirifi scores after a patient attack by the visitors. 3-15
40.00: Barrett adds the extras, 3-17
41.00: PENALTY! Barrett adds another three with a long-range kick. 3-20
The halftime score was Chiefs 3 Hurricanes 20
41.00: PEEEEP! The game is back underway in NZ.
42.00: James Blackwell is caught offsides; McKenzie calls for the tee.
43.00: PENALTY! McKenzie doubles his team’s lead. 6-20
45.00: The Chiefs are struggling here, nothing is going their way.
48.00: Lineout to the hosts.
49.00: Weber knocks the high ball into touch. The Chiefs look average at the moment.
50.00: YELLOW CARD! Scott Scrafton is sent to the bin. 6-20
52.00: Sean Wainui knocks on in attack; Barrett collects and the Canes clear.
55.00: An overthrown lineout gives the Chiefs another good attacking chance.
56.00: Aidan Ross loses possession on the Visitors’ line, and the Canes clear.
59.00: The game is scrappy, but the chiefs are still in with a chance.
60.00: TRY! Barrett brilliance sees Van Wyk dot down for his second try on the right-wing. 6-25
61.00: MISS! Barrett pushes his kick wide. 6-25
64.00: Poor discipline leads to another yellow card for the Hurricanes and a penalty try.
65.00: RED CARD! PENALTY TRY! Scrafton gets his marching orders after just coming back on. 13-25
66.00: The Chiefs are coming back, looking for the win with an extra man. Wes Goosen is on for Ben Lam.
68.00: The Chiefs win a scrum-penalty, they go quickly instead of opting for the points.
69.00: Ardie Savea wins the visitors a penalty on their line. WOW! Barrett boots the ball to touch on the Canes’ 22.
72.00: McKenzie knocks on, killing the Chiefs’ attack. Billy Proctor is on for the Canes.
76.00: The Canes are running down the clock, looking form their first victory of the new tournament.
78.00: TRY! Lachlan Boshier dots down for the Chiefs. 18-25
79.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 18-25
81.00: The Canes survive the last gasp onslaught to win their first match.
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The final score is Chiefs 18 (3) Hurricanes 25 (20)
Tries – Penalty try, Boshier
Pen – McKenzie (2)
Tries – Van Wyk (2), Kirifi
Pen – J. Barrett (2)
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Cards – Scrafton (Yellow, 50′), (Second Yellow, – Red – 65′)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Mabey
TMO: Glenn Newman
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Reuben O’Neill’Neill, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tupou Vaa’i’i, 20 Dylan Nel, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Solomon Alaimalo
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 J. Van Wyk 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Liam Mitchell, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen