Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Hurricanes in Hamilton




The Chiefs and the Hurricanes kick off the final round of the regular Super Rugby season and both teams are in the running for fourth place.

The Hurricanes are overwhelming favourites to take fourth though as they have a far greater points differential.

  • The Chiefs have won three of their last four regular-season games against the Hurricanes, though they slipped to a 25-13 defeat earlier this season.
  •  The Hurricanes have won just one of their last eight away games against the Chiefs (D1, L6), scoring an average of just 16 points per game in that time.
  • The Chiefs have kept their opposition scoreless in the opening half of each of their last two games, just the second team to do so this decade (Highlanders March 2016)
  • The Chiefs have won four of their last six New Zealand derbies, with two of those four wins coming after having trailed at half-time.
  • The Canes have won six of their most recent eight New Zealand derbies, including a 42-24 win over the Blues in Round 18.

Match detail

Jeff Toomaga-Allen makes his 100th Super Rugby appearance. 

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a wet Hamilton. 

4.00: The referee calls the play, back to the Hurricanes 22 because the lineout took place outside the 22.

5.00: Good defending by the Canes, holding the ball up and winning the scrum.

8.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick crashes over from close range. The Chiefs go 10 phases after Toni Pulu’s break. 5-0

10.00: CONVERSION! Marty McKenzie slots the kick. 7-0

12.00: Both teams kicking for territory, playing the percentages in this heavy weather.

13.00: Jordie Barrett saves the day for the Hurricanes, intercepting the pass. The visiting team win the penalty after the Chiefs are pinged for obstruction in their driving maul.

16.00: The Chiefs lineout has been working well considering these are very wet conditions. Brad Shields is down after being hit at the breakdown.

18.00: TRY! Brad Weber intercepts Beauden Barrett’s pass and races 65 metres to score next to the posts. 12-nil

19.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds another two. 14-nil

20.00: Shields has left the field. TJ Perenara takes over the captaincy.

23.00: Marty McKenzie calls for the mark before he catches the ball, instead, he knocks on inside his 22 gifting the Hurricanes a scrum on the right-hand side of the park.

25.00: Solomon Alaimalo and Anton Lienert-Brown are defending at first receiver, McKenzie moves out wide. It worked, too. The Alaimalo makes the hit and the hosts win the battle at the ruck. The penalty is kicked to halfway.

27.00: McKenzie’s cross-kick sails over Pulu’s head and into touch.

28.00: TRY! Alaimalo is over! Johnny Faauli’s kick is kicked by Shaun Stevenson, who regathers after Jordie Barrett makes a hash of the grubber from the wing. Stevenson draws the defender and pops to the fullback for another stunner. 19-nil

29.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie won’t miss from there. 21-nil

31.00: The Chiefs need to win by 23 to get fourth, and they are well on their way. The Canes are looking shell-shocked, making mistakes in crucial areas of the park, throwing intercepts and poor passes and getting pinged at the breakdown.

32.00: Pulu is off with a shoulder injury. Alex Nankivell, a late change on the bench, is on.

34.00: Mike Fraser is killing the Hurricanes at the breakdown. Another penalty allows the Chiefs to kick deep into Canes territory.

36.00: Beauden Barrett wins the counter-ruck and three phases later, he clears to his 10m.

38.00: It’s been all Chiefs tonight; they’re dominating every facet of the game, and really should be up by more. They have been pinged three times inside the Hurricanes 22.

40.00: The ball is booted into touch.

The halftime score was Chiefs 21 Hurricanes 0

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

43.00: The Chiefs have had 61 percent territory and 53 percent possession, spending 3 minutes 54 seconds inside the Hurricanes 22. The Canes win a penalty, near halfway, and will take a shot.

44.00: MISS! Beauden Barrett pulls his long-range penalty, wide. 21-nil

46.00: Mitchell Karpik steals the ball inside his 22 and the Chiefs clear down the field. Hurricanes win another ruck penalty; very lucky because they were under all sorts of pressure.

48.00: Another promising attack is foiled by some wonderful work at the breakdown by the Chiefs after the Canes are pinged for another side-entry clean-out.

51.00: TRY! Wes Goosen takes Ben Lam’s inside pass and slides over the whitewash. Lam made the score with a swerving run after slipping a tackle and throwing the ball inside to Goosen. 21-5

52.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barrett adds the extras. 21-7

53.00: Chris Eves is pinged for a cleanout at the ruck. The players just won’t learn.

54.00: Retallick is held-up over the try-line. The Chiefs will have a 5m scrum. Lienert-Brown broke several tackles to set-up the drive by Retallick.

56.00: BIG DEFENCE by the visitors. The chiefs went six phases, bashing away at the Canes’ line, but some good work at the ruck sees the visitors win the penalty.

58.00: OH BOY! Lam’s kick-through is saved by Karpik. The chiefs recycle, but McKenzie is caught behind the posts inside his in-goal area, and the Hurricanes have the 5m scrum.

60.00: TRY! Blade Thomson powers his way through two defenders and scores an important second try for his team. 21-12

61.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barrett drills the kick through the middle. 21-14

63.00: RED CARD! Johnny Fa’auli is off after hitting Goosen in the centre’s head with no-arms, leading with the shoulder. 

64.00: Liam Messam comes on to huge cheers for what will be his last game for the Chiefs at FMG Stadium, Waikato. Wes Goosen is off for an HIA after taking Fa’auli’s hit.

65.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty next to the posts, 10 metres out, and opt for a scrum, instead of taking an easy three. Interesting considering they trail by seven.

66.00: TRY! The Hurricanes surge towards the whitewash, driving the Chiefs backwards before Ben May flops over the line. 21-19

67.00: MISS! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? Barrett misses from next to the posts. 21-19

70.00: TRY! Weber breaks blind, scampering to the try-line, but is brought down. The chiefs recycle quickly and the ref awards a try. Karpik, headband falling off, gets up with the ball. 26-19

71.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie slots the touchline kick. 28-19

76.00: Stevenson with another jinking run, ends with a great offload to Nankivell and a kick into the opposition’s half. It is a scrum to the hosts in midfield.

78.00: The clock is ticking down on this superb derby.

81.00: TRY! Julian Savea scores his 48th Super Rugby try. 28-24

82.00: MISS! Barrett takes a quick drop-goal, misses and that’s the game.

Game over.

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The final score is Chiefs 28 (21) Hurricanes 24 (0)


Tries – Retallick, Weber, Alaimalo, Karpik
Pen –
Con – M. McKenzie (4)
Drop –
Cards – Fa’auli (Red, 63′)

Tries – Goosen, Thomson, May, J. Savea
Pen –
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Richard Kelly
Assistant Ref 2: James Doleman
TMO: Ben Skeen


Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa’auli, 11 Shaun Stevenson, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Jesse Parete, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao-Matau, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Sam Prattley.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Tiaan Falcon, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Wes Goosen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith,

Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Gareth Evans, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Julian Savea.

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