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The Chiefs have played the Hurricanes 35 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Hamilton side has won 15 matches, lost 18 times and drawn twice.

The Chiefs’ 15 victories give them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

  • The Hurricanes have lost only one of their last five Super Rugby games against the Chiefs (W3, D1) and will be looking earn to back-to-back wins against them for the first time since 2015.
  • The away team has won three of the five New Zealand derbies in the 2020 Super Rugby season; this occurred just five times through the entire 2019 campaign.
  • Warren Gatland’s side is top of the New Zealand Conference and second on the Super Rugby overall standings, while the ‘Canes are fourth in NZC, eighth overall.
  • The Waikato franchise has won their last three home games on the bounce against fellow Kiwi opposition in Super Rugby, despite having trailed at halftime in each of the previous two games.
  • Jason Holland’s side has conceded a total of five cards this season (4 yellow, one red), more than any other team in the competition; they’ve lost three of their last four games when they’ve received a card of any denomination.
  • Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles starts for the first time this season and will co-captain with halfback TJ Perenara for the first time.
  • The Chiefs’ Lachlan Boshier (16) and Hurricanes’ Du’Plessis Kirifi (11) have won more turnovers than any other players this campaign; indeed, no other player has won more than seven.

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening from wherever you are around the world for this Friday Super Rugby Round 7 clash between the Chiefs and Hurricanes.

1.00: PEEEEP! South African referee Jaco Peyper, officiating in his 111th Super Rugby game – a new record for this tournament by a ref – gets us underway in Hamilton.

2.00: Jordie Barrett boots the ball to the corner after Sam Cane gave away a penalty at the breakdown.

4.00: The Hurricanes went through the phases, battering away at the Chiefs line for 10 phases, before winning another penalty. Coles and co-captain TJ Perenara opt for a scrum.

5.00: Superb defending by the Chiefs, who force the ‘Canes to go wide but out into touch when Ben Lam is double-tackled by Damian McKenzie.

6.00: Cane tackles Barrett and wins the turnover-penalty because the fullback did not release the ball.

7.00: STAT ATTACK! The Chiefs have won 96.7% of their scrum-feeds this season, and only giving away four penalties.

9.00: TRY! Lam dots down in the corner after taking Barrett’s floated skip-pass, took out two defenders. Perenara started the attack from a well-worked lineout move between the halfback and Fletcher Smith. 0-5

10.00: CONVERSION! Barrett slots the sideline conversion. 0-7

12.00: OH, DEAR! Fletcher Smith drops a high-ball, gifting the Chiefs another attacking scrum inside the visitor’s half.

14.00: Pita Gus Sowakula knocks on after McKenzie’s weaving run was halted inside the Hurricanes’ 22.

16.00: PENALTY! McKenzie puts the home team on the board. 3-7

18.00: Another penalty goes to the home side, McKenzie calls for the tee.

19.00: MISS! The fullback pulls his long-range kick past the right-hand post. 3-7

20.00: The penalties have begun to mount for the visitors; they have conceded three in the last five minutes. We have a stop in play as the medics attend Fraser Armstrong.

21.00: The Chiefs boot the ball to the Hurricanes 22, opting to go to their maul, this time.

22.00: TRY! Mitchell Brown and Sowakula went close. Lachlan Boshier managed to pick-and-go and ground the ball on the line to give the hosts the lead. 8-7

23.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras from wide. 10-7

24.00: Aaron Cruden tackles Lam; however, the Wellington men win a penalty near halfway for Solomon Alaimalo’s offside transgression. Barrett calls for the tee.

25.00: MISS! Barrett pushes his kick well-wide of the right-hand post. 10-7

27.00: Perenara wins the penalty for the ‘Canes after Barrett’s bomb was dropped by Cruden, under pressure by Kobus van Wyk. Barrett kicks to the corner.

29.00: TRY! Fletcher Smith slips Aiden Ross’s tackle and scores his fourth Super Rugby try next to the posts. It was a mismatch between the first-five and prop. The Hurricanes sustained pick-and-goes battering the home team before Perenara sent Smith a short pass to set-up the try. 10-12

30.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds another two. 10-14

34.00: The Chiefs have been camped inside the opposition’s half for a while; however, they cannot break down the visitor’s defence.

35.00: Michael Allardice is receiving some attention. Chiefs are still inside the Hurricanes 22.

37.00: Du’Plessis Kirifi is hit high by Brown, and the Hurricanes can clear.

38.00: Isaia Walker-Leawere, who looks trouble with an old shoulder injury, knocks-on before contact, killing a late first-half attacking opportunity inside the Chiefs’ half.

39.00: Three scrum-resets.

41.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The hooter sounds; the Chiefs bulldoze the Hurricanes’ scrum, win the scrum-penalty which allows them to kick deep into the opposition’s 22 and set-up an attacking lineout.

43.00: A series of attacks comes to a halt after a brain-freeze offside hit by Coles. Cruden kicks to the corner. Problems for the Hurricanes, here.

45.00: Anton Lienert-Brown goes route one, but is hit backwards. Some slow ball ends with Karifi conceding a penalty for not attempting to wrap his arms around Samisoni Taukei’aho.

46.00: It’s a chop-tackle and, therefore, a penalty. Harsh, but it’s is what it is. Rules are rules, so they say. Scrum under the posts.

47.00: OH, DEAR! Alaimalo knocks-on McKenzie’s poor pass, and that’s halftime.

The halftime score was Chiefs 10 Hurricanes 14

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

42.00: NO TRY! Barrett and McKenzie both carry the ball over the Chiefs’ try-line, but the TMO and referee decide a scrum to the visitors is the right call. That looks a poor call because Barrett had control of the ball as he slid over the goal-line, while McKenzie looked to not be in control of grounding the ball. 10-14

43.00: Reset scrum.

46.00: Shaun Stevenson and Lam challenge for another Barrett-bomb, but the ball is lost forward as the two wings collided. Scrum to the visitors.

48.00: Barrett’s clearance-kick is not out, it is instead retrieved by Stevenson, who goes to the air. Another penalty at the breakdown goes the way of the ‘Canes. Barrett kicks to the 22.

49.00: Both teams start changing their packs.

50.00: Asafo Aumua’s first throw is stolen by the Chiefs, and booted to safety. For some reason, we have gone back for a penalty on the 22 to the hosts. Cruden clears to the 10m. Not sure what happened there.

53.00: It has been an entertaining Super Rugby derby, but too many ruck-penalties keep killing each team’s momentum.

54.00: TRY! Another botched lineout leads to the Chiefs scoring against the run of play. Naitoa Ah Kuoi won the lineout, setting the hosts away. Cruden combined with Tumua Manu, who slipped two tackles to score under the posts. 15-14

55.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-14

56.00: The Chiefs attack from the restart, but play comes to a halt after two massive hits. Perenara hit Alaimalo high, clashing heads before Stevenson is taken out in the air.

57.00: YELLOW CARD! Perenara is off, he apologises to Alaimalo and walks off. That is a good call; never a red card. 17-14

58.00: TRY! Stevenson lands the killer blow, waltzing through to extend the lead to two scores going into the final quarter. 22-14

59.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds his second conversion. 24-14

61.00: The Hurricanes win a kickable penalty.

63.00: PENALTY! Barrett reduces the gap. 24-17

66.00: The Hurricanes are still in this game despite the scoreboard saying otherwise. Jason Holland’s team win another penalty at the ruck thanks to Gareth Evans. Barrett calls for the tee.

67.00: MISS! Barrett’s kick slips past the post; that could be huge. 24-17

70.00: TRY! Asafo Aumua makes amends for his earlier misthrows, busting through the Chiefs defence after the Hurricanes maul splintered. 24-22

72.00: CONVERSION! Barrett levels from out wide with about eight minutes remaining. 24-all

75.00: Time is running out for both teams to find a winner. You get the feeling that there’s another try in this game.

77.00: HERE WE GO! A mistake by McKenzie, who has been sloppy tonight, knocks-on again, giving the visitors an attacking scrum in centre-field outside the Chiefs’ 22.

78.00: Barrett slips past two tackles, taking the ball to the 22. It’s slow-ball, though, as they look for a winner.

82.00: INSANE! The Hurricanes go 36 phases with one of the longest attacks in Super Rugby history. Sowakula, who is dead on his feet, gave away the penalty with a high tackle.

84.00: PENALTY! GAME OVER! Barrett wins it at the death with a late dagger to claim the win. 24-27

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The final score is Chiefs 24 (10) Hurricanes 27 (14)

Scorers

Chiefs
Tries – Boshier, Manu, Stevenson
Pen – McKenzie
Con – McKenzie (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – Lam, F. Smith, Aumua
Pen – J. Barrett (2)
Con – J. Barrett (3)
Drop –
Cards – Perenara (Yellow, 57′)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O’Keeffe
TMO: Aaron Peterson

Teams

Chiefs

Head Coach: Warren Gatland

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Hurricanes

Head Coach: Jason Holland

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus Van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Thomas Perenara (co-captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen.

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