The Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 36 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Canes have won 19 matches, lost 15 times and drawn two.
The Hurricanes’ 19 wins give them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.
- The Hurricanes are undefeated in their last five Super Rugby games against the Chiefs (W4, D1), including wins in their previous three meetings; the last and only time they won more in succession against them was a four-game stretch from 2005 to 2008.
- The Canes have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce, each by a margin of seven points or fewer on the day.
- The Chiefs’ club-record losing streak is extended to eight games after their Round 8 defeat to the Crusaders; although, they have lost by an average margin of just six points per game across that period.
- The Hurricanes have made a competition-high 13 clean breaks per game in Super Rugby Aotearoa, while no team has made fewer per game than the Chiefs (7).
- Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs) has crossed for a try in five of his last six Super Rugby games against the Hurricanes, including his last four on the bounce against them; he’s also not missed a single tackle in any of his previous eight games against them (67 attempts).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a chilly but dry Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
2.00: Wes Goosen, playing in his 50th Super Rugby game, carries to halfway, but the Chiefs win the penalty after Du’Plessis Kirifi gets caught off his feet.
3.00: MISS! Damian McKenzie hits the crossbar and bounced into the hands of the Chiefs, but Jordie Barrett, who makes a big hit, wins the scrum for the home team.
5.00: Nepo Laulala concedes a penalty. The Canes boot the ball to the corner.
7.00: TRY! Peter Umaga-Jensen barges through two tackles to score under the posts after the Hurricanes battered the Chiefs’ try-line. 5-0
8.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 7-0
11.00: It’s all Canes at the moment; they are camped inside the visitors’ half.
13.00: Both teams take a breather as the ref pulls them back for a Chiefs’ scrum near halfway.
15.00: Kaleb Trask’s little dink is well-weighted, pinning the hosts inside their 22. TJ Perenara, playing in his 140th Super Rugby game, clears to halfway.
16.00: Scott Scrafton comes through the middle of the maul and wins the turnover as the Chiefs are held up.
19.00: Another penalty is kicked to the corner, but some good defending keep the hosts out.
21.00: The Chiefs get their hands on the ball. It’s a quick ball and they go from their goal-line up to halfway by Brad Weber. Trask knocks on; the Canes counter-attack.
23.00: Du’Plessis Kirifi and Reed Prinsep carry hard and up the middle, but the Chiefs win the turnover and go all the way into the 22 after Shaun Stevenson puts boot to ball. The danger is cleared, however, Jordie Barrett is down.
24.00: Sam Cane carried multiple times as the Chiefs looked to level the scores, but some good defending kept Warren Gatland’s side at bay.
25.00: The Canes go offside before Stevenson is tackled into touch. Tyrel Lomax and Dane Coles are both offsides; McKenzie calls for the tee.
25.00: PENALTY! McKenzie puts his side on the board. 7-3
26.00: Cane leaves the field after a collision with Barrett’s hip; he will not return.
28.00: TRY! Wes Goosen stays infield, despite the best efforts of Stevenson, and plays Umaga-Jensen in for his second try of the night. 12-3
29.00: MISS! The ball falls over, Barrett picks it up and tries a drop-kick, but the ball sails wide. 12-3
32.00: The Chiefs are under the pump at the Cake Tin. Gatland’s men look listless, devoid of ideas, and cannot get out of their own way.
34.00: Another lost ball leads to a scrum to the home team.
36.00: Gatland’s side looks like headless chickens running around with nowhere to go. They cannot make anything happen except mistakes.
38.00: OOOOOH! YELLOW CARD! Goosen picks throws Weber and throws the scrumhalf away after the ball is gone. It’s late, dangerous, and yellow. 12-3
38.00: NO TRY! Weber scrambles over the goal-line, but Samisoni Taukei’aho’s foot was in touch before the hooker got his pass away. James Blackwell was offsides so McKenzie goes to the corner again.
41.00: Stevenson and McKenzie botch a try-scoring chance that leaves their team tryless at halftime.
The halftime score was Hurricanes 12 Chiefs 3
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
43.00: NO YELLOW CARD! Barrett upends Sean Wainui, who jumped into the tackle. To add insult to injury, the ball landed on the winger’s head, too. It is a good call by the officials – for once! 12-3
46.00: TRY! Wow! A fantastic lineout drive sees Trask throw a long cut-out pass to Sean Wainui, who beats the cover defenders to the corner and score. 12-8
47.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie lands the sideline kick. 12-10
49.00: TRY! Dane Coles scores in the corner after Perenara’s run into the 22 set-ups the opportunity. 17-10
51.00: MISS! The ball hits the post and bounces away. 17-10
53.00: PENALTY! McKenzie cuts the gap to four. 17-13
56.00: Hurricanes kick another penalty to the corner. They fancy their forwards to do the job.
57.00: TRY! Kobus van Wyk dots down after taking Jackson Garden-Bachop’s pin-point cross-field kick. Great execution by the first-five. 22-13
59.00: CONVERSION! Barrett increases the advantage. 24-13
63.00: Chiefs win a penalty, and have to kick to the corner.
65.00: TRY! A powerful driving maul sees Bradley Slater flop over the whitewash. 24-18
66.00: MISS! McKenzie pushes his kick past the posts. 24-18
69.00: All the momentum is with the visitors, but they concede penalty inside the Canes’ 22 allowing the hosts to clear the danger.
73.00: TRY! Billy Proctor takes Jamie Booth’s inside pass after the scrumhalf’s break followed a Barrett mini-break, to bring up the bonus-point again. 29-18
74.00: CONVERSION! Barrett makes no mistake. 31-18
77.00: It’s end-to-end at the moment. The Canes need to look after the bonus-point, here.
79.00: another penalty allows the hosts to run down the clock.
80.00: Lineout to the home team inside the opposition’s 22.
81.00: The hooter sounds, Booth collects the ball and chips it into touch. Game over!
The final score is Hurricanes 31 (12) Chiefs 18 (3)
Tries – Umaga-Jensen (2), Coles, Van Wyk, Proctor
Con – J. Barrett (3)
Cards – Goosen (Yellow, 38′)
Tries – Wainui, Slater
Pen – McKenzie (2)
Con – McKenzie
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Mike Fraser
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Thomas 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 Ben May
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Jonah Lowe
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ollie Norris
Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Rob Cobb, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Quinn Tupaea, 23 Kini Naholo