SEMI FINAL #1
25 vs 09
The Hurricanes booked a home Super Rugby final on Saturday as they brushed aside a disappointing Chiefs side 25-9 in Wellington.
An impressive defensive effort, which frustrated the Chiefs into numerous mistakes ultimately created the victory for the Hurricanes, who feasted on those errors in a perfect example of shutting out your opposition in knockout rugby.
Tries from Willis Halaholo, Beauden Barrett and Victor Vito were the difference and while two of those came against the run of play, few would argue that last season’s losing finalists did not deserve to progress into next week’s final.
The Chiefs now bow out after a strong campaign but this was an uncharacteristic showing that they will look back on with a lot of frustration.
More to follow…
HURRICANES – 25
Tries: Willis Halaholo (6), Beauden Barrett (34), Victor Vito (47)
Penalties: Beauden Barrett (32,55)
Cons: Beauden Barrett (34,48)
Yellow Card: Cory Jane (65)
CHIEFS – 09
Penalties: Damian McKenzie (10,39,51)
Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Loni Uhila
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Julian Savea
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Lachlan Boshier, 20 Michael Leitch, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson
Date: Saturday, July 30
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson, Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen