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Chiefs take the win with 14-men


It was another great New Zealand derby as the Chiefs manage to hold off the Hurricanes late charge with only 14 men to take the win 28-26.

It was a sprint for the Chiefs in the first half as they raced to a 21-0 lead playing in the wet.

The Chiefs looked the better composed side and also took the opportunities in the wet in that first forty.

On the other side the Hurricanes made plenty on mistakes and gave to many penalties away which pinned them in their own twenty two for most of the first half.

The lineouts was a mess for the Hurricanes from the start to the end of the match and something they will need to sort out for the playoffs.

With some key players out for this match the Chiefs will welcome them back next week to strengthen their side.

The Hurricanes had a great start to the second half and came close to draw level but did not convert their third try which made the scores 21-19 for the Chiefs.

They were reduced to 14 men when Ngatai’s replacement, Johnny Fa’auli, was shown a straight red card for a horror shoulder ‘tackle’ on Hurricanes centre Wes Goosen in the 62nd minute.

With 14 men the Chiefs showed great character to scored their forth try and stretch the lead to 28-19.

That was game set and match for them as the Hurricanes struggled to get close to scoring a try.

There was a forth try for the Hurricanes at the end after a mistake from the Chiefs on their line but that was too little to late for the Canes.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Retallick, Weber, Alaimalo, Karpik
Cons: M McKenzie 4
Red Card: Johnny Faauli

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Goosen, Thomson, Riccitelli, Savea
Cons: J Barrett 2

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