At last we were able to see the Chiefs playing the rugby we expected from them all season when they faced the Hurricanes at home on Friday.
At the end of 80 minutes there was no separating these two sides as the played to a 23-all draw
If you looked at the this game you would not have said this is the same team that lost against the Sunwolves and Crusaders.
It took not long for the home side to get on the board with a stunning solo try from Anton Lienert-Brown to open the scoring on the night.
That gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead early on.
The battle upfront was even at best and both sides trying to get the ascendancy.
The Hurricanes hit back with a penalty from Beauden Barrett to make the score 7-3 before the Hurricanes got passed the Chiefs defence with Matt Proctor crashing over.
Barrett converted the try to give the Hurricanes the lead 10-0.
In the past few weeks we saw the Chiefs crumble as soon as they got behind but they quickly came back with their second try from some brilliant play by Damian McKenzie.
He converted his own try to give the lead back to the home side.
The other Barrett, Jordie Barrett, made it a one point game when kicked over a long range penalty.
With halftime approaching the Chiefs got two more penalties to to make the halftime score 20-13.
The second half started as the first with both teams giving it their all and played an expensive game to outsmart the other.
The first points came from the boot of Beauden Barrett to reduce the lead to 20-16 before Wes Goosen slide over in the corner to give the visitors the lead again.
Damian McKenzie even the scoreboard at 23-all after a penalty with 20 minutes to play.
The next ten minutes both sides had opportunities but just could not get through the defensive systems.
It was left with 10 minutes to play with both sides on 23 points. Both team had chances to snatch the win at the end but just could not finish off and at the end they played to a 23-all draw.
Chiefs – Tries: Leinert-Brown, McKenzie. Conversion: Mckenzie (2). Penalty: McKenzie (3).
Hurricanes – Tries: Proctor, Goosen. Conversions: B Barret (2). Penalty: B Barret (3)
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