The Hurricanes won 22-18 in dramatic fashion against the Chiefs in their Super Rugby encounter on Saturday. The Canes scored the first points of the game when Ma’a Nonu hit the line hard and went over to score. James Marshall added the extras.
Damian McKenzie cut the deficit to four with his first penalty of the night. The away side enjoyed good field position and was awarded a penalty in the 24th minute and McKenzie made no mistake. Marshall extended the Hurricanes’ lead when he slotted over another penalty.
Just before the break, Charlie Ngatai went over under the posts to score. McKenzie added the extras as the teams went into the break at 13-10 with the hosts trailing. Early mistakes in the second half by the Chiefs saw Ardie Savea score from a line-out drive in the corner.
Ill-discipline continued for the visitors when Liam Squire was banished to the sin bin for ten minutes for a dangerous tackle on Nonu. An outstanding effort from Nonu to effect the intercept saw him score his 50th Super Rugby try under the posts before Marshall converted. With Dave Rennie’s side on the back foot, Sam Cane capitalised when he crashed over in the 73rd minute but McKenzie couldn’t add the extras.
Augustine Pulu seemed certain to have clinched a late winner, but was denied the five-pointer by the TMO as the game ended 22-18 in favour of the Canes.