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|28 - 25||
82 TRY, HURRICANES!!!! After several replays, the TMO gives Kaplan the instruction to award the try. Kaplan signals a five-pointer has been scored and Westpac Stadium erupts! Barrett adds the conversion and the Hurricanes players celebrate a last-gasp victory over the Chiefs that may keep their season alive! Amazing! What a start to the final round. Thanks for joining us folks!
81 A pile of Hurricanes jerseys storm the whitewash. Dane Coles powers through, and the players throw their arms up in the air. Try? We're going upstairs...
80 Time up on the clock, and we're into injury time folks! The Hurricanes have put 13 phases together - the Chiefs tackling for dear life. One dropped ball and the match is over. Oh, there's a small knock-on, but the ref was playing advantage. So the hosts get another go at the line! Crowd on the edge of their feet.
78 Now the Hurricanes are in possession, and will have one last crack as the clock ticks down!
75 Penalty to the 'Canes! Barrett's clearance kick doesn't find touch though and here come the Chiefs once again. The Hurricanes need to get their hands on the ball!
73 Again, it's the Chiefs who threaten with ball in hand. Kerr-Barlow puts in a grubber kick and Taylor has to get back to save the day for his team close to his line. He's done well, but slides into touch.
70 The Hurricanes need to score next or they can kiss their play-off hopes goodbye. The Chiefs defence has been rock-solid in the last quarter of the match though as Savea struggles to find a way through.
67 PENALTY, CHIEFS. The hosts need to watch their discipline in front of their own posts as Cruden lines up a penalty kick that could extend his team's lead to four points if it goes over.... 21-25!
65 Now the Hurricanes are dealt another injury blow after replacement Shields hits the deck clutching his knee. He doesn't look happy and makes his way off the pitch
62 PENALTY, HURRICANES. Barrett gets a chance to redeem himself with another shot at goal and this time makes no mistake!
60 Barrett has a chance to narrow the gap to a one-point ball game with a simple enough penalty from 25m out. But can you believe it? He's missed again! Costly misses these...
58 CONVERSION, CHIEFS. Cruden won't miss from bang in front, but you never know judging by the way the goalkickers have performed tonight. But over it goes. Chiefs in front! 18-22!
57 TRY, CHIEFS. The Hurricanes on the attack, but Cruden latches onto a Barrett pass and races 50m for a runaway try under the posts. Oh dear, the Hurricanes didn't need that!
55 The Chiefs make a few substitutions: on comes Sam Cane for Latimer and Mahonri Schwalger for Elliot. Play taking place close on half-way now. The Hurricanes in possession...
52 Crucial tunover by the Hurricanes on their own line! Take a bow Tim Bateman, who spotted the loose ball after it spurted out from a ruck and made sure he got their first.
49 The game being played at a furious pace! The Chiefs back in possession and it's Kerr-Barlow on the run now. Jason Eaton manages to grab the number nine's jersey and hauls him in. But Messam is in support, takes the pass who in turn links up with Masaga who gets forced into touch just two metres out from the Hurricanes line.
46 It's been an explosive second half so far - both teams picking up where they left off in the first. That man Williams finds himself in space, but his offload finds a yellow jersey instead. Now the Hurricanes counter-attack as May charges forward. Vito takes and brings the crowd to its feet with a break up the sideline.
44 The Chiefs counter-attack through Sonny Bill Williams, who puts in a trademark offload in the tackle to Cruden on the wing. The Chiefs pivot chips, chases his kick and regathers before passing inside to the supporting Robbie Robinson who is in the clear but is called back after the assistant ref raises his flag - Cruden deemed to have put a foot in touch.
Second half Welcome back! The Chiefs get the 2nd half under way - their forwards try win back possession but Kane Thompson knocks the pigskin forward. Referee Kaplan waves play on after the ball lands into Chris Eaton's hands and the halfback puts in a boxkick for the speedsters out wide to chase.
Half-time HURRICANES 18-15 CHIEFS
40 PENALTY, HURRICANES. The Hurricanes have the last laugh though after Barrett gives the home crowd plenty to cheer about with a penalty on the stroke of half-time that puts the hosts back in front. What an opening forty minutes! Hurricanes lead 18-15. See you in a few...
38 Once again, Cruden can't raise the flags. He really is having a bad night with the boot. But the scores are level! 15-15!
37 TRY, CHIEFS. Now prop Ben Tameifuna uses his big frame to power over the line and this time the Chiefs can celebrate. Try! And a crucial one at that before half-time.
35 The Hurricanes struggling with May serving time on the sidelines as the Chiefs continue to use the extra man to their advantage. Kerr-Barlow nearly wriggles his way over for try number two, but some desperate Hurricanes defence keeps him out.
33 PENALTY, CHIEFS. Chance for Cruden to close the gap with a penalty shot after Shields gets blown up for hands in the ruck. Cruden makes no mistake. Over! 15-10
30 The Chiefs click into a higher gear and make their way inside the Hurricanes half. Cruden puts Messam into a gap, Hika Elliot's in support and thunders forward.
28 YELLOW CARD, HURRICANES. Williams tries to run it out from his 22, but gets hit hard by prop Ben May. The Chiefs centre hits the deck, and May gets shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. Hmmm... looked fine to us! But the 'Canes will now play 10 minutes with 14 men.
26 The Chiefs struggling to get their hands on the ball. Tim Bateman slips off a tackle, and races up the middle of the field. He links up with Andre Taylor, who has two defenders to beat and throws a pass to Victor Vito. The number eight throws a pass behind his back, and the ball gets snapped up by Williams.
24 CONVERSION, HURRICANES. Barrett is successful with the conversion. That's more like it from the goal-kicking ace!
23 TRY, HURRICANES. Now the Chiefs are forced to defend their line once again as the Hurricanes' forwards set up camp. Jeremy Thrush has a go, but gets stopped short. Now Savea plays scrum-half, looks up and decides to have a go himself from close-range... he's over!!!
21 The men in yellow in charge at the moment, as Shields gets himself involved with a barnstorming run. Barrett sidesteps his way pasty Sonny Bill Williams and turns on the gas. He's in the clear! Tanerau Latimer brings him down, but Cory Jane picks up the ball and takes it on further...
18 The Chiefs pinged at the breakdown - Liam Messam the guily party. It allowes Barrett a chance at goal, but he's off-target. Both goal-kickers struggling from the tee...
15 Trouble for the Hurricanes now as Jack Lam is forced off the field with a shoulder complaint. He will be replaced by Brad Shields.
13 The conversion from Barrett is no good, but the Hurricanes take the lead nontheless. 8-7!
12 TRY, HURRICANES. Now Conrad Smith finds himself in space. The skipper trying to find support, but he's doing a fine job on his own with ball in hand as several Chiefs defenders slip off the All Black centre. He's made excellent ground for his team and the 'Canes are just 10m out! The ball goes wide to the left where Julian Savea takes and slides in for the try. Brilliant!
10 The Chiefs win a penalty - Hurricanes offside - and Cruden gets a chance to extend his team's lead by three more points. It's bang in front, but he's made a mess of it. Flags stay down!
9 Now the visitors make their way back inside the 'Canes' 22 thanks to a superb break-out by Andrew Horrell after the full-back sliced through the home side's defence like a hot knife through butter. He gained a good 40m for his team!
7 PENALTY, HURRICANES. The hosts need tries, but opt for the three points as Beauden Barrett puts his team on the board. 3-7!
6 The 'Canes hit back strongly as Jack Lam powers through a gap and charges towards the Chiefs' tryline. He's hauled down inches short! The support is slow in support, but Jackson Willison is pninged for playing the ball off his feet.
4 CONVERSION, CHIEFS. Aaron Cruden adds the extras, and the Chiefs take a 7-0 lead with barely five minutes up on the clock - perfect start!
3 TRY, CHIEFS. The Hurricanes having to do plenty of defending on the chalk as Kerr-Barlow snipes around the fringes, bumps into referee Jonathan Kaplan - blocking Chris Eaton from tackling him in the process - and dives over. Try!
1 And we're under way! The Hurricanes kick off, taken in by Brodie Retallick and the forwards rumble forward. Out the ball comes, and Tawera Kerr-Barlow spins it wide. Lelia Masaga speeds downfield... the Chiefs hot on attack early on and threatening the Hurricanes' tryline.
Tries galore!! The Hurricanes have scored 55 tries this season taking them past the previous franchise record of 54 set by a 1997 vintage including Christian Cullen and Tana Umaga.
Team news Chiefs captain Craig Clarke returns the second row while prop Toby Smith replaces Sona Taumalolo (who is benched) on the loosehead side. Jackson Willison returns to the midfield so Andrew Horrell shifts to full-back and Robbie Robinson to the wing. Lelia Masaga starts on the other wing with Tim Nanai -Williams on the bench.
Team news All Black loose forward Victor Vito returns to the Hurricanes starting XV after being sidelined by a knee injury suffered during the All Blacks' first Test against Ireland. Brad Shields drops to the bench. Cory Jane and Chris Eaton have been bracketed at wing and scrum-half respectively.
Standings 1. Chiefs 63
2. Stormers 62
3. Brumbies 58
4. Crusaders 56
5. Bulls 54
6. Sharks 54
7. Reds 53
8. Hurricanes 53
Welcome Hello and welcome to our coverage of the opening clash of the final round of the Super Rugby regular season. This is without doubt the most important game of the weekend as it will go a long way to determining who makes the play-offs.
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
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