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The Chiefs stormed to a 33-14 victory over the Hurricanes to extend their lead at the top of the New Zealand Conference and move to the top of the Super Rugby table.
Aaron Cruden kicked 18 points for the hosts, and Lelia Masaga, Arizona Taumalolo and Toby Smith completed the scoring for the Chiefs.
Full-back Andre Taylor scored the Hurricanes' only try of the game on the 34th minute. Beau Barrett missed the conversion but did kick three penalties.
His try means prop Taumalolo continues his remarkable try-scoring record, touching down for the seventh time in nine matches.
Taumalolo burrowed over the Hurricanes' goal line in the 65th minute after Cruden had made a 40-meter break to put the Chiefs onto the attack. Cruden also had a hand in Waikato's final try, from Taumalolo's replacement Toby Smith, extending a winning streak which stretches back to the first week of the season.
The Chiefs were expected to face problems of fatigue as they returned home after an unbeaten three-match road trip to Australia and South Africa.
But they produced an outstanding ball-handling performance, particularly among their forwards, to dominate territory and control the match. Far from fading, they grew stronger as the match progressed and finished with tries to Taumalolo and Smith in the last 15 minutes.
Only one of the Chiefs' three tries was scored by a back. Winger Lelia Masaga scored their first in the 45th minute when he took the ball at first receiver on the openside of an attacking scrum and ghosted through a gap between scrumhalf T.J. Perenara and fly-half Beauden Barrett.
Cruden kicked his first four penalties in succession to give the Chiefs a 12-3 lead after 27 minutes, before the Hurricanes scored the opening try against the run of play to cut the lead to 12-8 at half-time.
Outstanding full-back Andre Taylor scored the try, also his seventh of the season, as a series of quick, long passes gave him space and he beat three tacklers.
Masaga's try gave the Chiefs a 19-8 lead early in the second half and, after the Hurricanes had closed to 19-14 with two penalties to Barrett, the finely honed try-scoring instinct of Taumalolo helped decide the match.
Cruden and replacement scrum-half Augustine Pulu made telling breaks in the move leading to Smith's try and Cruden added the conversion, his seventh goal from eight attempts.
"I'm just happy we could get a win and keep the ball rolling," said Waikato captain Craig Clarke, who played his 50th Super 15 match. "They're a very good team and we just wanted to hold the ball, which we did a bit, and kick a few penalties."
The Hurricanes lost for fifth time in nine matches.
"We were pretty happy with the way the first half went," Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said.
"A few things didn't go our way ... but we were still in the hunt. If anything they turned it up in the second half, and I think we fell away a bit which is a little bit annoying."
|Saturday 25th May|
|08:35||Blues vs Brumbies|
|10:40||Western Force vs Highlanders|
|16:00||Southern Kings vs Cheetahs|
|16:05||Stormers vs Reds|
|18:10||Sharks vs Bulls|
|Friday 31st May|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Waratahs|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Hurricanes|
|Saturday 1st June|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Blues|
|10:40||Reds vs Melbourne Rebels|
|16:05||Stormers vs Southern Kings|
|18:10||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|Friday 7th June|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Sunday 9th June|
|07:05||Western Force vs Waratahs|
|Friday 28th June|
|08:35||Chiefs vs Hurricanes|
|Saturday 29th June|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Crusaders|
|14:00||Sharks vs Blues|
|16:05||Bulls vs Southern Kings|
|18:10||Stormers vs Cheetahs|
|Friday 5th July|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 6th July|
|08:35||Hurricanes vs Highlanders|
|14:00||Cheetahs vs Blues|
|16:05||Southern Kings vs Stormers|
|18:10||Bulls vs Sharks|
|Friday 12th July|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Hurricanes|
|10:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Highlanders|
|Friday 24th May|
|Melbourne Rebels 24 - 22 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 28 - 19 Crusaders|
|Saturday 18th May|
|Cheetahs 27 - 13 Reds|
|Bulls 35 - 18 Highlanders|
|Waratahs 28 - 22 Brumbies|
|Crusaders 23 - 3 Blues|
|Friday 17th May|
|Western Force 13 - 23 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 30 - 21 Stormers|
|Hurricanes 12 - 17 Chiefs|
|Saturday 11th May|
|Southern Kings 34 - 27 Highlanders|
|Waratahs 21 - 15 Stormers|
|Blues 36 - 32 Melbourne Rebels|
|Friday 10th May|
|Cheetahs 34 - 39 Hurricanes|
|Reds 32 - 17 Sharks|
|Chiefs 22 - 21 Western Force|
|Sunday 5th May|
|Brumbies 23 - 30 Crusaders|
|Saturday 4th May|
|Bulls 48 - 14 Hurricanes|
|Southern Kings 10 - 72 Waratahs|
|Western Force 11 - 11 Reds|
|Highlanders 25 - 22 Sharks|
|Friday 3rd May|
|Melbourne Rebels 33 - 39 Chiefs|
|Blues 18 - 17 Stormers|
|Sunday 28th April|
|Crusaders 30 - 26 Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 27th April|
|Cheetahs 26 - 12 Southern Kings|
|Bulls 30 - 19 Waratahs|
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