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Super Rugby: Chiefs thwart late Hurricanes charge to secure away win
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The Chiefs resisted a late storm from the Hurricanes to seal a 17-12 victory and go top of the table in Wellington on Friday.
A try-less first period tested the nerve of Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden with seven penalty kicks exchanged.
Barrett opened the scoring for the hosts in the third minute before Cruden kicked two successful penalties in five minutes to take the Chiefs into the lead.
The Chiefs appeared to be in command and looked the most likely to score as Matt Vant Leven came close before he was tackled into touch just short of the line.
Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow also almost crossed for the Chiefs but was thwarted illegally resulting in another penalty as Cruden gave the visitors a slender 12-9 lead at the interval.
However the decisive moment came early in the second half. A Hurricanes lapse at the line-out early allowed Brodie Retallick to get a hand on the ball before finding flanker Tanerau Latimer who charged over the line to register the only try of the match.
The Chiefs had opportunities to increase their advantage but Cruden faltered, missing the conversion and a later penalty.
Ben Tameifuna was shown a yellow card when he conceded a penalty ten minutes before time which allows Barrett to put the Hurricanes in touching distance.
Despite holding a numerical advantage the Hurricanes were unable to force their way through a resilient Chiefs defence.
Victory elevates the Chiefs to the head of the Super Rugby standings with the Brumbies set to face Waratahs on Saturday.
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|Friday 13th February|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Reds|
|17:10||Lions vs Hurricanes|
|Saturday 14th February|
|06:35||Blues vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Sharks vs Cheetahs|
|17:05||Bulls vs Stormers|
|Sunday 15th February|
|06:05||Waratahs vs Western Force|
|Friday 20th February|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Brumbies|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs|
|17:10||Bulls vs Hurricanes|
|Saturday 21st February|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Crusaders|
|08:40||Reds vs Western Force|
|15:05||Stormers vs Blues|
|17:10||Sharks vs Lions|
|Friday 27th February|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Reds|
|11:00||Western Force vs Hurricanes|
|17:10||Cheetahs vs Blues|
|Saturday 28th February|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Crusaders|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies|
|15:05||Bulls vs Sharks|
|17:10||Lions vs Stormers|
|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com