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Super Rugby: Hurricanes score six tries in 45-8 win over Chiefs
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Hurricanes stormed into fourth place in the Super Rugby standings with a shock 45-8 victory, including six tries, against defending champions Chiefs at the WestPac Stadium on Saturday.
All Blacks winger Julian Savea dotted down twice while there were also tries from Ben Franks, Andre Taylor, Jack Lam and Brad Shields as the Wellington-based franchise outclassed the reigning champions.
There were also 15 points from the boot of fly-half Beauden Barrett, who offered a peerless kicking display with six conversions and a penalty in testing conditions.
The Chiefs' only points of the match came courtesy of a Gareth Anscombe penalty and a Liam Squire as they lost pace on league leaders Sharks, who shut down the Blues in Auckland on Friday.
Dave Rennie's side made a fine start and looked dangerous in possession; lock Michael Fitzgerald making an early break before Anscombe slotted them in front with the first penalty of the match.
Their lead was short-lived with Savea piercing their defensive line before offering a flat pass to Taylor, who raced over the whitewash and Barrett added the extras.
A period of sustained pressure on the Hurricanes defence led to the Chiefs regaining the lead with Squire touching down, although their advantage was quickly written off once more.
With the Chiefs defence scrambling, the Hurricanes drove their way towards the line before spreading wide to prop Franks, who forced his way over to complete a fine team move.
Mark Hammett's side extended their lead on the half-hour mark as Alapati Leiua released supporting runner Savea, who flew over for a third try and Barrett added a third conversion as the Hurricanes took a commanding 21-8 lead into the break.
The Chiefs continued to contribute to their own downfall following the restart as Sam Cane was penalised for using hands in the ruck and Barrett made no mistakes from the kicking tee.
Super Rugby's leading try-scorer added a bonus-point score on 50 minutes as Cory Jane set-up fellow winger Savea to run in his second of the night and the Hurricanes' 40th try of the campaign.
A yellow card for replacement Reggie Goodes after he was caught offside offered the Chiefs a comeback opportunity, but instead they surrendered their personnel advantage as lock Brodie Retallick was also sin-binned.
The Chiefs' defensive frailties were exposed again on the hour as the Hurricanes drove their way over the line and Lam celebrated his 50th appearances with a try and Barrett retained his perfect record with a fifth conversion.
Replacement forward Shields completed the rout nine minutes before time as he darted for the line after a successful Hurricanes scrum.
The hosts thought they had a seventh when substitute Ardie Savea crossed in the closing stages but his effort was ruled out for an early forward pass.
There was no resistance from the Chiefs, who ended the match having conceded 38 unanswered points as they dropped out of the play-off positions.Super 15. Click here to bet.
|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|17:10||Bulls vs Crusaders|
|Friday 3rd April|
|07:35||Hurricanes vs Stormers|
|09:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Reds|
|Saturday 4th April|
|07:35||Chiefs vs Blues|
|09:40||Brumbies vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Sharks vs Crusaders|
|16:05||Lions vs Bulls|
|Friday 10th April|
|08:35||Blues vs Brumbies|
|Saturday 11th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Highlanders|
|10:40||Waratahs vs Stormers|
|12:45||Western Force vs Cheetahs|
|14:00||Bulls vs Reds|
|16:05||Lions vs Sharks|
|Friday 17th April|
|08:35||Crusaders vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 18th April|
|05:30||Hurricanes vs Waratahs|
|08:35||Highlanders vs Blues|
|10:40||Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels|
|12:45||Western Force vs Stormers|
|16:05||Sharks vs Bulls|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Waratahs 28 - 13 Brumbies|
|Saturday 21st March|
|Sharks 12 - 11 Chiefs|
|Bulls 25 - 24 Western Force|
|Crusaders 57 - 14 Cheetahs|
|Friday 20th March|
|Melbourne Rebels 16 - 20 Lions|
|Highlanders 13 - 20 Hurricanes|
|Saturday 14th March|
|Cheetahs 10 - 27 Sharks|
|Stormers 19 - 28 Chiefs|
|Reds 0 - 29 Brumbies|
|Highlanders 26 - 19 Waratahs|
|Crusaders 34 - 6 Lions|
|Friday 13th March|
|Western Force 17 - 21 Melbourne Rebels|
|Hurricanes 30 - 23 Blues|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Stormers 29 - 13 Sharks|
|Cheetahs 20 - 39 Bulls|
|Reds 5 - 23 Waratahs|
|Blues 10 - 13 Lions|
|Friday 6th March|
|Brumbies 27 - 15 Western Force|
|Chiefs 17 - 20 Highlanders|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
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