Neazors Notes
Feb. 18, 2017

Semi 1 - Hurricanes 25 Chiefs 9 (tries 3-0)

The Chiefs will be wondering how they lost in Wellington for some time to come, as they certainly couldn’t complain about a lack of chances.

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The Chiefs will be wondering how they lost in Wellington for some time to come, as they certainly couldn’t complain about a lack of chances.

The game was almost a mirror of the round-robin match, when the Hurricanes did a number on the Chiefs set piece, created a dozen chances and wasted most of them against an opponent who made and took four. This time the Hurricanes had to do a ton of defending at various times and did it well, while they were deadly on the breakout and then closed the game out nicely once they had established a big lead. In this they were helped by the profligate Chiefs, who gave away a dozen turnovers inside the Hurricanes 22 but most of those were due to the urgent pressure mounted by the defence.

Ardie Savea’s 60m burst from a ruck on his own line was the killing blow; before he made the breakout the Hurricanes had been backed onto their own line for several minutes, but his team added three points moments after getting into the Chiefs 22. That really was the kicker – it said: ‘We can deal with whatever you can throw at us, but you can’t handle our attacks,’ and that statement was borne out over the next hour.

By the end you had to think the Chiefs could have played until Sunday and not scored a try, even if the Hurricanes were happy to look after their lead.

A second straight home final rewarded an excellent team effort.