Canes backlash buries Chiefs

The Hurricanes scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to steal a 23-19 win against the Chiefs in a warm-up match on Friday.

The Chiefs led 9-6 at half-time thanks to three penalty goals by Aaron Cruden. The Chiefs added a further seven points after the break through a Brendon Leonard try and a Cruden conversion, and at 16-6 looked to be in control as the game entered the fourth and final quarter.

But the Hurricanes enjoyed a late surge, scoring a try on the hour through Jack Lam. Michael Bent crashed over with six minutes remaining and another successful conversion saw the Hurricanes edging into the lead. A further penalty by Daniel Kirkpatrick put the result beyond doubt.

The Hurricanes will play the Stormers at Newlands next Saturday while the Chiefs will host the Highlanders in Hamilton.