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Perenara potent as Canes scalp Chiefs

Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara was inspirational and potent in his team’s 32-31 home quarter-final win against the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes got the best possible start when winger Julian Savea scored from an intercept within the first minute. The Chiefs struck back with a try of their own in the seventh minute but Perenara restored the home team’s advantage with a spectacular solo try.

He was equally effective in a second half that belonged to the home team. The Canes coaches cleared the substitutes bench on 75 minutes with the home team 32-17 ahead. The Chiefs struck twice in the last five minutes to come within a point at the final whistle.

Realistically it was never that close.

The Canes led 17-10 at halftime.

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The Chiefs had won four of their last six games against the Hurricanes, including a 28-24 victory when they met a week ago.

But the play-off eliminator proved a different contest and provided a different result. It was one that was consistent with the Hurricanes’s 25-9 semi-final win against the Chiefs in 2016.

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The Canes have won 22 of their last 23 games at home, including 10 in succession.

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Match Commentary

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 80+2The Chiefs supporters go wild as Charlie Ngatai successfully kicks the conversion.
  • 80+1Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi sets up the try.
  • 80+1Incisive passing by Chiefs is finished off by Lachlan Boshier, as he goes over for the try.
  • 80Charlie Ngatai makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 80Chiefs have won 100 rucks so far this game.
  • 79Vaea Fifita (Hurricanes) is shown a yellow card.
  • 78The touch judges raise their flags as Damian McKenzie kicks the conversion.
  • 78Spellbinding play by Solomon Alaimalo is finished off with a try.
  • 78Silky skills by Chiefs ends with a try for Damian McKenzie.
  • 77Fabulous play by Chiefs has led to Solomon Alaimalo being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 75Jamie Booth comes on.
  • 75TJ Perenara comes off.
  • 75James O’Reilly comes on.
  • 75Ricky Riccitelli comes off.
  • 75Gareth Evans has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 74Sam Cane has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 74Hurricanes have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 72Ihaia West comes on.
  • 72Beauden Barrett comes off.
  • 71Trouble here as Mitch Karpik breaches the defence.
  • 71Blade Thomson has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 70Chiefs decide to make a substitution, with Sam Prattley getting some game time.
  • 70Chiefs decide to make a substitution, with Karl Tuinukuafe being replaced.
  • 69Jordie Barrett adds the two points for Hurricanes.
  • 68Anton Lienert-Brown has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 68Jordie Barrett played a key part in that try.
  • 68A wonderful passing move by Hurricanes is finished off by Ben Lam.
  • 68This is dangerous for the defence as Ben Lam bursts through to advance the Hurricanes attack.
  • 67Chiefs sub Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi comes onto the field.
  • 67Brad Weber departs for Chiefs.
  • 64Liam Polwart comes on for Chiefs.
  • 64Nathan Harris leaves the field.
  • 64Wes Goosen comes on.
  • 64Nehe Milner-Skudder comes off.
  • 64Reed Prinsep comes on.
  • 64Brad Shields comes off.
  • 63Chiefs have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 63Ben May comes on.
  • 63Jeff Toomaga-Allen comes off.
  • 63Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with Chris Eves getting some game time.
  • 63Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with Toby Smith being replaced.
  • 63Hurricanes make a substitution with Nehe Milner-Skudder coming on.
  • 63Hurricanes make a substitution with Wes Goosen coming off.
  • 62Beauden Barrett hits the left post with the conversion, failing to add the two points.
  • 61A bit of individual brilliance by TJ Perenara leads to a try for Hurricanes.
  • 60What a tackle there by Solomon Alaimalo as he saves a certain try!.
  • 59A gap opened in the defence and Jordie Barrett took full advantage.
  • 59Hurricanes have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 59The defensive line has been broken as Beauden Barrett goes through the gap.
  • 58Chiefs sub Jesse Parete comes onto the field.
  • 58Michael Allardice departs for Chiefs.
  • 58Ricky Riccitelli has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 58Vaea Fifita comes on for Hurricanes.
  • 58Michael Fatialofa leaves the field.
  • 57Jeff Toomaga-Allen has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 55Lachlan Boshier has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 54Beauden Barrett makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 54Wes Goosen comes on.
  • 54Nehe Milner-Skudder comes off.
  • 51Damian McKenzie does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 50That’s a great try assist by Sam Cane.
  • 50A series of passes by Chiefs results in a try for Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 50What a run here by Anton Lienert-Brown as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 49Lachlan Boshier makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 46Hurricanes have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 44Chiefs have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 44Fabulous play by Hurricanes has led to Julian Savea being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 39Trouble here as Liam Messam breaches the defence.
  • 38This is dangerous for the defence as Brad Weber bursts through to advance the Chiefs attack.
  • 37Michael Fatialofa has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 35A gap opened in the defence and Shaun Stevenson took full advantage.
  • 34The defensive line has been broken as Ricky Riccitelli goes through the gap.
  • 32Beauden Barrett makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 32A stunning solo try from TJ Perenara.
  • 28Hurricanes have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 26What a run here by Nehe Milner-Skudder as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 23Chiefs have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 21Damian McKenzie kicks the penalty.
  • 18Chiefs have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 12Anton Lienert-Brown makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 11Fabulous play by Chiefs has led to Brad Weber being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 10Beauden Barrett has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 7Damian McKenzie converts the try.
  • 6Shaun Stevenson sets up the try.
  • 6Great hands by Chiefs leads to a try for Brad Weber.
  • 6Trouble here as Nathan Harris breaches the defence.
  • 6This is dangerous for the defence as Charlie Ngatai bursts through to advance the Chiefs attack.
  • 3A gap opened in the defence and Julian Savea took full advantage.
  • 1Beauden Barrett has kicked a conversion.
  •  Julian Savea intercepts the pass to race ahead and score the try for Hurricanes.
  •  The defensive line has been broken as Julian Savea goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.