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Chiefs beat Hurricanes, go top
Bundee Aki (Gallo Images)
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Cape Town - The defending champion Chiefs have beaten the Hurricanes in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby derby in Hamilton on Friday.
The Chiefs won 34-22 after leading 17-15 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored four tries through No 8 Matt Vant Leven, centre Bundee Aki, scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow and prop Ben Tameifuna. Flyhalf Aaron Cruden was on target with all four conversions as well as two penalties.
The Hurricanes replied with tries by scrumhalf TJ Perenara, flyhalf Beauden Barrett and replacement back Alapati Leiua. Barrett was also successful with two conversions and a penalty.
The Chiefs picked up a full-house of five points for their victory to consolidate their position atop the New Zealand Conference and took over from the Brumbies at the top of the Overall log.
The Hurricanes left empty-handed and remained fourth and ninth in the NZ Conference and Overall standings, respectively.
In next weekend's Round 19 action, the Chiefs travel to Christchurch to face the Crusaders (Friday, July 5 at 09:35), while the Hurricanes welcome the Highlanders to Wellington (Saturday, July 6 at 09:35).Teams:Chiefs:
15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13
Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron
Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6
Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki,
2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Substitutes: 16 Mahonri
Schwalger, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20
Augustine Pulu, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Charlie Ngatai.Hurricanes:
James Marshall, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Reynold
Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor
Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3
Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon,
17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20
Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 Alapati Leiua