Chiefs dent Hurricanes' hopes
Cape Town - The Chiefs have dealt a serious blow to the Hurricanes' Vodacom Super Rugby playoff hopes - and boosted their own in the process - with victory in their all-New Zealand clash in Hamilton on Friday.
The Chiefs won 24-16 after leading 16-6 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored two tries through prop Jamie Mackintosh and lock Brodie Retallick. Flyhalf Aaron Cruden was on target with a conversion and four penalties.
The Hurricanes replied with a try by centre Hadleigh Parkes and a conversion and three penalties by flyhalf Beauden Barrett.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory and moved to fourth in the New Zealand Conference and seventh in the Overall standings.
The Hurricanes left-empty handed and remained third and fifth in the New Zealand Conference and Overall log, respectively.
The Hurricanes have concluded their Super Rugby campaign and will be hoping results go their way in next weekend's final round of action in order to book a playoff berth, while the Chiefs will look to secure their spot in the playoffs in their Round 19 match against the Blues in Auckland on Friday, July 11 at 09:35 SA time.
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Mike Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Nick Barrett, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Bundee Aki
15 Matt Proctor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jack Lam, 5 Blade Thomson, 4 Jeremy Thrush (captain), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Cardiff Vaega, 23 James Marshall