Chiefs hold off Hurricanes
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The defending champion Chiefs have beaten the Hurricanes in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby derby in Wellington on Friday.
The Chiefs won 17-12 after leading 12-9 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored the only try of the match through flank Tanerau Latimer, while flyhalf Aaron Cruden kicked four penalties.
The Hurricanes replied with four penalties by No 10 Beauden Barrett.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory and extended their lead atop the New Zealand Conference. They also moved to the top of the Overall standings, surpassing the Brumbies who are in action on Saturday when they visit Sydney to play the Waratahs.
The Hurricanes picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but stayed fourth and ninth in the NZ Conference and Overall log, respectively.
In next weekend's Round 15
action, the Chiefs host the Crusaders in Hamilton, while the Hurricanes enjoy a bye. Teams:
15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito (captain), 7 Jack Lam/Karl Lowe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 1 Ben Franks, 2 Ash Dixon
Substitutes: 16 Reggie Goodes 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 18 James Broadhurst 19 Brad Shields 20 Chris Smylie 21 Tusi Pisi 22 James MarshallChiefs:
15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 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 Nick Crosswell, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Dan Waenga, 22 Save Tokula