Chiefs edge out Hurricanes in a 14-17 win

Aaron Cruden was one of the try scorer for Chiefs
Aaron Cruden was one of the try scorer for Chiefs

Hurricanes 14-17 Chiefs, Westpac Stadium

Chiefs managed to overcome stern resistance from Hurricanes with a close 14-17 victory in their Super Rugby clash at Westpac Stadium on Friday.

The first half was evenly contested with Vaea Fifita crossing over for the hosts and new All Blacks recruit Jordie Barrett adding the conversion. Chiefs responded with a touchdown from Aaron Cruden while extras from Damian McKenzie meant the scoreline was 7-7 at half time.

Despite a setback that came through a sin bin to Michael Allardice, Chiefs showed a lot of resilience with James Lowe scoring their second try and McKenzie was spot on with the conversion yet again as they claimed a seven point lead. A 74th minute penalty kick from McKenzie provided breathing space for the visitors as the lead increased to 10 points.

Replacement Wes Goosen increased the hopes of Hurricanes when he strolled past the post in the 76th minute and Barrett's conversion brought down the difference to three points. However, Chiefs managed to held their nerves and ensured there were no further hiccups to complete a thrilling 14-17 victory.

The result meant Chiefs have narrowed down the gap with Hurricanes which is down to one point now though Crusaders continue to dominate the table.

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