Hurricanes edge out Chiefs 24-27 to return back to winning ways

Ben Lam was one of the try-scorer for Hurricanes
Ben Lam was one of the try-scorer for Hurricanes
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Chiefs 24-27 Hurricanes, FMG Stadium Waikato

Hurricanes scored 13 points in the final quarter as they came from behind to beat Chiefs 24-27 in their Super Rugby clash at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Hurricanes are positioned fourth in New Zealand Conference with four wins from six games while Chiefs are at third place.

Ben Lam capitalised on a long pass from Jordie Barrett to score the opening try in the ninth minute and the fullback kicked the conversion.

As Chiefs saw Ross Geldenhuys leaving the field in the 10th minute but still got their first points with a penalty kick from Damian McKenzie and soon Lachlan Boshier touched down in the 21st minute as the scoreline became 10-7.

Hurricanes doubled their tally with Fletcher Smith dotting down in the 29th minute as they went into the break a four-point lead.

After the opening 13 minutes went without a point in the second half, Chiefs scored back to back tries from Tumua Manu and Shaun Stevenson in the 54th and 60th minutes respectively with a second coming after Hurricanes lost TJ Perenara to yellow-card.

Chiefs had a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter that got reduced to seven points as Barrett kicked a penalty goal in the 62nd minute and after returning to full strength Hurricanes scored a decisive final try from replacement Asafo Aumua in the 72nd minute and Barrett followed with a conversion and a penalty in the final few minutes to complete a three-point victory.

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