Chiefs 18-25 Hurricanes: 14-man Hurricanes end Chiefs’ title hopes | Rugby Union News

Last Updated: 05/07/20 7:42am

Hurricanes celebrate scoring their first try from the Chiefs

The Hurricanes virtually ended the Chiefs’ Super Rugby Aotearoa title ambitions with a 25-18 victory on Sunday, despite playing nearly the entire 2nd half in Hamilton with 14 men.

Hurricanes lock Scott Scrafton was presented with a yellow card by referee Ben O’Keeffe after having a succession of penalties early in the 2nd half, then received another just after that he returned to the field.

O’Keeffe also awarded your home side a penalty take to for Scrafton’s tackle of Damian McKenzie from an offside position.

Scott Scrafton heads to the sinbin

Scott Scrafton heads to the sinbin

Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier scored a go with three full minutes remaining to provide the home side a chance, nevertheless they were unable to breach a staunch Hurricanes defence again.

The Chiefs had been tipped to challenge for the Super Rugby title in 2010 and were handily placed with four wins and sitting in fifth in the 15-team competition before it was postponed in March due to the coronavirus.

Sam Cane takes on the Chiefs defence

Sam Cane takes on the Chiefs defence

Warren Gatland’s side, however, have now lost all four of these games in Super Rugby Aotearoa and so are out of contention for the title in the 10-week competition amongst the New Zealand sides.

The Hurricanes had lost their first two games but ran out to a 20-3 lead at halftime with Cobus Van Wyk scoring an early take to, while Du’Plessis Kirifi also crossed and Jordie Barrett landed a penalty from almost 60 metres right before the break.

Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes fends off Tumua Manu of the Chiefs

Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes fends off Tumua Manu of the Chiefs

McKenzie slotted his 2nd penalty right after the restart but the home side were not able to capitalise when Scrafton received his first yellow card.

Instead Van Wyk added his 2nd try while Scrafton was sitting on the sidelines to provide the Hurricanes a 25-6 lead with about 20 minutes remaining.

The lock returned and received another yellow, nevertheless the Chiefs didn’t threaten again until Boshier crossed.