Super Rugby 2019: Chiefs and Hurricanes play out nail-biting draw in Hamilton

Beauden Barrett.
Beauden Barrett. Photo credit: Image: Photosport

The Chiefs and the Hurricanes have played out an edge of your seat draw at FMG Stadium in Hamilton in a game that ended 23-23.

The match coverage started with both sides linked arm in arm on halfway to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives in the Christchurch shootings just hours before the match.

On the field, it was the hosts who started the better of the two sides with Anton Lienert-Brown scoring the opening try after the charge down of a Chase Tiatia kick.

The Hurricanes kicked a penalty and started to work themselves back into the match before centre Matt Proctor finished off a great backline move to put the visitors in front.

The Chiefs looked a completely different side with All Black Damian McKenzie back at fullback – he bought different energy and created more space at the back.

Which was exactly the case for the Chiefs second try, Tyler Ardron took the ball off the back of the scrum and passed it to Brad Weber who found the little fullback – he split the Hurricanes defence to run the Chiefs back into the lead.

Two penalties before the buzzer for the hosts saw them take a 20-13 lead into the break.

Chiefs and Hurricanes
The Chiefs and Hurricanes pay their respects. Photo credit: Image: Photosport

Winger Wes Goosen scored first in the second half after a Hurricanes penalty which took the lead out to 23-20 with half an hour to go.

Damian McKenzie kicked a penalty from the halfway line to take it to 23-23 with 20 minutes to go – which is how the score stayed.

Penalties came and went both sides in the final quarter but knock-ons and bad passing meant neither team could score – marking the first draw of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

The result means the Chiefs remain winless after five rounds of the competition – the Hurricanes three wins a loss and a draw.