Chiefs edge out Hurricanes to remain top of Super Rugby standings
The Chiefs retained top spot in the Super Rugby standings by holding on for a hard-fought 28-27 victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.
The visitors trailed 15-14 at the interval but tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half from Michael Leitch and Taleni Seu - both converted by Damian McKenzie - helped them forge ahead.
Beauden Barrett's 68th-minute try - converted by Jason Woodward - got the Hurricanes within a point, but they could not get their noses back in front. Cory Jane, Dane Coles and TJ Perenara also touched down for the home team.
Barrett had a poor game with the boot, managing only one successful penalty and one conversion from numerous attempts. He almost set up the decisive score in the final minute, though, with his pass finding Woodward, who was unable to hold on with an open try-line gaping.
Seta Tamanivalu scored two tries for the Chiefs in the first half, with McKenzie adding the extras on both occasions.