Chiefs too strong for Hurricanes
The Chiefs returned to the top of the Super Rugby table after a resounding 34-22 win over the Hurricanes in an entertaining encounter at Waikato Stadium.
The evidence of a three-week break was clear as the Hurricanes, despite a morale-boosting non-competition victory over the Crusaders a week earlier, looked disorganised in defence on a number of occasions.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, were solid if unspectacular as they returned to their efficient best up front.
With a lot of quality ball, half-back Tawera Kerr-Barlow and fly-half Aaron Cruden did their best to find space with stabbing kicks behind the defensive line.
It proved successful as tries from Matt Vant Leven and Bundee Aki came from kick-based plays, though the first of the two was from a re-start rather than a set play.
Their fourth try was just as impressive as the intimidating forward pack stamped their mark on a weary Hurricanes outfit, prop Ben Tameifuna the try-scorer to secure a four-try bonus point.