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Hurricanes hold on

The Hurricanes held out a fast-finishing Chiefs side to claim an exciting 29-26 Super Rugby win at Westpac Stadium.

The home side were outscored by three tries to two but some superb goal-kicking from fly-halves Aaron Cruden and Daniel Kirkpatrick got them across the line.

Cruden converted prop John Schwalger's first half-try and slotted three penalties before being replaced by Kirkpatrick, who added the extras to Tyson Keats' crucial score in the 64th minute before nailing two more penalties which proved to be enough.

Chiefs fly-half Stephen Donald converted his own five-point effort and kicked two penalties before he limped off with 35 minutes remaining.

By that stage flanker Scott Waldrom had added to the try tally and although Donald's replacement Mike Delany added three more points with a penalty, when fullback Tim Nanai-Williams dotted down in the corner in the final two minutes, he could not add the conversion and the Hurricanes scraped home, denying Tana Umaga a successful return to his former stomping ground.

Meanwhile, an after-the-siren penalty from Stephen Brett helped the Blues snatch a 22-22 draw against the Western Force at Perth's nib Stadium.

The Force led 22-12 with less than four minutes left and had looked certain to register their first win of the season.

But Blues hooker Keven Mealamu scored a try which Brett converted in the 77th minute, before the substitute fly-half kicked the tying penalty.

First-half tries by Lionel Mapoe and Derrick Minnie helped the Lions secure a 25-20 victory of the season over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.


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