The Hurricanes have outclassed the Chiefs 25-13 in their Super Rugby derby match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.
FULLTIME - HURRICANES 25 CHIEFS 13
Beauden Barrett was sensational for the home team scoring a try and setting them up for his teammates. Ben Lam had a strong outing again for the Hurricanes on the left wing, having a great battle with his Chiefs opposite Solomon Alaimalo. The Hurricanes win over the Chiefs means they now sit on top of the New Zealand Super Rugby conference ladder.
80 mins - HURRICANES 25 CHIEFS 13
THREE! Jordie Barrett lands a 45m kick at goal and has the last say of the match as the Hurricanes defeat the Chiefs 25-13.
74 mins - HURRICANES 22 CHIEFS 13
Damian McKenzie makes another break for the Chiefs this time down the left edge but the Hurricanes shut him down and tackle him into touch.
68 mins - HURRICANES 22 CHIEFS 13
It's a close match here in Wellington and you just get a sense that this game may come down to the last minute.
58 mins - HURRICANES 22 CHIEFS 13
TRY! The Chiefs finally get themselves over the try-line. They go side to side and the Hurricanes find themselves short on defence down their right flank. Some good passing from Damian McKenzie and Charlie Ngatai in the midfield and it is McKenzie who delivers a pin-point pass to Lachlan Boshier who scores down the left edge.
Damian McKenzie converts the kick from the side-line.
53 mins - HURRICANES 22 CHIEFS 6
Beauden Barrett makes another impressive break this time from halfway and no-one gets a hand on him. He puts in a grubber for Vince Aso down the right edge but he has put too much weight on it. Would have probably been best for the Hurricanes had he held on to the ball and taken the tackle.
45 mins - HURRICANES 22 CHIEFS 6
TRY! The Hurricanes spread it wide to the right and Vince Aso is tackled short of the try-line after a last ditch tackle from Damian McKenzie. Beauden Barrett sees some space out wide and puts in a cross-field kick. Hurricanes second-five Ngani Laumape goes up and makes a successful catch and stays on his feet and dots down over the left hand corner.
Jordie Barrett's kick at goal hits the uprights, his first miss at goal tonight.
42 mins - HURRICANES 17 CHIEFS 6
TRY! Beauden Barrett makes a great pick up after Sean Wainui knocked the ball on. He puts in a grubber and beats Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick to the ball and scores the Hurricanes' second try of the match.
Jordie Barrett converts from the sideline.
40 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 6
And we are back underway with the Hurricanes kicking off to the Chiefs.
HALFTIME - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 6
40 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 6
NO TRY! Jordie Barrett makes an intercept and he is gone. But the referee rules that the Hurricanes were offside prior to Jordie making the intercept. Damian McKenzie lands his penalty kick from in front and the Chiefs trail 6-10 against the Hurricanes at the break.
34 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
MISS! Damian McKenzie misses an easy shot at goal after the Hurricanes were penalised for collapsing the scrum.
32 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
SCRUM - The Hurricanes have a feed into the scrum just outside their 22m line. Taleni Seu has been replaced by Liam Messam at eight for the Chiefs.
24 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
NO TRY! Hurricanes winger Ben Lam pops up again and makes another scintillating break inside his own 22, he is tackled at halfway but manages to offload the ball to his halfback Jamie Booth. Booth finds Jordie Barrett lurking down the right edge but he is tackled 20m out of the try-line by Solomon Alaimalo. A great defensive play by the Chiefs winger. Barrett loses the ball and the Chiefs have a scrum.
18 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
LINE BREAK! Vaea Fifita makes an excellent break inside his own 22m but he is tackled at the halfway line, he offloads to Jamie Booth and the he passes it to Jordie Barrett. His pass doesn't hit the mark. Had Barrett made the catch he looked to be away for a try under the posts.
16 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
INJURY! Play has stopped after Chiefs prop Aidan Ross suffered a nasty leg injury with his teammate Angus Ta'avao landing awkwardly on his leg. Medical staff are on the field tending to the injured prop.
15 mins - HURRICANES 10 CHIEFS 3
THREE! Jordie Barrett nails another shot at goal after the Hurricanes monstered the Chiefs in a scrum.
11 mins - HURRICANES 7 CHIEFS 3
THREE! Damian McKenzie slots a tricky penalty kick at goal on the angle.
7 mins - HURRICANES 7 CHIEFS 0
TRY! Ngani Laumape charges at the Chiefs defence off a Hurricanes line-out, he holds up the ball before delivering a perfect offload to his winger Ben Lam. The Canes left winger beats three Chiefs players and shrugs off an attempted tackle from Charlie Ngatai and scores under the posts. A brilliant try from the Canes!
Jordie Barrett adds the extras.
4 mins - HURRICANES 0 CHIEFS 0
NO TRY! The Hurricanes spread it out wide off a line-out set move, Ben Lam looks like he is in for the first try of the match down the left corner. But the linesman rules he is in touch.
HURRICANES 0 CHIEFS 0
KICK-OFF! And we are underway with the Chiefs kick off to the Hurricanes!
Both the Hurricanes and the Chiefs have won five matches so far this season and have lost one each.
The home side will welcome back their star first-five Beauden Barrett with the Chiefs likely to be without their star pivot Damian McKenzie.
The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes the last time they faced off in round 16 in June, edging the home team 17-14.
Tonight's winner will go top of the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (c) 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Reserves: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen.
Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai (c), 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie/Marty McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardon/Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao-Matau, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Reserves: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobsen, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Marty McKenzie/Tiaan Falcon, 23 Alex Nankivell.