Hurricanes star Beauden Barrett makes extraordinary pick up to score excellent solo try in Canes win over Chiefs

The Hurricanes have outclassed the Chiefs 25-13 in their Super Rugby derby match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.


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.

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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.

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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.

Hurricanes Ben Lam. Hurricanes V Chiefs. Super Rugby round 8 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 13th April 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down /
Hurricanes winger Ben Lam. Source: Photosport

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It's a close match here in Wellington and you just get a sense that this game may come down to the last minute.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And we are back underway with the Hurricanes kicking off to the Chiefs.


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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.

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MISS! Damian McKenzie misses an easy shot at goal after the Hurricanes were penalised for collapsing the scrum.

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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.

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Chiefs' Damian McKenzie is tackled by Hurricanes Ricky Riccitelli and Michael Fatialofa during the Hurricanes vs Chiefs Super Rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 13th of March 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville /
Chiefs' Damian McKenzie is tackled by Hurricanes Ricky Riccitelli and Michael Fatialofa during a Super Rugby. Source: Photosport

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.

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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.

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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.

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THREE! Jordie Barrett nails another shot at goal after the Hurricanes monstered the Chiefs in a scrum.


THREE! Damian McKenzie slots a tricky penalty kick at goal on the angle.


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.


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' Ngani Laumape is tackled by Chiefs' Nathan Harris during a Hurricanes match against the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 9th of June 2017. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville /
Hurricanes' Ngani Laumape is tackled by Chiefs' Nathan Harris during a Hurricanes match against the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Source: Photosport


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.

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Ryan Crotty admits All Blacks underutilised kicking game in loss to South Africa

All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty admitted an area his side failed to utilise in their loss to the Springboks was their kicking game.

The 30-year-old said at a press conference overnight in Argenitna that keeping the ball in hand during their Rugby ChampionshipTest match in Wellington a fortnight ago put them under more pressure.

"I think potentially...we could have kicked a little bit more," Crotty said.

"(We) could have put them under a little bit more pressure. We held the ball a lot and created some opportunities."

The All Blacks went down 36-34 at Westpac Stadium, in a match that went right down to the wire.

"They made a lot of tackles, but potentially we could have put them under pressure in other ways," Crotty said.

The All Blacks are in Argentina, where they take on the Pumas in Buenos Aires on Sunday at José Amalfitani Stadium.

Ryan Crotty.
New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa Springboks. Rugby Championship test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday 15 September 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /
All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty in action against the Springboks in Wellington. Source: Photosport



Revitalised by Springboks loss, All Blacks 'jumping out of their skin' for Argentina Test

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster revealed that there was a new revitalised energy at training amongst the team, ahead of their Sunday Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

After reviewing their 36-34 loss to the Springboks a fortnight ago in Wellington, Foster said the players were eager to correct their mistakes.

"I think everyone was jumping out of their skin to get onto the training park and have a good blowout today," said Foster.

"Two or three days of recovering and our normal processes of reviewing and planning, a bit of added spice to it from our last game."

Argentina will have a lot of confidence going into Sunday's Test, after defeating Australia 23-19 in the Gold Coast two weeks ago.

"We try to keep our processes as consistent as possible because what we are trying to do is review a performance, not just a result," Foster said.

The ABs assistant coach says there is a new energy in the team following their upset. Source: All Blacks TV

"It does add a little bit when you come off a poor performance and the fact that that performance equated to a loss is a bit of a double whammy."

The All Blacks need a bonus point victory against the Pumas this weekend to secure the Rugby Championship title for a third consecutive year.

"We've pulled a few things apart and we are pretty happy as to where we have got to," Foster said.

Argentina defeated the Springboks last month 32-19 in Mendoza but were outclassed 46-24 by the All Blacks the last time they met at Trafalgar Park in Nelson earlier this month.

Jack Goodhue of the All Blacks fends off Tomas Lezana of Argentina during a Rugby Championship match, All Blacks V Argentina , Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand, 8th September, 2018. Copyright photo: John Davidson /
Jack Goodhue of the All Blacks fends off Tomas Lezana of Argentina during a Rugby Championship match in Nelson. Source: Photosport



England can overtake All Blacks 'within a year' says John Mitchell

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell believes that England can overtake New Zealand in less than 12 months, having recently joined Eddie Jones' coaching set-up.

Having been in charge of the All Blacks in an ill-fated stint from 2001-03, 54-year old Mitchell now finds himself as England's defence coach, and will take on old team in November.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mitchell says that beating the All Blacks is a key motivator for his new side, but says that it can happen in less than 12 months.

"I really believe that England can get better and be the best within a year's time. I really do believe that. Why? Because of what I've seen in the past."

"They [the All Blacks] are outstanding, but I guess what gives us all life is that it is a World Cup year and a World Cup does close the gap.

"It's knockout rugby and you just need to focus on being the better team yourself.

"New Zealand have set the benchmark and sent out the signal to all of us – 'you come and get us'."

Conrad Smith against England Source: Photosport


'Never give up until your time is finished' - Israel Dagg still dreaming of All Blacks recall

Former All Black Israel Dagg says he refuses to believe his time in the black jersey is over, after falling down the pecking order in Steve Hansen's side.

Dagg, 30, is currently in the middle of a stint with the Canon Eagles in Japan, appearing to be behind the likes of Rieko Ioane, Ben Smith, Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo in the reckoning for a spot in the All Blacks' back three.

Speaking to Stuff though, Dagg says that he's confident of adding to his 66 Tests, having this year won a second straight Super Rugby title with the Crusaders.

"You never give up until your time is finished in New Zealand. I'll go back to Christchurch next year and give it one last whirl and if it works out, it works out," Dagg said.

"It's pretty competitive in the back three, especially in my position, so we'll see how it goes. I've just got to start playing well for the Crusaders and hopefully things take care of themselves."

With less than a year until the next World Cup in Japan, Dagg also says that he's using the memory of 2015 as motivation, having been overlooked for Steve Hansen's squad for the England tournament.

"It does light a bit of fire in the belly. I hold no grudges, [missing the 2015 Rugby World Cup] was a long time ago. Being a family man now, you kind of can deal with things a lot easier now. Whatever happens, happens. I'll go back to New Zealand and give it my best."

Dagg is yet to feature for the Canon Eagles due to a calf injury, but is available to make his debut on Sunday against the Coca-Cola Red Sparks.

Israel Dagg Source: Getty