Friday Jul 20, 2018

Thumping hits from Barrett and Laumape as Hurricanes beat Chiefs

Thumping hits from Barrett and Laumape as Hurricanes beat Chiefs
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The Hurricanes have made the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 32-31 playoff win over the Chiefs. With five minutes left in the match, they had led 32-17. There were plenty of big tackles throughout, with centres Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett delivering the biggest shots.

The Hurricanes got off to a flyer as Julian Savea was gifted an intercept try early doors, then very nearly picked up a second minutes later, but was tracked down as he didn’t have the legs.

They led 17-10 at the break, looking a far more composed side than a week ago.

Scores were tied not long after but when Ben Lam crossed for a converted try in the 69th minute, the score was set at 32-17 and the hosts looked comfortable.

Damian Mckenzie was dangerous throughout, but also made a few glaring errors and wasn’t able to turn things around for the visitors, despite them coming close at the end. The final scoreline flattered them as the contest was already out of reach.

The Hurricanes will likely face the Crusaders in Christchurch unless the Sharks can spring an upset in the next quarterfinal match tomorrow. 

The three big hits here lit up the Westpac Stadium crowd, with Chiefs loose forward Mitch Karpik unfortunately on the end of two of them, including one after eighty minutes.

Catch up on the match highlights:

credit: superrugby

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  •  drg
    drg

    Yeh definitely doesn't come in for the kill, just seems like the laws have got tighter and tighter it sort of excuses referees from making sensible calls, especially given the common quote of "I have no other option". Thankfully this situation didn't get flagged.

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  •  im1
    im1

    I'd say the canes second man absorbs the impact rather than tries to make a hit, so its ok.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Cracking tackles... BUT.... The tackle at 0:31 seconds, pause it around the 32-34 second mark, Number 20's head hits the shoulder of the Canes second man... Where does the law lie on things like that these days? Could that realistically be viewed as a card or penalty worthy? That's not actually trying to be "that guy", it's literally clarification on how that's viewed in the arse of the law...

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