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Hurricanes dominate Chiefs to score 7th consecutive victory

The Hurricanes clinched their seventh consecutive win of the Super Rugby Pacific season, triumphing over the Chiefs with a final score of 36-23 in Wellington.

The home team capitalised on their array of offensive weapons in round eight, with standout performances from Asofo Aumua, Jordie Barrett, Kini Naholo, Tyrel Lomax, and Ruben Love.

Adding to the spectacle Hurricanes stalwart TJ Perenara equaled Julian Savea’s Super Rugby try record, notching his 62nd career try. Stepping up in place of the injured Cam Roigard, Perenara proved his mettle with a brace of tries.

Although leading 17-13 at halftime, the Hurricanes faced early pressure from the Chiefs in the second half. But they rallied late in the game, securing victory with a flurry of late tries.

Hurricanes coach Clark Laidlaw lauded the performance, crediting their physicality in the pack for reclaiming momentum..

Chiefs captain Luke Jacobson was disappointed with his team’s third loss of the season, citing errors and missed opportunities as decisive factors. Despite a valiant effort, they struggled to assert themselves on the field, particularly in the first half.

The Hurricanes dominated possession in the opening 40 minutes, keeping the Chiefs on the defensive. Damian McKenzie showcased his skills with impressive offloads and tactical kicks, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide in favour of the visitors.

With the bonus point win, the Hurricanes maintain their position atop the standings as they prepare to face the Fijian Drua in Suva. Meanwhile, the Chiefs will utilise the bye week to regroup before their next match.

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