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An out-of-this-world offload helped the ‘Canes bounce back from a 13 – 0 deficit.


IT PROBABLY DIDN’T get much better than Sonny Bill Williams’ big hit for the Chiefs in New Plymouth this morning as the Hurricanes finished a brilliant regular season of Super Rugby with another impressive win.

The ‘Canes won 13 – 21 thanks to tries from Conrad Smith and James Marshall (in for injured-again Beauden Barrett), but it was Marshall’s younger brother Tom who inadvertently offered the league leaders a route back in to the game as he was penalised for an armless hit on Julian Savea on 33 minutes.

Check out the astonishing offload from Nehe Milner-Skudder that forced Marshall in to desperate measures.


The contact forced Savea in to touch, but the fullback was yellow carded and a penalty try was awarded at a time when the Chiefs led 13 – 0.

Conrad Smith scores a try Source: Photosport/John Cowpland/INPHO

Within five minutes, Conrad Smith put the ‘Canes ahead, racing in near the posts after James Marshall made the break, two local boys silencing the crowd in New Plymouth.

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