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Early Savea score tips the balance as Hurricanes see off Chiefs to make Super semis

Either the Crusaders or the Sharks will be the semi-final opponents for the Hurricanes after they saw off the Chiefs in the last eight.

THE HURRICANES ARE a game away from a third Super Rugby final in four seasons after they overcame the Chiefs 32-31 in this morning’s quarter-final.

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Seven after losing in Waikato, the repeat in Wellington was edged by the ‘Canes.with a Julian Savea interception try putting them on the front foot in the first minute.

The Chiefs stayed within striking until just after the hour mark, when TJ Perenara’s second try helped the Hurricanes to pull away.

A pair of late consolation tries from the Chiefs ensured the final score was one that reflected what was for the most part a tight tussle, but it is the Hurricanes who progress to face either the Crusaders or the Sharks in the last four.

Savea opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when he picked off a pass and raced away to score under the posts.

Julian Savea intercepts and runs in a try despite Shaun Stevenson Source: Photosport/Marty Melville/INPHO

He came close to repeating the feat soon after but was hauled down deep in the Chiefs’ territory.

But six minutes after Savea had broken the deadlock, the Chiefs levelled matters as neat handling work down the left sent Brad Weber in to dot down.

Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie traded penalties before Perenara dashed over to restore the Hurricanes’ advantage and give them a 17-10 lead going into the break.

Anton Lienert-Brown redressed the balance 11 minutes into the second half as he latched onto an excellent run from Lachlan Boshier.

However, the boot of Barrett nudged the Hurricanes ahead once more and this time there was no way back for the Chiefs.

Perenara squirmed over for his second after some intense pressure on the Chiefs line before Ben Lam gave the Hurricanes what proved decisive breathing room when he went over in the left corner.

benlam-cropped_18h9trtm65zf21t2loygj886nv Ben Lam scores for Hurricanes against Chiefs.

McKenzie finished off a well-worked move and Boshier crashed over from short range as the Chiefs finished their season with a flourish to give the scoreline a much more flattering look.

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