Cape Town - The Chiefs put in an inspired defensive performance to beat the Hurricanes in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby clash in Wellington on Friday.
The Chiefs won 17-14 after the score was dead-locked at 7-all at half-time.
The Chiefs scored two tries through flyhalf Aaron Cruden and wing James Lowe. Fullback Damian
McKenzie added both conversions and a penalty.
The Hurricanes, the tournament's leading try scorers, were restricted to two tries of their own by lock Vaea Fifita and replacement back Wes Goosen. Fullback Jordie Barrett was on target with both conversions.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory, but stayed third in the ultra-competitive New Zealand Conference.
The Hurricanes left with a single point for losing by fewer than seven points and stayed second in the New Zealand Conference.
Both sides will play the touring British & Irish Lions in the coming weeks before their final Super Rugby regular phase matches on Saturday, July 15 when the Chiefs host the Brumbies in Hamilton (07:15 SA time) and the Hurricanes welcome the table-topping unbeaten Crusaders to Wellington (09:35 SA time).
Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape,
11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie
Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3
Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Chris Eves
Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen
McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie
Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera
Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5
Michael Allardice, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson