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Hurricanes keep faint title hopes alive

Posted On: 8 Aug 2020   |   Posted By: Planet Rugby

Hurricanes keep faint title hopes alive

Hurricanes still have an outside chance of claiming the inaugural Super Rugby Rugby Aotearoa title after overcoming the Chiefs 31-18 in Wellington on Saturday.
They are now just one point behind the Blues and three shy of the Crusaders, but they must hope that the Highlanders cause a shock on Sunday to give them an opportunity of winning it next week.
For the Chiefs, Warren Gatland has endured a poor first season in charge of the two-time Super Rugby champions, despite a positive start. They won four of their opening six matches but the team have struggled since the restart, losing all eight of their Aotearoa contests.
Once again, the away side were competitive, but a disappointing first half-hour immediately put them under pressure as Peter Umaga-Jensen touched down twice for the hosts.
Damian McKenzie's penalty was their only response before Sean Wainui went over early in the second period, but the Canes were ultimately too good.
Tries from Dane Coles, Kobus van Wyk and Billy Proctor sealed the win,...

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