13 Mar 2011

Hurricanes pip Chiefs

7:19 am on 13 March 2011

The Hurricanes have reignited their season with a cliffhanger 29-26 win over the Chiefs in an error-strewn Super 15 match in Wellington.

After playing 122 matches for the Hurricanes Tana Umaga played his first against his old side but while his Chiefs were beaten, the former All Black skipper got probably the biggest cheer of the night at Westpac Stadium.

In a frantic closing 20 minutes, a dubious try to replacement Hurricanes halfback Tyson Keats and two penalties to substitute first-five Dan Kirkpatrick sealed a dramatic comeback after the Chiefs led 18-10 at one stage.

The Chiefs won the try count three to two but were punished for repeated infringements, Aaron Cruden and Kirkpatrick converting both tries and kicking five penalties to Stephen Donald's lone conversion and two penalties and Mike Delany's one penalty.

The Blues drew 22-22 with the Western Force in in Perth, substitute five-eighth Stephen Brett kicking a penalty after the siren to earn a share of the points.