25 May 2014

Hurricanes blitz Chiefs

12:29 am on 25 May 2014

The Hurricanes have kept their Super Rugby playoff hopes alive by blitzing the Chiefs 45-8 in Wellington.

The home side were in electrifying form combining silky skills with resolute defense to run in six tries to the Chiefs' one.

The Hurricanes' fullback Andre Taylor crossed the line first, but was stretchered off early in the second half with a suspected broken ankle.

Winger Julian Savea scored two long range tries, the second from a back move that's rarely executed successfully beyond the training paddock.

Prop Ben Franks barged over from short distance in the first half, but was later substituted after tweaking a groin.

Loose forwards Jack Lam and Brad Shields also dotted down for the Hurricanes, while Beuden Barrett had a flawless night with the boot kicking 15 points.

The Chiefs' first five eighth Gareth Anscombe opened the scoring with a penalty, but his only company on the scorecard was substitute loose forward Liam Squire who scored his side's soul try in the 14th minute.

The win has lifted the Hurricanes into 2nd in the New Zealand conference and 5th overall, while the Chiefs have tumbled to 4th and 8th.