Chiefs eliminated heavy favourites of the Hurricanes on their turf en route towards yet another Final following their 19-30 victory

by Sports Benches

So there we have it, the 4th-ranked Chiefs have just eliminated the 1st-ranked Hurricanes on their home fortress during the 2nd semi-final at Sky Stadium in Wellington. Now two runner-up finalists from the last two years will can only become one champion for that Super Rugby trophy in next Saturday’s Final at Eden Park as the Blues will take on the  Chiefs with kick-off at 5.05pm AEST. The First half belongs to the Chiefs following a sensational start with early tries from Samipeni Finau and Cortez Ratima whereas the Hurricanes only collected just the one TRY ahead of half-time, 7-17. The home side might have prepared to scare off the Chiefs in the hope of playing in their first Final since 2016. But at the end of the day, it’s the Chiefs who managed to get the job done on what is going to be yet another Final this time v the Blues. Plus, another late Hurricanes TRY wasn’t enough to continue their spectacular 2024 campaign following their semi-finals exit alongside the regular outside finalists ACT Brumbies. The final score was 19-30 to the Chiefs over Hurricanes at Sky Stadium with one more game to go.

21-year-old Wallace Sititi has been going places with his brute strength and pace through the channels inside his Chiefs No.8 position. He can do all sorts of things  to put the Chiefs ahead like how the Hurricanes couldn’t find their own man & then Sititi read well to turn this into his own show & tell in front of Wellington and away Chiefs fans. Yes, he too would’ve liked to score one himself after another set of sprints not far from the TRY line, but Wallace definitely caused the Canes trouble in order for the best for his side to advance into the Final for another year. Chiefs also have an exciting half-back to cheer on in the hope of bringing home that championship and it’s their starting No.9 Cortez Ratima. He never stopped working hard for the most part before his well deserved rest later in the 2nd half, who knows where to find the sweet spot while backing them up with the ball on the counter-attack, thanks to the numbers he’s got to strike one down v the Hurricanes. His partnership with No.10 Damian McKenzie & the way he communicates with his players is important, so they can keep on working that magic by haunting another top side away from home at Eden Park in the Blues once again – this time for the Grand Final.

And Isaia Walker-Leawere did the best he can to push his Hurricanes side as much as possible on the second row at 5. He demonstrated brute physicality to smash the Chiefs through & dig his way both in attack and defense where the Canes never gave up until the Chiefs continued to increase their lead later on and unfortunately there’s nothing they can do as the clock ticks down. As said, they’ve had some terrific moments throughout this season that helped top the Super Rugby ladder. Yes, if it wasn’t for the no tries then the Hurricanes would’ve had been up close with the Chiefs all along to hang in there so they can get the chance to play in a Final and maybe be the next winner before & after the Crusaders for the Championship. But again, a very poor defense along with the limited possession following a bad start saw the writing off the wall by the Waikato Chiefs. 

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