Seven days earlier, the Chiefs had beaten the Hurricanes in the final regular-season encounter, but a repeat at Westpac Stadium proved beyond them in an entertaining contest that started with a Julian Savea interception try in the first minute.
A pair of late consolation tries from the Chiefs ensured the final score was one that reflected what was for the most part a tight tussle, but it is the Hurricanes who progress to face either the Crusaders or the Sharks in the last four.
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Savea opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when he picked off a pass and raced away to score under the posts.
He came close to repeating the feat soon after but was hauled down deep in the Chiefs’ territory.
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However, the boot of Barrett nudged the Hurricanes ahead once more and this time there was no way back for the Chiefs.
McKenzie finished off a well-worked move and Boshier crashed over from short range as the Chiefs finished their season with a flourish to give the scoreline a much more flattering look.