In what could be his last home appearance for the Hurricanes, Savea snatched McKenzie’s long ball on counter-attack, which sailed slightly in wind. The clearing box kick from Perenara drifted infield which forced the Chiefs to continue play, and with less than a minute on the clock, the Hurricanes had a dream start as Savea raced away to score under the posts.
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It was a case of Deja Vu less than two minutes later as Savea once again make a brilliant read as the Chiefs tried to run a scrum play to the left-hand side. Savea only had eyes for McKenzie out the back and Weber’s pass hit him perfectly in the breadbasket. He raced away towards his 50th Super Rugby try but this time the 80m dash was too much of an ask as Chiefs winger Shaun Stevenson pulled him down.
Ex-Hurricanes wing and Savea’s close friend Cory Jane described it at halftime as “the Bus running out of petrol”.
The Hurricanes will advance to the Super Rugby semi-finals after holding off the fast-finishing Chiefs 32-31 where Savea will have another chance to score his 50th before heading over to France to take up his deal with Toulon.
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