Hurricanes edge Chiefs in Super Rugby

Fullback Jordie Barrett kicked a penalty four minutes after the fulltime siren to give the Hurricanes a 27-24 Super Rugby win over New Zealand conference leaders the Chiefs on Friday.

The Hurricanes carried the ball through 37 phases before winning a penalty for a late tackle.

Barrett slotted the ball between the posts from 40 metres to allow the Hurricanes to overcome a 24-14 deficit in the second half, which coincided with the loss of their halfback T.J. Perenara to a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

The Hurricanes also bounced back from a contentious home loss last weekend to the Blues in a match in which they were reduced to 12 men in the second half by one red and two yellow cards.

The loss of Perenara to the sin bin in the 56th minute brought back chilling memories of the Blues loss, especially when the Chiefs scored through winger Shaun Stevenson to extend their lead to double digits while the Hurricanes were a man short.

But the Hurricanes camped in Chiefs territory through most of the last 10 minutes and fought their way back into the match.

Barrett cut the lead to seven points with a 61st minute penalty, then replacement hooker Asafo Aumuo drove through a lineout to score a try, converted by Barrett, which levelled the score after 71 minutes.

The Hurricanes finally snapped the deadlock when Chiefs No.8 Pita Gus Sowakula was penalised for a late tackle.

"It was very crucial to get this win away from home," Hurricanes co-captain Dane Coles said.

"We talked about it during the week. We had to focus on these two weeks, against the Chiefs and then the Crusaders."

The Hurricanes led early with a try to winger Ben Lam, created by an inside break by Perenara.

The Chiefs then edged ahead with a try to flanker Lachlan Boshier but the Hurricanes went to halftime leading 14-10 after a try to five-eighth Fleltcher Smith.

Chiefs centre Tumua Manu put his team ahead 17-14 when he pushed off three Hurricanes tacklers in a powerful dash to the line before Stevenson's try allowed the home side to capitalise on Perenara's absence.