Thrilling Semi-Final in the Capital

RNZ - Photo: Photosport / Masanori Udagawa.

In an intense Super Rugby Pacific semi-final clash at Sky Stadium, the Chiefs emerged victorious against the Hurricanes, clinching a spot in the final with a 30-19 win. The match, held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, was a thrilling encounter marked by dynamic plays and strategic prowess from both teams.

First Half: Chiefs Dominate Early

The Chiefs started the match with impressive momentum. Within the first seven minutes, Samipeni Finau and Cortez Ratima each crossed the try line, with Damian McKenzie converting both tries and adding a penalty in the 15th minute to bring the score to 17-0.

The Hurricanes fought back, showing resilience and skill. Peter Lakai scored a try in the 21st minute, with Brett Cameron successfully converting, narrowing the deficit to 17-7. Despite their efforts, the Hurricanes were unable to further penetrate the Chiefs’ defense, ending the first half trailing by ten points.

Second Half: Hurricanes Rally, Chiefs Hold Strong

The second half saw the Hurricanes intensify their attack. Brett Cameron and Billy Proctor both scored tries, with Cameron converting his own try. However, crucial plays by Chiefs’ players like Wallace Sititi and Emoni Narawa consistently disrupted the Hurricanes’ momentum.

In the 62nd minute, a brilliant intercept by Sititi led to Rona’s try, extending the Chiefs’ lead to 25-14. Despite a late surge from the Hurricanes, including a try by Proctor, McKenzie’s tactical kicking and the Chiefs’ robust defense sealed their victory.

Key Moments

  • 3′: Try by Samipeni Finau, converted by Damian McKenzie
  • 6′: Try by Cortez Ratima, converted by McKenzie
  • 15′: McKenzie scores a penalty goal
  • 21′: Peter Lakai’s try, converted by Brett Cameron
  • 62′: Rona scores after Sititi’s intercept
  • 71′: Billy Proctor scores for the Hurricanes


The Chiefs’ win underscores their exceptional form this season, characterized by strategic depth and individual brilliance. The Hurricanes, despite their spirited performance, fell short but demonstrated why they remain one of the most formidable teams in the competition. As the Chiefs move on to the final, fans can eagerly await another showcase of high-stakes rugby.

The Chiefs’ victory at Sky Stadium cements their status as a powerhouse in the Super Rugby Pacific, setting the stage for an exciting final matchup the Blues next week at Eden Park.