Super Rugby playoffs: Barrett masterclass helps Hurricanes see off Chiefs to secure home final

The Hurricanes are through to the Super Rugby grand final, after beating the Chiefs 25-9 in Wellington

Super Rugby playoffs: Barrett masterclass helps Hurricanes see off Chiefs to secure home final
Cory Jane celebrates Beauden Barrett's try (image source: AFP via foxsports)

The Hurricanes are through to their second consecutive Super Rugby final after beating the Chiefs 25-9 at Westpac Stadium

A hotly-contested semi-final between two of New Zealand's top sides saw the number one seeds triumph behind 15 points from fly-half Beauden Barrett and a staunch defence, which held out for the second week in a row. 

The Hurricanes will now host next Saturday's final against either the Lions or Highlanders who meet in the second semi-final at Ellis Park

Barrett dominates first-half as hosts build solid lead

Having destroyed the Sharks 41-0 in last week's quarter-final, the Hurricanes are hitting their straps at just the right time, with Barrett in particular bringing his best form when it matters most. 

The outside-half brought this semi-final to life in the sixth minute with a typically outstanding break. Having caught the ball deep in his own half, Barrett chipped over the incoming defensive line before re-gathering his chip and charging upfield. 

Willis Halaholo scores the first try of the game (image source:

Tackled just short of the line, Barrett threw an astonishing offload into the hands of Willis Halaholo who broke one tackle before crashing over for the games first points. 

Having watched Damian McKenzie cut into the Hurricanes lead with a penalty goal, Barrett responded with three points of his own to stretch the lead back out to five following a barnstorming run from Ardie Savea who was a constant menace all night for the Chiefs. 

Then, with half-time on the horizon, Barrett broke the game open with a try of his own making, intercepting an errant pass from Chiefs skipper Sam Cane before racing clear unaposed for a 15-3 lead. 

Vito adds third try before Canes defence books them home final

Despite being without their first choice front-row of Reg Goodes, Jeff Toomaga-Allen and influential skipper Dane Coles, the Hurricanes scrum held steady for most of the game, and was a major factor in their third try. 

Having forced the Chiefs into a mistake close to their own line, the Hurricanes were awarded a five-metre scrum which they turned into seven points. From the back of the solid set-piece, TJ Perenara dummied to go right, completely foxing opposite number Brad Weber who followed him, and allowing number eight Victor Vito enough room to crash over. 

TJ Perenara drags down Damian McKenzie just short of the line (image source: Simon Watts/Getty)

Sitting on a 16-point lead, the Hurricanes were heavy favourites, and once more they could rely on their defence to hold on for the victory, shutting out their opponents for the second time in two weeks. 

The Chiefs went close on a number of occassions but didn't show the efficiency in their attack which had seen them put 60 points on the Stormers last weekend. Even with Cory Jane in the sin-bin, all the visitors could come away with in the second-half was a solitary penalty goal and they eventually went down to a 16-point defeat which ended their season. 

The Hurricanes roll on to next week's final, which they will host, and Chris Boyd's men have been given an instant opportunity to right last year's wrongs where they were defeated on home soil in the showpiece event.