The Hurricanes' all‑star backline has propelled them to a 25‑13 win over the Chiefs to go top in the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.
A table‑topping Kiwi derby featured no shortage of highlights as the hosts ran out three tries‑to‑one winners last night in Wellington, led by more scintillating attack from Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett.
The trio shared the tries, although Chiefs five‑eighth Damian McKenzie and winger Solomon Alaimalo also continued their brilliant campaigns.
Both teams were out to add to five‑match winning streaks after losing their respective opening matches.
The 2015 champion Hurricanes had too much class, allowing them to leapfrog the Lions and Crusaders, who had byes this week. They can't be overtaken during the remainder of round nine.
The Hurricanes continued to mix brutal defence with ambitious attack, which was on show in all three tries.
Today the Sunwolves meet the Blues at 3.05pm, the Rebels take on the Jaguares at 5.15pm, The Highlanders face the Brumbies at 7.35pm while the Reds will take on the Waratahs at 9.45 tonight.
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