Above: Devan Flanders made his first start in a match for the Hurricanes on Friday against the Chiefs. He is the 45th different player to start at flanker. More stats from this match below.
- By Peter Marriott
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Won 27-24
The Hurricanes 19th win against the Chiefs equals their record for the most victories against another side. They have also beaten the Highlanders and Lions 19 times.
The Hurricanes have now aggregated 867 points against the Chiefs: the most against any other New Zealand side. Next up is the Blues which has conceded 839 points to the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes record against all other New Zealand sides is now won 67, lost 67, drawn five: from 139 matches played.
The Hurricanes won their first match at Hamilton since beating the Chiefs 39-32 on 9 February 2007.
In the meantime the two sides played nine matches, seven of which were won by the Chiefs: two were drawn. The sequence went: L L D L L L L L D.
The Hurricanes have scored 27 points in a match on eight occasions including three times against the Chiefs. The previous two times resulted in wins to the Chiefs: 51-27 at Wellington in 2001, and 28-27, also at Wellington, in 2016.
By an amazing coincidence, the average Hurricanes score in a match is now 27.10 (9,214 points divided by 340 matches) and their average score conceded is 23.98 (8,156 points divided by 340 matches). This is the first time the Hurricanes have ever won a match 27-24.
This was the first time in their history the Hurricanes have started a match with co-captains. (After 340 matches).
Vince Aso appeared in his 50th Super Rugby match for the Hurricanes. He is the 51st player to do so. Aso made his debut against the Brumbies in Canberra on 26 February 2016.
Ben Lam also played his 50th Super Rugby match. However it was only his 44th for the Hurricanes, he having appeared in six matches for the Blues.
For the first time since the Semifinal against the Crusaders at Christchurch on 28 July 2018, the Hurricanes started successive matches without a change in the backline.
Dane Coles made his first start in a match in 2020.
Ben May made his first start in a match in 2020.
Asafo Aumua scored his first Super Rugby try: in his 21st match for the Hurricanes.
Ross Geldenhuys appeared for the Chiefs having played five matches for the Hurricanes in 2019.
Aaron Cruden appeared for the Chiefs having played for the Hurricanes and scored a total of 27 points against the Chiefs on three occasions in 2010 and 2011.
Ben Lam scored a try for the fourth match in a row.
TJ Perenara was awarded a yellow card. It was the Hurricanes fifth of the season. Perenara appeared in his 16th match against the Chiefs to equal the Hurricanes record for most matches against that franchise. Julian Savea also appeared in 16 matches. However, Perenara has
started in every one whereas Savea started in 14.
South African referee Jaco Peyper, who has now been in charge of 15 matches involving the Hurricanes (six wins, nine losses), controlled a record 111th Super Rugby match. The previous record holder was New Zealand’s Steve Walsh, who refereed in 110 matches.
Fraser Armstrong, Dane Coles and Ben May became the 74th different front row combination to start a match for the Hurricanes. It is the fourth combination to be used in the six matches played so far in 2020.
Jordie Barrett scored 12 points in the match to take his tally in 53 Super Rugby appearances to 303. He is now fifth on the Hurricanes all-time list behind brother Beauden (1238), David Holwell (676), Jimmy Gopperth (356) and Christian Cullen (308).