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Hurricanes stun Chiefs in six-try rout

HAMMER BLOW:The Waikato Chiefs’ hopes to win a third successive Super 15 crown were all but shattered as they dropped to last in the New Zealand conference


AP, PERTH, Australia

Captain Matt Hodgson scored his second double of the season to help the Western Force to a 29-19 win over the Golden Lions yesterday, clinching a club-record eighth win this year and lifting the Force to second place in the Australian conference.

Hodgson scored the Force’s first try in the 35th minute and their fourth and final, bonus-point try two minutes from fulltime. Three tries _ two to the Force and one to the Lions _ came in a frenzied last five minutes.

Until then, the match had been notable for the solidity of the Lions defense.

Though the Force had huge advantages of territory and possession, they struggled to score tries until the Lions were reduced to 14 men late in the first half.

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