Honours even, as Chiefs and Hurricanes draw
Chiefs captain Brodie Retallick said he was pleased to finally get points on the board after four losses in the opening rounds but wanted a victory.
Both sides scored two converted tries and two penalties in a New Zealand derby overshadowed by the mosque attacks in Christchurch in which at least 49 people died.
Players from both sides formed a circle in the centre of the pitch and linked arms as they bowed heads and observed a minute’s silence for the victims.
The Chiefs led 20-13 at half time and Damian McKenzie missed a 67th-minute penalty that could have sealed the win.
Captain Brodie Retallick said he was pleased to finally get points on the board after four losses in the opening rounds but wanted a victory.
“I’m slightly happier than I was in the last few weeks,” he said.
“We hung in the fight for 80 minutes, in previous weeks we might have gone in our shells a little bit and had points put on us,” he added.
“We dictated terms a bit more, which is pleasing, but we can’t be happy with a draw and we’re still searching for that first win.”
Hurricanes centre Matt Proctor was also disappointed but always knew they would face a tough task against their North Island rivals.
“It was a flipping hard game, both teams played well,” he said.
“It feels like a loss, we came her to get four points and we didn’t quite achieve that.”