Wet and muddy conditions kept the contest close to start, but the holders were able to slowly rack up the points to win.
If her New South Wales Swifts win on Sunday, she will become the only Kiwi with two trans-Tasman league titles.
The Hurricanes are the ones with all the expectations on them, and the Chiefs are quite happy to slide under the radar.
Danielle Johnson back in action after holiday.
Three debutants to start Ranfurly Shield defence against King Country in Matamata, with another three waiting on the bench.