Second half Hurricanes masterclass fells Brumbies

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But it wasn’t all one way traffic as the Brumbies took a 21-14 halftime lead on the back of three scintillating tries.

Things looked all too easy for the Hurricanes in the opening 15 minutes. The Brumbies much-vaunted scrum offered little and their attack was ineffective as the Hurricanes leapt to a 14-0 lead on the back of tries to Vince Aso and Cory Jane.


All signs were pointing to a Hurricanes rout, but the game was flipped on its head in a matter of minutes. With Wallabies prop Scott Sio struggling with injury and replaced by former North Harbour prop Nic Mayhew, the Brumbies scrum was instantly strengthened and confidence flowed across the entire team.

In a scarcely believable seven minute passage of play, the Hurricanes couldn’t get their hands on the ball as the Brumbies crossed for three tries to take a 21-14 halftime lead.

Mayhew played a leading hand in the first try by breaking through the Hurricanes defence from a lineout and feeding centre Tevita Kuridrani to score. The next try was down to a searing break from the kick off by Henry Speight before skipper Sam Carter finished off under the posts. The third try was one of the tries as the season as the Brumbies forwards and backs combined in an offloading masterclass to bamboozle the Hurricanes defence.

Just as quickly as the momentum had swung to the Brumbies, it shifted back to the Hurricanes early in the second half. Sparked by Beauden Barrett, the Hurricanes swung onto attack and gained a one-man advantage when Brumbies first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera was yellow-carded close to the line.

Hawera’s 10 minute absence proved costly for the Brumbies as Vince Aso crossed for another two tries to bring up a hat trick for the night and reclaim the lead for the Hurricanes.
Marshalled by TJ Perenara from the bench, the home side didn’t look back as Callum Gibbins (2), Mark Abbott and Ngani Laumape joined the score sheet to confirm the 56-21 bonus point win. 

Considering the Brumbies had only conceded 13 tries all season prior to tonight, the Hurricanes eight-try effort was a huge statement to the rest of the competition.

The win has taken the Hurricanes to the top of the New Zealand conference and helped to erase memories of last year’s 52-10 loss in Canberra.

Hurricanes 56 (Vince Aso 3, Cory Jane, Callum Gibbins 2, Mark Abbott, Ngani Laumape tries, Jordie Barrett 7 con, Otere Black con) Brumbies 21 (Tevita Kuridrani, Sam Carter, Joe Powell tries, Wharenui Hawera 2 con)
HT: 14-21