Vodacom Super 14

Canes teach Brumbies a lesson

2009-04-25 11:25
Hurricanes' Conrad Smith (file)
Wellington - A first half four-try blitz propelled the Hurricanes to a 56-7 victory at Westpac Stadium over the Brumbies and temporarily to the top of the Super 14 standings on Saturday.

After commemorating Anzac Day with the match ball being delivered by an Air Force helicopter and an artillery gun firing two ceremonial shots into the cool Wellington night sky, the Hurricanes recovered from an early try to Brumbies prop Ben Alexander to blow the Australian team away.

Fullback Cory Jane, centre Conrad Smith and wingers Tamati Ellison and David Smith all scored within the first 30 minutes to give the home side a bonus point before the break.

It took the Hurricanes 15 minutes to add to their score in the second half with flyhalf Willie Ripia slotting his second penalty before the Wellington-based side cut loose in the final 25 minutes.

Replacement winger Zac Guildford scored two tries, the second from an audacious training-park move when Ripia drew the defenders across field and produced a behind-the-back flip-pass to David Smith who burst through and fed the unmarked Guildford.

Loose forwards Faifili Levave and Victor Vito also scored for the home side, who completely outplayed the Brumbies throughout.
Ripia slotted five conversions and two penalties.


Hurricanes - Tries: Victor Vito, Zac Guildford (2), Faifili Levave, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Tamati Ellison, David Smith. Conversion: Willie Ripa (5). Penalties: Ripia (2).

Brumbies - Try: Ben Alexander. Conversion: Stirling Mortlock.


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