Wellington - The Brumbies shook off a sluggish start to defeat the Hurricanes 29-21 on Friday, showing glimpses of the form that took them
to last year's Super 15 final.
The Australians were behind 13-3
after 35 minutes but unleashed a try-scoring blitz to claim 19 points
either side of half-time to leave the shellshocked Hurricanes winless
after three matches.
They secured a bonus point after finishing
the game four tries to two, showing no ill effects after this week
losing Wallabies flanker David Pocock for the season, with Jarred Butler
proving an able replacement.
Skipper Ben Mowen praised his team
for bouncing back after going down to a TJ Perenara try after a
sustained period of early pressure from the Hurricanes.
"The boys worked really hard, as a group we couldn't be prouder," he said.
wasn't perfect by any means but to come over here and get a win like
that is really important, we know it's a tough place to win.
Jesse Mogg masterminded the Brumbies comeback, scoring the first try
when he cut through defence off the back of a strong scrum without a
Hurricanes player laying a hand on him.
A few minutes later, his
sideline break led to Matt Toomua sending a looping, long-distance pass
that set up winger Robbie Coleman for the second.
bustled over the line for a third just after the break as the
Hurricanes squandered their early promise with a series of handling
errors and defensive lapses.
Locky McCaffrey finished off the New
Zealanders with a fourth in the final stages although Hurricanes number
eight Blade Thomson gave them some consolation when he scored with two
minutes to go.
Skipper Conrad Smith said the Hurricanes were
convinced their approach was right but they were yet to click on the
field in a season that has so far yielded three defeats.
"Sometimes you try too hard, we're better than we showed out there," he said.
were very good defensively and frustrated us, but we've got to get used
to that because teams are going to be trying to do that to us all
In next weekend's Round 5 action, the Brumbies host the Waratahs in Canberra (Saturday, March 15 at 10:40) while the Hurricanes welcome the Cheetahs to Wellington (Saturday, March 15 at 05:35).Scorers:Hurricanes:
Tries: TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson
Conversion: Beauden Barrett
Penalties: Barrett (3)Brumbies:
Tries: Jesse Mogg, Robbie Coleman, Tevita Kuridrani, Locky McCaffrey
Conversions: Nic White (3)
15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Adam Hill, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 Marty BanksBrumbies:
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Jean-Pierre Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Locky McCaffrey, 21 Conrad Hoffman, 23 Lionel Cronje, 22 Pat McCabe