Hurricanes blow away Force

2012-03-09 14:54

Cape Town - The Hurricanes have beaten the Force in their Super Rugby clash in Perth on Friday.

The Hurricanes won 46-19 after leading 22-10 at half-time.

The Hurricanes scored six tries through scrumhalf TJ Perenara (3), fullback Andre Taylor, lock Jason Eaton and wing Charlie Ngatai. Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was successful for two conversions and a penalty. Replacement Dan Kirkpatrick was on target with four conversions and a penalty.

The Force replied with a try by No 8 Matt Hodgson. No 10 James Stannard landed the conversion as well as four penalties.

The Hurricanes picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, and moved to second in the New Zealand Conference standings and third in the Overall log. The Force left empty-handed and remained bottom in the Australian Conference and 14th in the Overall standings.

In next week's Round 4 action, the Hurricanes face the Highlanders in Wellington, while the Force travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs.



15. Cameron Shepherd, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Patrick Dellit, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 10. James Stannard, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Matthew Hodgson, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Richard Brown, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Toby Lynn, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Kieran Longbottom

Substitutes: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Pekahou Cowan, 18. Sam Wykes, 19. Angus Cottrell, 20. Justin Turner, 21. Ben Seymour, 22. Alifeleti Mafi

15. André Taylor, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Conrad Smith (captain), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Jack Lam, 6. Faifili Levave, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ben May

Substitutes: 16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Michael Bent, 18. James Broadhurst, 19. Brad Shields, 20. Chris Eaton, 21. Dan Kirkpatrick, 22. Charlie Ngatai


  • Sulaiman - 2012-03-09 15:05

    gee whizz superbru se ma se *&^%. lol (^^,)

      Boer - 2012-03-09 15:09

      Did you pick Crusaders and Force? Hehehehe

      Sulaiman - 2012-03-09 15:14

      Yes I did but at least in my fantasy league I chose Conrad Smith and Cory Jane as my Captain will be earning some points there.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-09 15:19

      I had the morning wrong and afternoon right but my margin is wayyyyyyyyy out lol

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-09 15:07

    Maybe the lions didn't play so bad after all, just look at that handsome score nobody saw that one coming

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-09 16:22

      maybe the Force are just crap??

  • Boer - 2012-03-09 15:10

    Don't be surprise if their are 3 NZ teams in the playoffs.

      Sulaiman - 2012-03-09 15:16

      Chiefs and Hurricanes are really looking good and Highlanders don't look that bad either.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-09 15:18

      @Sulaiman yeah they are and note not one of them have won the competition so far!

      Sulaiman - 2012-03-09 15:24

      Well it would be refreshing seeing that Stormers also never won it before but I don't see a South African team winning this year neither the Reds so my pick will be one of the three.

      Sulaiman - 2012-03-09 15:28

      Totally forgot about the Waratahs they are also looking good would choose them from an Australian point of veiw definately will be in the top six combined.

      Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-03-09 18:03

      In SA conference I back the bulls with their current form you cannot beat them in loftus mark my words sharks and stormers not convincing this year

  • Nico - 2012-03-09 15:23

    the Canes looked VERY good! maybe force will be the easy beats this year?

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-09 15:23

      But they didn't do badly against the Brumbies I think competition is alot closer this year

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-03-09 15:29

    I honestly don't know why so many people backed the Force to win. They've got a bad home record and just can't score tries. Hurricanes aren't great but they're still dangerous.

      Rich - 2012-03-09 15:47

      Totally agree. The Force were shocking and made the Canes look better than they are but they are dangerous in broken play. However their scrum is probably the worst in the competition. Terrible commentary once again from the Australians. The Reds will get to play the Force and the Rebels twice which gives them a huge advantage.

      Sean - 2012-03-09 16:35

      Also agree. I heard a stat that the Force averaged just over a try a match last year. And the Canes handling was brilliant against the Lions last week. I had them down to win this one, though the margin got me.

  • Sean - 2012-03-09 16:33

    This is the same side people are backing to end last in the NZ conference! I know their wins are against sides many consider weak (and I'm a Lions fan) but two wins on the road is a huge bonus. With the Crusaders losing again this side is looking good.

  • Marnus - 2012-03-09 17:11

    "moved to second in the New Zealand Conference standings and third in the Overall log. " How difficult is it for reporters to understand the concept of the Super Rugby log? Top 3 on overall log will ALWAYS be the top team in each respective conference. Thus the Hurricanes can't be in top 3 if they are 2nd NZ team.

      Jason Children - 2012-03-10 06:17

      not correct! what if two local games end in draws? or the SA and NZ teams get 5 and AUS dont understand conference rugby either.

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