Hurricanes remain unbeaten
Wellington - Second-half tries to Cory Jane, Callum
Gibbins and Nehe Milner-Skudder extended Wellington's perfect start to the
season as the Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 36-12 on Friday.
The Hurricanes are the only unbeaten side
in Super Rugby this season and opened up a seven-point lead over Australia's Brumbies,
who are in second place in the table on 20 points after also playing six games.
Rebels' fullback Mike Harris slotted four
first-half penalties as the Hurricanes were penalised heavily at the breakdown.
Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara,
celebrating his 50th Super Rugby cap for the team, capped off a typical
hard-running move by his team mates with a try, which was converted by fullback
Woodward, who played two seasons for the
Rebels before returning home to Wellington late last year, added a penalty to
narrow the deficit to 12-10.
The Hurricanes put the game away in the
second half, with winger Jane and flanker Gibbins scoring after the Hurricanes
kicked ahead and put pressure on the chasing Rebels defenders.
Fullback Milner-Skudder scored two tries in
the final five minutes after some excellent build-up work as the home side kept
the Rebels tryless in the match and scoreless in the second half.
Tries: TJ Perenara, Cory Jane, Callum Gibbins, Nehe Milner-Skudder (2)
Conversions: Jason Woodward (4)
Penalties: Mike Harris (4)
15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder
15 Mike Harris, 14 Tom English, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Sefanaia Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Cadeyrn Naville, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Jonah Placid