Hurricanes snatch late victory

2012-03-23 10:19

Auckland - Flyhalf Beauden Barrett set up a last-minute try and coolly slotted a conversion kick after the whistle to help the Hurricanes snatch a 26-25 victory from the Blues at Eden Park on Friday.

Barrett broke through the Blues' line at midfield and brilliantly evaded a host of lunging defenders before off-loading to captain Conrad Smith, who charged 30 metres to cut the deficit to a point with his second try.

Barrett then kicked truly from a slight angle to hand the Hurricanes their third win of the Super Rugby season after they appeared destined to slump to an ill-disciplined loss.

"They did really well out to shut us out and nine times out of 10 they would have ended it," Smith said in a post-match interview. "We've got weaknesses, we're the first to admit it (but) we're patient and we wait for opportunities."

The Blues had taken a 25-19 lead in the 58th minute after kicking three straight penalties after the break, and kept the Hurricanes scoreless for over 20 minutes before finally succumbing to the visitors' pressure.

The Hurricanes held a 19-16 lead at half-time after three first-half tries but it was discard Ma'a Nonu who scored the first try against his former team.

The All Black inside centre barged over the line next to the right post from three metres out in the 14th minute after flyhalf Piri Weepu drove the ball forward to the line.

Lachie Munro's conversion put the Blues 10-0 up, but the Hurricanes hit back within seconds of the re-start, as fullback Andre Taylor touched down on the right after evading four defenders on a breathtaking angled run from the halfway line.

Wing Cory Jane scored the Hurricanes' second try in the 33rd minute after a terrible mistake by fullback Munro in the Blues' 22-yard line.

Munro collected a kick downfield but slipped as he tried to evade a tackle and Jane scooped up the loose ball before fending off Weepu to bolt over the line at the right-hand corner.

Smith gave the Hurricanes a 17-16 lead just before half-time as he grubbered a kick along the ground and collected a fortuitous rebound before streaming over right of the posts.

The Hurricanes' hopes were all but dashed by a series of infringements deep in their own territory.

Munro kicked six penalties and three in the second half to give the Blues a six-point break going into the last quarter, but the home side was caught dead by Barrett's moment of inspiration as they slumped to their fourth loss of the season.

The Hurricanes picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved into second place in the New Zealand Conference and third in the Overall standings.

The Blues left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but stayed bottom of the New Zealand Conference and 13th in the Overall log.

In next weekend's Round 6 action, the Hurricanes host the Cheetahs in Wellington while the Blues have a bye.



15 Lachie Munro, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Piri Weepu, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Brad Mika, 7 Daniel Braid (captain), 6 Chris Lowrey, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Sean Polwart, 20 Gareth Anscombe, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Hadleigh Parkes

15 Andre 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 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai


  • Saffa - 2012-03-23 10:27

    Ok. I was possibly a little negative about the Canes chances pre-season....but SHIZNIZZ, they seem to be thriving. Tough luck my Blues.....what's new? But honestly......Young Barret for the Canes has been a revelation!!!!! That kid is something SUPER special. Dare I say at this early stage that the Kiwis have another Carter - possibly better? Gifted gifted gifted verby.

      Jason - 2012-03-23 10:34

      @Saffa, morning, I had the Canes to win. Barret showed good composure, Jane and Smith are pure class. All Blacks are going to have a very dangerous back line this year. Got the Farce to win the next one. Loving the DSTV Walka on my desk ;)

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 10:50

      Lol @Jason :) The Walka has changed lives all over SA........

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 10:57

      oh well.......I think I should call the Force's manager quickly. They are not on the field? Possibly in the frikkin bus still?????????????????? Only the Rebels on the field at the moment - oh dear stars, a sucky Bru weekend on the way.

      Jason - 2012-03-23 11:04

      Force are not there at all. lol damn it!

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-23 11:26

      Well atleast most people suffer when the favourite doesn't win. Sigh seems like it is going to be 0 out of 2

      Selma - 2012-03-23 11:29

      @Jason - Why did DSTV not come up with the WALKA years ago - bought mine on Tuesday - what a little pleasure treasure.

      Jason - 2012-03-23 11:31

      @Selma, i agree................I own a gallery and have to work retail hours which is already a killer. But the Walka makes it worth it!

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 10:29

    Watching Boots&All last night made me a bit nervous for this game as they had the Blues to win by 5 and I had already selected the 'Canes by 5. Bloody hell, that was nerve wrecking! Well done 'Canes. Not a bad start to my weekend at all

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 10:34

      The only time I bet against the Blues, is when they play the Stormers.....My Superbru suffers as a result of this. I just can't find it in my heart to ever NOT back the Stormers, or start for me once again. (Last year I hit the jackpot when both the Stormers and Blues won more than they lost......)

      Jason - 2012-03-23 10:35

      All my choices except 3 are opposite of Boots and all, but seriously they are in the top 27% im in the top 10% so im sticking to what i feel lol!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 10:38

      Saf: And that is just one of the difficulties one has to overcome when playing superbru. When it comes to the Stormers I also find it impossible not to pick with my heart. Luckily I'm limited to the Stormers only. Good luck with the rest of the games. Just as a matter of interest, Rebels / Force?

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 10:45

      FORCE.....I have also backed the Tahs, Brumbies, Bulls(urgggggggggggh) Saders and Stormers...There are always a few surprises so have Brumbies to 'upset' the Landers (although Brumbies forwards were awesome last week - maul and all, so it might not be 'that ' much of an upset if they win sigh....and Tahs to beat Sharks :) I am getting seriously peeved with all these last minute 'losses for some/victories for others'. Must be honest - this years Bru has been my WORST ever thus far - tsk tsk.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 10:48

      Jason, my first three picks are all opposite the Boots&All teams'. Top 10%, that's pretty impressive, perhaps I should consult with you on a weekly basis before I make my picks!! haha

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 11:11

      Saf: I also backed the Force.. and by the looks of things now 21 - 0. They are getting hammered. I also went for the Sharks and the Highlanders. The rest of my pics the same as yours. Geez I hope the Force can come back

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 11:25

      @Hannes - I was hoping to 'edge' out a few Bru players with my 2 'against public opinion picks' - but by the looks of things, overtaking a few players is the LEAST of my worries......I'm going backwards this week....sigh.

      Jason - 2012-03-23 11:34

      i will reveal all the results, Tahs, Saders, Highlanders, Reds, Stormers! its true i tell ya!

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 11:36

      Glad you have the Tahs tick for me there :) You not giving the Brumbies any chance - I have a sneaky feeling about those wombats.....I mean they are MAULING mate, mauling??????

      Jason - 2012-03-23 12:01

      @SAFFA, sorry but i think the Highlanders are too polished for Jakes test team!!!!!!!! At the time of typing this Force are ahead by 2, have

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-23 10:32

    Ag nee pok daar gaan my suberbru haywire na 'n goeie rondte laas naweek!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 10:39

      haha, jis ou. Dit is nog nie so erg nie, jy kan dalk 5 uit 6 hê mits jy die res reg voorspel

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-23 10:49

      haha @ hvanderlinde ja nee ek weet maar ek strive na perfection en die probleem in drie van my pools is ek 1ste so ek wil die nie graag verloor nie

      Willem - 2012-03-23 11:51

      Whoot whoot, I said canes by 5, in the margin, weekend off to a good start, GO Force!!!

  • Bluey - 2012-03-23 10:43

    Apparently it was the refs about the TMO this time? Feeling blue yet satisfied, next time we'll have TMO's from SA and pretenend we were injured and MOAN

      Bluey - 2012-03-23 10:46

      21 INJURIES..........LOL

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  • Priester - 2012-03-23 11:50

    The Blues defence was pathetic and they have only themselves to blame on this one. Congratulations to the Canes with a well deserved win!

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