LIVE

    Hurricanes blown away by amazing results sequence

    2016-07-17 10:52

    Wellington - No one was more surprised than Hurricanes captain Dane Coles when a turbulent final weekend of Super Rugby's regular season saw his Wellington side emerge as top qualifier.

    In a weekend that started with multiple permutations in play, the Hurricanes needed a bonus-point win over the Canterbury Crusaders, who led the competition until three weeks ago, and two other results to go their way.

    And that was how it panned out when the Hurricanes whipped the Crusaders 35-10 to catapult from fourth in the New Zealand conference to top overall and guaranteed home matches through the play-offs.

    The Chiefs only needed a win to overtake the Hurricanes but were instead beaten 25-15 by the Highlanders who, in turn, were unable to get the winning bonus point they needed to claim the top spot.

    The outcome then boiled down to the Lions, who started the weekend in pole position but paid dearly for their gamble to rest 15 of their stars when they went down to the Jaguares.

    It was an outcome that even amazed the usually confident Coles.

    "I didn't expect to get a bonus point. I am not going to lie," he admitted.

    "I knew we could perform and get the result, but to get the bonus point was pretty pleasing."

    After the Highlanders beat the Chiefs, the Hurricanes had a nervous wait for the outcome of the Lions game, which was being played in Argentina as Coles and his team flew back to Wellington from Christchurch.

    Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said they pushed the boundaries of air safety rules on the flight trying to monitor what was going on.

    "Somebody was watching it on their phone until three minutes before the end when we lost reception and at that stage I think (the Jaguares) were up by 10 or 12 points so I guess that put the icing on the cake for us," he said on landing.

    The four conference winners -- the Hurricanes, Lions, Stormers and Brumbies -- will next weekend host quarter-finals against the Coastal Sharks, Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders respectively.

    It was the Hurricanes' usual backroom players who came to the fore in their demolition of the Crusaders.

    Jason Woodward and Willis Halaholo, promoted to start in the centres because of injuries, both scored tries as did replacement flanker Callum Gibbins.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Breaking News

    Fixtures

    Saturday, 29 June 2019
    • Jaguares v Brumbies, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 01:05
    • Crusaders v Hurricanes, Orangetheory Stadium 09:35
    Saturday, 06 July 2019
    • TBC v TBC, TBC 14:00

    Results

    22 June 2019
    21 June 2019
    15 June 2019
    14 June 2019
    08 June 2019
    07 June 2019
    01 June 2019
    31 May 2019
    25 May 2019
    24 May 2019
    18 May 2019
    17 May 2019
    12 May 2019
    11 May 2019
    10 May 2019
    04 May 2019
    03 May 2019
    27 April 2019
    26 April 2019
    20 April 2019
    19 April 2019
    13 April 2019
    12 April 2019
    06 April 2019
    05 April 2019
    30 March 2019
    29 March 2019
    24 March 2019
    23 March 2019
    22 March 2019
    16 March 2019
    15 March 2019
    09 March 2019
    08 March 2019
    02 March 2019
    01 March 2019
    23 February 2019
    22 February 2019
    16 February 2019
    15 February 2019

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Jaguares (Q)
    • Bulls (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Lions
    • Stormers

    Opinion Poll

    The winners of this weekend's Super Rugby semi-finals will be ...

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.