FULL-TIME: HURRICANES 62-15 SUNWOLVES. A solid second half performance by the Hurricanes to add to their first half display blew the Sunwolves away here this afternoon. Thank you for joining us.
TRY, HURRICANES, ASO! 62-15: Aso pounces on a Sunwolves mistake. The ball is kicked through and the Sunwolves fail to touch it down. Aso is there to dot it down and the bounce of the ball favoured him there. The conversion is missed.
The Hurricanes mess up a big opportunity, as the ball is flung straight into touch.
Walker-Leawere is held up on the Sunwolves line and the home team feed a five-metre scrum. After a few resets they come away with it and Umaga-Jensen is over, but the final pass is forward.
Ogura misses the conversion.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, FIFITA! 57-15: The Sunwolves opt for a scrum after securing a penalty. Great work by Fifita, who storms through the tackles to score a powerful try!
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, TIATIA! 57-10: A change of kicker, as Tiatia slots the conversion.
TRY, HURRICANES, LAUMAPE! 55-10: The Hurricanes turn the ball over in their own half. Great work and class between Laumape and Tiatia sets up a another Hurricanes try.
When these teams met in 2017 the Hurricanes ran away with that game by 83-17.
It has not been a good second half for Smith, as he misses another conversion.
TRY, HURRICANES, VAN WYK! 50-10: The Hurricanes steal a Sunwolves line-out and go wide. They have the overlap and It's 50 up for the Canes, as Van Wyk scores another!
A few handling errors from both sides have led to a lull in the scoring for now!
After a few resets at the scrum the Hurricanes come away with it before spilling it near the halfway line.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, SMITH! 45-10: This time Smith slots the conversion.
TRY, HURRICANES, EVANS! 43-10: This is getting brutal. The Sunwolves are being run off their feet and they have no answer. This time Evans goes over under the posts!
TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 38-10: The awareness of Perenara sets up another Hurricanes try following the restart. Quick handling and swift offloads leads to another try. Again the conversion is missed.
TRY, HURRICANES, LAM! 33-10: What a start by the Hurricanes. Lam runs into a gap and storms over into the corner after the kick-off! Great work! The conversion is missed.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
HALF-TIME: HURRICANES 28-10 SUNWOLVES. The Hurricanes go into the break with a deserved 18 point lead. They have dominated a very entertaining half where we saw five tries. Please join us after the break for the second half.
Great defending by Rudy Paige to force Lam out near the Sunwolves 22. That had a try written all over it.
NO TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 28-10: A short ball to Aso after an attacking line-out sends Kirifi into a gap. The ball is recycled before TJ Perenara secures yet another Hurricanes try. However the TMO rules that there was a forward pass in the build-up!
This time it's relief for the visitors and they go for the corner after a penalty at the breakdown. They secure the set-piece but then the Hurricanes turn it over.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, SMITH! 28-10: Fletcher Smith makes no mistake.
TRY, HURRICANES, VAN WYK! 26-10: The Hurricanes maul after securing an attacking line-out. Once again the situation is well read by Perenara, who sends Van Wyk away for his second try!
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, SMITH! 21-10: Fletcher Smith adds two more to extend the lead further.
TRY, HURRICANES, TIATIA! 19-10: Tiatia is over for his second after a quick tap following a penalty. Quick handling sends the speedster OVER in the corner.
The Hurricanes secure another penalty at the breakdown and again go for the corner. This time they mess up the line-out for a Sunwolves scrum.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, SMITH! 14-10: Fletcher Smith adds the extras to extend the lead.
TRY, HURRICANES, TIATIA! 12-10: The Hurricanes secure the penalty and set up an attacking line-out. They come away with it and go wide and to the left. They have the extra man and Tiatia makes no mistake and scores an easy try!
PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, OGURA! 7-10: The Sunwolves secure a penalty at the breakdown and Ogura makes no mistake after deciding to have a shot at goal.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, SMITH! 7-7: Fletcher Smith levels the score with a good kick.
TRY, HURRICANES, VAN WYK! 5-7: The Hurricanes secure a messy line-out and go wide! After some more scrappy handling followed by a brilliant offload, Van Wyk forces his way over in the corner. Great work, but poor tackling.
The Sunwolves secure an offside penalty, but then fail to find touch.
CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, OGURA! 0-7: Ogura adds the extras.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, STOLBERG! 0-5: WOW! What a start for the visitors. They keep the ball tight through a few phases after the ripping the ball away from the Canes. Stolberg comes away with it and storms home for a great try!
Kick-off! We are underway!
Welcome to McLean Park for our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Hurricanes and the Sunwolves.
The Hurricanes are fourth on the New Zealand Conference table, while the Sunwolves are at the bottom of the Australian Conference.
In their last game the Hurricanes defeated the Sharks 38-22 at Westpac Stadium, while the Sunwolves went down 43-17 to the Chiefs at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
The last time these teams met in 2019 the Hurricanes beat the Sunwolves 29-23 in Tokyo.
Team Hurricanes: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numia. Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 James Marshall, 23 Peter Umaga-Jensen.
Team Sunwolves: 15 Alex Horan, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya (c), 12 Shogo Nakano, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Mitchell Jacobson, 6 Tevita Tupou, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams. Replacements: 16 Efi Ma’afu, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Conrad van Vuuren, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Tautalatasi Tasi.
Match officials: Our referee is Federico Anselmi. He will be assisted by Mike Fraser and Dan Waenga. The TMO is Aaron Paterson.
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