Hurricanes run Cheetahs ragged

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:20
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The Hurricanes got their first win of the season as they hammered the Cheetahs 60-27 in an open encounter in Wellington on Saturday.

The Hurricanes got their first win of the season as they hammered the Cheetahs 60-27 in an open encounter in Wellington on Saturday.

Both teams are known for their attacking prowess and they did not disappoint as 12 tries were scored in Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith's 100th Super Rugby game.

The Hurricanes took a much-needed full house of five points to move off the bottom of the standings whilst the Cheetahs fell short of a bonus point and remain winless on tour.

The Cheetahs took the game to their hosts early on, spending a fair amount of time in opposition territory as they looked to assert themselves, but the Hurricanes scrambled well on defence to keep them out.

The hosts struck first when Johan Goosen was caught in possession and the ball was quickly swung wide to hooker Dane Coles who showed good pace to score in the corner, with Beauden Barrett's conversion putting them 7-0 up.

The response from the Cheetahs did not take long as centre Johann Sadie burst through a gap before giving it to Willie le Roux who scored under the poles to level things up, and they had taken a 13-7 lead soon afterwards as Goosen knocked over two penalties.

However, it was not long before the Hurricanes were back in front as Barrett collected his own grubber to go over for a great individual try which he converted himself.

That gave the Hurricanes a boost, and they kept the pressure on the Cheetahs as Barrett added a penalty to take their lead to 17-13.

However, the Cheetahs hit back with their second try as Philip van der Walt brushed off a few tackles after getting a good pass from Le Roux who had opened up the Hurricanes defence.

The see-saw battle continued as the Hurricanes ran in their third try on the half-hour mark, with scrumhalf Chris Smylie getting over after some neat offloads by Barrett and Alapati Leiua.

The hosts had the bonus point wrapped up just before half-time as some more slick handling from centurion Smith saw fullback James Marshall cross for a try which put them 29-20 up at the break.

The Cheetahs were struck a blow early in the second half when Le Roux was shown a yellow card after knocking down a pass which would have meant a certain try, and it did not take long for the Hurricanes to exploit their advantage as Barrett went over for his second try on the overlap.

They were not done there as the wave of attacks continued, and lock Jeremy Thrush was next to cross the whitewash to take their lead to a commanding 43-20 with half an hour to play.

The Cheetahs hit back when lock Francois Uys crashed over the line after breaking from a driving maul, but the Hurricanes would hit back as Matt Proctor dived over in the corner after some good hands from Marshall.

The half-century was brought up fittingly by Smith before Alapati Leiua put the final nail in the Cheetahs'coffin with the Hurricanes' ninth try right at the death.

Man of the match: There was much to admire from an attacking perspective, and the man who orchestrated things for the Hurricanes was flyhalf Beauden Barrett.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
Coles, Barrett 2, Smylie, Marshall, Thrush, Proctor, Smith, Leiua
Cons: Barrett 6
Pen: Barrett

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
Le Roux, Van der Walt, Uys
Cons: Goosen 3
Pens: Goosen 2

Yellow card: Willie le Roux (Cheetahs, 43 - deliberate infringement)

Teams:

Hurricanes
: 15 James Marshall, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Jack Lam, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Marty Banks.

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19