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Nine try Hurricanes crush Melbourne Rebels

Julian Savea on his way to a hat-trick of tries

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Article Published: Saturday 26 May 2012|

The Hurricanes bounced back from last week's loss to the Brumbies by crushing the Melbourne Rebels 66-24 with a bonus point in Wellington.

The Rebels went into the match full of confidence having beaten the Hurricanes last year and on a two match losing streak with wins over the Crusaders and the Force.

Rebels winger Cooper Vuna scored the first try of the match with an outstanding individual try in the seventh minute but that kicked the Hurricanes into action and 23 minutes later they had secured the bonus point for scoring four tries.

Julian Savea scored a hat trick of tries but there were also doubles from fullback Andre Taylor and Alapati Leiua and also a double from the Rebels try scorer Vuna.

Taylor's double gave him 10 tries for the season, making him the top tryscorer in the competition after 14 rounds.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett, like Savea also a new All Blacks squad member, kicked 10 goals from 10 attempts as the Hurricanes posted their highest score and largest winning margin in a Super rugby match, while keeping alive slim playoffs hopes.

Scrumhalf TJ Perenara emphatically stamped his future All Blacks credentials into the national consciousness in the match with an exceptional all round performance.

The 20-year-old was widely considered unlucky not to have made Steve Hansen’s extended All Blacks training squad, which re-assembles on Sunday in New Zealand’s capital before being thinned down for three tests against Ireland next month.

At the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday, the lively Perenara appeared to have a point to prove as he sniped around the fringes, set his backline away with crisp passing and bamboozled the Rebels defence with intelligent kicking as the Hurricanes ran in nine tries.

The bonus-point victory kept alive the Hurricanes slim hopes of making the top-six playoffs as they moved to 40 points and into seventh place in the standings after starting the match in ninth place.

The Rebels did not help themselves with terrible ball retention at the breakdown and an inability to adapt their defensive pattern as the home side mixed up their attack.

Such was the Hurricane’s attacking potency, seven of the tries were scored by the back three while loose forward Jack Lam and replacement scrumhalf Chris Eaton grabbed the other tries for the Hurricanes.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was flawless converting all nine tries and slotting an early penalty for 21 points, which gave him 158 for the season, surpassing the record 152 that John Preston scored in 1997 for the Wellington side.

The victory was also the most points the Hurricanes had scored in a game, surpassing the 64-32 they achieved against Northern Transvaal in 1997.

Rebels winger Cooper Vuna took advantage of the Hurricanes’ weak tackling inside the first five minutes to score a try, then grabbed an intercept for his second just before halftime as the Hurricanes flung the ball wide inside their own 22.

Replacement hooker Adam Freier grabbed the final try after the fulltime hooter, which Richard Kingi converted.

The Melbourne side were also hampered by an injury to Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale, who went off shortly after halftime and failed to add to his two conversions and penalty.

Inside centre Lachlan Mitchell was also knocked unconscious in a crunching tackle by replacement hooker Motu Matu'u, which held up play for several minutes in the second half.

Minutes earlier Matu'u flattened former Wallaby Mark Gerrard but he had to stay and played injured as there was no further cover on the bench.

Final Score Hurricanes 66 (38) Rebels 24 (17)


Tries - A Taylor 2 , A Leiua 2, J. Savea 3, J Lam, C Eaton
Pen - B Barrett
Con - B Barrett 9
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - C Vuna 2, A Freier
Pen - K Beale
Con - K Beale 2, R Kingi
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Vinny Munro



1. Ben May ,2. Dane Coles ,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen ,4. Jeremy Thrush ,5. Jason Eaton ,6. Faifili Levave ,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. TJ Perenara ,10. Beauden Barrett ,11. Julian Savea ,12. Tim Bateman ,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Reserves:16. Motu Matu’u ,17. Reg Goodes ,18. James Broadhurst ,19. Brad Shields ,20. Chris Eaton ,21. Tusi Pisi ,22. Jayden Hayward


15. Julian Huxley, 14. Mark Gerrard, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Lachlan Mitchell, 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. Kurtley Beale, 9. Nick Phipps, 8.Gareth Delve (c), 7. Tim Davidson, 6. Luke Jones, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4.Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Jono Owen, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Nic Henderson.

Replacements: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Al Campbell, 19. Tom Chamberlain, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Stirling Mortlock.

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