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Brumbies extend winning streak over Hurricanes

Adam Hill is closed down by Jesse Mogg of the Brumbies

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Article Published: Friday 7 March 2014|

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The Brumbies extended their winning streak over the Hurricanes in Super Rugby with a 21-29 bonus point victory in Wellington on Friday.

The Brumbies have now won their last four matches against the Hurricanes regardless of where the match was played.

The victory moves the Brumbies up to second in the Australian Conference and fourth in the overall conference.

The Hurricanes have now played three Super Rugby matches this year and have yet to win a match.

The Brumbies were rocked by the loss of former Australian captain and flanker David Pocock for the season in the run up to the match but used the loss as motivation for the match.

Pocock - sidelined with a knee injury - sent an encouraging message to teammates before the match and they responded by scoring four tries to take a bonus point.

The Wellington-based Hurricanes scored the first and last tries of the match but in between played poorly and became the first team this season to lose three consecutive matches.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett missed the conversion of the Hurricanes' second try, so they failed to take even a bonus point from their defeat.

The Brumbies, who focused on retaining possession and patiently building pressure, scored tries through Jesse Mogg, Robbie Coleman, Tevita Kuridrani and Locky McCaffrey.

The Hurricanes hoped to create try-scoring chances on the counter attack off their solid defense but missed too many first tackles to prevent the Brumbies' successful comeback.

The Wellington team performed well at scrums and less well at lineouts but their lack of frontline loose forwards was costly again, and there was a lack of synergy between scrumhalf T.J. Perenara and flyhalf Barrett.

"We were extremely good in the small moments that we had," captain Ben Mowen said.

"We definitely gave them a lot of opportunities on the counter attack and against a side like them you can't afford to do that."

Brumbies center Pat McCabe was not initially listed to start after suffering a neck injury last weekend but was part of the run-on team and made his mark with a number of dangerous breaks and strong defense.

"He was outstanding," Mowen said. "To come off the back of last week when he thought he may have injured his neck and to play like he did tonight says a lot about his character."

"We certainly played for David Pocock. We spoke about him a lot before the game, we spoke about him during the week. "

"When a guy's hurting like that you just want to make sure you give him a performance like tonight."

After taking a 6-0 lead with two penalties to Barrett, the Hurricanes were fortunate to go ahead 13-3 with a try to Perenara.

Winger Cory Jane could have stepped into touch in the build-up to the try but the officials were unsighted.

The Brumbies hit back with tries to Mogg, Coleman and Kuridrani to lead 22-13 at halftime and clinched the match with McCaffrey's try in the 71st minute.

Final Score Hurricanes 21 (13) Brumbies 29 (15)

Scorers

Hurricanes
Tries - TJ Perenara, B.Thomson
Pen - B.Barrett 3
Con - B.Barrett
Drop -
Cards -

Brumbies
Tries - J.Mogg, N.White, T. Kuridrani, L. McCaffrey
Pen - N.White
Con - N.White 3
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

James Marshall, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (capt), Hadleigh Parkes, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Jack Lam, Adam Hill, Mark Reddish, Jeremy Thrush, John Schwalger, Dane Coles, Ben Franks.

Replacements : Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Alapati Leiua, Marty Banks.

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Leon Power , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (C) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Andrew Smith , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Josh MannRea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. JP Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Lachlan McCaffrey , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Pat McCabe , 23. Lionel Cronje

 
 
 
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