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Barrett brilliance sees Hurricanes blow away Highlanders

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The Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 19-30 after a Jordie Barrett masterclass in Round Five of Super Rugby Aotearoa at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Jordie Barrett scored a hat-trick and all his team’s points in a stunning display to stun the Otago men and ruin Aaron smith’s big night.

Smith passed his good mate Ben Smith as the most capped Highlanders player when he ran out for his 154th Super Rugby match under the lights in Dunedin.

The halfback also became the most capped halfback in Super Rugby history, surpassing Andrew Ellis in the process.

Both teams scored three tries but it was Barrett’s brilliance –– and boot –– that made the difference on a historic night under the roof in the South Island.

Barrett, flawless from the tee, kicking three penalties and conversions apiece. He overtook Richie Mo’unga (28) for the most points by a player in a Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 match this season when he kicked his third penalty after the hooter sounded.

The comfortable win –– despite an 11-point margin –– is the 200th Super Rugby win for the Hurricanes, only the Crusaders (263) and Brumbies (208) have previously reached the mark.

Another home loss sees Tony Brown’s men fall to their sixth defeat in the previous eight matches at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Barrett only made 17 metres on six carries. However, he beat four defenders on three clean breaks, which amounted to 21 points. The Highlanders had no answers for the playmaker.

Highlanders dominate the first-half but Hurricanes make them pay for profligacy in the red zone

Barrett scored all his side’s points as the Canes led by 10 at the interval. He converted both his tries and kicked a monster 50+metre penalty to open the scoring as the visitors led 17-7.

Jason Holland’s men had as low as 30% territory and possession throughout the contest; what little ball they did have, they used expertly, while the opposition did the opposite.

The Highlanders botched five chances in the first stanza all ranging from not kicking for goal, losing lineouts and scrums, or conceding penalties at the breakdown or through an obstruction.

Expert defending and a tireless work-rate by the Canes forwards, in particular the back-row of Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, and Reed Prinsep, kept the opposition out.

Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 5 Video Highlights: Highlanders vs Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

The visitors had to make more than double the amount of tackles (159-74) and the men in white only won 44 rucks to their opponent’s 96.

Barrett’s sixth-minute penalty got proceedings underway. He was soon involved again. His first converted try made it 10-0 to the Wellington men in as many minutes.

Barrett finished a slick attacking move between the forwards and backs. He slipped Patelesio Tomkinson’s tackle to score the first try of the contest.

On 17 minutes, Shannon Frizell knocked-on over the line as the home continued to squander scoring opportunities.

The ill-discipline from both teams proved costly, but a poor call by referee Brendan Pickerell saw the official –– wrongly –– send Tyrel Lomax to the sin-bin for ruffling another player’s head after the Canes won a penalty.

The Highlanders kept coming but continued to be profligate neat the visitor’s try line.

Barrett’s crucial 29th-minute try-saving tackle on Freedom Vahaakolo, with the visitors leading by 10, kept the hosts at bay.

The Highlanders did, however, manage to get points on the board despite several wasted opportunities. The hosts turned down four shots at goal as they searched for a try.

On 34 minutes, Bryn Evans scored from a driving maul to make it a three-point game before Barrett grabbed his second on the stroke of halftime.

Jordie Barrett takes over the game; the Landers have no answers to the fullback’s brilliance

Barrett and Salesi Rayasi combine for the fullback’s second score. Rayasi ran a straight line, held off two defenders before a chicken-wing offload sent the supporting Barrett away under the sticks.

The 24-year-old playmaker claimed his treble soon after the restart to increase his side’s advantage before knocking over another penalty –– from inside his own half –– to open up a 20-point lead after 53 minutes.

Connor Garden-Bachop, in for Jona Nareki, scored early in the final quarter to make it 12-27, but Josh Ioane did not convert.

Brown’s men continued to be profligate in the opposition’s 22; however, superb work at the breakdown from the Hurricanes forwards frustrated the hosts as they won multiple turnovers in key areas.

Despite enjoying two-thirds of territory and possession, Brown’s charges could only muster a late Peter Umaga-Jensen try, and in the end, succumbed to a tame defeat.

Barrett’s last-ditch penalty saw him pass Mo’unga.

Final Score: Highlanders 19 (7) Hurricanes 30 (17)

Scorers

Highlanders
Tries – Evans, C. Garden-Bachop, P. Umaga-Jensen
Pen –
Con – J. Ioane (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – J. Barrett (3)
Pen – J. Barrett (3)
Con – J. Barrett (3)
Drop –
Cards – Lomax (Yellow, 24′)

Match Officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Fraser
TMO: Chris Hart

Teams

Highlanders

15 Josh Ioane, 14 Freedom Vahaakolo, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Connor Garden-Bachop, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (co-captain), 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Pari Pari Parkinson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Ethan de Groot

Replacements:
16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Kazuki Himeno, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 23 James Lentjes

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Scott Scrafton, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 23 Ruben Love

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