Hurricanes struggle but secure Semi-final place




The Hurricanes kept on track for a Semi final place taking the top spot on the log for now. It wasn’t an easy win for the Hurricanes who were outscored in tries by three to two by the Reds.

It has to be said that the Reds put in a vastly improved performance this week compared to last week where they were outscored 36-0 by the Brumbies.

Eaton & Umaga were the only two Hurricanes players to score tries. David Holwell managed three penalties and a conversion with Gopperth adding another penalty and conversion.

Hurricanes fans will be hoping that the Canes form in this match was a stutter because if they play they like they did today in the Semis their campaign will end abruptly. Nevertheless they did enough to secure they four points for the win and they are still on track.

For the Reds Barnes, Croft & Roe all crossed the line. Barnes missed one conversion and got one penalty but their best player was Mitchell who was vital in defence and attack.

It was a tight match in both halves as both sides were big on defence and attack. The Reds had an advantage at the lineout and this was highlighted when Eaton went off. The four point difference in the final score does not reflect just how close the match was.

After the hooter blew the Reds were lying a point behind and on still on the attack. The Reds didn’t release the ball at the breakdown and the Hurricanes were awarded a penalty.

Having only scored two tries, the 4 try bonus point was not on offer so the Hurricanes went for the posts showing their concern for the points differential on the table.

Next week they have a big match in Sydney against the Waratahs which could well decide the Hurricanes how or away semi. The Hurricanes now have 43 points and have only one game in hand.

The Brumbies are on 37 and the Bulls on 33 so the Hurricanes are safe and the battle for the fourth spot is between the Bulls and Brumbies.

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