Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat Queensland Reds in Melbourne




The Hurricanes have won 15 of their last 17 Super Rugby games against the Queensland Reds (L2), including their last six on the bounce.

The Hurricanes’ 43-14 win in their last clash (Round 5, 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman) was the biggest win by either side in the history of this fixture.

  • The Canes have won their last three Super Rugby games on the bounce, as many as they had won in their eight games in the competition prior (W3, L5); the last time they won more than three straight games within a single Super Rugby campaign, was a five-game stretch in the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa season.
  • The New Zealanders have won 19 of their last 21 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition, losing only to the Brumbies (twice) in that span; the last time they lost to an Australian team other than the Brumbies was in Round 10, 2015 (29-24 vs NSW Waratahs).
  • The Queensland Reds have won only two of their last 22 Super Rugby games against teams from New Zealand (L20); they managed to score 30 points in a game on just three occasions in that span.
  • The Hurricanes have gained 481 metres per game this season, the most of any team in the competition; the Queensland Reds’ 411 metres per game is the most of any Australian outfit.
  • Jason Holland’s side has made six line breaks per game this Super Rugby Pacific season, the most of any team in the competition and two per game more than Brad Thorn’s men (4).
  • Queensland has made just 25 tackle breaks in the opposition 22m zone this Super Rugby Pacific season, the second-fewest of any team, while no team has made more than the Hurricanes (54).
  • The Reds (7) and Hurricanes (6) have made the most and joint-second most kicks in play within the opposition 22m zone of any teams in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season.

Players to watch

  • Wes Goosen has crossed for one try in each of his last three Super Rugby games when starting in the #14 jersey on the day; although, he’s scored just one try in his last five games starting in the #11.
  • James O’Connor has made 10 kicks in play which have been retained by a teammate in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most of any player in the competition.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway down under for this mouth-watering Trans-Tasman clash in Melbourne.

2.00: Pouri Rakete-Stones is pinged for offside, Lawson Creighton kicks to the Canes’ 22.

5.00: A bit slow in Australia as the front rows take time to scrum after the Reds lost possession. Queensland win a penalty for collapsing, but the ref overturns his call after the touch judge ruled that Tyrel Lomax collapsed.

6.00: PENALTY! Lawson Creighton splits the uprights. 0-3

8.00: Fraser McReight wins the Hurricanes’ throw after Jordy Barrett kicked to the Reds’ 22. Bailyn Sullivan is caught offside, the Reds boot to halfway.

9.00: YELLOW CARD! Bailyn Sullivan is off for a tip-tackle on Hunter Paisami, he is a lucky boy because it is similar to Waratahs’ prop Angus Bell’s red card yesterday. 0-3

10.00: Three penalties in a row leads to Tate McDermott opting for a scrum inside the Hurricanes’ 22.

12.00: An important turnover for the Kiwis by Peter Umaga-Jensen, who isolated the runner to win the penalty.

14.00: MISS! Jordie Barrett cannot level from an angled penalty. 0-3

16.00: Aidan Morgan loses possession in contact to kill a promising attack.

19.00: The Reds win another scrum penalty for collapsing, Creighton kicks to the 10m, but the Canes knock on after winning Queensland’s throw.

21.00: NO TRY! McReight’s break into the 22 leads to a sustained 11-phase attack that ends with a TMO review for a Reds try, but Taniela Tupou propels his body forward in a double movement. 0-3

23.00: The Hurricanes did well not to concede any points while Sullivan was on the bench, and their defence keeps the Reds out.

24.00: TRY! Hunter Paisami, at first receiver from a ruck, breaks through Blake Gibson, throws a dummy and races into the 22. Tupou, in support, carries before being brought down under the posts; however, the flying prop offloads to Hamish Stewart to score. Sensational score by the Reds. 0-8

25.00: CONVERSION! Creighton adds the extras. 0-10

26.00: YELLOW CARD! Pouri Rakete-Stones is off for a direct hit to Hunter Paisami’s head, that should have been a red card. This officiating crew is having a mare. 0-10

27.00: The Reds squander another good opportunity, but a third penalty in a row sees the Reds kick to the corner.

28.00: TRY! Fraser McReight bursts through a destructive rolling maul to get his team’s second score of the game. 0-15

29.00: CONVERSION! Creighton remains flawless from the tee. 0-17

31.00: Queensland cannot afford to allow the Canes any points while they have the extra man, but another ruck penalty leads to Barrett booting the Kiwis to the opposition’s 22.

33.00: A poor lineout move gives the Reds the ball. The Canes lose their first 22 entry carelessly, while the Aussies have made 5 entries into the 22.

36.00: TRY! Bailyn Sullivan scores against the run of play after a poor pass from Creighton is knocked down by Julian Savea, and the centre collects the loose ball, shirks Filipo Daugunu’s weak tackle, and speeds away to put his team on the board. 5-17

36.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 7-17

38.00: Paisami loses the ball in contact to give the Canes a scrum-feed on halfway – the momentum has shifted.

40.00: YELLOW CARD! Connor Vest takes Ardie Savea around the neck, and is off for 10. Barrett kicks to touch. 7-17

41.00: another penalty at the lineout allows Barrett to kick to the corner.

42.00: TRY! This time, the Hurricanes find a way over after a powerful driving maul is stopped. Savea and Perenara both went close before Lomax crashes over before halftime. 12-17

43.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-17

The halftime score was Hurricanes 14 Queensland Reds 17

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne.

42.00: TRY! A seven-phase attack after the restart began with a break from Barrett and ended with Lomax crashing over for his second of the game. 19-17

43.00: MISS! Barrett cannot makes his kick. 19-17

47.00: PENALTY! Barrett extends before Vest re-enters the fray. 22-17

51.00: It’s end-to-end in Melbourne as the Reds look to regain the lead.

54.00: Morgan is lucky to not be carded for a lifting tackle.

55.00: Thorn’s charges cannot get their maul going, the ball is ripped away for the Kiwis to clear.

57.00: Lomax knocks on; his try is not awarded.

60.00: The Reds have lost the ability to hold onto the ball, and their ill discipline is killing them.

62.00: The Canes have all the momentum going into the last quarter, it is only a matter of time before they score again.

63.00: PENALTY! Barrett increases his side’s lead. 25-17

68.00: Not much going on at the death, but TJ Perenara bows to a standing ovation from the crowd.

70.00: TRY! A beautiful little grubber from Jackson Garden-Bachop behind the Red wall is chased down by Sullivan to end the game as a contest. 30-17

71.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 30-17

74.00: Canes searching for the bonus point.

77.00: Gibson passes into touch instead of playing the inside ball to Booth.

79.00: Canes cannot find a bonus point.

81.00: A late Reds’ attack comes to nothing; they go down without a fight.


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The final score is Hurricanes 30 (14) Reds 17 (17)


Tries – Sullivan (2), Lomax (2)
Pen – J. Barrett (2)
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards – Sullivan (Red, 9′), Rakete-Stones (Yellow, 26′)

Tries – Stewart, McReight
Pen – Creighton
Con – Creighton (2)
Drop –
Cards – Vest (Yellow, 40′)

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: James Leckie


Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Bailyn Sullivan, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Aidan Morgan, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Blake Gibson, 6 TK Howden, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Kianu Kereru-Symes, 1 Pouri Rakete-Stones.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Justin Sangster, 20 Caleb Delany, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Billy Proctor.

Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Lawson Creighton, 9 Tate McDermott (captain), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Connor Vest, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Richie Asiata, 1 Harry Hoopert.

Replacements: 16 Matt Faessler, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Lopeti Faifua, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 23 Mac Grealy.

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