The Rebels have been humble in their 13-38 Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes by saying that the scoreline was a fair reflection of the way the match played out.
The Hurricanes dominated the match and scored six tries against the Rebels who could only score two tries despite having home advantage
The Wellington based Hurricanes were clinical in their execution and the result extended their winning streak to five matches with tries from Victor Vito, Corey Jane, Beauden Barrett (two), Jason Woodward and Ardie Savea.
The Rebels were fresh from the bye last week and got the better start in the contest as Adam Thomson crossed in the seventh minute only to be denied the opening try after the TMO adjudicated that the ball was held up.
The hosts responded two minutes later when Dom Shipperley won the race to a grubber kick into the corner from Tamati Ellison.
The Hurricanes responded with a try to Victor Vito. A Reece Hodge penalty goal saw the Rebels briefly reclaim the lead 8-7, only for winger Jane to reaffirm the visitor’s advantage with a second try inside four minutes.
A late intercept try from Barrett and major to Woodward after he barged his way over on the back of a ruck gave the Hurricanes a 26-8 lead at half-time.
The Hurricanes continued to domainate and an opportunistic Ardie Savea pounced on a loose ball at the back of a ruck in goal extended the visitors advantage to 23 points. Barrett then added his second try which gave the Hurricanes a more than comfortable lead.
“We got what we deserved tonight,” said Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker after the match.
“We had a bit of an off night and were definitely not accurate in a lot of areas.
“I would like to see the territory stats — it didn’t feel like we were in their half at all.
“The inability to get out of our own half killed us.”
Rebels winger Cam Crawford gave the 13,995 in attendance reason to cheer when he scored his first try for the club in the last minute of the match.
“It was really good endeavour but at the end of it you need some execution in what you’re doing so key things, exiting, kicking, kicking accuracy, tactical positioning and the high ball catch, really hurt us,” Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said.
“It adds up to a good pressure game and the Hurricanes were excellent tonight, they got stronger as the game went on after we got tired from tackling for so long.
“I thought the score line was a fair indication of where the game was at.”