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Hurricanes beat Waratahs in Sydney

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The Hurricanes have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games against the NSW Waratahs (L2),
including their last three on the bounce; they have never won more than three consecutive games against
the Waratahs.

The NSW Waratahs lost all eight of their games in the 2021 Super Rugby AU season and will be looking to
avoid a club record-equaling ninth consecutive loss in Super Rugby (L9 – April 2012 to February 2013).

  • The Hurricanes have won 15 of their last 16 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition (L1); in fact,
    their overall win rate of 64% against Australian opposition is the third-highest of any non-Australian team
    (Jaguares 79%, Crusaders 72%).
  • The Hurricanes have made a clean break once every 10 carries this year in Super Rugby, the most frequent
    of any team, while the NSW Waratahs have done so only once every 15 carries.
  • Jack Maddocks (NSW Waratahs) has made 46 carries from within his own half in Super Rugby this year,
    the second-most of any player (Tom Banks – 52) and six more than Hurricanes’ best Jordie Barrett (40).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

3.00: The Waratahs have started strong, but a mistake by the hosts sees the visitors counter-attack all the way to the Tahs’ line. But the hosts manage to clear the danger. Phew!

4.00: TRY! Julian Savea scores in the corner. No one is stopping the bus when he gets that much space. 0-5

5.00: MISS! Jordie Barrett misses from wide. 0-5

7.00: TRY! What a response by the hosts. Jake Gordon breaks around the ruck, throws a dummy before popping to Alex Newsome. The winger darted through the gap, swerved the cover defenders, and scored under the sticks. Stunning score! 5-5

8.00: CONVERSION! Ben Donaldson puts the Tahs ahead. 5-7

11.00: Both teams are struggling to hang on to the ball, the errors are mounting, but it makes for exciting viewing.

12.00: TRY! Once again, the Australian teams do not kick the ball out, which allows the opposition to counter-attack. Salesi Rayasi slipped a weak tackle before offloading to Billy Proctor, who races away from Izaia Perese and Angus Bell to score. 10-7

13.00: CONVERSION! Barrett slots the conversion. 12-7

15.00: superb defence by Harry Johnson-Holmes and Angus Bell, who win their team a penalty. Donaldson kicks to the opposition’s 22.

16.00: TRY! Bell finishes off a sublime lineout move by the Tahs. Izaia Perese got over the advantage line, the forwards swept around the ruck which saw Hugh Sinclair take a gap before offloading to his big prop forward to score under the posts. 12-12

17.00: CONVERSION! Donaldson chips the ball through the sticks. 14-12

19.00: The hosts win a kickable penalty from 35 metres in front of the posts.

21.00: PENALTY! Donaldson splits the uprights. 17-14

23.00: The Hurricanes are back inside the Waratahs’ 22, the offloads and angled runs are causing a scene.

24.00: TRY! Jordie Barrett finishes off a sublime attack by the Kiwis. The Waratahs had no answer to the quick passing and strong carries by the forwards in the build-up. 17-17

25.00: CONVERSION! Barrett puts his side back in front. 17-19

28.00: The Hurricanes’ backs are causing problems, especially the outside backs with their size and pace; the Aussies have not been used to this.

31.00: The Waratahs stop the Hurricanes on their line, but illegally. That could have been a yellow card against the hosts, but the ref is feeling kind tonight.

32.00: TRY! Dane Coles spins past Jake Gordon off the back of the driving maul to extend the visitor’s lead. 17-24

33.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 17-26

36.00: It’s all Canes.

37.00: TRY! Proctor has another five after slipping a weak one-on-one tackle, and coasts to the try line untouched. 17-31

38.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-33

39.00: TRY! Captain fantastic sells a dummy, steps inside two defenders, and shrugs off his opposite number to score next to the posts. The try came from the game’s first scrum, one minute before halftime. Insane! 22-33

40.00: CONVERSION! Donaldson adds the two. 24-33

The halftime score was NSW Waratahs 24 Hurricanes 33

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at the famous SCG in Sydney, New South Wales.

43.00: The Tahs keep trying the short, flat ball, but the Canes are reading the move and neutralising the attacks. Conversely, the Kiwis are making metres with every run and carry, which is tiring out the Aussies.

45.00: NSW wins a scrum penalty that allows them to boot the ball out of their territory.

47.00: TRY! Coles hooks up with Barrett, who chips a crossfield kick to the BUS for a walk-in try. Game over! 24-38

48.00: CONVERSION! Barrett slots the kick. 24-40

49.00: TRY! The Tahs are on the attack inside the 22 after Donaldson’s run. They take a quick penalty and after a few pick-and-drives, Harry Johnson-Holmes crashes over. 29-40

51.00: CONVERSION! Donaldson adds the extras. 31-40

53.00: It’s all Hurricanes.

55.00: TRY! Brayden Lose ghosts through a big hole to score under the posts. 31-40

56.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the two. 31-47

57.00: Time for the Tahs to attack inside the 22.

59.00: TRY! Johnson-Holmes crashes over from close range for a second time. 36-47

60.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 36-47

61.00: TRY! Barrett makes a break, draws the defender before playing the supporting Du’Plessis Kirifi, who put Peter Umaga-Jensen away. 36-52

62.00: CONVERSION! Barrett knocks the ball over. 36-54

65.00: It’s end-to-end right now.

67.00: NO TRY! Jack Maddocks puts on the jet-burners and races away to score untouched; however, the TMO review takes away the try because the fullback dropped the ball when he tried to get up and celebrate. That is poor. 36-54

70.00: TRY! Lachie Swinton dives in for the score. Wow, that was good. 41-54

71.00: CONVERSION! THE KICK IS GOOD. 43-54

73.00: The Canes are back on the rampage and inside the 22.

74.00: TRY! Reed Prinsep scores. 43-59

76.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 43-59

78.00: TRY! Asafo Aumua scores from a driving maul. 43-64

79.00: MISS! Another kick is wide. 43-64

81.00: TRY! Jack Maddocks finishes off a sensational try, maybe the try of the tournament. Will Harrison started with a chip-chase inside his 22. The interplay between the backs was stunning before the fullback raced away to score in the corner. 48-64

82.00: MISS! The kick is no good; no 50! 48-64

FULL TIME

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The final score is Waratahs 48 (24) Hurricanes 64 (33)

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries – Newsome, Bell, Gordon, Johnson-Holmes (2), Maddocks
Pen – Donaldson
Con – Donaldson (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – J. Savea (2), Proctor (2), J. Barrett, Coles, Iose, Umaga-Jensen, Patafilo, Aumua
Pen –
Con – J. Barrett (7)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Gardner
TMO: James Leckie

Teams

Waratahs

15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon (captain), 8 Will Harris, 7 Charlie Gamble, 6 Lachie Swinton, 5 Max Douglas, 4 Hugh Sinclair, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 David Porecki, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 Joe Cotton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Carlo Tizzano, 21 Jack Grant, 22 Will Harrison, 23 Tepai Moeroa

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Ruben Love, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Alex Fidow, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Brayden Iose, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Orbyn Leger, 23 Pepesana Patafilo

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