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Canes cane Force

Canes cane Force

We’ve all heard the old saying that ‘defence wins you games and attack determines the margin’. Well the Hurricanes definitely showed that to be true with an impressive 34-12 over the Western Force in Perth.

The Hurricanes scored six tries to two which can be largely atrributed to a heroic defensive effort followed by the razzle dazzle we’ve come to expect from the Canes.

For the Force it’s a case of what could have been after they were camped on the Hurricanes try line for much of the match but where unable to convert.

Ngani Laumape scores with some help

Ngani Laumape scores with some help

First half

The match started out in true Canes’ fashion in the second minute. Fullback Jordie Barrett darted down the blind side for 40 meters before handing the ball out to man-mountain Laumape who bumped off Dane Haylett-Petty to dot down in the corner.

From here the Canes would put on a defensive master class with the Force camped in their 22 for over six minutes of the first half.

The westerners sent wave after wave of attack but the Canes stayed strong and somehow managed to repel them.

Curtis Rona gets nabbed

Curtis Rona gets nabbed

The Force were dealt a major blow in the 24th minute when inspirational captain Matt Hodgson limped from the field.

They continued the assault on the Hurricanes’ line but were repelled again. 35 minutes had passed but the score was still 7-0 to the Kiwis.

Then the Canes showed why they are the reigning champions and marched the ball from one end of the field to the other for LHP Loni Uhilato to score, again, in the corner.

Western Force Coach Dave ‘Blood’ Vessels would have been happy with the effort shown by his players but would have been disappointed to have come away empty handed.

Half-time score: Hurricanes 12 – Force 0

Vaea Fifita gets upset

Vaea Fifita gets upset

Second half

The Force camped on the Hurricanes try line again after the break but were still unable to score points.

Then a piece of Beauden Barrett defensive magic denied Force winger Verity-Amm a try in the corner.

The Force were dealt another blow losing Coleman to a neck injury but they continued to press on in his absence.

Camped in the Hurricanes 22 and with an advantage up their sleeves Peter Grant put up a high ball which somehow found the grass from were Dane Haylett-Petty was able to pick up the crumbs and score the Force’s first try.

Grant converted; all the above happened in the first five minutes after the interval. Hurricanes 12-7.

Dane Haylett-Petty scores

Dane Haylett-Petty scores

Now it was the Canes’ turn to attack and attack they did.

Ross Haylett-Petty was immense on defence defusing two try-scoring opportunities for the Canes.

But the Kiwis weren’t to be denied, with Apasai scoring in the corner following a slick lineout move to open up a ten-point gap on the Force at 54 minutes.

The Force again bludgeoned the Canes’ try line . No result.

At one point it appeared that Peter Grant had threaded his way through the defence but he was denied by another super try-saving tackle by Beauden Barrett.

Alex Newsome tries his luck against Hurricanes' strong defence

Alex Newsome tries his luck against Hurricanes’ strong defence

The Canes showed their class when TJ Perenara put in a magical grubber which was finished off by Vince ‘twinkle toes’ Aso. Hurricanes 27-7 with 13 minutes remaining.

This is where it all went wrong for the Force. Following the Aso try Referee Rohan Hoffman asked to check a late tackle on TJ Perenara by stand-in Force skipper Dane Haylett-Petty.

Hoffman can be heard saying that he believed that Haylett-Petty had turned his shoulder and tried to get out of the way and called play on but TMO Mitchelmore appeared to contradict him and DHP had to go to the bin.

The Force were now down to their fourth captain of the night and were without their star fullback. The Hurricanes took full advantage scoring two tries in four minutes to seal the match.

The Force could have been forgiven if they let their heads drop however that isn’t their style and they continued to attack.

They showed their never-give-up attitude and in the 81st minute the lion-hearted Richard ‘Dickie’ Hardwick carried two Kiwis with him over the line to dot down in the corner.

Final score: Hurricanes 34 – Force 12

Peter Grant on the move

Peter Grant on the move

The Game Changer

The terrible call from the TMO acquiesced to by Hoffman, who should have been more dominant.

The yellow card ultimately lead the the opening of the floodgates.


TJ Perenara’s reading of the play to attack the vulnerable point was telling, but the G&GR MOTM was Beauden Barrett. On his return from concussion he showed his class producing two-try saving tackles and leading from the front.

Wallaby Watch

Dane Haylett-Petty is back into full swing now after his injury. Richard Hardwick from the Aussie training squad confirmed his promise and Isi Naisarani had some brutish short runs through traffic.

Sam Lousi passes in the tackle

Sam Lousi passes in the tackle

Score & Scorers

Force – 12

Tries: D. Haylett-Petty (43′), R. Hardwick (80′).

Conversions: P. Grant (45′).

Hurricanes – 34

Tries: N. Laumape (1′, 71′), L. Uhila (36′), L. Apisai (54′), V. Aso (67′), TJ Perenara (68′).

Conversions: B. Barrett (3′, 72′).

Cards & Citings

Yellow Cards
Force – D. Haylett-Petty  (67′) – obstruction
Hurricanes – N. Laumape (76′) – offside red zone




Photos courtesy of “Delphy” – thank you

  • PeterK

    Ngani Laumape is hardly a man mountain, he is 97kg.

    • Tomthusiasm

      He’s more of a man molehill.

    • Well he made DHP look small when he bumped him off with ease

  • idiot savant

    Twice now I have seen TJ Perenara show open contempt for an Australian referee. He walked away from Hoffman last night when Hoffman was speaking to him. He did the same to Gardiner. Sure he’s a great player but Australian referees, please grow some balls and warn this man to show some respect.

    And on the subject of balls, Ross HP showed he had some. If Cheika is genuine when he issued a challenge to those not picked to show their mettle, he must pick RHP at the next opportunity. I look forward to a contest for the 6 jersey between him and Hanigan in the years to come.

    Lastly, how can we get rid of this side and their coach? No Australian forward pack has taken it up to the kiwis in this manner this year.

    • PeterK

      Hanigan is shaping up as the new Mumm

      • An overrated Tah picked no matter what form he’s in?

        • Andy

          Hanigan has been one of the only good Tahs players this year. All anti Tah bias aside he’s Hardly overrated.

          But agree RHP should have been given the bolters spot over Dempsey

  • Kokonutcreme

    I don’t believe Beauden had a great game, some of his passing was inaccurate, as was his goal kicking.

    It was his brother Jordie who pulled off the try saving tackle on Peter Grant.

    Perenara was the standout Hurricane for me and agree that he needs to pull his head in and respect the referees decision.

    Was the Force player cited after the match for the head high tackle on Riccetelli? How Hoffman and the TMO thought it was contact to the chest is beyond me.

    The Force chasers were also in front of Grant when he kicked the bomb resulting in the try to DHP but they deserved reward for their efforts.

    It was great to see NMS running with freedom again.

    • Mica

      Be good if TJ stopped diving too. Between him and Dixon a couple of weeks back they are both embarrassing themselves. No need and pretty poor sportsmanship to try to and get another player carded. It’s not like their teams need this to win anyway. Get up you sooks.

      • Tomthusiasm

        Pretty poor sportsmanship would also be the late, no-arms, shoulder charge by DHP, who I thought had a shocker. Let in at least two tries, scored a try from an offside position (as mentioned) and copped a yellow card that let the Canes run away with it. The Force were in with a chance in that game but let the niggle get to them.

        • Mica

          Do you really think that was a shoulder charge?

        • Tomthusiasm

          That’s what was ruled, I agreed with Hoffman’s initial assessment that there wasn’t much in it, but DHP put himself in the position to get carded with what the TMO deemed to be a negative play.


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