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Review: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Review: Hurricanes v Brumbies

The game was played away from Wellington, in Napier where the ground has a 22,000 capacity. The conditions were soft and slippery underfoot, but the players made a nonsense of that with their play.

The Match

FIRST HALF:

The Hurricanes started furiously and soon had the Brumbies on the back foot. The first scrums were looking ugly for the Brumbies and Sio had to be replaced with a knee injury in the first seven minutes. Mayhew came on to steady the ship. The Brumbies were not committing enough players to the ruck and were getting blown off at will. Aso went in off the cut to make it 7-0 and then Beauden Barratt kicked under advantage to Jane, who out-jumped Toua to score. 14-0.

Then the Brumbies decided to give their opponents a dose of their own medicine. Kuridrani made a great break,then grubbered for Powell but the ball went dead. Toua then kicked and, with a good chase, the Hurricanes were penalised for holding on. Brumbies kicked for the corner. Their maul was disrupted, but the got the scrum. The Hurricanes turned it over and kicked to the 22. Off the lineout, the Brumbies were expected to maul, but Powell ran, Mayhew and offloaded to Kuridrani to score. 14-7. From the kick-off Speight ran well then kicked; Beauden cleared but only to the 5m line. After about 15 phases Carter scored under the posts. 14-14. From the kick-off Speight ran again and the Brumbies went coast to coast. 21-14.

That’s where it ended at half time. The Brumbies were in front but under tremendous pressure.

SECOND HALF:

The second half started with pressure from the Hurricanes and a good run from Beauden Barrett stopped close to the line but the referee adjudged that Hawera had played the ball on the ground and he received a yellow card. In the next ten minutes the Hurricanes scored twice. Aso went in to make it 21-21 and Toua made a horrible kick-off . On the front foot, the Hurricanes attacked and Aso went in again. 28-21.

Now back to 15, the Brumbies were again under the pump and after a period, the Hurricanes scored again through Gibbons to lead 35-21. They then scored another three tries, all converted. Final score 56-21.

THE BRUMBIES:

They tried hard but ultimately were blown away. Speight had a good game, as did Mayhew off the bench early. But ultimately they were playing up a grade and that’s how it turned out.

THE HURRICANES:

This was a Beauden Barrett masterclass. He kicked, he ran, he passed. An absolutely brilliant display. The Hurricanes forwards were ferocious and most times knocked the Brumbies backwards, which killed their momentum. They look to be a complete team and on the road to the finals.


The Game Changer

The yellow card marked the turning point. But you could see it coming from the very start of the second half.

The G&GR MOTM

Hands down, Beauden Barrett. The man is scarcely human.

Wallaby watch

Speight was excellent, Arnold and Kuridrani OK, Ala’alatoa and Carter reasonable.


The Details

Crowd: Unknown

Score & Scorers

Hurricanes: 56
Tries: Aso 3, Gibbons 2, Jane, Abbott, Laumape 1.
Conversions: J. Barrett 7, Black 1

Penalties: None

Brumbies: 21
Tries: Kuridrani, Carter, Speight
Conversions: Hawera 3
Penalties: nil

Cards & citings

Yellow: Hawera

  • Tomthusiasm

    John Plumtree must have a very convincing halftime speech.

    • Yes. “Just give it to Bogan”.

      • Brumby Runner

        I honestly think it must have been something along the lines of “Beauden, I want you take control in the second half. No more lazing around letting Vince do all the work”. And he certainly obliged.

  • Keith Butler

    Awesome second half from the Canes after the Brumbies stung them back into action with 3 tries in about 10 mins. BB is on another planet at the moment. When he plays for the ABs, I wonder who will be taking the kicks at goal.

  • Bobas

    They never showed the Harewa yellow card on replay. Huge turning point, I can’t imagine the same card be given so quickly in the other direction.
    Not that the result would be different.
    Then you have a clear yellow card with a tip tackle that everyone in the world can see and is replayed 1000 times go unpunished.

  • Brumby Runner

    Hawko, a good, accurate write up. I’d also include Joe Powell in the group rated as reasonable. He plays with a lot of enthusiasm and is more inclined to take the line on himself these days. I think he was substantially better than Gordon in the games last night.

    • You must have read it after my corrections. I wrote it while I had one eye on the Tahs game. As a result I got a terrible case of Tahsitis – a terminal disease where the more you write the more errors you make. God, I hope I found them all!

      I thought Gordon was one of the few reasonable players on show. So hard to do anything good when all around you are that bad. I think he and Powell are the future. Who will develop best will be determined over time. And Lowrens is no slouch either. But who’s worried about developing halfbacks when we can’t develop a tight five with any mongrel?

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    So frustrating to see the Brumbies play so poorly in the 2nd half. Very glad of the win but would have liked to have seen more fight, especially after playing so well in parts

    • Merrow

      Hard to fight without the ball.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Yeah it is but even worse when you throw away what you do get

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