Hurricanes tough out victory over Rebels

09 May 2014
Hurricanes tough out victory over Rebels

The Hurricanes moved into the play-off positions after claiming a 25-15 victory over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

The men from Wellington didn't always have things going their own way and were outscored by two tries to one by the home side.

The Rebels orchestrated their own downfall, however, as they conceded far too many penalties.

The Hurricanes were dominant for large parts during the early stages of the opening half but that dominance wasn't reflected on the scoreboard as they only managed to score three penalties, from Beauden Barrett, during that period.

The Rebels soaked up that pressure and despite trailing, 9-0 after 20 minutes, struck back with a penalty from Jason Woodward before Bryce Hegarty scored the game's opening try in the 28th minute.

The five-pointer came against the run of play and Hegarty crossed the whitewash after combining brilliantly with Woodward. A well-timed long pass from Hegarty to the New Zealand-born full-back caught the Hurricanes defence napping and after bursting through a soft tackle Woodward was soon inside the visitors' 22.

He delivered a chip kick which bounced perfectly for Hegarty who got in for the game's opening try which Woodward converted. Despite that effort, the Rebels were committing too many errrors, especially at the breakdown, and Barrett regained the lead for the visitors in the 35th minute.

The Hurricanes stepped up a gear after the second half but, just like before the break, the Rebels were their own worst enemies as they continued where they left off before the break by conceding too many penalties.

Barrett kept the scoreboard ticking for the visitors with two further three-pointers in the 41st and 50th minutes but the scoreline could have been bigger as he also missed with two attempts in between.

The 'Canes' only try was scored by their captain Conrad Smith but even though he crossed the whitewash this was a superb team effort.