Hurricanes thump Australian conference leaders
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It was a well-deserved lead for the Rebels as they played with great ball continuity and maximised all of their scoring opportunities. But a Ben Lam try and Beauden Barrett disallowed try in the opening ten minutes gave the feeling that the Hurricanes were in the mood to unleash their full attacking game at AAMI Stadium.
It was a mark of how good the Rebels had been in the opening stages that Hurricanes captain Brad Shields opted for a penalty in the 33rd minute to close the gap to 19-11.
It doesn’t matter who you are in Super Rugby, you cannot afford to let your guard down against the Hurricanes and two tries late in the half gave the Hurricanes a 19-25 lead at the break. In the blink of an eye, the Rebels had given up a handy advantage and the visitors took all of the momentum into the sheds.
Brad Shields wasn’t willing to take any chances against a Rebels side that had won four games out of five in 2018 to sit at the top of the Australian conference. A penalty in front of the posts was knocked over by Beauden Barrett to stretch the Hurricanes to a 19-28 lead.
The final 10 minutes belonged to Ben Lam as he scored two more tries to take his match tally to four. It is the most tries ever scored in a single match by a Hurricane and took the former All Blacks Sevens star to the top of the Super Rugby try scoring ladder with eight tries.
It was quite some statement from the Hurricanes who absorbed all of the Rebels pressure in the opening stages before laying on a clinic of running rugby.
Rebels 19 (Matthew Philip try, Jack Debreczeni 4 pen, con) Hurricanes 50 (Ben Lam 4, Ngani Laumape tries, Beauden Barrett, try, 3 pen, 3 con)
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