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Hurricanes snap losing streak in style

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Saturday, July 7, 2018    allblacks.com    Getty Images

After scoring less than 14 points in their last three matches, the Hurricanes needed to rediscover their attacking mojo and did so in commanding fashion with blockbusting second five-eighth Ngani Laumape crossing for four tries. 

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Laumape was unstoppable at times as he caught his opposite Rieko Ioane out of position for his first-half brace and laid on a classy assist for Julian Savea to dot down on his return the familiar number 11 jersey.

His third try was a strong-man effort close to the line but it was his fourth that will stick in the minds of the 11,000-strong crowd that braved the Wellington cold.

With the game balanced delicately 35-24 with 10 minutes to play, Beauden Barrett showed great anticipation to pounce on an ambitious intercept and lay on a superb no-look reverse pass to Laumape who put on the after-burners to run 40 metres to the line.



It was a crucial try in more ways than one. It put the Blues out of reach and gave the Hurricanes a crucial bonus point and one hand on a home playoffs spot. The Hurricanes have moved to 50 points on the ladder with the Chiefs behind them on 45 points. The two teams meet next week with the Chiefs needing a bonus point win to have any chance of denying the Hurricanes a home playoff.

While the Hurricanes attack was on song, the pack put in a vastly improved effort over recent weeks. The scrum was rock solid and a number of tries were scored from set-piece to put a smile on the face of Hurricanes fans.

The Blues scored three good tries of their own and hung in the game until the 70th minute. But in the end it was to be the Hurricanes night.

Scorers:
Hurricanes 42 (Julian Savea, Ngani Laumape 4, Beauden Barrett tries, Jordie Barrett 6 con) Blues 24 (Rieko Ioane 2, Akira Ioane tries, Stephen Perofeta pen, 3 con)
HT: 21-10