The Hurricanes gained the final chance to take part in the next rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa after their glorious victory against Highlanders with the scores of 17-11 in Wellington on the recent Sunday.
Dedspite the fact that both teams featured the attacking playing style during the match, this match was greatly impressed all watchers by numerous unforced errors being created by Hurricanes and Highlanders.
Finally, the Hurricanes gained the latest victory against its competitor. This has been their second victory after their first victory with the Chiefs last week. Before these 2 victories, they initially suffered from 2 losing matches.
The Hurricanes’ points mostly came from TJ Perenara, Devan Flanders and Kobus van Wyk while Jordie Barrett added an impressive conversion.
When it came to the Highlanders, Aaron Smith was the one who crossed the whitewash and Mitch Hunt turned his 2 penalties into points for his team.
Before goals were made, there had been plenty of actions made from both sides with tries being disallowed due tomany fools taking place during the first 10 minutes.
Aaron Smith was the first player to score the goal just in the fouth minute, however his try was soon considered to be invalid as television replays revealed that Ash Dixon had impeded Du’Plessis Kirifi, who was trying to tackle Hunt in the build-up.
Two minutes later, Ngani Laumape dotted down after gathering a pass from Fletcher Smith however his attempt was disallowed as the TMO annouced that Flanders interfered with Shannon Frizell, who was defending his try-line.
The next 20 minutes happened without any goals, despite the fact that there had been many efforts and tries being made from both teams. Both were trying to gain ascendancy.
The match eventually came alive in the 28th minute when Perenara sold Aaron Smith a dummy deep inside the Hurricanes’ half before crossing for the opening try.
The Hurricanes continued to dominate the latter stages of the half and just before the interval Barrett tore the Highlanders defence to shreds with a telling break. He threw a well-timed long pass to Van Wyk, who rounded Hunt before crashing over in the right-hand corner to give his side a 12-0 lead at half-time.