Hurricanes too good for Reds
In the opening Super Rugby clash on Saturday the Hurricanes did enough to overcome the Reds by 29-14 in Wellington. The home side had to hold on defensively for long periods of the game but eventually had too much quality for their Australian opponents.
Despite an early score to Wes Goosen after a deft chip kick from Beauden Barrett the home side had to call on a strong defensive effort to keep their visitors from gaining an important advantage in the contest. Instead it was the Hurricanes who crucially managed to convert an opportunity just before the break. Dan Coles coming up with the ball after the home side mauled their opponents over the line.
The Canes certainly had their defence to thank for a 12-6 half time lead. Windy conditions and a sound Hurricane defensive line made it tough going for the Reds but they stuck to their efforts of giving the ball some air and running at their Kiwi opponents. Jason Woodward capitalise on the inaccuracy of the Reds in trying to run the ball. The winger kicking a loose ball through to ultimately get the try which gave his side a 17-9 lead early in the second half.
The Reds never gave up and their running game finally offered some reward when Chris Feauai-Sautia was able to break through from set move off the lineout. The game was back in the balance at this stage.
The home side had been more convincing with ball in hand in the second stint but struggled to finish off their chances and get clear. This would change when replacement centre, Ngani Lauampe was able to power over the line as the final ten minutes approached.
Woodward would add some gloss to the score as he intercepted a Reds pass after the hooter to notch a fifth try for the Hurricanes and secure a 29-14 bonus point victory for the men from Wellington.