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Canes down Brumbies with eight-try blitz

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes, right, caught by Jordan Jackson-Hope. © AAP Image/SNPA, Ross Setford Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes, right, caught by Jordan Jackson-Hope. The Hurricanes have run in 42 unanswered second-half points to down the Brumbies 56-21 at Napier's McLean Park on Friday.

The defending Super Rugby champions blasted back from an erratic first 40 minutes, keeping the Brumbies scoreless after the break in an emphatic eight-tries to three victory.

The Brumbies defence has been solid throughout their first seven games, conceding just 120 points, but they conceded 14 in the opening 15 minutes.

The Hurricanes looked about to run riot after Vince Aso sliced through onto an inside ball from Beauden Barrett after seven minutes.

Former All Black Cory Jane added a second six minutes later from a Barrett high kick, outjumping Brumbies fullback Aidan Toua give the Hurricanes a 14-0 lead.

That was it for the Hurricanes for the next 10 minutes, as the Brumbies ran in three tries inside seven minutes.

The first came from a set piece move from the lineout, halfback Joe Powell finding Nick Mayhew on his inside before Tevita Kuridrani ranged up to take the final pass.

The second came almost from the restart, Brumbies skipper Sam Carter dotting down between the posts after a break through the middle from winger Henry Speight.

The Hurricanes continued to miss key tackles inside their own 22, allowing the Brumbies a skerrick of space which they exploited to the full with a superb 29th minute try.

Powell finished a sweeping move which featured outstanding support play and excellent handling, giving the Brumbies 21-14 lead at halftime.

It took just two minutes from the restart for the Hurricanes to level the scores, the Brumbies a man down after first five-eighth Wharenui Hawera was sent to the sin bin for playing the ball on the ground.

Yet another wide kick from Barrett found Canes lock Mark Abbott out on the wing, who slipped the pass back inside to send Aso clear to the line.

Aso added his third five minutes later, then replacement loosie Callum Gibbins dotted down for the Hurricanes' fifth as the hour mark ticked over, charging down Hawera's clearing kick.

Abbott crossed for the Hurricanes' sixth after 67 minutes, adding a second from a lineout drive five minutes later.

Second five-eighth Ngani Laumape topped off an outstanding Hurricanes performance with the final try of the night from yet another Barrett wide kick.

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