The Brumbies came crashing down to earth after a brutal visit to Palmerston North, losing 43-13 to the Hurricanes.
The Canes’ Dane Coles pounced on an early David Pocock mistake within the 22m to score the opening try for the in the 9th minute, 7-0. A dubious forward pass call against Brumbies then led to the Canes’ second when Ngani Laumape strolled over for the first of his three to continue the early streak for the Canes, Barrett converted to make it 14-0 after 19.
The Brumbies then hit back through Folau Fainga’a in the 20th in familiar style with a driving maul to trail 14-5. The All Black legend Coles then finished off some smart work from TJ Perenara down the blind side to nail to brumbies on half time. Canes’ 19-8 at half time. The Canes’ opened the second half through a penalty to Barrett extending the lead to 22-8. Errors then held the brumbies back until Laumape again capaitlised on some genius work from Perenara down the short side scoring in the 53rd to make it 29-8. Last weeks’ hero in Canberra, Lealiifano then threw a shocker resulting in an intercept to the Canes with Laumape finishing off his hat trick, Canes 36-8 after 60.
The game then settled before the Brumbies were hit with another set back with a dubious yellow to Pocock in the 63rd. A late consolation try to Tom Wright in the 71st added some respect to the score (36-13) before the Canes’ crossed in the 80th for a resounding 43-13 victory.
Back to the drawing board for McKellar and Brumbies before his side face a strong Rebels side in Melbourne next week.
The Game Changer
the Brumbies were looking strong on the Canes’ line in the early stages when they decided to take the three despite showing early strength up front. Didn’t get back in the board until the 71st.
The G&GR MOTM
Despite 3 to Laumape, TJ Perenara takes the points for an outstanding performance which included the brilliance which consistently gets him an ABs jersey.
Tom Banks was again strong in a losing side, Izzy is on notice.
Score & Scorers
Tries: Laumape 3 Coles 2, Blackwell
Conversions: Barrett 4, Garden-Bachop
Tries: Faingaa, Wright
Yellow – David Pocock (63’)