Round 17 - Hurricanes v Highlanders, 5 June, McLean Park, Napier
- June 5, 2015
The Highlanders are faced a big deficit going into the halftime break after a fired up Hurricanes side blew them away in the first half. Lima Sopoaga opened the scoring with a drop goal in the first minute after the Highlander's forwards gained the turnover in the Hurricanes 22. The Hurricanes replied shorty after with a penalty to have the scores at 3 all after 3 minutes of play. The Highlanders were then reduced to 14 men when Gareth Evans was shown yellow for infringing while the Hurricanes were under penalty advantage while in the midst of a driving maul close to our line. The Hurricanes then proceeded to score three quickfire tries to give them a healthy lead with only 25 minutes on the clock. The visitors managed to pull one back with Ryan Tongia going over after receiving the ball from a tackle breaking John Hardie. The scorer then turned provider when Tongia caught his own up and under to make a big break up field which ended in a try to Sopoaga. But just as the Highlanders were working their way back into the game, the Hurricanes scored a late try to Dane Coles leaving the Highlanders with a lot of work to do in the second half.
The Highlanders fought hard but couldn't recover from deficit they faced following the first half. Things didn't start well for the Highlanders following the resumption of play with Savea going over a minute after the kick off. The Highlanders replied with a try of their own to Marty Banks shortly after only for the Hurricanes to strike back almost instantly with Perenara going over for his second. As the clock wound down Ma'a Nonu scored two quickfire 5 pointers to make it a comprehensive victory for the New Zealand conference leaders as the final whistle sounded.
HALF TIME: HUR 30 - HIG13
FULL TIME: HUR 56 - HIG 20
Tries - B.Thomson, J.Marshall, TJ Perenara 2, D.Coles, J.Savea, M.Nonu 2
Pen - J.Marshall 2
Con - J.Marshall 5
Tries - R.Tongia, L.Sopoaga, M.Banks
Drop - L.Sopoaga
Cards -G.Evans (11th min yellow)