One of the heroes from the Hurricanes 34-32 shock win over the Crusaders was young midfielder Peter Umaga-Jensen, who impressed fans online with his dominant display over All Black centre Jack Goodhue.

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Tasked with coming up against the experienced Jack Goodhue and debutant Fetuli Paea, the 22-year-old Hurricane tore through the Crusaders with regularity.

Although Ngani Laumape stole the show against the Blues, it was the young outside centre who won the plaudits against the Crusaders. Punching on to the ball with dangerous line running, Umaga-Jensen made two first half clean breaks, one of which set up the Hurricanes first try to Wes Goosen.

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As the see-saw contest played out, it was Umaga-Jensen again who scored a crucial try to put the Hurricanes up by two scores 31-20. Injured in the act of scoring, it was his last play of the night before going off.

It didn’t stop fans online awarding him the Man of the Match for his stunning display, which fans described as ‘bullying’ Jack Goodhue, ‘killing’ him every time he touched the ball.

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One half of the Umaga-Jensen twins, Peter’s brother Thomas is in the Highlanders squad. The nephews of former All Black captain Tana Umaga, their arrival on the Super Rugby scene has been widely anticipated since starring as schoolboys.

It is safe to say Peter’s explosive display against the Crusaders has become his breakout moment in just his seventh appearance for the Hurricanes. RugbyPass writer Finn Morton graded him an 8.5/10, the highest mark by a Hurricanes player.

The Hurricanes fourth straight win keeps their hopes of capturing the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa title alive, moving briefly into second place behind the Crusaders. The win ended the defending champions home undefeated streak of 36 games, the first in Christchurch under Scott Robertson.

 

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