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Hurricanes thump Moana Pasifika to avenge for shock loss in eight-try rout

By Alex McLeod
(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Hurricanes have avenged for their shock loss to Moana Pasifika two-and-a-half weeks ago by thumping them 53-12 in Wellington on Tuesday.

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The 41-point drubbing snaps a three-match losing streak and amends the surprise golden point extra-time defeat the Hurricanes suffered against the new expansion franchise in Auckland last month.

Running in eight tries to two, the hosts dominated from the outset at Sky Stadium in a match that was rescheduled as a result of Covid disruption earlier in the season.

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A searing break by wing Wes Goosen through the heart of the Moana Pasifika defence in the opening passage of play from the kick-off was indicative of what was to come throughout the match, with the Hurricanes scoring just minutes later via Alex Fidow.

Further first half tries to Goosen and Blake Gibson, as well as seven points from the boot of prodigious fullback Ruben Love, was enough to outscore the solitary try scored by Moana Pasifika lock Michael Curry in the opening stanza.

Ahead 22-5 at half-time, the Hurricanes ramped things up in the second half, with hooker Kianu Kereru-Symes, halfback TJ Perenara, prop Pasilio Tosi, captain Reed Prinsep and Gibson all dotting down to crack the half century for the home side.

The try was a special one for Kereru-Symes, who marked his debut with a try after being promoted into the starting lineup shortly before kick-off following the late withdrawal of James O’Reilly.

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Perenara, meanwhile, continued to close in on Israel Folau’s record for most tries in Super Rugby history, scoring his 58th try to leave him two tries shy of the former Wallabies star’s milestone.

Moana Pasifika managed one other try to flanker Alex McRobbie, but that proved to be merely be consolation as ill-discipline continued to plague Aaron Mauger’s side, who conceded 10 penalties to the Hurricanes’ six and had minimal possession and territory.

The result leaves Moana Pasifika rooted to the bottom of the Super Rugby Pacific table, nine points astray from a play-offs spot, while the Hurricanes leapfrog the Western Force into seventh place.

Both teams have a four-day turnaround, with Moana Pasifika travelling to Hamilton to face the Chiefs on Saturday just hours before the Hurricanes take on the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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Hurricanes 53 (Tries to Alex Fidow, Blake Gibson (2), Wes Goosen, Kianu Kereru-Symes, TJ Perenara, Pasilio Tosi and Reed Prinsep; 4 conversions and penalty to Ruben Love, conversion to Aidan Morgan)

Moana Pasifika 12 (Tries to Michael Curry and Alex McRobbie; conversion to Christian Leali’ifano)

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Morne 38 minutes ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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