FULL-TIME: A bonus-point win for the Hurricanes as the Waratahs leave town empty-handed. It was all about Savea and Barrett, but there were good displays from old hands Ashley-Cooper and Mitchell.
The Waratahs were in contention until about the 50th minute, when the home side really started to let loose, with a ten minute blitz killing the game off. The breakdown is where the Tahs need to work - they are losing almost all of the 50/50 battles, and to top it off gifting dangerous pens when they can't get hands on the pill.
So, another week of the new Tahs, but no third win on the trot. Final eight, but that's about it to be honest this year. Folau's finish was world class, but he quickly followed it with a hospital chip that almost cancelled it out. Must try harder, but they are edging closer to being a decent side.
Thanks for your company, pop back later for video highlights, photo gallery, and expert analysis. HURRICANES 41-WARATAHS 29
#HURVWAR final whistle goes on a ripper match. Canes earn a 41-29 win but Tahs unlucky not to get a bonus point.Great effort boys, proud!— HSBC Waratahs (@NSWWaratahs) April 6, 2013
Nope, no try, it was short.
CHANCE: Is this a bonus point try for the Waratahs after the siren? Hooper has gone for the corner, but it looks short......
So, a couple of minutes to go here in rainy Wellington, and as I type, Savea almost forces his hat-trick. Folau kicks it straight into Savea, the Canes set, and a box kick to the corner bounces unkindly for the winger. Horrible, horrible kick from Folau, so low that Savea didn't even have to reach. Deans won't have that in a gold jersey. He's got enough on his plate with Beale's low-percentage chips.....
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Barrett's boot crucial in Wellington: The Hurricanes took a 19-16 lead to the halftime break over the Waratahs at... dlvr.it/3BWKmB— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) April 6, 2013
Julian Savea has 158 running metres. Get that man a chair. And the man of the match champagne. he can share it with his brother, who has absolutely dominated in his debut...
TRY-TIME: The long arm of Israel Folau finds the line. The Waratahs go right quickly, and Folau does an excellent job of finishing the move off with a stretch, leg drive and reach. Great strength to beat Conrad Smith's grapple. Deans would be crazy not to name him. no conversion. HURRICANES 41 WARATAHS 29
Coming thick and fast from Cully.
Some of the Waratahs handling in chasing the game has been outstanding. Low passes picked off bootlaces. #HURvWAR— Paul Cully (@whiskeycully) April 6, 2013
The Waratahs are showing good heart here as we go into the final ten minutes. It's a lost cause, but the visitors are still trying to fling the ball wide. Breakdown turnovers are destroying them.
Savea has just won the battle with Hooper. #HURvWAR— Paul Cully (@whiskeycully) April 6, 2013
WHAT A RUN: And here comes Julian Savea. What a run. He carves the Tahs defence into pieces, tearing up the middle. He takes the ball deep in his own half, cuts inside, bounces Foley into the floor and is eventually tackled 50m later by trusty Ashley-Cooper. The Canes recycle, grubber to the corner, but Mitchell recovers. Excitement machine. The Tahs are called back for a professional foul and are lucky to escape the bin. Barrett kicks the points on offer to put the game beyond a doubt. HURRICANES 41 WARATAHS 24Back to top
Ardie Savea is having an incredible debut. Boy he can hit. He puts in the tackle, stands up, drives Hooper off the ball and the Canes pinch. The Hurricanes fans are loving the Saveas. Two glory positions too.
Quick double turnover gives the ball back to the visitors deep in the Hurricanes half. Breakneck stuff here. Desperate stuff from the Tahs, but somehow it is coming off. A try here makes this a grandstand finish.... HURRICANES 38 WARATAHS 24
Better from the Tahs, who are keeping the ball alive with miracle offloads as they roll into the 22m. This could be another.
Lovely kick from Barrett to pin down the Tahs five from their line. His tackling has been dodgy, but with ball in hand, Barrett has been mercurial tonight.
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So, it's a 14 point ball game here, with plenty to play for.
No good. HURRICANES 38 WARATAHS 24
TRY-TIME: Adam Ashley Cooper goes in down the left. That's his third of the season, he's been excellent tonight. AAC comes from deep, sells Barrett a dummy and drops the shoulder. McKibbin will look to close the gap.
A loose pass from Mitchell Chapman as the Tahs attack disrupts the flow, but the visitors retain the ball. Here they go, in front of the posts with the ball in hand. I'd back them to go in, the Canes defence has been suspect.