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Butch James goes from hero to villian as Canes steal last-minute win

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David Legge

LIONS 28 HURRICANES 30

Nose for a try ... Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes posts a five pointer despite the tackle by Michael Killian.

Nose for a try ... Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes posts a five pointer despite the tackle by Michael Killian. Photo: AP

JOHANNESBURG: Fly-half Beauden Barrett kicked his fifth penalty a minute from time to give the Hurricanes a thrilling 30-28 Super 15 victory over the Lions at Ellis Park on Friday.

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The lead changed hands eight times in this  match before the visitors atoned for the heaviest loss of the first round last weekend, when they had finished 13 points behind the Stormers in Cape Town.

Defeat dashed Lions' hopes of becoming the first team this season to win two in a row, after they edged the the Cheetahs by two points in Johannesburg last weekend.

Many visiting teams fade in the closing stages on the Highveld as the 1800 metres altitude leaves them gasping for breath, but the men from Wellington demonstrated their fitness with a high-tempo game throughout.

Hurricanes turned around 14-8 up and two tries within three mintues from hooker Dane Coles and All Blacks wing Cory Jane around the hour mark ultimately proved crucial.

A blow for the Lions was the early loss of prop JC Janse van Rensburg and replacement CJ van der Linde through injuries, which resulted in uncontested scrums and nullified the early advantage the home team had in that area.

"It was too tight for my liking," confessed Hurricanes centre and skipper Conrad Smith. "I thought we had the points in the bag after scoring those two tries in quick succession.

"But the Lions never gave up and I am proud to captain the team that defeated them. Next up for us is the Western Force in Perth and they are another team who will put their hearts on the line."

Lions flank and skipper Josh Strauss was angry: "We let ourselves down through silly mistakes. We played well when we had the ball, but gave it away too often. We must come in on Monday, learn from our mistakes and get better."

Barrett kicked five penalties to raise his season tally to 36 points -- one less than leading scorer Elton Jantjies, who had to be satisfied with 10 against the Hurricanes after a record Super 15 haul of 27 points last weekend.

Full-back Andre Taylor dived over in the corner for a superb first-half try, Coles touched down after brilliant football skills from Smith and Jane punished sloppy defending to get the other.

Full-back Jaco Taute, lock Franco van der Merwe and replacement back Butch James scored a try each for the Lions, Jantjies kicked two conversions and two penalties, and Taute landed a long-range penalty.

HURRICANES 30 (Andre Taylor, Dane Coles, Cory Jane tries; Beauden Barrett 5 pens) def LIONS 28 (Jaco Taute, Franco van der Merwe, Butch James tries; Elton Jantjies 2 con, 2 pens, Taute pen). Referee: Steve Walsh (NZL)

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Rugby Internationals 2014

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SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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