Hurricanes 29-19 Rebels, Westpac Stadium
Hurricanes came up with a dominating first-half performance as they went on to beat Melbourne Rebels 29-19 in their Super Rugby clash at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
Hurricanes now have consolidated their second position in the New Zealand Conference with their eighth win from 11 games while Rebels still hold the top place in Australian group.
The first quarter was total domination from Hurricanes as Ngani Laumape (5'), Beauden Barrett (8'), Wes Goosen (15') and Vaea Fifita (21') all scoring tries. Beauden also kicked three conversions as Hurricanes raced to a 26 point lead before the break.
Rebels capitalised on the ill-discipline of Hurricanes and they finally broke the shackles with a Matt Philip try in the 52nd minute while Bill Meakes and Reece Hodge followed the suit with further tries in 64th and 70th minutes that brought the gap down to seven points.
However, their late heroics could not fetch them the victory as Jordie Barrett with his 75th minute penalty kick ensured Hurricanes completed a 29-19 win.