Ngani Laumape hat-trick steers Hurricanes to 43-13 win over Brumbies

Ngani Laumape scored three tries
Ngani Laumape scored three tries

Hurricanes 43-13 Brumbies, Central Energy Trust Arena

Ngani Laumape scored a hat-trick as Hurricanes registered their second win in the ongoing Super Rugby season with a 43-13 victory over Brumbies at Central Energy Trust Arena on Friday.

The win has taken Hurricanes to the top of the New Zealand Conference with nine points while Brumbies are at second place with six points.

After the first 10 minutes went without a point, Dane Coles opened the account with a 12th minute try and two minutes later the New Zealand international set up Laumape for his side's second touchdown. Beauden Barrett kicked both the conversions as Hurricanes raced to a 14-0 lead.

Brumbies finally responded back at the end of the first quarter with Folau Fainga'a crossing over. Christian Leali'ifano missed the conversion but kicked a penalty goal in the 29th minute to make the scoreline 14-8 before Coles with his second at the stroke of half-time stretched Hurricanes lead to 11 points at the end of the first half.

Barrett helped the Hurricanes get off the block with an early penalty goal before back to back tries from Laumape in the 53rd and 60th minutes and Brumbies got into further trouble when David Pocock was sin-binned in the 63rd minute.

Tom Wright scored a consolation try in the 71st minute but James Blackwell's final try in the added minutes ensured Hurricanes completed a 30 point victory.

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