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The Hurricanes have pulled off a remarkable win, beating the Sharks by 42-18 in New Plymouth.
Despite being second best in most of the stats, the Hurricanes won the important one - the score.
But both teams will have a nervous wait with the Sanzar judiciary sure to investigate an all-in brawl that broke out in the first half.
While the Sharks dominated territory and possession it was the Hurricanes who scored first through fullback Andre Taylor.
And it took a quarter of the game for the Sharks to get on the board through a penalty to France first-five Freddie Michalak.
That the Hurricanes were ahead at the twenty minute mark owed much to their loose forward trio, who were able to disrupt the breakdown and repeatedly turn the ball over.
And in a phase which summed up the first half, the Hurricanes pinched the ball from the kick off, worked their way down field and scored their second try through flanker Pat Lam.
The Hurricanes gradually got themselves into the game, and two further penalties by local boy Beauden Barrett extended the lead to 20-3.
Another quick attack just before halftime lead to Julian Savea crossing over in the corner as the hooter sounded giv the Canes a 25-3 lead at the break.
But playing into a strong second half wind, it appeared their huge tackle count took it's toll on the Hurricanes, as the Sharks finally made their dominance count.
After an early penalty to Michalak and converted try to JP Pietersen, the Sharks had their tails up with the lead cut to 12 points, and five minutes of the second half played.
But the Hurricanes turned the ball over - again from the kick off - and after a few phases a grubber kick sent through skipper Conrad Smith in the corner to score his side's fourth try.
Barrett pushed the kick wide, before another turnover lead to a Barrett bust and a superb chip and chase try to second-five Tim Bateman. The conversion attempt was charged down to leave the Canes with a 35-13 lead.
A try to Sharks' hooker Craig Burdon gave the Sharks some hope of gaining at least a bonus point, but a last minute try to replacement lock Jeremy Thursh put the icing on the cake for the Hurricanes.For the Hurricanes openside flanker Karl Lowe was outstanding, while the talented Barrett and Smith also put in good shifts as they continue to defy the nay-sayers while the Sharks have been brought back down to earth following last week's win in Canberra.