Hurricanes too strong for Sharks

Hamish Williams, Yahoo! Sport New Zealand Updated April 6, 2012, 9:17 pm

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.

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  1. Boris11:55am Sunday 08th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    For a very young and generally inexperienced team that has been written off time and time again, they are not doing to bad at all.

  2. jason11:05am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yah the canes but I do laugh that now they are winnig their are alot off names on here that were cane haters and big anti hammett, funny how when you start winning even the biggest bigot turns but notice how they never say sorry for being bigots. Enough said I think

  3. Les10:04am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Where are all the get rid of Hammett critics now. Oh and by the way GForce, both sides were included in the white card so it would appear you are one eyed. I watched the game and thought Jackson did a far better job than Bryce Lawrence did with his game. He is the worst ref we have.

  4. Dave09:31am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Tough to play if the playing field is not level. Glen Jackson, sorry, I have lost my respect for your abbility as a ref - have Bryce Lawrence given you a head- up before the game? Everytime the Sharks started to pick-up momentum in the first halve, he found something to blow his whistle. The same pedantic offences commited by the Canes were ignored. This is how you blow one team of the pitch within the rules - it spoiled it for the visiting team, and was also the reason for the brawl.Canes did not play bad but could not believe their luck that they were so far ahead at halve time - they were even starting to complain in the second halve when Glen Jackson dared to penalise them for any offence.The video ref must have had the same brief as Glen - winning at all costs! Is that what some of the kiwi blockers call 'superioty' -what a joke

  5. 08:41am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    interesting that the blues are loosing (weepu and nonu) and the canes are winning (no weepu and nonu) a team playing as a team

  6. NF08:32am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well done Canes though two of our tries were borderline............and then the penalties for the loose scrums for "off your feet" & "falling over the ball" were neither here nor there - desperately needs some better rules. Suppose we have to wait for the judiciary for the outcome of the boxing match.........

  7. William peter08:31am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    thats whats needed to maintain nz superioty get richard lowe back to asist and get a bit of mongrel back into the game

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  8. Gforce08:28am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Sorry, but the Ref & Linesmen sould o back to ref School matches, some of the decisions were absolutely unbelievable. Why only did the sharks get a white card? and how many forward passes were not picked up. How much were the match officials paid?

  9. Snart08:23am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Being a Sharks fan has become, over the last few years, just like being a Blues fan - All that talent going to waste !

  10. Ken08:21am Saturday 07th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Atilla is like most Yarpies - thick, arrogant and one-eyed.

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