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TJ Perenara was one of the try-scorers for the Hurricanes

TJ Perenara and Devan Flanders crossed for tries because the Hurricanes defeated the Highlanders 17-11 in Sunday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Wellington.

The Hurricanes led 12-0 after a strong first half which setup their win and although that they had 70 % of possession after the break, they were outscored by the Highlanders.

The match featured an outstanding contest between the All Blacks scrum-halves Aaron Smith and Perenara who both scored tries.

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Highlanders No 9 Smith had early upper hand, unwanted Perenara round the fringes associated with rucks in addition to mauls in addition to making a number of threatening pauses.

But Perenara struck a significant blow if he sold Smith a trick in the 28th minute, directed him large then reduce through the ensuing inside distance to score the particular Hurricanes very first try.

Smith had their revenge within the 58th second when, using the Highlanders looking 17-3, this individual broke round the unguarded brief side of your attacking maul to score and maintain his group in the complement.

Devan Flanders crossed the try-line for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders

Devan Flanders crossed the particular try-line for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders

The very first half presented a myriad of range breaks or even half pauses by the two teams which often kept defences on warn. But a great inability in order to link and also to finish held the rating down, likewise due to a few strong trying defence through both groups.

Both groups had a try out disallowed for obstruction in the first half a dozen minutes. Smith should have have scored after several minutes if he finished the long-range crack by fly-half Mitch Hunt. However, the particular referee eliminated the try out for the marginal blockage by Highlanders captain Ash Dixon.

Two minutes later on, Ngani Laumape scored for the Hurricanes but the try out was once again chalked off – now for a great obstruction.

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Perenara and Smith’s tries originated from rare protecting lapses. The Hurricanes likewise managed an attempt through flanker Flanders, among their best ball-carriers, but were required to control the particular ball by means of more than 15 phases to collapse the Highlanders defence.

Hunt started a penalty right before the final fascinating women to cut charge to half a dozen points and offer the Highlanders a weak chance of the come-from-behind win. But the particular Hurricanes seized a Highlanders lineout within stoppage time to get rid of the game.

The Highlanders have not won given that they upset the particular Chiefs within the opening circular while Hurricanes made it back-to-back wins.