Hurricanes ease past Reds in exhibition match

The Hurricanes cruised to a 7-36 victory over the Reds in an exhibition match to keep the players fit during the Super Rugby break.

The Hurricanes outscored the Reds by six tries to one at Stockland Stadium on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The match is the only encounter the two teams will play during their month-long break to the Super Rugby season.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said he was pleased with the fighting spirit shown by the squad despite only having a few days on the training field to prepare.

“In the second half they found a bit of rhythm and we had a few opportunities, but we just weren’t clinic enough to finish off the pressure we did apply,” McKenzie said.

“The scoreboard wasn’t kind but we battled away and we will get some value out of that. There were a couple of players I wanted to take a look at and they did some good things. It gives us a pointer to where we can go in the future.

“We also used a full bench and a couple of guys played out of position in the end, so it would have been a good learning curve for some of them.

“In the end you, need to keep your match fitness going. We can’t go five weeks without a game, you need to go out there and experience match conditions and play at a high match intensity. We got that tonight.

“The Hurricanes played with great intensity and great pace. They’ve been doing that all year and are leading the competition in tries.”

The Hurricanes were first on the board when scrumhalf Chris Eaton slipped through the Reds defence to give his side an early 5-0 lead.

From this moment the Reds took control of the match and spent long periods inside the Hurricanes half, however it was the visitors who struck next with what was arguably the play of the game.

The Hurricanes won a turnover deep in their own half before spreading the ball along their own goal line, the 100 metre movement ending with Waisake Naholo breaking away from a final defender to bring the score to 12-0.

A further two tries to the visitors in the second half put the Queenslanders on the back foot although the Reds fought back courageously to score the next try through Shepherdson after some strong lead-up work in the forwards.

Captain Ben Lucas said the match would be important in preparing his side for the remainder of their Super Rugby games.

“We gave a few new guys an opportunity tonight and I think they will learn a lot from the experience. But a lack of combinations and cohesion probably hurt us in the end,” Lucas said.

“I would have liked my first time as captain to be a winning one but it doesn’t always going to plan. However I was honoured the get the captaincy and I enjoyed doing it.

“The crowd was also spectacular and the game was built up really well. Hopefully coming up here will be one of many we make. We’re now looking forward to the three games to come.”

The Reds have regular season matches the Rebels, Highlanders and Waratahs while the Hurricanes play the Crusaders then have a bye before finishing with a match against the Chiefs.

Final Score Hurricanes 36 Reds 7


Tries – Guy Shepherdson
Pen –
Con – Ben Lucas
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Eaton, Naholo, Savea, Leiua, Levave, Perenara
Pen –
Con – Pisi, Kirkpatrick 2
Drop –
Cards –



1. Greg Holmes , 2. James Hanson , 3. Guy Shepherdson , 4. Adam Wallace-Harrison , 5. Blake Enever , 6. Jake Schatz (vc ), 7. Eddie Quirk , 8. Radike Samo , 9. Ben Lucas (c) , 10. Dallan Murphy , 11. Lachlan Creighton , 12. Nathaniel Gendle , 13. Rex Tapuai , 14. Damon Murphy , 15. Luke Morahan

Replacements :16. Mitchell Wade , 17. Kevin Davis , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Nigel Ah Wong , 20. Matthew Blain , 21. Scot

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