Hurricanes made to work for Western Force victory

The Hurricanes got back to winning ways when they beat the Western Force 22-16 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday.


The result is the Hurricanes sixth consecutive victory over the Western Force who they have not lost to since March 2007.


The Hurricanes started in eighth place and lifted themselves to sixth with a win in the opening match of the 10th round, though they are likely to be overtaken by results in the round’s remaining matches.


The Force held an overwhelming share of possession in both halves but the Hurricanes had the sharper attack, scoring tries through prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, flanker Brad Shields and flyhalf Tusi Pisi.


Former Hurricanes scrumhalf Alby Mathewson scored a brilliant second-half try for the Force. The Force’s other points were also scored by another former Hurricane Jayden Hayward.


The injury-hit Hurricanes scored three tries to one but had to battle until the final whistle as Hayward’s boot kept the Force in the game with three penalties.


“We were working really hard but obviously missing some leaders within the team,” captain Conrad Smith said.


“It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take a win, she’s a tough competition.”


The Force, fresh from an upset win over seven-time champions the Crusaders last week, dominated early possession but could not make it count against the Hurricanes’ defence.


When the home side finally got the ball, fullback Beauden Barrett and winger Alapati Leiua both butchered tries with last minute mistakes on the line before prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen made the breakthrough after 20 minutes.


Hayward put the Force on the board with a penalty but Leiua then pounced on a poor kick from the West Australians, racing from deep within his own half then offloading to Brad Shields for the Hurricanes second try.


The Force narrowed the gap with another penalty just after the break but the Hurricanes bounced back with a try from Tusi Pisi two minutes later after a well-executed build-up that stretched the visitors’ defence on both wings.


Alby Mathewson showed some slick evasive qualities to dance around the Hurricanes defence for a try, making it 22-13.


A penalty brought the game within a converted try after the Hurricanes were reduced to 14 men for the final 10 minutes after James Broadhurst was sinbinned for foul play, but the Force could not find a way through.


Final Score Hurricanes 22 (15) Force 16 (3)


Scorers


Hurricanes
Tries – J.Toomaga-Allen, B.Shields, T.Pisi
Pen – B.Barrett
Con – B.Barrett 2
Drop –
Cards – J.Broadhurst (71st min yellow)


Force
Tries – A.Mathewson
Pen – J.Hayward 3
Con – J.Hayward
Drop –
Cards –


Match Officials
Referee:
Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Glenn Newman


Teams


Hurricanes


1. Ben Franks ,2. Motu Matu’u,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Mark Reddish,6. Brad Shields,7. Jack Lam,8. Faifili Levave,9. Chris Smylie,10. Tusi Pisi,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Beauden Barrett


Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Reggie Goodes,18. James Broadhurst,19. Karl Lowe,20. TJ Perenara,21. Reynold Lee-Lo,22. Andre Taylor


Western Force


1. Pek Cowan , 2. Heath Tessmann , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Toby Lynn , 5. Sam Wykes , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Matt Hodgson (c) , 8. Richard Brown , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Sam Norton-Knight , 11. Ed Stubbs , 12. Junior Rasolea , 13. Winston Stanley , 14. Patrick Dellit , 15. Jayden Hayward


Reserves , 16. James Hilterbrand , 17. Kieran Longbottom , 18. Rory Walton , 19. Chris Alcock , 20. Mick Snowden , 21.

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