Sam Carter (centre) of the Brumbies looks on after the Hurricanes scored a try.
Sam Carter (centre) of the Brumbies looks on after the Hurricanes scored a try. MICK TSIKAS

VIDEO: Brumbies bundled out by rampant Hurricanes

AUSTRALIA'S Super Rugby humiliation is complete after the Brumbies were blown away 35-16 by the defending champion Hurricanes in the first quarter-final in Canberra on Friday night.

The Brumbies put up a heck of a fight to honour Christian Lealiifano in his return from a leukaemia struggle and tackled themselves to a standstill.

But, ultimately, the Hurricanes' weight of possession and sheer firepower proved too much to handle as Australia's horror winless run against New Zealand opponents this season mercifully ended at 26 games.

The Brumbies led 16-15 at halftime after a stirring first half in which James Dargaville and Josh Mann-Rea crossed for tries and the home side's set-piece caused the men in yellow problems.

The Canes were sluggish, the Brumbies sharp early on as nice passing from Wharenui Hawera and Andrew Smith put Dargaville in the clear to dot down in just the fourth minute.

But the Hurricanes hit back immediately with some superb innovation from the lineout.

Ricky Riccitelli bypassed the forwards and threw long to a flying Wes Goosen and the winger crossed untouched for the first of his two tries to level the scores after eight minutes.

The Brumbies pushed back in front in the 12th minute from a scrum penalty and their set-piece prowess continued in the 16th when their patented lineout drive was too much for the Canes pack to handle and Josh Mann-Rea was awarded the try to make it 13-5.

The Canes were awfully lucky to hit back in the 26th minute when Ben May provided a ridiculous falcon try assist for Jordie Barrett.

 

Wes Goosen of the Hurricanes scores a try.
Wes Goosen of the Hurricanes scores a try. MICK TSIKAS

TJ Perenara fired the ball into the big prop's head and the ball landed perfectly in the in-goal for Barrett to pounce.

You could only laugh, unless you were Stephen Larkham.

The halftime lead gave a very disappointing crowd of 9771 some cause for hope and the introduction of Lealiifano was a special moment.

But some poor option taking and costly errors led to a dominant Hurricanes performance in the second half.

The Brumbies soaked up a lot of it in manful fashion but Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles - himself returning after a concussion-stalled season - provided a moment of magic to bust the game open in the 70th minute.

Coles - the regular captain - shimmied and then offloaded to put his deputy TJ Perenara away for the game's clinching try.

 

Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes is tackled by the Brumbies defence.
Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes is tackled by the Brumbies defence. MICK TSIKAS

Jordie Barrett, playing at outside centre, then capped another impressive match by picking off Robbie Abel's pass and linking with Goosen who grabbed his brace.

The game was a farewell for Brumbies coach Larkham, joining the Wallabies full-time, and stalwart Scott Fardy, who is linking with Leinster.

The Hurricanes will remain in the capital to await the outcome of the Lions v Sharks quarterfinal on Saturday night.

A Lions win will see them host the Canes in Johannesburg while a Sharks upset would see them travel to Wellington for a semi-final.

News Corp Australia


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