The Hurricanes led from start to finish to beat the Force in Wellington.
The Hurricanes scored three tries to one in beating the Force 22 – 16, after comfortably leading 15 – 3 at half time.
The Hurricanes started strong with a try through prop Toomaga-Allen and a penalty from Barrett to hold a ten point lead with a quarter of the match gone. A Jayden Hayward penalty only spurred the Canes to score another try, Brad Shields rounding off a brilliant team effort to lead by 12 points at the break.
A penalty from Hayward got the second half going, but the Canes hit back immediately to score their third try and lead by sixteen points. The last quarter saw the best rugby from the Force, Alby Matthewson scoring a brilliant individual effort, but at the end it was not enough to over the large deficit.
Neither team looked spectacular at any given time, although the Hurricanes never really looked to be in danger of losing the match. The Canes could well have annihilated the Force and scored a bonus point victory, but only got four points from the match which provisionally puts them in second place on the New Zealand conference log. The Force did get close enough to pick up a bonus point, which gives them a point over the Rebels at the bottom of the Australian conference.
The Hurricanes next host the Stormers while the Force travel to Canberra to tackle the Brumbies.
By Richard Ferguson