15 February 2020 08:52
Jordie Barrett's monster kick helped guide the Hurricanes to a stunning win over the Jaguares last weekend. All the action as the Hurricanes host the Sharks in Super Rugby. Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara has been praised for his honesty after an act of sportsmanship during his side's 26-23 win over the Jaguares. With the Hurricanes down 23-12 in the late stages of the game, Perenara looked to have scored a try after bundling over the try line over a pile of Jaguares players. Rasivhenge, who seemed surprised by Perenara's reply, thanked the Canes captain for his honesty.
Now, the Sharks hunting their second win in New Zealand as they take on the Hurricanes, who are back on home soil after travelling across the world. A Sanele Nohamba penalty in the 35th minute levelled the scores at 17-17 and that's it finished in the first-half. Reserves: Dane Coles, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Alex Fidow, Liam Mitchell, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Jamie Booth, Fletcher Smith, Billy Proctor Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Sharks at Sky Stadium. Fresh off last week's dismantling of the Highlanders in Dunedin, the Sharks will look to prolong their undefeated start to Super Rugby after their season-opening victory over the Stormers in Durban a fortnight ago. In fact, all but one of the players who started in the Sharks' 42-20 drubbing of the Highlanders eight days ago will again run out against the Hurricanes, with star playmaker Curwin Bosch the only casualty.
The Hurricanes line holds firm for four minutes of injury time and they finally work a turnover to end it. They looked back to their attacking best and the backline, led by Perenara and Barrett, were dangerous all night. Ben Lam;s double probably sealed the result - could that be the start of another big season for him too, perhaps? Game starting to slow down now with handling errors creeping in to the game - mostly from the Sharks who are in desperation mode and can't quite make the close plays stick. Hurricanes with another scrum 10m from halfway as the clock ticks down.
Sharks can't convert as all their pace and and passes lead to nothing more than a knock on. Sharks with a big opportunity here after they earn a penalty and kick for the corner. Sharks try to respond to Lam's double but the final pass can't stick. No advantage from the knock on so it's a Hurricanes scrum inside their 22m. Hurricanes get the ball back after the Sharks' 22m dropout and soon after go for another cross kick on half time. Jordie Barrett tries to respond with a penalty of his own but he's missed it to the right too... Sharks get a chance to instantly reply after the Hurricanes are penalised for being offside from their kicker. Sharks look for the three on offer but it's hooked to the right. Hurricanes are forced to restart their attack after losing the ball but a poor kick gives them a perfect counterattacking platform on halfway. Barrett gives it to Lam, he steps inside his man, brushes off a second and blitzes away 40m to score. Hurricanes get the first real chance of the half early after a penalty allows them to kick for the corner. Hurricanes dominated the opening but the Sharks swung it back their way with both teams then wrestling in the final minutes. Sharks will have one last chance here with a scrum 40m from the Hurricanes line smack-bang in the middle of the pitch after a knock on. Hurricanes clear to give the Sharks a lineout just outside the 22m. Sharks win the lineout and set a maul and that earns them a penalty as the Hurricanes are penalised for entering on the side of it. They storm inside the Hurricanes' 22m on the left wing. Then it comes back to the left wing and Esterhuizen goes for the line. Barrett bundles him into touch inches short though so it's a Hurricanes lineout 5m from their own line but boy is this an electic game so far! Jordie Barrett catches the Sharks offguard with a crossfield kick shortly after the kickoff and he's got Laumape in his sights. And the Sharks bite right back! Another break down that right wing gets them deep inside the Hurricanes 22m. And after the longest four minutes of scrum resets, the Hurricanes finally get the ball out clean and Goosen gets to score. Simple backline move sees Barrett enter the line to draw the Sharks in and he responds with a big skip pass to Goosen on the right wing he runs it in to score untouched. As ref goes over to talk to the Sharks captain, he delivers a zinger to Perenara who wants a quick word too. Anyway, Perenara [when he's allowed to talk] opts for a 5m scrum with this latest penalty. Hurricanes almost instantly handed another chance here as the Sharks are penalised for being offside from their kicker in the chase. Interestingly, captain Perenara opts for the scrum where it was kicked so they'll feed it just inside the Sharks' 22m. Hurricanes go for a skip pass in the midfield 10m from the line but Am reads it perfectly for an intercept! Lam reaches him but he's got support in Tambwe and he runs it in to score. Hurricanes with a chance to score hear after a penalty gets them a lineout inside the Sharks' 22m. The Sharks respond with a brilliant try only for the TMO to intervine and force a reversed decision! They make a break down the right wing on a marginal pass from Faasi and get inside the Hurricanes' 22m. Try awarded, Sharks lining up for the conversion then the TMO comes in and says review Faasi's pass. Hurricanes jump out to the early lead after the Sharks are penalised moments after the lineout for going off their feet at the breakdown. Hurricanes get a break with Barrett in the midfield after a quick-tapped short-arm penalty at the scrum. Barrett gets back into the field and it comes down to the right wing where Aumua is waiting. It comes back left now and Laumape looks for a massive skip pass to the left wing but it sails into touch. Sharks lineout just inside their 22m. Couple of handling errors from the Sharks early on but they're attacking the Hurricanes early. This second error has no advantage on it though so we come back for a scrum inside the Hurricanes' half, 15m from halfway. The Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Sharks Source: Getty The Hurricanes are back in NZ for their first home game of the 2020 season after a mixed tour of South Africa and Argentina to start 2020. After their big loss to the Stormers in the opening round, the Hurricanes clawed their way back to a last-gasp win against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last week. Now, they have to travel all the way back to New Zealand to take on a high-flying Sharks team who has ironically been in the country longer than them, having dismantled the Highlanders in Dunedin last week to begin their season unbeaten with a 2-0 record. The Hurricanes are pull out all the stops though with All Blacks Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape and TJ Perenara all named to start. Dane Coles is also set to play off the bench as Asafo Aumua's replacement later in the match. Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du'Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche