Savea scores hattrick as Hurricanes rout Rebels

04:45, May 27 2012
Hurricanes v Stormers
Stormers fans show their support during their 2012 Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands.
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Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Stormers at Newlands.
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Stormers No.8 Nick Koster attempts to break Hurricanes flankers Faifili Levave and Jack Lam at Newlands.
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Siya Kolisi of the Stormers attempts to break through the Hurricanes line at Newlands.
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Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett attempts to offload as Stormers flanker Duane Vermeulen makes the tackle at Newlands.
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Stormers captain Schalk Burger is tackled by Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith and centre Tim Bateman at Newlands.
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Tim Bateman makes a break during the Hurricanes win over the Lions in round two of the Super 15.
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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes spreads the ball.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes runs with the ball.
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Lions forward Alwin Hollenbach is tackled by a trio of Hurricanes, including Victor Vito (right).
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Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara clears the ball from the base of the ruck.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to break from a tackle by Salesi Ma'afu of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes runs the ball in for a try against the Western Force.
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Matt Hodgson of the Force gets tackled by Victor Vito and Ben May of the Hurricanes.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to push forward against the Western Force.
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James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets his pass away before being tackled by Sam Wykes of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
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Cory Jane of the Hurricanes on his way to scoring a try during the first half against the Highlanders.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
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Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
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TJ Perenara of the Highlanders lifts Kade Poki of the Hurricanes.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes on the charge against the Highlanders.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane scores aginst the Blues at Eden Park.
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Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor steps past Blues fullback Lachie Munro as he heads to the try-line.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane and Blues halfback Alby Mathewson collide.
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Blues second five eighth Ma'a Nonu dives over to score in the tackle of Hurricanes flanker Jack Lam.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try in the last seconds of the game.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith dives over to score in the dying seconds against the Blues.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith, wing Cory Jane and halfback TJ Perenara celebrate at the final whistle.
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Ryno Benjamin of the Cheetahs goes in for a try.
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Andre Taylor (right) of the Hurricanes is tackled by Tewis de Bruyn of the Cheetahs.
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Willie le Roux (right) of the Cheetahs is tackled by Cory Jane of the Hurricanes.
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Hennie Daniller (left) of the Cheetahs makes a break under pressure from Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Referee Glen Jackson awards a white card to Sharks' Keegan Daniel and Hurricanes' Conrad Smith.
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A fight breaks out between Hurricanes and Sharks players at Yarrow Stadium.
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Hurricanes' TJ Perenara makes a try saving tackle on Sharks' Charl McLeod .
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Hurricanes' Jack Lam makes a tackle on Sharks' Frederic Michalak.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush passes against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Dane Coles on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
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Hurricanes' Victor Vito on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
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Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
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Hurricanes' prop Ben May makes a charge down field.
Cory Jane
Cory Jane makes a break against the Chiefs.
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TJ Perenara tackles Sonny Bill Williams
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TJ Perenara tries to get past Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs.
Victor Vito
Victor Vito in action against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Karl Lowe on the charge against the Blues.
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Victor Vito wins the ball over Ma'a Nonu.
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Cory Jane slips through a Piri Weepu tackle.
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Blues' Piri Weepu passes against the Hurricanes.
Highlanders v Hurricanes
Victor Vito of the Hurricanes passes against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes players celebrate their 26-20 win over the Highlanders.
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Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
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Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
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Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
Hurricanes v Brumbies
Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen scores a try against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Ben May charges up field against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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TJ Perenara scores against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor celebrates a try against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea runs in to score against the Rebels.
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Conrad Smith attacks against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea scores again in the second half against the Rebels.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes dives over for a try in the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
Beauden Barrett
Beauden Barrett breaks away during the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
Hurricanes v Waratahs
Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes passes against the Waratahs.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes grimaces as he holds an injured shoulder against the Waratahs.
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Motu Matu'u of the Hurricanes scores try against the Waratahs.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Waratahs.
Hurricanes v Crusaders
Hurricanes players celebrate their win against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Richie McCaw gets up-ended going for the high ball.
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Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes celebrates after their win over the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
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Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
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Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.

Julian Savea dispelled any conjecture about his likely All Blacks' debut with a treble as the Hurricanes revived their playoff hopes with a rampant win over the dreadful Melbourne Rebels in Wellington last night.

If Steve Hansen hadn't already pencilled Savea's name on the wing for the first test against Ireland at Eden Park, the All Blacks coach will be reaching for the permanent marker after his three-try effort.

The explosive Savea is in line for a national debut after injuries to team-mate Cory Jane and Chiefs utility Richard Kahui. Last night, he sent a message that he is more than ready for his first test cap by finishing two grubbers and another movement with pure pace.

The fresh-faced Hurricanes involved in this week's All Blacks camp had a strut in their step. Beauden Barrett celebrated his reinstatement at first five-eighths and today's 21st birthday with another sharp, decisive display. The impressive playmaker turned on a flawless 10-from-10 kicking performance to take Jon Preston's season point-scoring record.

Inside Barrett, TJ Perenara continued to ignore whispers of Piri Weepu's return and showed why he should have been included as one of four halfbacks in the All Blacks' training squad.

Perenara's vision and abrasive defence would not look out of place in a black jersey. The skilful No9 instigated a series of superb passes by combining with Tim Bateman and Andre Taylor, who claimed a double to take his season tally to 10. The fullback made another compelling case as he vies with Highlanders' wing Hosea Gear to replace Jane. The Canes' back three led the helter-skelter onslaught, contributing seven stunning tries in all, with Alapati Leiua also grabbing a brace in what was a throwback to the days when Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga and Jonah Lomu wore the black-and-yellow jersey with distinction.

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There were also strong, brutal efforts from their loose forward trio – Faifili Levave marking his return to the blindside flank with dominance – and replacement hooker Motu Matu'u laid on two thundering second-half hits that are certain to make "smashed him bro".

Coach Mark Hammett's side secured their four-try bonus point after just 30min and had the game in the bag early, leading 38-17 at halftime.

The Rebels were seemingly adverse to doing anything that remotely resembled tackling. Maybe they thought this was ripper rugby?

Their attempted defence was woeful and belied some of their shock results this year.

After consecutive wins over the Crusaders and Force, the Rebels gave the initial impression they came to fight, with former Warrior Cooper Vuna's brute force busting through five would-be Hurricanes tacklers for the first of his double.

But, from that strike, the floodgates burst open. And they didn't close.

It's difficult to assess the Hurricanes' top-six aspirations given their hapless opposition. But after blowing significant leads against the Cheetahs, and Brumbies last week, Hammett will be pleased his side were able to harness the killer instinct.

The nine-tries-to-three victory will be a major boost with the Waratahs (Sydney), Crusaders (Christchurch) and Chiefs (Wellington) still to play. If the lethal Canes can replicate this attacking prowess they have to be given a shot at beating anyone.

Hurricanes 66 (Julian Savea 3, Alapati Leiua 2, Andre Taylor 2, Jack Lam, Chris Eaton tries, Beauden Barrett 9 con, pen)

Rebels 24 (Cooper Vuna 2, Adam Freier tries, Kurtley Beale 2 cons, pen, Richard Kingi con).

HT: 38-17 - Hurricanes

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