Hurricanes bag maximum points from Kings

10:31, Mar 30 2013
Hurricanes v Blues
Julian Savea dives over for try during the Hurricanes opening loss to the Blues.
Hurricanes v Blues
TJ Perenara gets caught in a tackle during the Hurricanes' Super Rugby opener against the Blues.
Hurricanes v Blues
Hurricanes players stand dejected after losing to the Blues in their season opener.
Hurricanes v Blues
Jeremy Thrush brings down a lineout ball during the loss to the Blues.
TJ Perenara
TJ Perenara gets a pass away against the Queensland Reds.
Andre Taylor
Andre Taylor attempts to make a tackle on a Queensland Reds player.
Julian Savea
Julian Savea kicks ahead against the Queensland Reds.
Conrad Smith
Conrad Smith (left) and Faifili Levave during the game against the Queensland Reds.
Julian Savea
Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Dan Carter.
Chris Smylie
Chris Smylie flings the ball wide for the Hurricanes.
TJ Perenara
TJ Perenara is taken in a tackle by a Crusaders player.
Conrad Smith
Conrad Smith (left) and James Marshall celebrate after the Hurricanes one-point win over the Crusaders.
Hurricanes v Highlanders
TJ Perenara tries to break through the Highlanders' tackle during his sides round five win.
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Beauden Barrett offloads to a teammate during the Hurricanes' win over the Highlanders.
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Tusi Pisi makes a break for the Hurricanes during their win over the Highlanders.
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Alapati Leiua scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
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Ben May scores scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
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Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Wimpie van der Walt of the Kings during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
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Ben May of the Hurricanes tussles with David Bulbring of the Kings in a maul during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Hurricanes 2013 Season
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes beats the tackle of Sergeal Petersen of the Kings to score a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
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Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pat McCutcheon, left, and Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs during their round eight clash in Wellington.
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All Blacks wing Julian Savea is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs.
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Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Sekope Kepu in the Hurricanes clash with the Waratahs in Wellington.
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Ardie Savea gets a real taste of Super Rugby against the Waratahs.
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Julian Savea breaks away for a try during the Hurricanes' win over the Waratahs.
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Reggie Goodes looks for the offload as he is tackled by a Waratahs player.
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Motu Matu'u dives over for a try against the Waratahs.
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TJ Perenara prepares to kick as the Hurricanes beat the Waratahs in Wellington.
Hurricanes v Blues
A dejected Hurricanes outfit walks off the field after their loss to the Blues at Eden Park.
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Julian (L) and Ardie Savea share a moment during the game against the Blues.
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Brad Shields tries to break through the Blues' defence.
Hurricanes v Blues
Motu Matu'u prepares to charge through Chris Noakes of the Blues.
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Captain Hurricanes fires up the fans ahead of the home game against the Western Force.
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Andre Taylor takes on the Force defence.
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Julian Savea on the charge against the Western Force.
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Jeremy Thrush (No 4) celebrates the victory over the Force at the final whistle.
Hurricanes v Stormers
Tusi Pisi tries to break through a Stormers tackle.
Hurricanes v Stormers
Matt Proctor scores on debut against the Stormers.
Hurricanes v Stormers
Victor Vito prepares for a tackle during the Hurricanes loss to the Stormers in Palmerston North.
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Alapati Leiua in action against the Stormers.
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TJ Perenara gets the offload away.
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Ben May charges ahead against the Bulls in Pretoria.
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Andre Taylor is wrapped up in the tackle.
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TJ Perenara spins the ball wide.
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Victor Vito (No 8) crunches Bulls opposite number Pierre Spies in a tackle.
Hurricanes v Cheetahs
Tim Bateman offloads during the Hurricanes win over the Cheetahs.
Hurricanes v Cheetahs
Try-scorer TJ Perenara makes a break against the Cheetahs.
Hurricanes v Cheetahs
Stand-in captain and try-scorer Victor Vito in action against the Cheetahs.
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Beauden Barrett makes a pass as the Hurricanes beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
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Hurricanes players (left) lament their loss to the Chiefs.
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Ray Lee-Lo is tackled Pauliasi Manu of the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett lays down the law to his players ahead of the clash with the Chiefs.
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Jeffery Toomaga-Allen makes a break against the Chiefs.
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Faifili Levave of the Hurricanes makes little ground against the Brumbies' defence during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash.
Hurricanes season 2013
Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes runs the ball against the Brumbies in Canberra.
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Hurricanes prop Ben Franks tackles Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Canberra.
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Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is swamped by the Hurricanes' defence.
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TJ Perenara dots down for the Hurricanes while Chiefs captain Craig Clarke protests.
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Beaudeb Barrett gets a pass away against the Chiefs.
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Jeremy Thrush climbs high to win a lineout against the Chiefs.
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The Hurricanes wait on Waikato Stadium for their opponents the Chiefs.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes makes a break during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes passes during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Rey Lee-Lo of the Hurricanes fends Tamati Ellison of the Highlanders off during their round 19 Super Rugby match.
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Julian Savea in action against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes players celebrate after scoring a try against the Crusaders.
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Brad Shields goes in to score a try for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.
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Beauden Barrett gets a kick away against the Crusaders.

It was not a template for future success, but the Hurricanes won't care after banking maximum points with a 46-30 win over the Kings in Wellington.

Only the Hurricanes can score six tries and still frustrate their fans for such long periods as they did in extending their winning run to three matches in front of a 15,103-strong home crowd.

Credit to the Kings for putting up a fight, but the Hurricanes should have had this match sewn up well before flanker Brad Shields ran 25 metres down the blindside for his first Super Rugby try with 15 minutes to play.

Up till then coach Mark Hammett was chewing his fingernails as his side bumbled and fumbled their way through a forgettable 25 minutes as their 27-16 halftime lead dwindled to 29-23.

Had Kings first five-eighth Demetri Catarakilis not missed his fourth penalty attempt it would have been 29-26 with 20 minutes to play.

Instead the Hurricanes regained their composure in time to close out the match with Shields try, a Barrett penalty and an Alapati Leiua intercept try.

In the wash up it won't matter how rusty the Hurricanes were off the bye because they accomplished their mission.

First half tries to Ben May, Conrad Smith, TJ Perenara, and Jeremy Thrush banked the bonus point before halftime and first five-eighth Beauden Barrett methodically banged over five conversions and two penalties.

Less pleasing was their inability to close out the match in the second half after laying a pretty decent platform.

The Hurricanes could smell blood and after halftime it appeared to make them push too hard to find the holes they knew were waiting.

It was lazy rugby. Where the foot needed to be placed on the throat, hopeful and inaccurate passes crated a directionless 10 minutes that ended with Kings centre Ronnie Cooke scoring the Kings second try. 

Suddenly 29-23 scoreline dredged up memories of last year's capitulation to the Cheetahs.

The Hurricanes effectively worked the Kings back into the match by handing over possession.

Hammett responded by pulling Perenara and Victor Vito, but it made little difference as the Kings continued to grow in confidence to the point they probably thought an upset was on the cards until Shields scampered over.

The Kings' defence was porous early and there were worrying signs for the visitors from the moment tight head prop May waded through several flimsy tackle attempts to score the game's first try after less than three minutes.

It was his first Super Rugby try, one that took all of 55 matches dating back to his Crusaders debut in 2007.

And May had further reason to smile when the Hurricanes pack shunted their opposites to earn a penalty to extend the lead to 10-0 in as many minutes.

The Kings battled away gamely at the breakdown and gained a try when lock Steven Sykes snuck through untouched after peeling off a maul to close the gap, but the signs were ominous.

The Hurricanes backs were easily gaining the advantage line and after Leiua chimed in from a lineout Tim Bateman threw a long cut out pass to put Conrad Smith over in the corner.

Catrakilis added three penalties before halftime, but only one side looked likely. Another Leiua incision created momentum for TJ Perenara to burrow over close to the line and lock Thrush gained the bonus point try on the stroke of halftime.

A late try to replacement hooker Hannes Franklin epitomised the Kings never-say-die attitude and closed the margin to reflect their efforts.

The Hurricanes will look for a more clinical effort when they host the Waratahs next Saturday.

The Kings play the Brumbies and Rebels before they return to the comfort of Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth. 

Hurricanes (Ben May, Conrad Smith, TJ Perenara, Jeremy Thrush, Brad Shields, Alapati Leiua tries, Beauden Barrett 5 cons, 2 pens) Kings (Steven Sykes, Hannes Franklin tries, Demetri Catrakilis 3 pens, 2 cons, George Whitehead con) HT: 29-16 Hurricanes 

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