Hurricanes bag maximum points from Kings

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

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 

TRY TIME: Conrad Smith goes in to score for the Hurricanes.
TRY TIME: Conrad Smith goes in to score for the Hurricanes.

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