Savea pulls strings for Canes against Tahs

11:08, Apr 06 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.
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Hurricanes players stand dejected after losing to the Blues in their season opener.
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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.
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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.
Hurricanes v Waratahs
Motu Matu'u dives over for a try against the Waratahs.
Hurricanes v Waratahs
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.
Hurricanes v Blues
Brad Shields tries to break through the Blues' defence.
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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.
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Matt Proctor scores on debut against the Stormers.
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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.

When you have a devastating attacking force like wing Julian Savea maybe defensive lapses just don't matter.

It's fast becoming the case for the Hurricanes who extended their winning streak to four straight with a 41-29 dismissal of the Waratahs in Wellington.

The much anticipated debut of the younger Savea brother Ardie at openside, and he wasn't bad, dominated the build-up to the match, but it was All Black Julian who stamped his mark.

The Bus scored two of his side's four tries and left plenty of Waratahs road kill on the slippery Westpac Stadium surface with several other bruising runs.

The Hurricanes are looking more potent by the week and with their young halves TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett at the helm, 40 points looked like a canter.

The pair identified and exploited the Waratahs inability to regather kicks and three tries came from the pair's accurate boots.

Perenara's pin point box kick brought the first after Savea junior had gobbled up the rebound before it was spread wide to his older sibling to cruise 40 metres to the line.

Barrett's deft cross kick saw hooker Motu Matu'u run in, while a dab over the top from Perernara was brilliantly regathered by Savea at pace for his brace.

It was a meritorious and valuable win over a Waratahs side that had three wins coming into the match.

The Hurricanes achieved it without loose head prop Ben Franks who pulled out with a lower back strain and No 8 Victor Vito, whose calf injury had failed a morning fitness test.

And a four try bonus point will make it all the sweeter regardless of the disappointing 8,966 in the stands.

But there will also be the annoying knowledge that the opposition scored 29 points, including three tries of their own including late efforts to Adam Ashley-Cooper and Israel Folau.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett will lie awake thinking about the ease with which Waratahs first five eighth Bernard Foley repeatedly made the first line of defence look like swiss cheese.

The Hurricanes were playing in black armbands to honour the passing of former teammate Chris Eaton's wife in a car accident and there was a touching tribute on the big screen before the match.

And though the Waratahs made most of the early play, showing their intent to spread the ball wide it was the home side who got the first try.

It came Perenara's high clearing kick rebounded into the arms of Ardie Savea.

The young openside showed his skill to off-load to prop Reggie Goodes, before silky centre Conrad Smith's long pass set Julian Savea free to cruise 40 metres to the try line for a 10-3 lead on 13 minutes.

The Hurricanes looked good in patches, but were spilling too much ball and that wasn't the only effect of the pre-match shower, which swept over the ground.

The slippery surface saw numerous players struggling to hold their feet, particularly in defence and Foley didn't miss the trick.

He repeatedly wrong footed the Hurricanes defence and scorched between Faifili Levave and an out of sorts Tim Bateman on 20 minutes, then around the last defender for a brilliant solo try to tie the scores at 13-13.

The boots of Barrett and Foley kept the scores fittingly close for a first 40 minutes that had seen both fail to take their chances in attack, a late penalty putting the home side up 19-16 at the break.

The Hurricanes came out well after the break, Barrett and Smith setting Goodes free for a 20 metre run and a 24-16 cushion. It became a bigger one when Matu'u scored and too big for the visitors when Savea got his second for a 38-19 lead on 55 minutes.

Hurricanes 41 (Julian Savea 2, Reggie Goodes, Motu Matu'u tries, Beauden Barrett 5 pens, 3 cons) Waratahs 29 (Bernard Foley, Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper tries, Brendan McKibbin 4 pen, con). HT: 19-16 Hurricanes

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