In Leichhardt Oval, Sydney: Hurricanes 22 (Tevita Mafileo try 42 minutes, Bailyn Sullivan try 60 minutes, Ardie Savea try 75 minutes; Jordie Barrett 2 con, pen) Waratahs 18 (Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco experiment 19 min, Dylan Pietsch experiment 36 min; Tane Edmed with, but, Ben Donaldson but). HT: 0-15.
Red card: Paddy Ryan (Waratahs) 77 min
The Hurricanes’ pursuit for the Super Rugby Pacific home quarterfinals continues after the 22:18 victory over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night.
In the 75th minute, Captain Ardie Savea, who was injured on the lawn, burst into the ball as he tried to win the match by 15 minutes into the match.
Four competition points have catapulted the Canes into three places in fourth place, at least for now, with the Chiefs still having a big say in who will finish in this important last home playoff position.
When they returned to the scene of their stunning victory over the Crusaders a fortnight ago, the Waratahs seemed to have captured another kiwi scalp, but the Hurricanes emerged from the shed on the other side in the second verse after probably reaching a big tune in the tournament. a break for a horrific performance in the first half.
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The Waratahs were soon hugely dominant, cutting the Canes’ defenses in the middle several times as they propelled them back and forth at knot speed at the time of the scrum, and in a quarter the statistics of possession and territory bordered on ridiculous-hosts with more than 90 percent for both aspects.
The Hurricanes were again guilty of stupid mistakes – the same kind of inaccuracies that had plagued them so badly against the Brumbies before last week’s frolic over the Fijian Dru.
Justin Sangster caused trouble by pouring the ball near the host line and they punished with an attempt at a close match, as Izaia Perese left with a left touch and gave Dylan Pietsch a miraculous unloading to score in the place he was denied. a quarter of an hour earlier.
And then there was Canes’ scrum. Or was it not, to be more precise. Coach Jason Holland, who saw his team collect four penalties out of a total of 11 feedings, along with a good ton of psychological damage, had quite enough and the support of Xavier Numia and Tyrel Lomax were catchy in the 34th minute.
Tevita Mafileo and former All Black Owen Franks entered with 108 tests, and the pair made an immediate difference when they gained a penalty advantage in their first victory.
Mafielo then made another impact by burying himself in the second spell in just a few minutes, and when AB veteran Dane Coles was injected just after half time, the first two scrums of the new trio combined, then they also won two penalties and the tide reversed.
Jordie Barrett – who hit the post after a half-time siren with a single shot and then missed a touch – finally found the football boots and closed things at 15:10, and then it was AB’s tool that returned to the 12th Jersey here, who led his side to return to a level playing field, thanks to its strong carrying and unloading, it helps to release Bailyna Sullivan with the right touch at the clock to keep everything in order.
Ben Donaldson kicked Tahs forward again with a dozen minutes of play, but they weren’t just clinical enough to close things, and Savea and all his synonymous leg drives proved to be the tool when it mattered most, and any hope the hosts had. catching it late, he fell out of the red card window in the 77th minute to reserve Paddy Ryan’s support for high contact with Barrett.
Langi Gleeson sent the ball into the Waratahs’ attack, with seven minutes left. The home team led by three and decided not to kick the other three, then they left Canes off the hook, which led to the winner of the match Savea.
8/10: At first it was as one-sided as possible, but the Hurricanes fought gallantly and Holland’s big challenges paid off in the first place. It was a game for anyone to the end, which brought engaging watches.
The Hurricanes will jump from seventh to fourth place – one point ahead of the Chiefs who play on Sunday – and are now preparing to host the Rebels in Wellington next Saturday night, while the Waratahs with their bonus point remain fifth, as do the 33rd Canes, and now take a trip to Dunedin, where you will face the reviving Highlanders next Sunday.
Waratahs center Izaia Perese caught the eye before limping in the 68th minute with a leg injury, but captain Canes Ardie Savea got it with his late heroism, which went 38 yards on nine raids, four defeated defenders. clean break, 12 matches without a miss and also a win on the turnaround.