Hurricanes’ skipper Dane Coles holds aloft the brand new Super Rugby cup…
They’ve done it. And they haven’t conceded a try now in three and half games. The Hurricanes’ phenomenal rush defence has delivered them a maiden Super Rugby title, beating the Lions 20-3 in wet and windy Wellington last night.
Tries to Cory Jane and Beauden Barrett either side of half time, and a flawless kicking display from Barrett (shanked drop goal attempt with penalty advantage aside) was the difference between the two sides, in front a heaving capacity crowd at the ‘Cake tin’.
The Hurricanes become the fifth and final New Zealand side to take the title, and the ninth overall Super Rugby Champion..
The Roar:Hurricanes versus Lions. Meteorological phenomena versus the kings of the jungle. Something that will mess up your hair versus something that will bite your hair clean off (and probably a bit more). Other head-to-head analogies that don’t really make sense.
In Super Rugby, it’s the best two teams of 2016 facing off to be crowned the ninth overall Champion in the competition’s twenty-year history. And it’s going to be a cracker…
The wall of wind versus the attack of the ultimate predator;
The pressure is on the Hurricanes. But that’s not a bad thing;
The Roar: Amid all the talk over the weekend around the finals format, and particularly how the 2016 format gives the South African teams a rails run, one little detail was consistently overlooked.
The Lions will earn a playoffs spot on pure performance, not charity. And further, they will take some beating.
Second on the Super Rugby table heading into the recess – and second however you want to frame it; outright, or by conference format – the Lions have one hand on the Africa 2 conference title already, and they can wrap that up properly with a win over the Sharks in Round 15 when the competition resumes.