Hurricanes vs Brumbies: Five things we learned

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Brumbies were thrashed by the Hurricanes in the second half tonight.

Here's what we learned from the 56-21 rout.

1. Canes capable of perfect rugby

That's what the second half was from the Hurricanes.

There was not a single blip in the second 40.The Canes cut a happy bunch in the second term. Photo: Getty ImagesThey clearly kicked into top gear after trailing 21-14 at the break and did not look back.

TJ Perenara didn't start and his injection into the match at the 47 minute mark was a game changer.

He forms the best halves combination in Super Rugby alongside Beauden Barrett - who seems to have gone to another level in 2017, if that was even possible.

2. Barrett simply the best

As mentioned above, Barrett has taken his game to a whole new level in 2017 - an incredible follow-up to a 2016 which saw him named World Rugby's Player of the Year.Beauden Barrett is incredible to watch. Photo: Getty ImagesHis skills are immaculate no matter the conditions and he presents as an attacking threat like no other flyhalf.

He is quicker than any flyhalf we've seen in recent years, has unparalleled precision in his kicks and is able to create space for his backs with what looks to be relative ease.

He set up four of the eight tries tonight and had a small hand in two others.

A pleasure to watch.

3. Brumbies scrum gone missing

The Brumbies appeared to have one of the best scrums in Super Rugby but the past two weeks have raised cause for concern.

After a scrum penalty cost them the game against the Rebels, the scrum repeatedly folded tonight.

Scott Sio hurt his left knee in the first 10 minutes and that may have had some impact but it must be addressed going forward.

4. Speight the best winger in Australia

Henry Speight was among the Brumbies' best tonight. Photo: Getty ImagesHenry Speight was the star of the first half for the Brumbies.

He finished with with eight runs, 59 metres, two tackle busts, a clean break and an offload in an imposing performance.

He did make a big defensive error which put Vince Aso through for his third try of the night but his attacking game is back to its very best.

5. Aus-NZ never been so far apart

Australian rugby fans were all pleasantly surprised by the 21-14 half time lead but the final scoreline makes for sombre reading.

The 42-0 second term was filled with rugby Australian sides don't seem capable of producing.

Pinpoint cross field kicks, clean hands and quick thinking counter attacks were the theme of the Canes play in the second 40.

For those playing along at home, that's 13 straight losses for Australian sides against Kiwi opposition.