Hurricanes power to victory over Force in Perth

Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 12:40 PM
Justin Chadwick - AAP
by Justin Chadwick - AAP
Highlights from the Round 1 clash of Super Rugby Pacific 2024 between the Western Force and Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have cruised their way to a 44-14 win over the Western Force at HBF Park.

The visitors were keen to avoid a repeat of their last visit to Perth as Josh Moorby opened the scoring in the first ten minutes

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It set the tempo for a convincing first half as the Hurricanes ran in three tries for a 22-0 lead at the break.

Needing a spark, new recruit Nic White delivered his debut try for the club as they tried to mount a comeback.

In the end, the Hurricanes were far too strong, delivering a statement win with two late tries.

The Force's starting XV featured a total of six club debutants, led by Wallabies halves duo White and Ben Donaldson.

But star Wallabies lock Izack Rodda missed the match after injuring his quad at training on Wednesday.

The Force were their own worst enemies in a one-sided first half in front of 7855 fans.

By the 20-minute mark, the Force were already on the wrong end of a 5-1 penalty count, with a number of handling errors also proving to be their downfall.

Winger Harry Potter was handed a yellow card in the third minute for accidentally taking out Ruben Love while the Hurricanes fullback was airborne.

The Hurricanes scored the opening try of the match six minutes later when Jordie Barrett's precise kick was caught by winger Josh Moorby, who shook off Max Burey to touch down in the corner.

A bullocking run from Love in the 21st minute set up Hurricanes debutant Jordi Viljoen for his team's second.

Alarm bells were ringing in the 37th minute when Hurricanes lock Caleb Delany was able to pick up the ball from a ruck and cross over untouched.

The Hurricanes also displayed determination in defence, holding the Force up multiple times after the half-time siren despite outside centre Billy Proctor being yellow carded. 

But Simon Cron's men came out with renewed vigour in the second half in an attempt to reel in the deficit.

A powerful run from Potter with two defenders hanging off him eventually resulted in a White try in the 45th minute.

Force winger Chase Tiatia then pulled off a try-saving ankle tap to deny Josh Moorby as he was weaving his way to the line.

Force prop Marley Pearce was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle in which he clashed heads with Barrett, with the Hurricanes scoring via Asafo Aumua a short time later.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Force kept pushing, and were rewarded when they swung it wide for Tiatia to zoom over to make it 29-14 in the 57th minute.

It would prove to be the Force's last joy of the match, with the Hurricanes running in their fifth and sixth tries to secure the bonus-point victory.

The Force's lineout fell to bits in the latter part of the match, with a host of other unforced errors allowing the Hurricanes to finish with six tries. 

Hurricanes 42

Tries: Moorby, Viljoen, Delany, Aumua, Lakai, Rayasi

Cons: Cameron 4/6

Pens: Cameron 2/2

Force 14

Tries: White, Tiatia

Cons: Donaldson 2/2

WESTERN FORCE V HURRICANES TEAMS

Western Force: 15 Max Burey, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Chase Tiatia, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Nic White, 8 Will Harris, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Lopeti Faifua, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Marley Pearce

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Charlie Hancock, 18 Tiaan Taukipulu, 19 Titi Nofoagatotoa, 20 Tim Anstee, 21 Ollie Callan, 22 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 23 George Poolman

Hurricanes: 15 Ruben Love, 14 Josh Moorby, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Kini Naholo, 10 Brett Cameron, 9 Jordi Viljoen, 8 Peter Lakai, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Caleb Delany, 3 Pasilio Tosi, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numea.

Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Justin Sangster, 20 Brayden Iose, 21 Cam Roigard, 22 Riley Higgins, 23 Salesi Rayasi

Referee: Damon Murphy

Assistant Referees: Graham Cooper, Jordan Kaminski

HOW TO WATCH WESTERN FORCE V HURRICANES

The Force's clash with the Hurricanes will be shown LIVE on Stan Sport.

Coverage will be live and ad-free on Stan Sport, slated to start at 9:50 pm with kickoff expected at 10:00 pm.

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