2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa, Week 5: Hurricanes v Highlanders Game Debrief

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Nothing much has happened in the first 20 of the afternoon despite both tries denied via obstruction disadvantage.

From then on, the Hurricanes get the breakthrough with two tries before the break.

The continuous fumbles from the Highlanders saw the home team cash on their errors.

First of the two big scores saw TJ Perenara’s fantastic observation and footwork trickery on the run home, which blew the opposition defense.

Not long later, another Highlanders’ knock-on helped them sort out the successful scrum & created the support passage of play.

It helped Jordie Barrett break into the gate before he feeds out wide towards Kobus Van Wyk on the far right with the second big score.

In the last 40, the Hurricanes continued the momentum as the Highlanders continue to make its defensive mistakes.

The successful patience via the scrums and strength of their forwards’ pack in the build-up saw another touch down from Devan Flanders.

Within the last 30 mins, the Highlanders may have bounced back via the penalty goal.

Not long later, the away side overturned the scrum with the next opportunity granted, having sort the correct line-out and maul.

The fantastic hold-up ball of Ash Dixon pushes a small gap for the Hurricanes, a hard task to defend on his right where he successfully made the short ball to Aaron Smith with the finish.

But despite closing the lead by six points to the Hurricanes, it’s too little, too late.

It’s the continuous errors via the fumbles & poor scrummaging didn’t make up the best opportunities to unsuccessfully hijack the late Hurricanes’ party as Jamie Booth kicked into touch.

Final score at Sky Stadium in Wellington, it’s the Hurricanes 17-11 Highlanders.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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