The Hurricanes made the plane journey from Wellington to Perth and lined up to face the Western Force. The Canes sit second in the New Zealand division while the Force sit third in the Australian one. The Hurricanes were huge favourites.
It was indeed the Canes who started the best. TJ Perenara made a nice offload to Jordie Barrett who found himself in acres of space. The fullback looked for options and hefound that in Ngani Laumape who, with work still to do, brushed off the attempts of Dane Haylett-Petty and slid in for the score just 2 minutes.
The Hurricanes may have started brightly but the Force’s defense drastically improved. In fact, they managed to hold out for an entire 35 minutes of battering until finally there was a leak. The forwards were smashing away until Perenara worked the ball to Loni Uhila who crashed over the whitewash.
But the Force would not just cave in and they got a foothold when Peter Grant launched an up and under into the 22. The Canes failed to deal with it and Dane Haylett Petty scooped up the loose ball and dived in.
The Hurricanes were beginning to throw the ball around a try a few things. They kicked to the corner from the penalty and courtesy of some great ball handling, Leni Apisai bundled over the line.
TJ Perenara had been wonderful and it was him again he snatched another assist but this time with a bit more class. He threw a one handed dummy then dabbed a neat grubber kick through which Vince Aso kept in field and scampered away! What a try but that was not the only bad new for the Force. Dan Haylett-Petty was shown yellow after he collided with Perenara after the kick through.
It didn’t take long for the next score either. Perenara cleared long and there was nobody at home. James Veritty-Amm tracked back but his offload was poor and after Peranara used the boot again, he dotted down. After multiple assists he deserved the score.
It was turning into a wrought and the Hurricanes got yet another score straight from kick off. Nehe Milner-Skudder broke through and made a dazzling step and pass to Apasai who was brought down 10 metres out. But more quick ball and it was a stroll to the line for Laumape!
The Force did salvage some pride courtesy of a Laumape yellow card to which they used the space and it was Richard Hardwick who clambered over for a consolation score. The Force had been well and truly put to the sword by the Canes!