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Hurricanes clinch maiden Super Rugby title with victory over Lions

Published 06/08/2016

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett played a key role as the Hurricanes won the Super Rugby final
New Zealand's Beauden Barrett played a key role as the Hurricanes won the Super Rugby final

Beauden Barrett scored 15 points to help the Hurricanes land their maiden Super Rugby title with a 20-3 win over the Lions in Saturday's final at Westpac Stadium.

All Blacks fly-half Barrett sealed victory with the Hurricanes' second try 10 minutes from time as the Wellington-based outfit finally got their hands on the trophy after a 20-year wait.

They were runners-up in 2006 and again last year but have now become the last of the New Zealand sides to win the championship, following the Crusaders, Blues and Highlanders.

Barrett's early penalty put the final hosts ahead in Wellington before the 25-year-old converted Cory Jane's 22nd-minute try, the New Zealand wing going over in the corner after impressively hanging on to Lionel Mapoe's attempted kick through.

Elton Jantjies' penalty reduced the gap to 10-3 at half-time, but those were the only points of the final for the South African side and the Hurricanes wrapped up the win with Barrett following up a 52nd-minute penalty by converting his own late try.

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