Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Hurricanes sweep aside Kings

Ben May scored a try for the Hurricanes
Ben May scored a try for the Hurricanes

Late tries by Brad Shields and Alapati Leiua gave the Hurricanes a flattering 46-30 victory in their Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings.

The South African newcomers were a much-improved side from the one thrashed by the Crusaders last week and were right in the contest until late in the game despite the six-tries-to-three scoreline. The Hurricanes led 29-16 at the break after wrapping up the four-try bonus point thanks to scores for Ben May, Conrad Smith, TJ Perenara and Jeremy Thrush.

But the second half was a scrappy arm-wrestle and it was not until Shields crossed in the 65th minute that the game swung in the Hurricanes' favour. And, when Leiua scored his second intercept try in two matches with seven minutes to go, the result was put beyond doubt.

The Chiefs overcame a scrappy first half and a confrontational Blues outfit to secure a hard-fought 23-16 win at Bay Park.

In his first match against his former club, Gareth Anscombe provided 13 points with the boot and converted tries by Richard Kahui and Ben Tameifuna.

The Cheetahs were too strong for the Rebels in Bloemfontein, winning 34-16.

Hennie Daniller, Raymond Rhule, Willie Le Roux, Johan Sadie and Ryno Benjamin scored the Cheetahs' tries - four of which came during a one-sided second half - with Burton Francis adding the rest of the points with three conversions and a penalty.

Crusaders picked up their third win of the campaign after a battling 19-14 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town.

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