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Hurricanes too strong for Sharks

Conrad Smith

The Hurricanes notched their fourth win of the Super 15 season with an entertaining 42-18 victory over the Sharks in New Plymouth.

It was certainly a Good Friday for Mark Hammett's men, who outscored the South African side by six tries to two to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat to the Cheetahs.

They led 25-3 at the break but this time they did not relinquish the advantage and Conrad Smith, Tim Bateman and Jeremy Thrush added to first-half tries for Andre Taylor, Karl Lowe and Julian Savea. Beauden Barrett had a mixed night with his goal-kicking, managing just five from his 10 kicks.

Queensland secured their first home win over the Brumbies since 1999 and snapped a three-game losing streak with a nervous 20-13 triumph at Suncorp Stadium.

The depleted Reds were never close to top gear but played the better rugby in the first half, executing their basics-orientated gameplan in attack and defence to go in at the interval 14-0 up, with number eight Scott Higginbotham having claimed a double.

After a lacklustre start, the Brumbies moved up a gear midway through the second half, registering two penalties and a try to winger Joe Tomane, after Reds flanker Liam Gill was yellow-carded for a professional foul.

The visitors had an abundance of possession, momentum and opportunity to complete the comeback in the final 15 minutes, but could not find the strike-power to crack their weary opponents.

Western Force 12 Chiefs 20

The Chiefs brought the Western Force back down to earth and climbed to the top of the Super 15 table with an impressive 20-12 win.

The Force went into the match on a massive high after their 45-19 thrashing of the Reds a week earlier, but could not replicate that performance as the Chiefs held on for the tight victory.