The Hurricanes ran in five tries to comfortably see off the Southern Kings 42-20 in their Super Rugby encounter at the Westpac Stadium on Friday. The Canes opened the scoring inside the sixth minute of the match with a try from Ngani Laumape who easily cut through the Kings defence to go over for the five pointer. They went on to score two more tries from Ardie Savea, who used the line break for a long run for the maximum pointer, and Blade Thompson who took it over the line after a good build up to take a 19-3 lead.
However their opponents came back in the closing stages to add two tries from Steven Sykes and Louis Fouche to their penalty to head into the half-time break trailing by just two points. In the second 40 the hosts were on the board early once more with two Beauden Barrett penalties on the bounce due to some ill discipline from the Kings extending their lead to eight points. The men from the Eastern Cape narrowed the gap to just five after they capitalised on a scrum infringement from the home side.
With fifteen minutes remaining the Wellington side stepped up their game and ran in two more tries to take the match 42-20. As a result the Canes top the Australasian log after they recorded their third win of the season. For the Kings they remain rooted to the bottom of the South African log without recording any points.