The Hurricanes maintained their successful start to the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season on Friday by outclassing the Western Force 42-13 in Perth to record their third victory on the road. After inspiring wins in Pretoria and Johannesburg, the Canes outplayed their opponents to handle anything the Perth franchise threw at them. This game will be remembered for the try by winger Julian Savea, with a run down the sidelines to knock winger Luke Morahan into oblivion and scored an easy five-pointer.
The visitors started off well, with Ben Franks grabbing a turnover and sending Savea down the sideline to storm within few a metres of the line, with the recycled ball being heaved across the field for Corey Jane to dot down. Mark Abbott went over from short range a few minutes later as the visitors started to dominate, but it was in the second half where the Wellington side took control of the game. Playing large chunks of the match in the home side’s zone, Victor Vito went over next after the New Zealanders managed a lineout drive, before “the bus” – as Savea is known – put his foot down.
Receiving the ball after James Marshall broke out of his 22, Savea glided down the touchline, beating two players before Morahan stepped in front of “the bus”, and got run over. Mitchell Scott had managed to put the Force into double figures three minutes before the end of the game with a breakaway try, but it was too late.