10 Mar 2012

Opportunistic and fit Hurricanes blow away wasteful Force

1:04 pm on 10 March 2012

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett says the physical conditioning of his players meant they were able to hold up well in the heat of Perth to beat the Western Force 46-19, completing back to back Super Rugby wins.

The Hurricanes ran in six tries in temperatures as hot as 39 degrees, including three by halfback TJ Perenara on his first start for the side.

The 19-year-old was impressive in his 60 minutes as the visitors produced devastating counter-attack running to score six tries.

Hammet says they've proven to themselves that they can hold up well in all conditions, whether it be at high altitude or in extreme heat.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith admits a lack of possession meant they didn't have a lot of opportunities and were doing a lot of defending but says they took their chances when they had the ball.

Perenara took advantage of one of those chances in the ninth minute to score the opening try when he took a fumbled offload from winger Julian Savea.

A rare scrum in the Force 22 brought about the Hurricanes' second try when Perenara was again in the right position to collect an offload from winger Cory Jane five minutes before the break.

Trailing 22-10 at half time, the Force continued to press but had only a Stannard penalty to show for their efforts before Perenara completed his hat-trick in the 50th minute.

Earlier the Chiefs held off a late barrage to beat the Crusaders 24-19 in a bruising encounter in Napier.