28 Feb 2010

Hurricanes claim maximun points in win over Lions

7:15 am on 28 February 2010

The Hurricanes maintained their unbeaten start to the Super 14 rugby season with a 33-18 victory over the Lions at Westpac Stadium.

The Hurricanes hlafback Piri Weepu scored seven points, scampering over the line shortly before half-time after receiving a Rodney So'oialo pass and then converting after captain Andrew Hore scored a second-half try.

Trailing 21-7 at half-time, the Lions clawed back to within six points shortly after the break when number eight Todd Clever, the competition's first American player, spun over the line on the left hand side before fullback Earl Rose scored a penalty.

However, hooker Hore halted the comeback with an exhilarating charge, cantering over the line after shrugging off three tacklers and sidestepping another to put the Hurricanes 26-15 ahead.

Hurricanes winger David Smith sealed the win, rushing over the line with just over 10 minutes left after a chain of passes from centre Ma'a Nonu and fullback Cory Jane.

The Hurricanes earned a bonus point from their third win in as many matches for scoring four or more tries.

The win continued the Hurricanes' home domination over the Lions, who slumped to their third straight defeat and have never won in 23 matches in New Zealand.