15 Mar 2014

Canes win one as Smith clocks a century

6:29 pm on 15 March 2014

The Hurricanes have won their first Super Rugby game of the season, beating the South African side the Cheetahs 60-27 in Wellington.

The Hurricanes scored nine tries to three and had the four-try bonus point by half-time, when they led 29-20.

Captain Conrad Smith scored a try in his 100th appearance for his Hurricanes.

The All Black centre had to wait until the 67th minute to cross the line.

Hurricanes pivot Beauden Barrett began the try-fest with a quick tap and long kick that led to a turnover before Dane Coles crossed in the opposite corner after six minutes, and Barrett converted.

But within three minutes the Cheetahs found a gaping midfield hole for Willy Le Roux to stroll through and score.

A Cheetahs penalty followed before another clever Barrett kick on 19 minutes saw the All Black first five regather and score his own try, which he also converted to retake the lead, 14-13.

Again the Cheetahs hit back up the middle through Phil van der Walt and again the Hurricanes replied out wide, through Chris Smylie.

The Hurricanes scored the bonus point try just before half-time, again on the wing, to fullback James Marshall for a 29-20 lead at the break.

After the restart, Le Roux was sin-binned and Barrett scored again and converted his own try for a 36-20 advantage.

Lock Jeremy Thrush got in on the action on the 50 minute mark, barging over the line for the hosts' sixth try, then Francois Uys replied after a driving maul from a Cheetahs lineout, to close the scores to 43-29.

Replacement Hurricanes back Matt Proctor made it 48-27 when he crossed out wide after 62 minutes and five minutes later Smith celebrated his century with a try.

Alapati Leiua ran 50 metres from a Cheetahs turnover to score his side's ninth try just before full-time.

A poor crowd of just over 8,000 watched the match at Westpac Stadium.