11 Feb 2011

Hurricanes draw in final pre-season encounter

6:14 am on 11 February 2011

The Hurricanes salvaged a 21-all draw against the ACT Brumbies with a converted try after the final whistle in their final pre-season Super Rugby trial yesterday.

After sustained pressure on the Brumbies line for the final five minutes, Hurricanes winger Julian Savea crossed for the try with five-eighth Aaron Cruden converting to draw the sides level at Viking Park.

But a draw for the Brumbies was a big improvement following a 38-5 drubbing to the Queensland Reds in Darwin six days earlier.

Wallaby veteran Matt Giteau led the Brumbies for the first time, directing the backline for the 46 minutes he was on the field.

The Brumbies begin their season at home against the Chiefs on Saturday.