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Brumbies season spiralling after 'Caning

14/03/2008 09:48:47 PM Comments (0)

The Hurricanes sent the Brumbies' Super 14 campaign into free-fall with a crushing 33-15 victory over the Australian side at Canberra Stadium.

The New Zealand franchise notched four straight wins for the first time since 2006 and condemned the Brumbies to their first home defeat in seven matches stretching back over a year.

The visitors were far too clinical for a mistake ridden Brumbies outfit, scoring five tries to two.

The bonus point victory lifted the Hurricanes above the Waratahs, Blues and Sharks into second spot, while the Brumbies dropped a spot to eighth following the Stormers' victory over the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes' much vaunted back row trio dominated at the breakdown, with All Blacks flanker Chris Masoe scoring two second half tries.

Hooker Andrew Hore also crossed after the break, while the Hurricanes other two tries were scored by wingers Shannon Paku and Hosea Gear, and both came after the visitors clinically converted turnovers.

The Brumbies lead 3-0 through an early penalty to fullback Mark Gerrard, but couldn't capitalise on a numerical advantage after Hurricanes centre Tamati Ellison was sin binned for a high tackle on winger Francis Fainfo.

Paku set up the Hurricanes' 7-3 halftime lead when the visitors turned the ball over near halfway and Gear and centre Conrad Smith combined to send their team-mate clear.

The Hurricanes dominated for most of the second half and Hore spun over in the 55th minute following sustained pressure.

The Brumbies lost Wallabies backrower Stephen Hoiles to the sin bin for abusive language following Hore's try.

However, it was the home team who scored the next try with replacement flanker Julian Salvi crossing after a smart break from fellow substitute Josh Holmes.

The unconverted try cut the deficit to 11 but a breakaway try to Gear and Masoe's brace helped push the visitors to a 33-8 buffer.

Centre Tyrone Smith scored a late try for the well beaten Brumbies.

Both the Brumbies and the Hurricanes have the bye next week.

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