The Hurricanes, despite very limited possession, easily disposed of a a hapless Western Force outfit - winning their Super Rugby showdown 46-19 in Perth on Friday.
The Western Force, while looking impressive at times when taking the ball through numerous phases, were simply not clinical enough and were made to pay for their numerous turnovers - two of the Hurricanes' first-half tries and one after the break coming after the home team had worked their way deep into the visitors' territory before coughing up the ball.
In contrast the Hurricane relied on their hard-running backs and great angles to open up the Force's defences - something they seemed to achieve with consummate ease at times.
It also didn't help the Force's cause that they made schoolboy errors, such as throwing no-look forward passes when on attack deep in Hurricanes territory and at times kicking the ball away needlessly.
The statistics tell a story of their own - the Force dominating territory and possession (more than 60 percent of the ball), but failing to turn their opportunities into points. The Hurricanes, their scrum under constant pressure, had no trouble in keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
A perfect example of the Force's comical ineptness came in the 65th minute - with their maul labouring towards the Hurricanes' line, only for the ball to drop to the ground and roll past the unsuspecting scrumhalf, Justin Turner, who did not even realise that Hurricanes ;lock Jason Eaton had picked up the ball and hacked it away.
And moments later their misery was compounded when a tactical error saw Cameron Shepherd being tackles into touch just before the corner flag, when the forwards looked to be in control and centimetres away from a try.
In very hot and humid conditions the Force took the ball through 12 phases right at the start, but then conceded a turnover which allowed the Hurricanes to put them back into their own half. And building pressure from there - including a charge down - the visitors earned a penalty that saw Beauden Barrett kick a penalty (albeit with the assistance of the upright).
The early count - which saw a penalty awarded against the Force after another 10 phases and just five metres from the Hurricanes' line - again hurt the home team. In the 10th minute the visitors went 10-0 ahead - following a blistering break from Andre Taylor and then a powerful run by Julian Savea, which resulted in a TJ Perenara try. Barrett's boot provided the extras.
It did not help the Force's cause that referee Jaco Peyper was blind to Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith's con trick - faking obstruction when he in fact tackled a player without the ball.
However, the Force kept plugging away and eventually - after yet another questionable ruling against them - they took the ball through enough phases with the forwards for Matt Hodgson to work his way over the line. James Stannard added the extras to close the gap to three points (7-10) as the first quarter came to an end.
The Force realised there were penalties to be milked and the referee obliged, but Stannard's attempt bounced off the upright. And a few minutes later he pushed another kickable goal well wide, after the Hurricanes were penalised at a ruck.
Julian Savea gifted the Force their next chance - after he lost his footing and knocked the ball on, following a kick ahead. From the scrum, with the Hurricanes pack in retreat, the Force earned a penalty and Stannard slotted the kick to level it up (10-all) just after the half-hour mark.
The next score came courtesy of a good scrum by the Hurricanes, that opened up the blindside and TJ Perenara going over after an off-load from Cory Jane. But it was set up by a brilliant break from Tim Bateman, who cut back inside a few minutes earlier, and grubbered ahead - forcing the home team to carry the ball over their line. Barrett's touchline conversion made it 17-10.
Minutes later Andre Taylor made Cameron Shepherd pay for a very poor kick, when he ran it back, kicked ahead, Cory Jane collected and the off-loaded to Taylor for the try in the corner. This time Barrett couldn't added the extras, but the visitors were good value for a 22-10 lead - which they held till the half-time break.
Six minutes into the second half, and moments after a scrum penalty went in favour of the Force, the home team was awarded a penalty right in front - the Hurricanes going offside under pressure. Stannard narrowed the gap to nine points (13-22).
However, the Force were made to pay for another shocking error - a scrappy scrum ball kicked ahead by Conrad Smith, hacked infield by Julian Savea, and then missed by Cameron Shepherd in comical fashion, allowed Perenara to score his hat-trick try. Barrett made it 29-13, after 50 minutes, with the conversion.
Stannard managed to make it a 10-point ball game (19-29) with two penalties in quick succession - the first when the Hurricanes went offside and another for playing a man without the ball - as the game entered the final quarter.
However, the Force remained their own worst enemies - a breakdown penalty allowing replacement Daniel Kirkpatrick to stretch the lead to 32-19.
And then, after some sublime handling by the Hurricanes, veteran lock Jason Eaton strolled over for the fifth try five minutes from the final whistle. Kirkpatrick's conversion made it 39-19.
They rubbed salt into the festering Force wounds when, from a scrum inside the 22, replacement Charlie Ngatai went over for the sixth try - again exposing the local team's defensive frailties. Kirkpatrick made it 46-19 win.
Man of the match: Few players in the home team deserved a mention, but Nathan Sharpe, the old warhorse playing in his 150th game of Super Rugby, was doing his usual ball caries and defensive work. Captain David Pocock also did his usual turn-over magic at the breakdown. But the real heroes were Hurricanes. Their impressive backs - Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith and Tim Bateman - all seemed to trouble the Force defence. However, our award goes to rookie scrumhalf TJ Perenara - he showed his opportunism to score a hat-trick, along with some crisp service behind a pack that was retreating all the time.
For the Western Force:
Pens: Stannard 4
For the Hurricanes:
Tries: Perenara 3, Taylor, J Eaton, Ngatai
Cons: Barrett 3, Kirkpatrick 2
Pens: Barrett, Kirkpatrick
Western Force: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Patrick Dellit, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 James Stannard, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Kieran Longbottom.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Angus Cottrell, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Ben Seymour, 22 Alfie Mafi.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Michael Bent, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Simon Moore (Australia)
TMO: Matt Goddard (Australia)
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