Hurricanes outgun Waratahs in shootout

It could be a long five weeks for Australia’s Super Rugby sides after the NSW Waratahs joined the Queensland Reds as first-round fodder for New Zealand opposition in the inaugural trans-Tasman tournament. Winless in the recently-completed Super Rugby AU competition, the Waratahs endured a ninth straight defeat on Friday night, succumbing 64-48 to the Hurricanes […]

Hurricanes outgun Waratahs in shootout

It could be a long five weeks for Australia’s Super Rugby sides after the NSW Waratahs joined the Queensland Reds as first-round fodder for New Zealand opposition in the inaugural trans-Tasman tournament.

Winless in the recently-completed Super Rugby AU competition, the Waratahs endured a ninth straight defeat on Friday night, succumbing 64-48 to the Hurricanes in a Sydney try-fest.

The SCG shellacking came after the newly-crowned Australian champion Reds suffered a 40-19 drubbing at the hands of the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The pair of heavy defeats, coming against New Zealand’s bottom two finishers in Super Rugby Aotearoa, is an ominous sign for Australia’s five franchises – especially the Waratahs.

Once a Super Rugby powerhouse, the Tahs face the grim prospect of going through an entire season winless for the first time after failing to convert a first-half lead against the Hurricanes into a desperately-needed victory.

Wooden spooners in the Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Hurricanes piled on 52 points after trailing 17-12 midway through the first half.

Salesi Rayasi is tackled. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The last-versus-last encounter was hardly a spectacle for defence, with 90 points amassed in the first hour alone.

A Harry Johnson-Holmes second-half double – which made the 24-year-old the Waratahs’ most prolific try-scoring prop in history with nine five-pointers – at one point pulled the home side back to within nine points of the Highlanders.

But with Jordie Barrett, Dane Coles, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Brayden Iose, Pepesana Patafilo and Asafo Aumua all crossing the stripe to follow doubles for Billy Proctor and Julian Savea, the Hurricanes were always in control.

Jack Maddocks’ long-range effort for the Tahs after the fulltime siren was the 17th try of the match.

“Attacking wise, we’re starting to hit our straps,” said Waratahs captain Jake Gordon.

“We’re still leaking far too many points and giving away too many silly penalties.

“But we’ve got to take the positives.”

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Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

It’s taken but 35 seconds for the Highlanders to serve up a reality check for Australia’s Super Rugby hopefuls in a crushing win over the Queensland Reds in the Trans-Tasman tournament opener in Dunedin. Triumphant over the Brumbies only six days ago in a thrilling Super Rugby AU final, the Reds came crashing back to […]

Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

It’s taken but 35 seconds for the Highlanders to serve up a reality check for Australia’s Super Rugby hopefuls in a crushing win over the Queensland Reds in the Trans-Tasman tournament opener in Dunedin.

Triumphant over the Brumbies only six days ago in a thrilling Super Rugby AU final, the Reds came crashing back to earth with a 40-19 loss to the Highlanders at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The Highlanders won only three of eight games in Super Rugby Aotearoa while the Reds lost just one in the AU version.

Yet New Zealand’s fourth-best outfit was still streets ahead of Australia’s champions on Friday night.

They set the tone in the opening minute with a try through lovely hands to centre Scott Gregory.

The Reds levelled shortly after through Kalani Thomas but spent the rest of the first half camped almost exclusively on their own line as the pace and intensity of New Zealand opposition exposed an ominous gulf in class.

Jona Nareki runs with the ball. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

The Highlanders converted their glut of possession and territory into a 21-7 halftime advantage following further five-pointers to lock Josh Dixon and winger Sio Tomkinson, both tries converted by flyhalf Mitch Hunt.

With coach Brad Thorn already opting to rest several stars, the Reds suffered another blow when skipper and playmaker James O’Connor failed to front for the second half after failing a HIA.

Injected into the action after the break, prized recruit Suliasi Vunivalu wasted little time reviving Reds hopes when he soared sublimely to reel in a Bryce Hegarty cross-field kick and touch down in the corner in the 45th minute to reduce the deficit to nine points.

Alas, the Highlanders hit back through a second try to Dixon four minutes later as the Reds’ ball security and ill-discipline repeatedly cost them any chance of victory.

Replacements Ngatungane Punivai and Liam Coltman came off the bench to secure a bonus point for the Highlanders with two tries in the closing 10 minutes.

Code-hopper Vunivalu clinched his maiden try-scoring double with another leap after the siren – but it was all too little too late for the Reds.

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