By: Jacques Nortier
Power, skill and speed was the way the Hurricanes won so many games this year and they did just that when the run the Brumbies off the park on Saturday, beating them in the semi-final 29-9.
The Brumbies started like last week against the Stormers throwing the ball around and putting the Hurricanes under pressure but it took not long for the Hurricanes to turn that start around and play the rugby we know they can.
After the first burst from the Brumbies in the first few minutes it was all Hurricanes for the rest of the 80 minutes. The Hurricanes led 12-3 at halftime but that could have easily have been 20 or 30 points have they been able to finish off more attacking opportunities they created in the match.
The Brumbies at some stages looked like the Stormers in defense as they had no answer to the brilliant power and skill of the Hurricanes. One have to have the ball to win this game and that is something the Hurricanes kept away from the Brumbies for long periods of time.
The pace of the game was also too fast for the Brumbies it seems who had to travel to South Africa and back to New Zealand in two weeks. Maybe they will have some empathy for South African teams who has to do this year in and year out.
The Hurricanes pack was also on top of their game for most of the game to ensure great ball for the backs to attack with their strong and skilful backs. The Brumbies did have a period in the second half that they looked better but they were really never in the game to start with.
The Hurricanes looks like a Championship team and it will be hard for any team to change that in the next week.
Tries: J. Savea, Perenara, A. Savea, Proctor
Cons: Barrett, Marshall 2
Pens: Mogg, Lealiifano 2