The Hurricanes showed off their skills when they outplayed the Highlanders on Saturday to take a 41-15 win.
The game started with speed, great handling from both teams trying to find the spaces in defense. The Hurricanes had more ball in the early exchanges of the match and forced the first penalty.
Barrett missed the kick but even then, we knew we were in it for another great classic, but the first try came from a Hurricanes lineout with the perfect drive to take the lead 5-0 after 12 min.
Although the field was dry with no rain, the wind did make it difficult for the players.
The Highlanders were made to make allot of tackles early on as the Hurricanes did most of the attacking in the game.
The Highlanders almost scored their first try through Malakai Fekitoa but only a desperate tackle prevent him from scoring.
The Highlanders did come away with some points through a penalty to make the score 5-3 after 26 min.
The Highlanders strike next with a great try through Faddes who went over for their first try. That made the score 8-5 for the Highlanders after 33 min.
It took not long for the Hurricanes to reply with a great kick by Jodie Barrett for Ngani Laumape to get over in the corner and took back the lead in the game
It was end to end stuff as Highlanders went over at the other end, but Aaron Smith knock it on over the line to give a defensive scrum for the Hurricanes.
The teams went into the break with the Hurricanes leading 10-8.
The second half started with something special from Jody Barrett when he gave a brilliant pass to send Procter over for their first points in the second half.
With a lead of 17-8 the momentum changed when TJ Perenara was send off with a yellow card for a dangerous high tackle which gave the Highlanders the change to score a try through Dixon.
This made it a two-point game again with the Hurricanes leading 17-15 after 47 min.
Lauwape then showed his speed and strength through a brilliant try by the winger to get some distance on the scoreboard for the Hurricanes.
This gave the Hurricanes a lead of 22-15 with the Highlanders trying to catch up again.
In some way one got the feeling the Highlanders was over-thinking it a bit on attack and played too much rugby at some stages.
The Hurricanes showed again with great hand-speed in small spaces create brilliant tries as the Hurricanes scored their fifth try of the match and took the lead to 27-15 after 62 min.
The Hurricanes showed of their skills, offloads and speed throughout that second half as Aso scored another one for them to take the lead to 34-15.
The Hurricanes just show how much class they have when they scored at the end with another brilliant kick through for Aso to get his second try of the match.
The Hurricanes got a classy win of 41-15 and earning a bonus point.
Hurricanes – Tries: Ardie Savea, Ngani Laumape (2), Matt Proctor, Julian Savea, Vince Aso (2). Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2), Jordie Barrett.
Highlanders – Tries: Matt Faddes, Elliot Dixon. Conversion: Marty Banks. Penalty: Fletcher Smith.