IN SIGHT: Tusi Pisi, of the Hurricanes, gets tackled last night in Dunedin.
IN SIGHT: Tusi Pisi, of the Hurricanes, gets tackled last night in Dunedin.

Hurricanes weather the storm

WHEN the desperate rugby and yo-yo scoring stopped, the Hurricanes enjoyed a 23-19 victory at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium last night.

It was a blessing for them but heartbreak for the Highlanders in a match which must have been torture for both coaching crews.

No one watching this game would have been sure who would claim the result until visiting Argentine referee Francisco Pastrana whistled the end.

Enterprise and endeavour came throughout but those charms were balanced by mistakes and lapses from sides who have delivered patchy starts to their Super 15 schedules.

Colin Slade missed a handy 25 penalty with five minutes to play which would have given them a late shot at an elusive win.

When they got another awarded a minute later, they kicked for touch but botched the lineout take and the chance of their first tournament win disappeared.

The Hurricanes made the early play with Brad Shields stopped in the corner in a combined tackle. But captain Conrad Smith claimed the recycled ball to surge across in the 8th minute.

HURRICANES 23 (Conrad Smith, Ben Franks, TJ Perenara tries; Beauden Barrett 2 pen, con) def HIGHLANDERS 19 (Hosea Gear, tries; Colin Slade 4 pen, con).


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