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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Cheetahs come from behind to beat Hurricanes in Super Rugby thriller

The Cheetahs and Hurricanes played some incredible rugby in what was an action packed Super Rugby game in Wellington on Saturday. The visitors looked blown away early on, then fought back and secured a 47-38 win, their second on tour.

The dynamic Hurricanes played some scintilating rugby in the first half of this fast paced game, racing off to a 32-11 lead. Julian Savea, Andre Taylor, and Beauden Barritt all played their part.

The visiting Cheetahs kept their composure though and fought back admirably, tying things up at 32-32 going into halftime, thanks to three tries in seven minutes.

Prop Coenie Oosthuizen scored twice, and despite flyhalf Barritt scoring 23 points in total for the home side, the Cheetahs dominated territory and possesion to pull off a famous win.

"It was definitely a great victory, and it's a nice way to end off the tour," said captain Adriaan Strauss. "They've [his players] got their never-say-die attitude. It's a good place for us to start building on now for when we get home.

"We definitely want to keep that momentum going that we got from beating the Hurricanes. But we aren't kidding ourselves, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done," he added.

His side now travel back to South Africa to take on the Lions, having left New Zealand and Australia with a 2-2 record, following courageous losses to both the Brumbies and the Crusaders.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 1:36 pm | View Comments (10)

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stroudos April 05, 2012 4:36 pm

Lovely stuff. Some great handling, angles of running and support play - really entertaining to watch.

Best moment - 2:00 and the slow-mo replay at 2:35 of that wanchor Cory Jane getting put on his arse.

Finally, and I really hate to say this, but some of the defending was absolutely appalling. Couple of real "matador" tackles there.

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moddeur April 05, 2012 11:39 pm

I agree that there were some very nice tries in there, with great handling (try starting at 2:19 in particular). I also agree that Cory Jane is a George Douche. And I also agree that some of the tackling looks a bit amateurish (lack of motivation, rather than skill).
Damn it I agree with everything you said.

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Jwall April 06, 2012 2:01 am

There were some bad tackles, but it was simply because of the handling and the pace of the attack.
Very few teams could have stopped many of those tries.

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stroudos April 06, 2012 10:43 am

Agree and that's usually what people miss when criticising SuperRugby tackling. Some of the quick feet and hands on show here are awesome.

However, the hooker at 0:37 should have been tackled. Same for the scrumhalf at 4:42 (and I'm not referring to the blokes that were still getting back 10m).

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beerholder April 05, 2012 5:31 pm

Classic Match. This is what Rugby should look like.

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JAVI April 06, 2012 1:13 am

Brilliant match. Brilliant come back. Awesome tries....I watch it three times.

What a game.

BRAVO !!!!!!

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Pretzel April 06, 2012 3:49 am

Love the all yellow :) looked like a running banana...

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bill April 06, 2012 2:50 pm

Julian Savea should be put on the bench, great attacking player but is making some terrible defense mistakes, which cost the hurricanes this game... also against the sharks...

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Grego April 08, 2012 3:02 pm

That was a great game of rugby. It really shows that the southern hemisphere game is superior because of the break neck pace. Cory Jane did appear to get knocked out for a split second, but to his credit he was on his feet a split second later.

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quins1 April 11, 2012 3:56 pm

another win for us we could be going somewhere this season

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