Hurricanes snap losing streak in style
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Laumape was unstoppable at times as he caught his opposite Rieko Ioane out of position for his first-half brace and laid on a classy assist for Julian Savea to dot down on his return the familiar number 11 jersey.
His third try was a strong-man effort close to the line but it was his fourth that will stick in the minds of the 11,000-strong crowd that braved the Wellington cold.
With the game balanced delicately 35-24 with 10 minutes to play, Beauden Barrett showed great anticipation to pounce on an ambitious intercept and lay on a superb no-look reverse pass to Laumape who put on the after-burners to run 40 metres to the line.
While the Hurricanes attack was on song, the pack put in a vastly improved effort over recent weeks. The scrum was rock solid and a number of tries were scored from set-piece to put a smile on the face of Hurricanes fans.
The Blues scored three good tries of their own and hung in the game until the 70th minute. But in the end it was to be the Hurricanes night.
Hurricanes 42 (Julian Savea, Ngani Laumape 4, Beauden Barrett tries, Jordie Barrett 6 con) Blues 24 (Rieko Ioane 2, Akira Ioane tries, Stephen Perofeta pen, 3 con)
?? @brad_shields runs on for #SuperRugby game ?? supported by his junior club Stokes Valley and senior club Petone.#HURvBLU pic.twitter.com/VzvwxrZORH— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) July 7, 2018
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