CA Brumbies handed horror caning in Wellington

 The CA Brumbies have fallen victim to an in-form Hurricanes outfit, going down 56-7 at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium tonight.

In recording their eight-tries-to-one victory, the Hurricanes inflicted the CA Brumbies’ biggest defeat in Super Rugby, eclipsing their 44-10 loss to the Waratahs in 1996. The loss also marked the most points the CA Brumbies have conceded in a match, with the previous record of 49 points also held by the Wellington side from their 49-37 win in 2005.
While the CA Brumbies had eight players unavailable through injury or suspension prior to the match, Head Coach Andy Friend refused to use that as an excuse for his side’s loss.
“Tonight we met a side that was red hot,” he said.
“There’s an easy out to suggest that we’ve had three emotionally charged weeks and maybe that caught up with us, but we need to find the answers because that [result] is unacceptable.
“We have had three good weeks and we’ve shown some good character but tonight we lost a lot of those credit points. But we’ll find the answers; next week now becomes our most important game and we’ve got to make sure we pick ourselves up for that.”
The CA Brumbies started the match in promising fashion when prop Ben Alexander charged through the Hurricanes’ defensive line to score his second try of the season. Stirling Mortlock’s conversion gave his side a 7-0 lead after three minutes.
The Hurricanes responded through a Willie Ripia penalty goal and try to fullback Cory Jane to take an 11th-minute 8-7 advantage.
When Conrad Smith caught the defence napping to score off a quick tap 13 minutes later, it sparked a six-minute scoring spree with tries to wingers Tamati Ellison and David Smith giving the Hurricanes a 25-7 half-time lead.
The CA Brumbies tightened up their defensive line after the break, conceding just a Ripia penalty goal in the first 20 minutes of the second term. However, it proved the calm before the storm with the home side crossing for four tries in the final quarter of the match.
Replacement forward Faifili Levave re-ignited the Hurricanes scoring with a try in the 63rd minute before winger Zac Guildford took advantage of a simple overlap to cross for his first of two touchdowns.
The Hurricanes saved their best football for the last seven minutes with Ripia delivering a deflected, one-arm offload for flanker Victor Vito to score. The in-form flyhalf then put on a slick inside flick pass for winger David Smith to race across the defensive line and gift Guildford with his second try.
The CA Brumbies return to Canberra tomorrow before taking on the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, 2 May.                                                                                                                                                                                  
Hurricanes 56 (Zac Guildford 2; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Tamati Ellison, David Smith, Faifili Levave, Victor Vito tries; Willie Ripia 5/8 conversions, 2/2 penalty goals) defeated CA Brumbies 7 (Ben Alexander try; Stirling Mortlock 1/1 conversions) at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
Half time: Hurricanes 25-7
Crowd: 16,825
CA Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore 
3. Salesi Ma’afu
4. Ben Hand 
5. Peter Kimlin
6. Mitchell Chapman
7. George Smith 
8. Stephen Hoiles (c)
9. Joshua Holmes 
10. Matt Toomua 
11. Alfi Mafi
12. Tyrone Smith
13. Stirling Mortlock
14. Francis Fainifo
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper
16. Huia Edmonds
17. Nic Henderson
25. Henry Vanderglas 
19. Julian Salvi
20. Patrick Phibbs 
21. James Stannard
22. Afusipa Taumoepeau
19. Julian Salvi for 5. Peter Kimlin (7th minute – blood)
5. Peter Kimlin for 19. Julian Salvi (19th minute – blood return)
22. Afusipa Taumoepeau for 11. Alfi Mafi (53rd minute)
17. Nic Henderson for 3. Salesi Ma’afu (53rd minute)
20. Patrick Phibbs for 9. Joshua Holmes (55th minute)
16. Huia Edmonds for 2. Stephen Moore (64th minute)
19. Julian Salvi for 4. Ben Hand (64th minute)
25. Henry Vanderglas for 19. Julian Salvi (68th minute)
21. James Stannard for 14. Francis Fainifo (72nd minute)
1. John Schwalger
2. Andrew Hore
3. Neemia Tialata
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Bryn Evans
6. Victor Vito
7. Scott Waldrom
8. Rodney So’oialo
9. Alby Mathewson
10. Willie Ripia
11. David Smith
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Conrad Smith
14. Tamati Ellison
15. Cory Jane
16. Dane Coles
17. Jacob Ellison
18. Jason Eaton
19. Faifili Levave
20. Piri Weepu
21. Jason Kawau
22. Zac Guildford
Investec Super 14 Week 12
CA Brumbies v Reds
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, 2 May 2009