• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

The Bus rolled in for a double, passing Christian Cullen and TJ Perenara on the Canes’ all-time list.

May 21, 2021

Befitting a big Friday night out in Wellington, the Hurricanes sparked up, got the staggers, then rode the No 14 bus home.
Led by a double from Julian The Bus Savea which saw him overtake Christian Cullen and TJ Perenara as the Hurricanes record tryscorer, the hosts held off a feisty Melbourne Rebels by 35-13 at Sky Stadium.
Saveas fourth try in a fortnight of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman moved him to 57 for his career, past Cullen and Perenaras mark of 56 as the Hurricanes scored five tries and banked a second maximum point victory.
Marty Melville/Photosport
Hurricanes wing Julian Savea canters in for his second try against the Rebels.
Sky Television stats had Savea on two fewer tries but Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby official statistician Peter Marriott confirmed his tally of 57, also backed by the NZ Rugby Almanacks records.
READ MORE:* Live: Hurricanes v Rebels, Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Rd 2* Super Rugby: Dane Coles calls on the Hurricanes to plug defensive gaps and welcomes Owen Franks * Super Rugby: Ngani Laumape back as Hurricanes shuffle for Rebels* Super Rugby: Hurricanes playmaker Ruben Love out of Rebels match, avoids serious injury
In his 129th match, and re-signed until 2023, Savea kept the Hurricanes in front against a Rebels side who lost 50-3 to the Blues a week ago but gave their sometimes jittery hosts a fright before they kicked into gear late.
I didnt know I was nearby, I thought TJ was on 60 or something. I wasnt going to score six tries tonight, Savea said when told of the record.
Its a small milestone for me. Im happy about the team and Ill celebrate those little things by myself. Ill look back and be really proud, obviously the legendary names who are on that list.
And with TJ coming back [to the Hurricanes next year] its going to be a bit of a battle and some banter. Little victories there, Im just happy to be back and expressing myself and blessed to be back with the boys.
Wes Goosen was a constant menace for the Hurricanes against the Rebels.
France-bound second five-eighth Ngani Laumape was a big presence again on his return while livewire hooker Asafo Aumua added the punch they needed off the bench late.
It was the Canes eighth successive victory over the Rebels as they eye a chance to keep their title hopes alive when the Western Force hit Napier next Friday.
It took some Savea magic to spark up the Hurricanes who made all the play in the first quarter but, remarkably, couldnt open their account.
Their early attack was laboured and well picked off by the Rebels accurate defence, a far cry from their 10-try canter against the Waratahs in Sydney.
One monster lineout drive was ruled out by referee Graham Cooper when it broke up before the line, and then the hosts were playing against 14 men when Rebels prop Cabous Eloff was yellow carded for collapsing a trybound rolling maul.
Mark Tantrum/Getty Images
Billy Proctor scores a sizzling try for the home team.
Savea had just been bundled out in the right hand corner, then as the Rebels mounted a rare attack against a flat Hurricanes line, he picked off Carter Gordons pass and sprinted 50m to score in the 20th minute.
Their second, four minutes later, brought the home crowd to their feet as Laumape featured twice in a stunning movement.
First he put Jordie Barrett through a half-gap then followed up, bursting clear to feed the ever-present Jonathan Taumateine who put Billy Proctor away.
Still 14-3 at the break was a skinny return for a dominant first half and the Hurricanes needed to emerge firing to put this contest to bed.
Instead they fumbled, with a poor knock-on by DuPlessis Kirifi giving the Rebels a sniff and they built a robust attack. In a flash, quick hands sent flanker Michael Wells across in the corner and it was game on.
When Wes Goosen, who was electric on attack, was dragged down by Wells a metre short after superb buildup from Kirifi and Laumape, the frustration continued. Then a jolting tackle from Devan Flanders shifted the momentum and Proctor pounced on the turnover to send Savea haring off for No 57.
The Rebels wouldnt go away as centre Campbell Magnay twirled across in a gaggle of tacklers and the Canes had just an eight-point buffer entering a nervy final quarter.
But a concerted attack from their big ball runners, and a pinpoint crosskick from Orbyn Leger gave Goosen a deserved try and some welcome breathing space.
Hurricanes 35 (Julian Savea 2, Billy Proctor, Wes Goosen, Asafo Aumua tries; Jordie Barrett 4 con, Orbyn Leger con) Rebels 13 (Michael Wells, Campbell Magnay tries; Matt Toomua pen). HT: 14-3.