This week the Hurricanes played their first game at the Cake Tin, against the Cats from South Africa. It was a very physical game with an exchange of handbags a couple of times. Although the Cats hadn’t won in Wellington in any of their previous four visits, it looked for a while as if they might manage it this time, with the Hurricanes unable to build a big lead. With only just over two minutes to go, trailing by nine points, and needing to score at least twice to win, the Cats kicked a penalty to at least make sure they would get a bonus point (for losing by fewer than eight points). Or would they?! Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for us Hurricanes fans, with time running out on the clock the Hurricanes managed to score a fourth try and make sure that not only did the ‘Canes bag another five pointer, but they took away the Cats’ bonus point. It was confusing for a moment or two as there were claims of a knock-on by Hurricanes winger Lome Fa’atau and the ref even blew his whistle. Luckily Isaia Toeava who had picked up the ball and run into the end zone didn’t kick the ball away but grounded it. The ref consulted the TJ who confirmed it was not a knock on hence the try was awarded.
Woo hoo! Go Hurricanes!