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RugbyU: Slade shines as Highlanders take 93-point spectacular

The forgotten man of New Zealand rugby, Colin Slade, re-emerged in the Super 15 limelight in Wellington Saturday as the guiding hand in the Highlanders 49-44 win over the Hurricanes. The bonus-point victory, only the third success of the season for the Otago team, was enough to lift them off the bottom of the ladder while the Wellington Hurricanes remain 11th but slumped to their ninth defeat from 15 outings.

RugbyU: Hurricanes 44 Highlanders 49

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders on Saturday: Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 44 Otago Highlanders (NZL) 49 (H-t: 13-32) Scorers: Hurricanes - Tries: Ash Dixon, Ben Franks, Julian Savea, Chris Smylie, James Broadhurst. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (5). Penalties: Barrett (3) Highlanders - Tries: Mose Tuiali'i, Tamati Ellison, Aaron Smith, Kade Poki, Hosea Gear, Elliot Dixon. Conversions: Colin Slade (3), Hayden Parker (2). Penalties: Slade (3) Referee: Mike Fraser (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Super 15 - Brumbies 30 Hurricanes 23

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the ACT Brumbies and Wellington Hurricanes on Friday: ACT Brumbies (AUS) 30 Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 23 Ht: 14-10 Scorers Brumbies - Tries: Nic White, Peter Kimlin; Conversion: Christian Lealiifano ; Penalties: Lealiifano (6) Hurricanes - Tries: Reynold Lee-Lo, TJ Perenara; Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2); Penalties: Barrett (3) Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Hurricane grind out win over Force

The Wellington Hurricanes notched a hard-fought 22-16 victory over the Western Force in the Super 15 competition Friday, against the unfancied but committed Australians. The injury-hit Hurricanes scored three tries to one but had to battle until the final whistle as Jayden Hayward's boot kept the Force in the game with three penalties. "We were working really hard but obviously missing some leaders within the team," captain Conrad Smith said. "It wasn't pretty but we'll take a win, she's a tough competition."

RugbyU: Wellington Hurricanes 22 Western Force 16

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the Wellington Hurricanes and Western Force on Friday: Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 22 Western Force (AUS) 16 (H-T: 15-3) Scorers Hurricanes - Tries: Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Brad Shields, Tusi Pisi. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2). Penalties: Barrett Force - Tries: Alby Mathewson. Conversion: Jayden Hayward. Penalties: Hayward (3) Referee: Nick Briant (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Auckland Blues 28 Wellington Hurricanes 6

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the Auckland Blues and Wellington Hurricanes at Eden Park on Saturday: Auckland Blues (NZL) 28 Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 6 (H-T: 14-6) Scorers Blues - Tries: Frank Halai, Charles Piutau, James Parsons, Tom McCartney. Conversions: Chris Noakes (4) Hurricanes - Penalty: Beauden Barrett. Drop goal: Tusi Pisi Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Wellington Hurricanes 41 NSW Waratahs 29

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the Wellington Hurricanes and New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday: Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 41 NSW Waratahs (AUS) 29 (H-T: 19-16) Scorers Hurricanes - Tries: Julian Savea (2), Reggie Goodes, Motu Matu'u. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (3). Penalties: Beauden Barrett (5) Waratahs - Tries: Bernard Foley, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Israel Folau. Conversion: Brendan McKibbin. Penalties: McKibbin (4) Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Hurricanes rally to down stubborn Kings

The Wellington Hurricanes scored six tries as they notched up their third consecutive win with a 46-30 victory over the Southern Kings in their Super 15 match on Saturday. The Hurricanes led 29-16 at half-time and after going off the boil immediately following the resumption they rallied in the final quarter to run in a further 17 points to secure the victory. It ended a dismal fortnight in New Zealand for the Kings who were whipped 55-20 by the Canterbury Crusaders last week and now head to Australia to face the series leaders ACT Brumbies next week.

RugbyU: Wellington Hurricanes 46 Southern Kings 30

Result of a Super 15 rugby match between the Wellington Hurricanes and Southern Kings on Saturday: Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 46 Southern Kings (RSA) 30 (H-T: 29-16) Scorers Hurricanes - Tries: Ben May, Conrad Smith, TJ Perenara, Jeremy Thrush, Brad Shields, Alapati Leiua. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (5). Penalties: Barrett (2). Kings - Tries: Steven Sykes, Ronnie Cooke, Hannes Franklin. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2), George Whitehead. Penalties: Catrakilis (3) Referee: Nick Briant (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Win for Hurricanes adds to Highlanders' woes

The Wellington Hurricanes defeated the Otago Highlanders 23-19 to consign the New Zealand conference cellar-dwellers to their third straight defeat in Dunedin on Friday. The Hurricanes scored three tries to one after a slow start to make it two wins from four this Super 15 season. "We were a little more direct and that's what got us the points in the end," captain Conrad Smith said after a win that helped boost the Hurricanes' season following a victory over the Canterbury Crusaders last week. Highlanders' stand-in skipper Brad Thorn said the defeat was hard to take.
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