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Perenara treble sinks Force

09th March 2012 08:24

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TJ Perenara Hurricanes 2012

Hat-trick: TJ Perenara

A hat-trick of tries from TJ Perenara was the catalyst for the Hurricanes' impressive 46-19 win over Western Force at nib Stadium on Friday.

In a result that soured Nathan Sharpe's record-breaking 150th Super rugby appearance, the Force were given a thrashing by the 'Canes.

Scrum-half Perenara scored three of the visitors' six tries on his starting debut as the New Zealand franchise won a second straight match to climb to second place in the conference table.

Andre Taylor, Jason Eaton and Charlie Ngatai also crossed for the Hurricanes, with fly-half Beauden Barrett knocking over nine points.

The 34-year-old Sharpe became the first player to reach the milestone in the southern hemisphere competition but the Australia lock couldn't celebrate with a win, despite the scores being locked at 10-10 approaching half-time after Matt Hodgson cancelled out Perenara's fifth-minute try.

It was the Force's third straight loss, while injuries to wings Nick Cummins (calf) and Napolioni Nalaga (leg) compounded their woes.

After playing in South Africa - losing to the Stormers and beating the Lions - the Hurricanes' backs proved too much for the hosts, with Perenara shining in his first Super Rugby start.

His second try, coming in the 35th minute, came after a smart offload by right wing Cory Jane before full-back Taylor's try in the corner put the Hurricanes 22-10 up at the interval.

19-year-old Perenara sealed the bonus-point for four tries in the 50th minute, and late scores by the impressive Eaton and replacement Ngatai completed a comfortable win.

The scorers:

For Western Force:
Try: Hodgson
Con: Stannard
Pen: Stannard 4

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Perenara 3, Taylor, J Eaton, Ngatai
Con: Barrett 3, Kirkpatrick 2
Pen: Barrett, Kirkpatrick

Western Force: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Patrick Dellit, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 James Stannard, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock (c), 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Kieran Longbottom.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Angus Cottrell, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Ben Seymour, 22 Alfie Mafi.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Michael Bent, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Simon Moore (Australia)
Television match official: Matt Goddard (Australia)

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