From 17-src down, the Hurricanes mounted a remarkable comeback in Melbourne.
At AAMI Park, Melbourne: Hurricanes 3src (Bailyn Sullivan try 36min, Tyrel Lomax try 4src+2min, Lomax try 42min, Sullivan try 7srcmin; Jordie Barrett 2 con, 2 pen) Reds 17 (Hamish Stewart try 24min, Fraser McReight try 29min; Lawson Creighton 2 con, pen). HT: 14-17.
Yellow cards: Bailyn Sullivan (Hurricanes) 9min, Pouri Rakete-Stones (Hurricanes) 26min, Connor Vest (Reds) 4srcmin.
The Hurricanes rattled up 3src unanswered points to storm past the Queensland Reds and keep themselves in the Super Rugby Pacific playoff race on Saturday.
Led by another monstrous match from captain Ardie Savea, the Canes came back from 17-src down after half an hour to win 3src-17 in Melbourne.
Doubles from prop Tyrel Lomax and centre Bailyn Sullivan saw the Hurricanes score four tries to two, and secure their fifth win of the season a week on from their narrow scrape against the Highlanders.
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Sullivan’s second with 1src minutes remaining, from a neat grubber by replacement pivot Jackson Garden-Bachop, sealed the deal for a winning start to the Canes’ trans-Tasman sojourn.
It was eye-rubbing stuff, after coach Brad Thorn and his Reds with an impressive 7-1 record flew into their work and made the New Zealand side look second-rate as they trailed by three at halftime.
Jason Holland’s men were sluggish and ill disciplined early, as referee
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