Hurricanes beat Rebels, Lions pip Reds in Super Rugby
Replacement Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two late tries as the Hurricanes extended their unbeaten start in Super Rugby to six matches with a 36-12, bonus-point win over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.
Also, the Lions easily blocked a dropped-goal attempt by Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper with no time remaining to give the South African-based side an 18-17 win over the Queensland Reds at Brisbane, and their third win in four matches on an Australasian tour.
Reds reserve winger Chris Feauai-Sautia was denied a 75th-minute try due to poor grounding after he appeared to run off a forward pass. The match finished at two tries apiece, with Harold Voster and Warwick Tecklenburg crossing for the Lions, and the Reds awarded a penalty try to go with Samu Kerevi’s five-pointer.
Milner-Skudder scored in the 77th minute to give the Hurricanes a four-try bonus point, and again in the 79th to make the win convincing as the Wellington-based team answered the early threat of Mike Harris’ accurate boot.
Harris kicked his fourth penalty in stoppage time to give the Rebels a 12-10 halftime lead, and the Hurricanes needed second-half tries to winger Cory Jane, Callum Gibbins, and Milner-Skudder to retrieve the lead and remain atop the tournament ladder.
Former Rebels fullback Jason Woodward converted four tries and kicked a penalty in reply to Harris’s 12 points.
Hurricanes 36 (Nehe Milner-Skudder 2, TJ Perenara, Cory Jane, Callum Gibbins tries; Jason Woodward 4 conversions, penalty), Melbourne Rebels 12 (Mike Harris 4 penalties). HT: 10-12.
Lions 18 (Warwick Tecklenburg, Harold Vorster tries; Elton Jantjies conversion, 2 penalties), Queensland 17 (penalty try, Samu Kerevi try; Quade Cooper 2 conversions, penalty). HT: 8-3.