Salesi Rayasi scored two tries as the Hurricanes raced to a record 43-6 win against the Western Force in a Super Rugby TransTasman match in Napier on Friday.
The Hurricanes scored seven unanswered tries to erase the memory of the Force taking a 6-0 early on. The result extends the drought for Australian teams still searching for a win against their Kiwi rivals.
Captain Kyle Godwin said the Force failed to deploy their attacking threat and ‘went into our shell’ against the New Zealanders.
‘We were our own worst enemy and they capitalised on our mistakes,’ he said. ‘We didn’t stick to our structure, we didn’t stick to our game plan and we got well and truly beaten.’
Flyhalf Domingo Miotti opened the scoring for the Force with two penalties before the hosts hit back with an eye-catching try from hooker Asafo Aumua, who swooped on an overthrown Force lineout feed and broke through two tackles as he ran from deep within his own half to score.
Rayasi followed up with a diving effort in the corner then Du’Plessis Kirifi broke through the Force defence to make it 19-6 at half-time.
The Hurricanes backline produced some slick passing to send winger Wes Goosen over shortly after the restart and Rayasi put the result beyond doubt with a length-of-the-field intercept try.
Force lock Jeremy Thrush was unlucky to have a try disallowed for an obstruction in the build up and Ngani Laumape rubbed salt in the wound with another long-distance try for the Hurricanes.
Jordie Barrett completed the rout with a five-pointer after the siren.