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Hurricanes end Rebels in quarterfinals

The Rebels have come to an end, beaten 47-20 by the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of Super Rugby Pacific.
Rebels' David Feliuai tackles Hurricanes' Peter Lakai during the Super Rugby quarterfinal in Wellington. It was the last match ever for the Rebels franchise PHOTO: LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Rebels have come to an end, beaten 47-20 by the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of Super Rugby Pacific.

Rebels wing Lachie Anderson scored a late double four minutes apart from each other, but the game was too far gone, with the Hurricanes bagging five second-half tries to secure an emphatic win.


Melbourne threw everything at the Hurricanes early on, and unsettled the home side with their rushing defence.

They became the first team this season to stop the Hurricanes scoring a try in the opening 20 minutes, twice holding the home side up over the line with some desperate defence.

However the Rebels' 3-0 lead disappeared four minutes later when prop Pasilio Tosi charged over the line.

Another Rebels penalty closed the gap to 7-6, but twice Carter Gordon failed to find touch with clearing kicks and the Hurricanes went into halftime up 14-6, with centre Joshua Moorby finding a hole to score in the 39th minute.

The Wellington men also struck first in the second half, with All Black centre Jordie Barrett slipping out of a Rob Leota tackle before finding No 8 Brayden Iose.

Two more tries within three minutes meant there was a mountain to climb for the Rebels, with the lead out to 35-6 after 57 minutes.

Anderson finally opened the Rebels' try-scoring account in the 65th minute when he ran on to an off-load from his skipper Leota.

He was in again two minutes later after a charging run by reserve Melbourne back-rower Vaiolini Ekuasi.

Two late Hurricanes tries, scored by reserves Du'Plessis Kirifi and Kini Naholo, meant the scoreline blew out, with their team marching on to next week's semi-finals.

Hurricanes 47 (Pasilio Tosi, Josh Moorby, Brayden Iose, Asafo Aumua, Devon Flanders, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Kini Naholo; Brett Cameron 6 con) Rebels 20 (Lachie Anderson two tries; Carter Gordon 2 con, 2 pen). HT: 14-6.


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