Watch: Hurricanes power through injury-hit Highlanders, storm home late in second half

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The Hurricanes have thrashed the Highlanders 41-15 in Wellington tonight at Westpac Stadium.

FULLTIME - Hurricanes 41 Highlanders 15

79 mins: Hurricanes 41 Highlanders 15

TRY! Vince Aso gets his second try of the match after Otere Black puts in a great grubber. Jordie Barrett lands the conversion.

Jordie Barrett for the Hurricanes. Force v Hurricanes. Day 1. Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. Saturday 11 February 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Jordie Barrett for the Hurricanes against the Western Force at the Brisbane Global Tens tournament.

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69 mins: Hurricanes 34 Highlanders 15

TRY! Another great play from the Canes finished off by Vince Aso. The conversion is good.

62 mins: Hurricanes 27 Highlanders 15

TRY! A fantastic play on the blindside which started with Brad Shields popping a lovely ball to Wes Goosen who then links up with Julian Savea.

Savea dots over in the corner for his first try of the match. Jordie Barrett has been given the kicking duties and he misses from out wide.

50 mins: Hurricanes 22 Highlanders 15

TRY! Ngani Laumape puts on a sneaky step before putting the foot down to run around Marty Banks. And charges to the try-line running over Ben Smith. Conversion no good from Beauden Barrett.

45 mins: Hurricanes 17 Highlanders 15

TRY! Elliot Dixon charges over with some excellent lead up play by Aaron Smith to create space for Dixon to score. Marty Banks lands the conversion from out wide.

43 mins: Hurricanes 17 Highlanders 8

YELLOW CARD! TJ Perenara has been sent to the bin after making a high tackle on Highlanders' first-five Fletcher Smith. Not much in it with Perenara pulling out in the last second after making contact with Smith's neck.

42 mins: Hurricanes 17 Highlanders 8

TRY! He has been on fire tonight! Jordie Barrett comes up with a miracle behind the back pass back into his teammate Matt Proctor to score. Beauden Barrett nails the conversion from in front.

40 mins: Hurricanes 10 Highlanders 8

And we are back! 

HALFTIME - Hurricanes 10 Highlanders 8

A terrific half of rugby with the Hurricanes going into the break with a slight lead.

38 mins: Hurricanes 10 Highlanders 8

NO TRY! Aaron Smith is denied a try after some silky running and passing from the Highlanders in the lead up. Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett and TJ Perenara get back in time to force Smith to spill the pill.

35 mins: Hurricanes 10 Highlanders 8

TRY! Jordie Barrett puts in a brilliant cross-field kick for Ngani Laumape to score on the right flank. The Hurricanes forwards were superb in the lead up making several charging runs. Beauden Barrett is again unsuccessful with adding the extras.

31 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 8

TRY! Matt Faddes runs an excellent line with Aaron Smith holding the ball up long enough before delivering a superb short ball off the back of an attacking scrum. Faddes goes over to score untouched and the Highlanders have the lead. Fletcher Smith misses his attempt at goal.

30 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 3

Looks like Malakai Fekitoa's night is over as he fails a concussion test. Matt Faddes has taken his place on the pitch.

25 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 3

THREE! Fletcher Smith nails a penalty kick from easy range, he curls his attempt back between the uprights.

23 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 0

NO TRY! A great run from Malakai Fekitoa but Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea get back in time to stop the Highlanders centre from scoring. Close call! Hurricanes now have a defensive line-out from five-metres out of their own try-line.

21 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 0

A missed opportunity for the Hurricanes as Dane Coles overthrows the ball from an attacking five-metre line-out. Highlanders have been let off the hook.

11 mins: Hurricanes 5 Highlanders 0

TRY! Great work from the Hurricanes forwards setting up a handy line-out drive from 15 metres out. Ardie Savea gets the try. Beauden Barrett misses the conversion from out wide.

8 mins: Hurricanes 0 Highlanders 0

MISS! Beauden Barrett misses a chance to give his side the lead with his 40 metre penalty kick attempt drifting wide.

KICK-OFF! Hurricanes 0 Highlanders 0 

And we are off! Fletcher Smith gets things started kicking off to the Hurricanes.

PRE-MATCH:

The Hurricanes have made three changes to their starting XV to take on the Highlanders tonight at Westpac Stadium.

Jordie Barrett gets the nod to start at fullback replacing injured star Nehe Milner-Skudder, who fractured his foot in last week's match against the Chiefs.

Chris Eves replaces Loni Uhila at prop.

Callum Gibbins also joins the forward back at openside flanker, forcing Ardie Savea to shift to No. 8 with Reed Prinsep heading to the bench.

Highlanders skipper Ben Smith returns at fullback after sustaining a concussion in round one of the Super Rugby competition against the Chiefs. 

The Highlanders will be without Lima Sopoaga with Fletcher Smith stepping up to start at first-five.

TEAMS:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (vc), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves

Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Ben May, Mike Kainga, Sam Lousi, Reed Prinsep, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Otere Black, Wes Goosen.

Highlanders: Ben Smith (c), Richard Buckman, Malakai Fekitoa, Rob Thompson, Tevita Li, Fletcher Smith, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown. 

Reserves: Sekonia Pole, Aki Seiuli, Guy Millar, Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Kayne Hammington, Marty Banks, Matt Faddes.

69 mins: Hurricanes 34 Highlanders 15

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