Goosen scores on debut as depleted Hurricanes ease past Reds


A Hurricanes side depleted by disciplinary absentees survived the loss of three more players to injury as they earned a 29-14 victory over Reds in Super Rugby on Saturday.

Already without five players, including All Blacks trio Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Victor Vito, who were stood down for this match after breaking a curfew last weekend, the hosts lost Michael Fatialofa to injury in the first half at Westpac Stadium. He was joined on the sidelines by captain Dane Coles and Vaea Fifita when they failed concussion tests after the break.

But last season's beaten grand finalists were undeterred, as Jason Woodward crossed twice and debutant Wes Goosen, substitute Ngani Laumape and Coles also went over in a bonus-point win.

The win moves fourth-placed Hurricanes to within one point of Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders, who are level on 37 points at the top of the overall standings, as struggling Reds stay 15th.

Ayumu Goromaru kicked Reds ahead three minutes in, but it was Hurricanes who claimed the first try, debutant Goosen - in for the axed Savea - touching down in the corner after a pinpoint cross-field kick from Beauden Barrett, who missed the conversion attempt.

Japan international Goromaru restored Reds' lead in the 28th minute after Hurricanes were penalised for offside.

The visitors looked set to take a narrow advantage into the break, but Hendrik Tui was sent to the sin-bin for collapsing a maul in the 40th minute. Another roving maul from the subsequent line-out saw Coles cross, Barrett adding the extras to make it 12-6.

Goromaru slotted another penalty soon after the restart but Hurricanes extended their lead five minutes into the second half when a loose Jake McIntyre pass was seized on by Woodward, who stabbed the ball on with his boot before chasing and touching down.

Barrett missed the conversion to leave the door open for Reds, who duly responded five minutes later through a brilliant solo try from Chris Feauai-Sautia.

The loss of Coles and Fifita did not stop Hurricanes grabbing their fourth try of the match in the 66th minute. 

TJ Perenara feed Laumape from a scrum close to the try line, and the powerful back charged over with ease, Barrett slotting over from prime position to give his team a 10-point lead.

Woodward intercepted another loose Reds pass in the 82nd minute, racing clear from inside his own half to cap off the win with his second try of the match and Hurricanes' fifth.