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Beauden Barrett on another planet as Hurricanes come from behind to annihilate Brumbies (Video)

When the ball was in Beauden Barrett's hands then anything looked possible for the Hurricanes.

Don't think that didn't mean something.

Fifty-two 10 the Brumbies thrashed the Hurricanes last year. Never mind that the beaten side went on to be crowned Super Rugby champions in 2016, that loss in Canberra wounded them and still does.

So to turn around and beat the Brumbies 56-21 in Napier, on Friday night? Yeah, the Hurricanes quite liked that.

Cory Jane, right, scored from a Beauden Barrett cross-kick.

"We had two performances that we were highly embarrassed about last year: one was the Sharks in Durban and one was the Brumbies 52-10," Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said.

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"We got berated by the Australian media there and we don't have an opportunity to avenge the defeat in Durban - because we don't play the Sharks this year - so our only chance of redemption from 2016's terrible performance was tonight and that was certainly a strong focus of our week."


Blade Thomson worked hard in his return from injury.

Boyd's not a ranter or a raver. He's just a genuine guy fronting a team of proud and genuine guys who were very hurt by that game in Canberra.

Men such as tighthead prop Jeff To'omaga-Allen, who got pushed around by the Brumbies last year and had to be subbed early when the ref started picking on him too.

Imagine how satisfying Friday's scrummaging performance was for him and the rest of the Hurricanes' pack.

Vince Aso is now the leading try scorer in this year's Super Rugby.

"It was a personal grudge for me but I obviously had to put myself to the side and go team-first," To'omaga-Allen said.

"We knew that they were going to bring the heat in the scrums. You look at their last three games; they've been rolling over teams literally and I'm real proud of our eight and our reserves."

Respect is a big deal for forward packs and being held in high esteem by their peers really matters to these Hurricanes. Especially after the sand that got kicked in their face in Canberra a year ago.

Wing Cory Jane gathered a Beauden Barrett kick to score at McLean Park.

"It was because of me last year [that the team lost] so I've been looking forward to this game since that game," said To'omaga-Allen.

Victory appears to have come at a cost, though, with No.8 Blade Thomson said to have dislocated his right shoulder for the second time this season and third since last July.

"That might be his season...that's a bloody tragedy for him, it doesn't look great," said Boyd.

Thomson put the shoulder back in and wanted to play on and signed every autograph going after the match, but the damage is done apparently.

The Hurricanes went out to a 14-0 lead, then trailed 21-14 by halftime. Some opponent, with only half their talent, is going to go on and embarrass the Hurricanes one day.

Not the Brumbies, though, who conceded the second half 42-0. Centre Vince Aso ended with a hat-trick, Callum Gibbins got a brace in Thomson's place and there were further tries to Cory Jane, Mark Abbott and Ngani Laumape.

Jordie Barrett kicked seven from seven and Otere Black was successful with his sole conversion attempt.

But the real stars were the scrum and first five-eighth Beauden Barrett. The boy can play a bit, in case you haven't heard.

Hurricanes 56 (Vince Aso 3, Callum Gibbins 2, Cory Jane, Mark Abbott, Ngani Laumape tries; Jordie Barrett 7 con, Otere Black con) Brumbies 21 (Tevita Kuridrani, Sam Carter, Joe Powell tries; Wharenui Hawera con). HT: 14-21.




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