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Beauden Barrett reaches Super Rugby milestone in Canes win

The Hurricanes’ second win of the Super Rugby season saw Beauden Barrett and Ben May reach personal milestones.

Hurricanes' Beauden Barrett.
Hurricanes' Beauden Barrett.

BEAUDEN BARRETT MADE his 100th Super Rugby appearance in the Hurricanes’ 29-19 triumph over the Crusaders on Saturday.

The All Blacks fly-half, who was joined by team-mate Ben May in bringing up his century, kicked three first-half conversions as the Canes reached the break with a bonus point following tries from Chris Eves, TJ Perenara, Ben Lam and Matt Proctor.

Proctor’s score, which came from a Brad Shields charge down, moved the home side into a 26-5 lead, but the Crusaders staged a mini fightback thanks to tries from Jordan Taufua and Michael Alaalatoa either side of half-time.

However, while the Canes were unable to add to their four first-half touchdowns, the 2016 champions held firm and Jordie Barrett stretched the winning margin to 10 with a late penalty.

Last year’s Super Rugby winners the Crusaders suffered their first defeat of the season and are without a win in Wellington since 2012, while the Hurricanes have won back-to-back matches after opening with a defeat to the Bulls, who have not picked up a victory since the first weekend.

The Bulls were beaten 20-14 by the Reds on Saturday despite opening up a 14-3 lead in the first half.

The South African side conceded 10 second-half points without reply on their way to a second defeat of the season.

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