Hur­ri­canes on fire but Pulse drown

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Welling­ton sports fans went through a range of emo­tions fol­low­ing their rep­re­sen­ta­tive sports teams over the weekend.

The Cen­tral Pulse net­ballers trav­elled to the Gold Coast for a must- win match against the Queens­land Fire­birds in their ANZ Cham­pi­onship show­down.

Though the Pulse have never won a match in Aus­tralia, they had promised bet­ter things this sea­son and their sup­port­ers were hope­ful of a big per­for­mance.

In­stead, the match was a bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment for the Pulse, who were smashed 60-33.

From the mo­ment Irene van Dyk’s first pass was in­ter­cepted, the Pulse were on the back foot and they had a nightmare time of it. For the Fire­birds de­fender and cap­tain Laura Geitz and shooter Romelda Aiken were out­stand­ing.

Pulse cap­tain Ka­t­rina Grant was as en­er­getic as ever, but got pre­cious lit­tle sup­port.

The Pulse have now ef­fec­tively de­stroyed their chances of mak­ing the play-offs this sea­son.

How­ever, any dis­ap­point­ment from the Pulse per­for­mance was washed away by the Hur­ri­canes su­perb de­mo­li­tion of de­fend­ing Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons the Chiefs at West­pac Sta­dium.

Need­ing a big per­for­mance to stay in touch with the cham­pi­onship lead­ers, the Hur­ri­canes were at their bril­liant best, run­ning in six tries, all con­verted by first-five Beau­den Bar­rett, who had an out­stand­ing game.

The Hur­ri­canes won 45- 8 to move into the top six on the ta­ble with four matches re­main­ing. Ju­lian Savea, the storm­ing wing, scored two tries, with oth­ers to An­dre Tay­lor, Brad Shields, Ben Franks and Jack Lam.

Photo: DEAN PEM­BER­TON

Ju­bi­la­tion: Hur­ri­canes’ Ju­lian Savea, right, jumps on to his cel­e­brat­ing team-mates af­ter an­other Hur­ri­canes try against the Waikato Chiefs at West­pac Sta­dium on Satur­day evening. The Hur­ri­canes de­mol­ished the Chiefs 45-8 in a shock re­sult.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Help wanted: Per­haps Cen­tral Pulse cap­tain Ka­t­rina Grant needed some divine in­spi­ra­tion dur­ing her team’s lack­lus­tre show­ing against the Queens­land Fire­birds on Satur­day. The Fire­birds won the cru­cial match 60-33.

Photo: DEAN PEM­BER­TON

On the hoof: Hur­ri­canes cap­tain Con­rad Smith, cen­tre, looks to break through Chiefs’ Taw­era Kerr-Bar­low, left and Brodie Re­tal­lick, right, at West­pac Sta­dium.

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