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