After defeat in the 2015 Super Rugby final, it was a case of ‘Retribution for Hurricanes’ supporters this year, as their team were finally crowned champions.
Winning the final 20-3 in front of a packed Westpac Stadium crowd. The team withstood a Lions challenge to be victorious after 20 long seasons of trying.
Hurricanes 20 Lions 3
Tries: Cory Jane, Beauden Barrett – Conversions: Barrett (2) – Penalties: Barrett (1) Jantjies (1)
The Grand Final had come from a commendable season where the Hurricanes did all they could to make up for the pains of 2015. Losing 14-21 thirteen months ago, the side had made consecutive finals and would not allow the same result tonight.
Even though only a small handful of players from last year were involved, the occasion was a double-edged sword. They approached the game smarter, more focused and were a better composed side.
Lessons learned from not only a final, but also the 2015 campaign would have been initiated by the coaches and players alike. New men would have been coached on the self belief and motivation required. Outside factors would have been used to better prepare the side. Mental strength, better coping skills. Tonight they played with a conviction not often seen from a Hurricanes side. Over the course of three final series games, they have conceded only 12 points. An incredible achievement, and the opposition paid tribute to that……….read more here