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Scott Waldrom made his name as a tearaway openside flanker for Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Chiefs from 2004-2012. Waldrom made one appearance for the All Blacks in the historic encounter against Munster in 2008. As a sevens specialist, Waldrom played for the All Blacks Sevens from 2004-10. Waldrom has now turned his hand to coaching and continues to be involved in rugby from the grassroots up.

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Hurricanes overpower Force

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Sportal.co.nz     21 Feb 2010     Getty Images

A brace for winger David Smith, who replaced the injured Hosea Gear in the starting line-up, and tries for Cory Jane, Michael Paterson, Neemia Tialata, Ma'a Nonu and Tyson Keats wrapped up a solid night's work for the home side.

The Hurricanes led 18-8 at the break but really clicked into gear in the second half and over-ran the inexperienced Australian side.

The Force did at times cause the Hurricanes some problems, particularly when it attacked around the fringes, and it finished strongly with substitute halfback Chris O'Young dotting down for his side's third try following earlier efforts from Josh Tatupu and Dane Haylett-Petty.

A scrappy opening spell saw Force fullback James O'Connor and Hurricanes pivot Willie Ripia exchange penalties as referee Vinny Munro set about stamping his authority on the game early.

Both sides were having issues at scrum-time with the front rows struggling at the engage and it made for a messy spectacle.

But the game sparked into life in the 14th minute when Nonu stepped out the tackle of Force first five-eighths Sam Harris and broke through in midfield.

The ball was eventually worked to Tamati Ellison who spotted Jane out wide and threaded a superb ball into the in-goal area for his All Blacks team-mate to force down.

Ripia couldn't add the extras but was on the mark with another penalty when former Hurricanes prop Tim Fairbrother was penalised for pulling down the scrum.

The Force was attacking well around the fringes and making some headway but a loose pass from O'Connor, who played in the play-maker's role when the Force were on attack, was snaffled by Scott Waldrom.

That allowed the Hurricanes to take play up the other end of the field and a neat wrap around move between Ripia and Conrad Smith - playing in his 50th Super rugby match alongside prop John Schwalger - got the ball to Ellison who put in another neat kick which David Smith forced down.

But the visitors responded immediately as slick passing between O'Connor, Haylett-Petty and Mitchell Inman put Tatupu over in the corner.

The Force was soon camped on the Hurricanes line after they won a series of penalties as the home side ranged offside.

But despite several pick and drives they were unable to break the Hurricanes line and Matt Hodgson was stopped short.

O'Connor then missed a penalty to leave the Hurricanes leading 18-8 at the break.

Two minutes after the interval the Hurricanes were over for their third try and some strong running by captain Andrew Hore got them over the gain line and Paterson raced in at the corner.

Then with 30 minutes to go Rodney So'oialo was introduced to the fray for the first time this season, replacing debutant lock James Broadhurst.

That prompted a reshuffle in the pack with Paterson moving to lock and Victor Vito going to the blindside flank.

On 52 minutes David Smith was over for his second of the night after a lovely half-break by Ellison gave him the space to scorch in.

But again the Force countered with Haylett-Petty rewarded for a solid night's work with a try, which O'Connor converted.

But in the final 20 minutes and with coach Colin Cooper turning to his substitutes, the Hurricanes ran away with the game.

First, prop Neemia Tialata powered his way over then Aaron Cruden ghosted through a gap to put Ma'a Nonu in before Tialata was held up over the line.

From the resulting five metre scrum replacement half-back Tyson Keats scooted over with Cruden slotting the extras.

But it was the Force that had the final say with O'Young touching down on the stroke of full-time.

Scorers:

Hurricanes 47 (Neemia Tialata, Michael Paterson, David Smith 2, Ma'a Nonu, Cory Jane, Tyson Keats tries; Willie Ripia con, 2 pen; Piri Weepu con, Aaron Cruden con) Force 22 (Josh Tatupu, Dane Haylett-Petty, Chris O'Young tries,: James O'Connor 2 con, pen). HT: 18-8