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Hurricanes Development team unbeaten

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hurricanes.co.nz and James Mortimer     09 Apr 2013     Getty Images

The team recorded five wins in the past four weeks over the Crusader Knights, Tonga A, Northern Suburbs, Fiji Warriors and Junior Japan.

This team has been a mix of contracted Hurricanes players, the wider training group, age-grade representatives and players from the provincial unions within the Hurricanes region.

Head Coach, Clark Laidlaw was thrilled with the hard work the team delivered to get the victories.

“It was really pleasing to see these guys come together and in a short space, familiarise themselves with the game plans and build strong combinations. This tournament was a fantastic opportunity for our players to get experience against international teams and learn to adapt to different styles of rugby. These matches were also an opportunity for guys like Ardie and Jack to get match fitness to step back into the Hurricanes team.”

The team headed around the region for these matches as well, with over 300 fans turning out at both Levin and Wanganui.

Hurricanes CEO, James Te Puni added, “The next generation of Canes players are exciting to watch and this shows the strength of talent we have in our region. To win all five matches is outstanding and credits the hard work being done at a development and youth level across our region.”

The results from the Hurricanes Development team were as follows:

v Crusaders Knights – won 22-17 in Porirua.
Try: Gibbins.
Pisi con, 4 pen. Turere con.

V Tonga A – won 68-3 in Lower Hutt.
Tries: Fisilau, Proctor (2), Buckman, Goodes, Lee-Lo (2), Gaualofa, Gibbins (2).
West 4 con, 2 pen, Garden-Bachop 2 con.

V Northern Suburbs – won 65-21 in Newtown.
Tries: J Hill (2), Gaualofa (2), Tuimavave (2), Grigg, Lam, Savea, Wells, A Hill.
Tuimavave con, Garden-Bachop 4 con.

V Fiji Warriors – won 38-20 in Whanganui.
Tries: Gibbins (2), Broadhurst (2), Peleseuma, Samuels.
Marshall 4 cons.

V Junior Japan – won 73-43 in Levin.
Tries: Eru (2), J Hill (2), Marshall (2), Gibbins (2), Peleseuma, Hughes, Eaves.
Marshall 8 con, Wells con.