Julian Savea makes it two from two for 'Canes

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Lynn McConnell     21 Feb 2015     Getty Images

It was the first time since 2006 the Hurricanes had won both games in South Africa.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith was delighted with the win.

"At this time of year it is hard to play the rugby you want and we've learnt from that in the past. I don't think I've ever won both my games over here. We've just got to keep carrying on.

"It was a good side we played today and we weren't perfect in what we did but we hung tough and if you walk away with two out of two in Africa it is a good start," he told Supersport.

The game rarely sparkled producing one try per side, but handling errors at crucial time by the home team, and better use of possession by the Hurricanes were behind the win.

There was a little luck for the visitors as well.

A hairline ruling denied the Bulls what would have been the match-winning chance after replacement forward Grant Hattingh crossed the goal-line when the Bulls capitalised on a turnover in the Hurricanes 22m area.

The ball was moved to the left with centre JJ Engelbrecht feeding Hattingh into the corner for the chance but he put his hand on the touchline in-goal before he had placed the ball and after the TMO was consulted the try was denied.

Some clever work by half TJ Perenara into the fourth quarter created the vital chance for the Hurricanes. He kicked the ball across field and into space deep in the Bulls 22m area. From an untidy Bulls lineout, it was Perenara who secured the ball to set up a series of pick and go drives at the line from the tight forwards.

A penalty advantage was secured and when referee Andrew Lees ruled a penalty, Perenara fired a long pass ball across to the mark on the left flank where wing Julian Savea took a tap kick and bull-dozed his way over the line for a 66th minute try

In spite of a lack of first half possession it was the Bulls who best took their chance. It came after Handre Pollard had his first chance for a kick at goal, in the 28th minute. At that stage the Hurricanes led through two Beauden Barrett penalty goals but on a rare occasion on the night the Bulls got everything right from the restart.

Fullback Jessie Kriel took the kick-off and ran through a weak tackle attempt by prop Ben Franks and into space. He was eventually pulled down on the Hurricanes 10m line by Perenara. But the Bulls were quick in support and flanker Lappies Labuschagne charged onto the ball before No.8 Pierre Spies carried it further.

The ball was moved to the right and back with hooker Adriaan Strauss and wing Francois Hougaard taking the ball closer to the line before two quick pick and goes opened a chance for Pollard to charge over beside the posts. However, the Bulls created few other chances in the rest of the game.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said his side had their chances to claim the win and while some calls hadn't gone their way they needed to play better to get the result.

"The Hurricanes put us under pressure [at the breakdown in the first half] and we couldn't get quick ball that we wanted. That immediately put pressure on our attack and we made a few mistakes in the wrong areas, and you can't build momentum," he said.

Scorers: Bulls 13 (Handre Pollard try, con, 2 pen) Hurricanes 17 (Julian Savea try; Beauden Barrett 4 pen). HT: 10-9