Super Rugby

Hurricanes complete full Kiwi set of Super Rugby champions

Hurricanes erased their Super Rugby Final misery from 12 months ago by sealing their first title thanks to a 20-3 victory over the Lions at Westpac Stadium.

New Zealand's only side yet to win the competition, Hurricanes had gone down 21-14 to Highlanders in a ding-dong battle last year, but this was much more of a one-way affair.

Cory Jane's razor-sharp first-half try reflected the Canes' dominance, with Beauden Barrett's right boot influential off the tee and in open play.

While wiping out the Lions' playbook, wet and windy Wellington conditions also limited the dominant Hurricanes' ability to take a commanding lead, ensuring that nerves were frayed among the partisan Kiwi crowd throughout, but Barrett's late try and conversion got the party started 10 minutes from the end.

Playing in their first Super Rugby final, the Lions struggled to impose themselves on the home favourites, with the Hurricanes negating attempts to utilise a kicking game in bad weather.

Elton Jantjies fell short with an early penalty attempt, with Jane denied at the other end after latching onto a smart Barrett kick to touch down - a knock-on in the build-up spotted by the TMO.

Barrett finally put a score on the board from the tee and the Hurricanes had a deserved try in the 22nd minute thanks to wonderful instinctive play from Jane.

The All Black wing reacted sharply to trap Lionel Mapoe's kick between his left hand and thigh before bursting clear to score.

After Barrett converted, Jantjies got the Lions' solitary points from a penalty and the Hurricanes showed marvellous resolve to maintain their 10-3 advantage before the interval, driving the Lions off the ball at their own scrum with an astonishing show of power.

Canes captain Dane Coles had returned from broken ribs to play the first half, and was replaced by 21-year-old Ricky Riccitelli, who would have a telling impact.

Another Barrett kick had put the Canes 10 points ahead, but their win was in the bag when the Lions made a mess of a line-out and the bloodied Riccitelli reacted smartly to toe-end the ball over the try line as Barrett rushed in to dot down and write their names into the history books.