Hurricanes keep playoff hopes alive

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iol spt may9 Hurricanes-rebels Getty Images The Hurricanes overwhelmed the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match to keep their playoff hopes alive. Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Melbourne - Flyhalf Beauden Barrett kicked 20 points as the Hurricanes overwhelmed the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Barrett, bidding for a place in the All Blacks squad for June internationals against England, slotted six penalties and converted a second-half try by captain and centre Conrad Smith at Melbourne's AAMI Park stadium.

The Rebels trailed only 12-10 at halftime after an early try to flyhalf Bryce Hegarty but a series of discipline lapses saw them quickly fall 15 points behind after the break.

Rebels centre Tamati Ellison spun over for a try with nine minutes to play, but the Hurricanes quashed the fightback with stout defence to improve to 6-5 for the season. – Reuters

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