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Hurricanes keep playoff hopes alive

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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.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 09: Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes scores a try past Tom English of the Rebels during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Hurricanes at AAMI Park on May 9, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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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