The Hurricanes have won their first Investec Super Rugby title after a 20-3 victory over the Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
After making the semi-finals last year, the Hurricanes went one better to take the title for the first time in the club’s 20 year history. Many former Hurricanes expressed their delight after securing the championship in the Hurricanes 21st season including Piri Weepu, who said "Congrats to the Hurricanes brothers for making history for the franchise!
On their road to victory the Hurricanes won the New Zealand Conference and made a club record when they won eight matches in a row.
Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett was awarded the man of the match medal in front of the 39,000 strong crowd who braved the wet and windy match conditions.
New Zealand Rugby Players Association board member and Hurricane loose forward Victor Vito celebrated his 100th Super Rugby match. Vito made his Super Rugby debut in 2009 and now heads off shore to play in France for La Rochelle.
Vito who is the 44th New Zealand Player to become a Super rugby centurion expressed his gratitude by saying “Thank you to Hurricanes Rugby and Wellington city for the send-off.”
The victory means that every Super Rugby Franchise in New Zealand has won the title.
Thank you to Hurricanes Rugby and Wellington city for the send-off. - Victor Vito