The Wellington franchise began the defence of their title by thrashing the Sunwolves 83-16 in Tokyo, with Ardie Savea, Michael Fatialofa and Vince Aso scoring two tries each.
But Savea wasn’t happy with the way the team took their foot off the gas in the final quarter of the match at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.
The Hurricanes were 83-5 up when Wes Goosen scored their 13th try of the game and Otere Black landed his ninth conversion.
It might have been a case of damage-limitation for the Japanese side, starting just their second Super Rugby campaign, but the two tries they scored in the final 11 minutes didn’t sit well with the visitors.
“But for the last 20 minutes we kind of fell off a bit and the Sunwolves came back firing, so we’ve got to look at that.”
Savea scored his tries inside the first ten minutes, Aso went over either side of half time and lock Fatialofa got his brace in the space of eight minutes in the second half.
Other tries came from Savea’s brother Julian, hooker Ricky Ricctelli, halfback TJ Perenara, second five-eighth Ngani Laumape, No.8 Blade Thomson, flanker Brad Shields and replacement Wes Goosen.
Thomson suffered a shoulder injury and could face several weeks out of the side.