Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Julian Savea becomes Hurricanes' all-time leading try-scorer with double against Rebels

Julian Savea has become the Hurricanes' all-time leading try-scorer, crossing over for a double in Friday's 35-13 victory against Melbourne Rebels in Wellington.

Savea, 30, scored two tries in the Hurricanes' second win of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, coming off the back of a double in the 64-48 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last week.

Those four tries have taken Savea's count to 57, ahead of TJ Perenara and club icon Christian Cullen, both of whom scored 56 times for the Hurricanes.

Perenara will return to the Hurricanes next season after re-signing with New Zealand Rugby, setting up a thrilling race to hold the mark between himself and Savea to hold the title of the club's most prolific try-scorer.

"It's a small milestone for me," Savea told Stuff. 

"I'm happy about the team and I'll celebrate those little things by myself. I'll look back and be really proud, obviously the legendary names who are on that list.

"And with TJ coming back it's going to be a bit of a battle and some banter. 

"Little victories there, I'm just happy to be back and expressing myself and blessed to be back with the boys."

The win over the Rebels was Savea's 129th match for the Hurricanes, and after penning a contract extension through until the end of 2023, it's not out of the question that the winger will add to his now record tally.

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