Super Rugby Pacific: Hurricanes' comeback victory over Waratahs down to more than just Ardie Savea, says coach Jason Holland

Hurricanes coach Jason Holland was eager to point out his side's turnaround victory over the Waratahs was down to more than just captain Ardie Savea.

Down 15-0 at halftime against the Waratahs at Leichhardt Oval, Savea had a hand in all three of his side's second-half tries, scoring one and assisting two more as the Hurricanes fought back for a 22-18 victory.

Aside from his scoring plays, Savea made 10 runs for 33 metres, beat four defenders, threw one offload, and made 12 tackles without missing on the night.

Ardie Savea against the Waratahs.
Ardie Savea against the Waratahs. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

And while coach Holland very quickly pointed out the pleasure in seeing such a display from his captain, there were plenty of other notable displays from the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"He was awesome," Holland said of Savea. "He obviously got us a lot of go-forward, and carried a lot over the gainline.

"He was awesome. We created a lot around after something Ards does - obviously.

"That's not to say that he's able to have those magic moments because there's a lot of graft going on around him, in the other loosies and in the forwards as well.

"He's pulling out some awesome performances, but I tend to sort of want to look past that a little bit, and see why he got those opportunities a few times.

"There's some real graft going on from some of our tight five and other loosies."

Winger Salesi Rayasi made the most metres on the night for either side, with 91 from his 11 runs, while lock Justin Sangster made 13 tackles for the Hurricanes' cause.

The Hurricanes' victory at the very least temporarily lifts them into fourth on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder, but can be overtaken should the Chiefs defeat Melbourne Rebels later on Sunday.

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