Julian Savea makes bruising return to Super Rugby

'The Bus' crossed for a hat-trick earlier this morning

Julian Savea makes bruising return to Super Rugby

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Axed a little over two weeks ago for weight and fitness issues by the Hurricanes, Julian Savea was back to his barnstorming best today against Argentinian outfit the Jaguares. 

The All-Black wing returned from a successful World Cup campaign with a winners medal and as top try scorer, but, as he admitted, he enjoyed the post-world cup celebrations a little too much as he joined up with the 'Canes a few pounds heavier than he should have been in the pre-season. 

However, following an intensive two week fitness regime, Savea seems to have put that public shaming behind him as returned for the New Zealanders in devastating fashion, grabbing a hat-trick in a comprehensive win. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS: The Bus is back! A Julian Savea hat trick helped steer the Hurricanes to a comprehensive #SuperRugby bonus point triumph over the Jaguares. Catch up with all of the action here!

Posted by Super Rugby on Saturday, 9 April 2016

The game finished 40-22 to the 'Canes. 

Elsewhere, the Queensland Reds and the Highlanders played out a thriller in Brisbane, with the Reds earning a 28-27 victory against the defending champions. 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS: Fans were treated to a #SuperRugby thriller in Brisbane as the Reds stunned the defending champs to earn their first victory of the season. Re-live all of the action here!

Posted by Super Rugby on Saturday, 9 April 2016