Milner-Skudder scores a hat-trick in record win

The Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Rebels 71-6

Milner-Skudder scores a hat-trick in record win

Hurricanes' Nehe Milner-Skudder runs in a try. Image: ©INPHO/Photosport/Marty Melville

Nehe Milner-Skudder ran in three tries as he returned to the Hurricanes' side which thumped the Melbourne Reberls 71-6 at the "Cake Tin" in Wellington at the weekend.

The speedy winger missed most of the 2016 season through injury but his return will be seen as a boost to the All Blacks ahead of the Lions series later this year.

The Rebels' built an early 6-0 lead before the returning All Black, who started at full-back, opened the scoring for his side in the 16th minute when he raced in in the corner. 

Hurricanes' Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try despite the tackle of Tom English of the Melbourne Rebels
Image: ©INPHO/Photosport/Marty Melville

The Hurricanes' All Black contingent starred with TJ Perenara, Beuden Barrett and Milner-Skudder causing havoc whenever they got hold of the ball and built up a 31-6 at half time lead.

In total, the home side ran in 11 tries to record a 71-6 win over their visitors with Vince Aso (2), Nehe Milner-Skudder (3), Ngani Laumape (2), Matt Proctor, Ardie Savea, Reed Prinsep and Julian Savea all dotting down for the New Zeland side.

The Hurricanes head to Waikato for a domestic derby against the Chiefs this weekend while the Rebels have a bye.