Vince Aso's hat-trick propelled reigning Super Rugby champions Hurricanes from behind to thump Brumbies 56-21, but Beauden Barrett was undoubtedly the star of the show.
Hurricanes trailed by seven points at half-time but a double from Aso turned the match on its head and led them to an emphatic bonus-point win, with Barrett's pinpoint kicking pulling the Brumbies defence apart.
Aso's first came following a sensational run from the halfway line, with Cory Jane claiming a cross-kick from the exceptional Barrett to touch down their second.
Brumbies fought back and Tevita Kuridrani finished a neat move off a line-out before captain Sam Carter powered over to level.
The Australian franchise took the lead with a contender for try of the season in the 30th minute when a superb attack through the heart of Hurricanes' defence passed through a host of hands before Joe Powell crossed.
The sin-binning of Wharenui Hawera for cynical play at the breakdown was exploited by Hurricanes, Barrett proving key to a pair of Aso tries – taking his tally for the season to 10 – that sent them into the lead.
There was no looking back from there for Chris Boyd's side, who saw Callum Gibbins touch down either side of a Mark Abbott try to complete the rout – another sublime kick from Barrett setting up the final score.
Have you seen a better second half performance than the Hurricanes against Brumbies Rugby? REPORT: http://bit.ly/2pl9YBg #HURvBRUPosted by Investec Super Rugby on Friday, 21 April 2017
Waratahs let a 17-point lead slip at home against Southern Kings, who rallied in the second half to complete a 26-24 victory for just their second win of the season.
Taqele Naiyaravoro, Rob Horne and Cameron Clark all crossed – the latter despite Ned Hanigan being yellow carded – as Waratahs raced clear, but Lionel Cronje converted Justin Forwood's try to close the gap before half-time.
Masixole Banda finished of a brilliant move and the Kings, who kept the hosts out while Chris Cloete was in the sin bin, went ahead when Cronje added the extras to Michael Willemse's score.
A penalty try put the game out of Waratahs' reach, with Naiyaravoro's late effort coming after the 80 minutes had passed and proving too little, too late.
|Wilshere out for England with Pickford to face Netherlands|
|Southgate rejects England safety concerns over World Cup|
|Great things come to an end - Ibrahimovic confirms Man Utd departure|
|This is Messi´s team - Sampaoli puts faith in Barcelona superstar|
|Tony Romo plays rollercoaster first round in PGA Tour debut|
|Total embarrassment: Hussain and Willis slam England following Auckland humiliation|
|Elgar urges South Africa to ´brush off´ disappointment of collapse|
|Juventus to play in MLS All-Star Game|
|Low confirms Can will miss Spain game|
|Tiger´s Masters timeline: Can Woods rediscover his best Augusta form?|
|Morgan to captain World XI for T20 hurricane fundraiser|
|Ibrahimovic released by Manchester United|
|Santos not interested in Ronaldo to China links|
|French Open prize money up to €2.2m for singles champions|
|WATCH: Messi scores superb solo strike in Argentina training|
|Zimbabwe´s World Cup hopes all but over after UAE loss|
|Koeman names Van Dijk new Netherlands captain|
|Dybala and Icardi´s World Cup hopes doused by Sampaoli|
|Pierre-Paul joins revamped Bucs pass rush in trade|
|I almost s*** myself - Pique on Keane rant|
|UEFA order PSG to close Auteuil stand|
|Cummins puts Australia in control as South Africa collapse after tea|
|Surgery on both elbows for ´different animal´ Parker|
|Director of rugby Kennedy leaves London Irish|
|Brilliant Bale basks in Wales record|
|Romo hits back-to-back birdies on PGA Tour debut|
|Neuer needs to play to make Germany´s World Cup squad – Low|
|All we can do is take it on the chin - Bayliss responds to Auckland humiliation|
|China 0 Wales 6: Record-breaking Bale leads demolition job in perfect start for Giggs|
|Curry closer to return than Durant - Kerr|
|Alonso expects McLaren to be at ´lowest level´ in Melbourne|
|Serena´s conqueror and a new tennis superstar - who is Naomi Osaka?|
|Bale becomes Wales´ record goalscorer with China hat-trick|
|Hamilton warns Ricciardo not to rock Red Bull boat|
|It could have been worse! England´s lowest Test totals|
|The ´reality for people with a brain´ is Manchester United are in transition, Mourinho claims|
|Black Caps seamer savours Boult from the blue|
|West Ham ban disruptive fans for life after Burnley chaos|
|Storm respond by beating Cowboys|
|Ten wickets in 79 minutes - a timeline of England´s Auckland horror show|
|England´s bleak winter sinks to new low|
|Iniesta hints at post-World Cup international retirement|
|All we do is talk s*** - Pique goads Madrid stars over WhatsApp|
|England like rabbits in the headlights - Bayliss|
|Euro 2016 humiliation helped England, claims Dele Alli|
|58 all out! Shambolic England overshadow Broad milestone|
|Iniesta confident of two more years in Barcelona starting XI|
|Kane probably the best striker in the world - Maguire|
|Broad strikes again – the Opta data behind the England bowler´s 400th wicket|
|Wenger told Wilshere he could leave Arsenal|
|An India hat-trick and THAT Ashes annihilation: Broad´s finest Test spells|
|Broad removes Latham to claim 400th Test wicket|
|If you play for Atletico, you must be committed – Koke responds to Griezmann speculation|
|LeBron´s historic night leads Cavs past Raptors, Howard tallies rare 30-30|
|Del Potro, Cilic loom for Haase and Herbert|
|Giggs: Bale will feature for Wales in China Cup|
|Serena releases statement after skipping media following Miami loss|
|England bowled out for 58 in 130-year Test low|
|Maradona: Messi doesn´t have to prove himself by winning World Cup|
|Cavs tally worst defensive half of season against Raptors|
|McIlroy, Johnson stunned on day one in Austin|
|Cristiano Ronaldo hasn´t asked to leave Real Madrid amid China links – Perez|
|Oakland Athletics allowing fans to pick price of tickets, all proceeds to charity|
|Ginobili: Spurs not expecting Kawhi Leonard to return this season|
|Trout, Angels brass confident Shohei Ohtani will be a star|
|Osaka wanted to impress Serena with stunning Miami Open win|
|Manchester United apply for professional women´s team|
|Bolt hopes fellow Jamaican breaks his world record|
|Bolt a fan of Ronaldo, but compares his talent to Messi´s|
|Outstanding Osaka knocks out Williams in Miami opener|