It was far from a perfect performance from the defending champions as they struggled up front early and had to break down a rugged Brumbies defensive line to keep their hopes of back to back titles alive.The match echoed the regular season meeting in Napier when the Hurricanes trailed at half-time before storming away with the match in the second spell. While it took longer for them to seal the result this time, the outcome almost felt inevitable as the Hurricanes repeatedly pummeled the hosts’ defence, until returning hooker Dane Coles made the decisive break to put TJ Perenara in for the try that put the game beyond doubt.The Brumbies were left unable to fire a shot in the second half, held scoreless, with their defensive effort clearly taking a toll.The Hurricanes now have to wait until Sunday morning’s clash between the Lions and the Sharks to determine their semi-final opponent.A Lions win, will mean an unenviable trip to Johannesburg, while a Sharks upset would see them back in Wellington next week.Action packed startThe scoring was opened by James Dargaville in the fourth minute, who cantered in to score on an overlap after a breakdown penalty.However the Hurricanes struck back shortly after when Wes Goosen sliced through the Brumbies’ defence to score a superb solo try.A Hawera penalty put the hosts ahead again and they extended their lead after driving over the line from a line-out.The Hurricanes closed the gap on an unconventional try after Perenara’s short ball found the head of prop Ben May, with an alert Jordie Barrett pouncing on the loose ball to score.An unlucky yellow card to Jeffery Toomaga-Allen for a high shot on Hawera just before half-time put the Hurricanes under immense pressure, but they held strong to trail by only one at the break.After half-time the Hurricanes applied some pressure of their own, but some stout defence from the home side meant they were only rewarded to the tune of two Barrett penalties.That was until Coles, in his first match back from long-term concussion issues, made a stunning break, finding Perenara on his inside for a try that essentially iced the game.Unsung hero Goosen put the icing on the cake, when Beauden Barrett put him clear for his second try of the evening.Hurricanes: 35 (Goosen 2, J Barrett, Perenara tries; J Barrett 3 cons, 3 pens)Brumbies: 16 (Dargaville, Mann-Rea tries; Hawera 2 pens)
Employee Benefits will be hosting a live webinar, Employee Benefits Wired: the changing pensions landscape, at 1pm on Tuesday 1 December. Tune in to EB TV to watch the session and send your questions by tweeting #EBWired. Despite major reforms to how employees can access pension savings with the introduction of pension flexibilities in April 2015, many respondents are not seeking to address financial wellbeing as part of their overall employee wellbeing strategy.Just 24% of employers offer some, or all, of their employees financial wellbeing support, according to the Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2015. The wider variety of options now available to employees, however, may mean that more now require some support from their employer.Although 42% of the 145 respondents do not include financial support in their wellbeing strategy, the proportion of employers that do so may well increase, with approximately a third of respondents (32%) currently reviewing this or putting plans in place.The 77 respondents that include, or are considering including, a focus on financial wellbeing rank it as one of the top four key wellbeing issues, behind physical health and wellbeing, stress and mental wellbeing.Yet, respondents expect that staff will have to work for longer in order to rely on their current assets in retirement. Two-thirds of respondents (67%) believe this will be the case in their organisation, while only 26% expect staff will save more.