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Hurricanes

Super Rugby | Auckland
07:35 (GMT) | 15-04-2017
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Time runs out for the Blues as the Canes keep the ball close and run down the clock.
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Akira Ioane makes a run and then is penalized for holding onto the ball , penalty Hurricanes , Barrett will kick for touch.
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Duffie clears the ball up field, Beauden Barrett cleans it up and pumps the ball into touch. Blues lineout inside the Canes half.
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Blues forced to attack from deep, but time is running out with only 4 minutes to play
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Jordie Barrett converts the try
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Laumape does well but simply refuses to pass the ball wide. Canes 2 meters from the Blues line. Barrett attempts a cross kick , Apisal claims the ball , gets smashed by Ioane, next wave of attack sees Abbott cross the line!!!
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Blues back on the attack inside the Canes half before the ball is lost , Beauden Barrett then breaks the Blues line once again. Canes 10 meters out.
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Luatua breaks the line again, Canes then win the penalty on their own goal line for Luatua coming in the side. Harsh call on the Blues.
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Jane loses the ball forward and the Blues attack wide with Nanai who does well . Up to the Canes 22 the home side go.
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Canes back on the attack but Jordie Barrett throws a loose pass that rolls into touch. Blues lineout.
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Gatland converts the try
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Moulds finds his jumper at the lineout, maul is set but its sacked well by the Canes. Kaino then has a run, then Moulds, then Scrafton who crashes over and scores!!!!!
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Blues win another penalty at the breakdown as Beauden Barrett is penalized. Gatland kicks for touch.
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Throw is not straight at the lineout from Apisal, option is that we will have a Blues scrum put in between the 10 meter line and their own 22.
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Sonny Bill crashes the ball up then Gatland clears the ball into touch. Lineout Canes
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Ardie Savea loses the ball forward and its a scrum Blues 5 meters from their own line.
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Jane has a go from the scrum but its shot down 2 meters short, Abbott has a go, then Ardie Savea who gets the ball ripped off him .
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Scrum resets
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Lineout Blues inside their own 22. Kaino has a run then Gatland hoists the up and under. Perenara then does some great work and forces the Blues to take the ball back and dot it down. Scrum Hurricanes 5 meters out.
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Gatland lands the penalty
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Offside play from the Canes, penalty Blues the option is to go for goal. Gatland will have a shot
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Duffie makes a good run for the Blues. Up to the Canes 22 the home side go.
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Hurricanes attack through Goosen who is penalized from great work by Luatua who forces the winger to hold onto the ball . Francis kicks for touch.
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Penalty to the Blues at scrum time, Francis puts the ball into touch to set up a lineout.
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Scrum resets a couple times...
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Blues set the maul from the lineout but the Hurricanes hold it up and get the scrum put-in. Frustration for the home side
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Blues win the penalty at the breakdown from Aso infringing. Francis kicks for touch, but its not gone out.
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Beauden Barrett has a run and looks to play Laumape into space but the center drops the ball cold. Scrum down Blues put in.
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Blues on the attack near the halfway. Hurricanes defense is as solid as a rock.
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Canes take the kick off well, Barrett then clears the ball up field , Collins then loses the ball forward and the Hurricanes get the scrum put in on the halfway line. Goosen has a run down the right wing but is met with solid defence.
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Second half underway as the Blues kick off

Half Time

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Half-time, see you all in a bit for the second half.
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Blues attack through Ioane and Duffie, Canes defense holds strong as the error is made from the home side. Scrum Canes.
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Kaino breaks the Canes line but then loses the ball , Jordie Barrett then clears the ball for touch and its a Blues lineout just outside the Canes 22.
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Canes on the attack near the Blues 22, Shields has a run before the ball is ripped away from the Blues and the choose to attack from deep through Sonny Bill then Duffie who makes a good run.
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Riccitelli finds his jumper at the lineout, the maul is set and the penalty is won from the Hurricanes. Jordie Barrett kicks for touch to set up an attacking lineout.
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Perenara feeds the scrum and the Canes win the penalty at the scrum. Jordie Barrett then kicks for touch.
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Sonny-Bill has a run midfield once again before the ball is lost forward from Duffie. Scrum down Hurricanes put in on their own 22.
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Blues opt to scrum from the penalty, Sonny Bill has a run midfield before Ioane loses the ball forward and Jordie Barrett clears the ball into touch.
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Sonny Bill busts the Canes line before their is an infringement from Beauden Barrett who gets a yellow card !
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Knock on from the restart from Abbott, scrum down , Blues put in on the Canes 22
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Jordie Barrett converts the try
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Massive mess by Sonny Bill as Beauden Barrett regathers the ball and scores under the sticks !
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Parsons finds his jumper at the lineout before Kaino has a run, Francis then clears the ball up field and Jordie Barrett clears the ball up field also. Blues then win the penalty and Francis kicks for touch.
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Laumape puts through a kick , Collins kick is charged down by Julian Savea and its a Blues lineout outside their own 22.
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Pulu feeds the scrum plays Francis who drops the ball off to Sonny Bill who loses the ball forward, Canes get possession and Julian Savea has a run .
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Francis clears the ball up field and Goosen drops the ball cold, scrum down Blues put in near the halfway line
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Jordie Barrett has a run followed by Riccitelli , Canes attack through Goosen and then Laumape then kicks the ball through but the ball rolls into touch in the Blues 22.
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Francis converts the try
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Sonny Bill has a run midfield then Luatua makes a massive linebreak and throws a great offload to Nanai who scores in the corner! What a try!
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Jordie Barrett clears the ball up field, Collins returns the favor and regains the ball, great play by the Fullback as the Blues attack on the Canes 22.
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Jordie Barrett converts the try
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Francis coughs up the ball, scrum Hurricanes on their own 22. Perenara feeds, plays Barrett who throws a massive dummy, breaks the line, makes 50 meters plays Laumape who scores under the sticks. What a try!
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Blues turn the ball over and attack through Collins then Duffie. A loose pass is thrown as the Canes regain possession and then the ball is ripped back by Blues player. Back and forth possession goes. Ref blows for time as Fatialofa is injured, the scrum is then set and its a Blues put in
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Riccitelli misses his jumper and the Blues clear the ball up field from a kick from Pulu. Jordie Barrett runs it back at the home side
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Duffie makes a great run for the Blues , Parsons is then penalized for going off his feet at the ruck resulting in a penalty for the Canes, Barrett kicks for touch to set up a lineout.
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Jordie Barrett pulls his penalty attempt to the left hand side of the upright. 22 drop-out to the Blues
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Couple kicks back and forth before Jordie Barrett is taken late by Sonny Bill Williams, the Canes win the penalty and the selection is to have a shot at goal .
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Good start to this match, high intensity both teams looking full of intent to run the ball
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Francis converts the try
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Straight from the kick off there is some absolutely magical stuff shown down the wing by Melani Nanai who throws a great offload to Pulu who scores!!!!!
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Jordie Barrett adds the extras
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Beauden Barrett has a run from the scrum but is taken down a meter short, Abbott then picks and goes and crashes over for the try!
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Blues take the kick off well followed by Francis's kick being charged down and the Hurricanes gain possession. Just 5 meters from the Blues line the visitors continue to bash at the line before the penalty awards the Canes a penalty and the option is to set a scrum
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First half underway as Barrett kicks off for the Hurricanes
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Almost time for kick-off this match should be a cracker!
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The Blues have won just one of their last nine home games against fellow New Zealand teams, though each of their last four such fixtures has been decided by no more than the value of an unconverted try.
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The Hurricanes have won their last four games against the Blues, the longest winning streak by either team in this fixture since the Blues won the first eight games between the clubs
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The Hurricanes come into the match second on the New Zealand conference ladder with five wins and one loss, while the Blues are in fifth place with three wins and four losses.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Blues and the Hurricanes coming to you from Eden Park, Auckland
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Pauliasi Manu
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Charlie Faumuina
  • 4 Gerald Cowley-Tuioti
  • 5 Scott Scrafton
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 10 Piers Francis
  • 11 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Rieko Ioane
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Michael Collins
RESERVES
  • 16 Matt Moulds
  • 17 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Jimmy Tupou
  • 20 Akira Ioane
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 Bryn Gatland
  • 23 George Moala
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben May
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Mark Abbott
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Callum Gibbins
  • 8 Ardie Savea
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Jordie Barrett
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 14 Wes Goosen
  • 15 Beauden Barrett
RESERVES
  • 16 Leni Apisal
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Mike Kainga
  • 19 Vaea Fifita
  • 20 Reed Prinsep
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Otere Black
  • 23 Cory Jane
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SR Preview: Round Eight, Part One

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:03

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Now that the cat is out the bag, the South African and Australian conferences are going to get a lot more interesting.

The Sunwolves can travel to Christchurch on Friday, for an encounter with the seven-time champion Crusaders, safe in the knowledge that they will partake in the competition next year, even if they concede 100 points in all their remaining matches.

However, on Saturday is when things get interesting.

First up the Reds, apparently also safe, host the Southern Kings - one of the teams on the South African shortlist for franchises to be culled in 2018.

Then we can sit back and enjoy another thrilling New Zealand derby - the Blues versus Hurricanes.

In Part One of the preview, we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, April 14:

Crusaders v Sunwolves
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 16.35 Japan time; 07.35 GMT)

The Sunwolves could be in for a rude awaking when they arrive in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders will play the Japanese side, who have been confirmed by SANZAAR as safe from the impending cull looming over Super Rugby, for the first time.

The Crusaders, along with the Stormers, are the only unbeaten sides remaining going into round eight of the competition.

The seven-time champion Crusaders ease back into the fray following a bye and have All Black captain Kieran Read back for his first outing of the season - having recovered from wrist surgery.

And the match will also be a significant milestone for fellow All Black Crockett, as he makes a record 176th appearance in Super Rugby.

The 34-year-old will overtake retired All Black Keven Mealamu's record of 175.

The Crusaders feel comfortable enough to have made a raft of changes to the side that beat the Waratahs a fortnight ago.

Just five players of their 23 remain in the same position

The Sunwolves, who are coached by retired All Black back row forward Filo Tiatia and have listed former Highlander Fumiaki Tanaka to start at scrumhalf, upset the Bulls 21-20 in Tokyo last weekend.

However, they should not expect such 'hospitality' from a New Zealand outfit determined to cling to their place at the top of Super Rugby's totem pole.

Previous results:
These teams have never met before in Super Rugby

Prediction: This will be the first-ever meeting between these sides, though the Sunwolves' only previous encounter with New Zealand opposition ended in an 83-17 loss to the Hurricanes. The Crusaders have won each of their last six games, though four of those victories came by single-figure margins. In fact, the Crusaders have won 12 of their last 14 games at home, scoring an average of 37 points per game across that period. The Sunwolves have scored four tries in two of their last three games away from home after doing so only once in their six Super Rugby away matches before that. The Crusaders have won their last 14 regular season games against teams from outside New Zealand, scoring an average of 38 points per game across those victories. The only way the Sunwolves will win this game is if the Crusaders fail to turn up. The Crusaders will win by at least 25 points - probably a lot more.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Saturday, April 15:

Reds v Southern Kings
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 15.05; -7.05 SA time; 05.05 GMT)

The Reds may have escaped the big Super Rugby cull - or at least they believe they will.

However, Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt admitted it is a 'difficult time' all round.

"As players, we wanted to stand for a five-team [five Australian teams in the] competition, but obviously the Australian Rugby Union and SANZAAR [South Africa, New Zealand, Australian and Argentina Rugby] have gone the other way," Hunt said.

"For us, as Reds players, our focus is here - on playing rugby and winning games," he added.

The problem is that their opponents, the Southern Kings, are in line - or at the very least on the official shortlist - to be culled from the competition in 2018.

Hunt said the Reds are determined to put the sideshows behind them and focus on a team that will be determined to claim a few scalps and make a statement about staying in the competition going forward.

"Being one [win] from six [starts] is not goof, so we are looking forwards to putting in a good performance," the fullback said.

Reds coach Nick Stiles admitted that his team's preparations have been disrupted by a Wallaby camp, with their first full training session on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kings made a statement of intent against the Western Force (another team on the chopping block) last week.

They will have to replicate that performance - only with a 'W' attached to the result.

Kings coach Deon Davids admitted that his side was expecting another tough encounter against the Reds.
 
"The Reds are a quality side with a lot of international players in their squad," Davids said.

"It is going to be important for us to minimise our mistakes and use our opportunities much more effectively against them on Saturday," he said.
 
"Last week [against the Force] there was much improvement in certain areas of our game.

"Unfortunately, close decisions and our inability to use our opportunities better cost us that game.

"We are a team that is still learning, eager to learn and we are very excited to get an opportunity to play a quality side like the Reds on Saturday here in Brisbane."
 
Previous results:
These teams have never met before in Super Rugby

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between the Reds and Kings; the South African side have won once, drawn once and lost once in their three previous visits to Australia. The Reds have won six of their last eight games at home against South African opposition, including each of their last two. The Kings have won just one of their last five games outside of South Africa, conceding an average of 48 points per game across that period. The Kings have made 133 tackles and won 9.5 turnovers per game this season, more than any other team in either category. Samu Kerevi has beaten 33 defenders from just seven games this season, eight more than any other player and 14 more than Kings' best Lionel Cronje (19). The Reds are at home and while they (according to the ARU) have no axe hovering over their head, they are under pressure. The Kings will again be competitive, but we expect the Reds to edge the visitors by eight points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Chris Heiberg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Wandile Mjekevu, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet.
 
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Blues v Hurricanes
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

The defending champion Hurricanes travel to Auckland to face the Blues in a match that had the spotlight on sideshows all week.

The sideshows revolve around code-hopping All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who will be starting in a new unique jersey which does not feature the logo of the team or competition sponsors - to conform with his Muslim beliefs.

However, Williams has agreed to wear, instead, the logo of child health service - whose principal sponsor is the banking giant the sponsors the Blues.

Back to the rugby.

The Hurricanes come into the match second on the New Zealand conference ladder with five wins and one loss, while the Blues are in fifth place with three wins and four losses.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the team is looking forward to taking on the unbeaten Hurricanes.

"We are under no illusions that the Hurricanes will pose a tough test and we will need to be at our best for the whole 80 minutes," he said.

"We continued to make progress last week and for much of the game played well but could not quite get across the line.

"We need to continue that improvement in all aspects, especially our decision-making at critical moments."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was expecting a tough match against the Blues.
 
"Their results probably haven't been what they'd like, but you only have to look at the team sheet to know they have attacking threats across the park," Boyd said.

"We will need to be a lot better on defence this week to come out on the right side of the ledger."
 
Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 37-27, Wellington
2016: Hurricanes won 23-19, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 29-5, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 30-23, Palmerston North
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last four games against the Blues, the longest winning streak by either team in this fixture since the Blues won the first eight games between the clubs. The Blues have won just one of their last nine home games against fellow New Zealand teams, though each of their last four such fixtures has been decided by no more than the value of an unconverted try. Only once in their last nine away games against New Zealand opposition have the Hurricanes conceded more than two tries. Six of the last eight New Zealand derbies so far this season have been decided by a single figure margin, and each of the last three has been won by the home team. The Blues have failed to score a second-half try in three of their last five Super Rugby games; each of those three was against New Zealand opposition. It is Auckland, so the Blues will be up for it. However, the question is: 'Will they finally produce and 80-minute performance?' We think not, which means the Hurricanes will win by 12 points with a couple of late scores.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 George Moala.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Abbott double edges Blues

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:05

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: A Mark Abbott brace, including a 74th-minute converted try, handed the Hurricanes a narrow 28-24 victory over the Blues on Saturday.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was instrumental in three of the four Hurricanes tries in the fast but scrappy encounter where missed tackles and turnovers were rife.

The Blues, who have not beaten a New Zealand side at home since they downed the Highlanders in the first round of 2016, hit the front for the first time against the Hurricanes with 15 minutes remaining. 

But despite their desire to arrest their dismal home record, they could not stop Barrett engineering a late match-winning try. The Blues were pressing the Hurricanes line looking to extend their lead when Barrett chipped ahead and regathered to spark a move that swept the length of the field.

It ended with the flyhalf angling a kick towards the corner where lock Mark Abbott, who scored the first try, was on hand to score the decider. 

"It took a pretty special play from Beauden to get them down their end. That was the big play that we were looking for to win, and they won it unfortunately," Blues captain James Parsons said. 

Barrett called it a "spur of the moment play" but Canes captain TJ Perenara said it typified their never-say-die attitude. 

"We were under the pump for a big part of that second half and for us not to concede too much and to be able to get up and over the line, I'm proud of that," Perenara said.

Both sides traded tries through the first quarter, with Abbott scoring in the third minute and Augustine Pulu replying for the Blues from the restart. Barrett sent Ngani Laumape for the Hurricanes' second try with Melani Nanai equalising for the Blues. 

Sonny Bill Williams fumbled a short pass to gift Barrett a try in the 27th minute, which put the Hurricanes ahead 21-14. But as much as Barrett starred with his ability to read the game and shred the defence, he again found himself in hot water with his third yellow card in two weeks. 

He received two last week for deliberate knock downs against the Waratahs, and he was sent off late in the first half for knocking the ball out of the hands of scrumhalf Pulu.

The Blues gained nothing from their one-man advantage but hit the front midway through the second half when Bryn Gatland, the son of Wales coach Warren Gatland, took the field.

The replacement flyhalf landed a penalty and converted a try by Scott Scrafton to have the Blues up 24-21 before Abbott sealed the outcome for the Hurricanes.

The defending champions have six wins from seven games, to sit four points behind the unbeatenCrusaders in the New Zealand conference while the Blues are at the bottom with just three wins from eight outings.

Man of the match: Blake Gibson and Jerome Kaino were special in their efforts at the breakdown while Steven Luatua put in a massive shift. Jordie Barrett was once again steady with his boot and Ngani Laumape was evasive with ball-in-hand. TJ Perenara was busy always and Ardie Savea provided plenty of force. Mark Abbott worked tirelessly throughout the encounter but our ward goes to Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who ran riot once again despite receiving a third yellow card in two matches.

Scorers:

For the Blues:
Tries: Pulu, Nanai, Scrafton
Cons: Francis 2, Gatland
Pen: Gatland

For the Hurricanes:
Tries: Abbott 2, Laumape, B Barrett
Cons: J Barrett 4

Yellow card: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes, 31 - intentionally knocking the ball down)

Teams:

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 George Moala.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Agence France-Presse

Augustine Pulu (5min), Melani Nanai Vai (18min), and Scott Scrafton (64min)
TRIES
Mark Abbott (3min), Ngani Laumape (13min), Beauden Barrett (27min), and Mark Abbott (72min)
Piers Francis (6min), Piers Francis (19min), and Bryn Gatland (65min)
CONVERSIONS
Jordie Barrett (4min), Jordie Barrett (14min), Jordie Barrett (28min), and Jordie Barrett (74min)
Bryn Gatland (53min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Beauden Barrett (30min)
 
 
VENUE Auckland
REFEREE Mike Fraser (New Zealand)