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Super Rugby | Westpac Stadium
07:35 (GMT) | 13-04-2018
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Jordie Barrett steps up for a kick at goal and he adds the 3 points. FULL TIME
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They run it to the 10 of the hosts but give away possession. The referee decides to award the hosts a penalty
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They move the ball to center pitch but it's lost forward. The Canes slowing the game down tremendously now. Scrum to the Chiefs at their 10
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The Canes win a penalty and kick into touch around the mid field
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Scrum reset
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The visitors move forward and the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the Canes at their 22
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The Chiefs have a throw of their own around the half way now
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The Chiefs defend the throw and manage to clear the ball
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The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty against the Chiefs. The ball is booted into touch at the 5
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The Canes work their way to the 10 of the Chiefs. The ball goes out into touch for a line-out to the hosts
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The hosts have it at their 22 in the ruck and they clear to the half way
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Scrum to the Canes at their 22
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The Chiefs look like they're on the break with McKenzie and Alaimalo but the ball is lost forward in the carry by Retallick
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The Chiefs win a penalty from the scrum and McKenzie kicks into touch at half way
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The ball lost forward and the visitors have a scrum at their 22
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The Canes hold off the Chiefs' attack and turn it back on them moving to the 10 of the away team
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The ball kicked into touch inside the 22 of the Canes for a throw. The ball is sent back and the hosts clear but not into touch
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The ball being moved around the mid field as both sets of players looking to run the ball forward
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The pace increasing immensely now as both teams feel the game is not yet won
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McKenzie adds the extras
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Boshier is the man out wide and he collects the ball from McKenzie then makes the dash for the line and scores the TRY
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The Chiefs are driven back with a clearance kick. They work their way to one wing and change it up quickly
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The referee calls play back for a penalty to the visitors. The Canes with some scrambled defending but they managed to hold thus far. Line-out at the 5 for the visitors
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They finally break forward into space with Alaimalo who sprints to the 22. The Chiefs are there in support and they reach the 5
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Line-out to the Chiefs art their 10
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The Chiefs clear after their throw and now the Canes have a throw at the 22
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Barrett has it in space at his 22 after the clearance and he runs it to the opposite 22 before kicking forward along he ground. The ball goes into touch for a Chiefs throw
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward at the 22 of the Canes. Scrum to the hosts
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McKenzie puts it into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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The ball kicked forward into touch and the Chiefs have a penalty shortly after
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The Chiefs desperate to retaliate with a try of their own. They make it to the 5 of the hosts with a kick but the Canes have it under control
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Jordie Barrett hits the upright and it bounces wide
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Laumape carrying forward for his team as he enters the 10 following the reset. They move it to the corner and Beauden Barrett with the cross kick and Laumape snatches it out of the air leaving Lienert-Brown in a pile on the ground. He walks over the line to score another TRY
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Jordie Barrett secures the extras
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Beauden Barrett picks up a loose ball and sprints along the wing and kicks it forward for himself and stretches to reach it and put it down for a thrilling TRY
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Jordie Barrett gets the second half underway

Half Time

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McKenzie narrows the score before the whistle. HALF TIME
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Play being centered around the mid field as the Canes break with Jordie Barrett but the whistle has gone and he is called back. Penalty to the Chiefs
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The Chiefs now gifting a penalty and the hosts send it into touch at the half way
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McKenzie kicks into touch and the Chiefs have a line-out outside the 22
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The Canes reset and look to work their way forward from the half way but give away a penalty
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McKenzie gives his signature smile and it looks to be going over but it's wide
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The Chiefs win a penalty from the scrum
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The ball is dropped forward by the visitors and the Canes have a scrum at their 22
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Canes take their kick and clear but the Chiefs make their way back to the 22 of the hosts
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both teams and it's sent into touch at the Canes 22
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Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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The Chiefs win a penalty after the ball changes hands among the players around the 22 of the away side. McKenzie takes it quickly and runs to the 10 of the Canes before it's lost forward
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Scrum to the Chiefs. The ball is sent back and Damian McKenzie clears
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The referee says the ball was lost forward in contact at the Chiefs' 5
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The Chiefs pick up a loose pass Alaimalo and runs it to the 22 of the Canes. The ball is thought to be out but the referee says play on and the Canes break with Lam down the middle before Jordie Barrett gets it and he is tackled into touch at the Chiefs' 5
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The Chiefs put under pressure in possession and they are forced to kick forward. The Canes have a throw at their 10 and look to build themselves now
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The ball lost forward after the throw and the Chiefs have a scrum
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The ball being played around the mid field as the interjection slowed down the pace of both teams. Line-out to the Canes around the mid field
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The referee halts play again as medical staff attends to a cut on Retallick's face. Line-out to the Canes at the half way
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Line-out to the Chiefs at the half way after the scrum. The ball is booted forward by Tahuriorangi
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Scrum to the hosts reset
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The referee resumes play with a scrum after a lengthy pause as Aidan Ross is taken off the field by medical staff
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The Chiefs in possession at the 10 and they burst into the 22 but the referee halts play for a penalty to the hosts
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Jordie Barrett kicks at goal and cancels out McKenzie's kick
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The Canes win a penalty from a powerful scrum. They look to the posts fro a kick at goal
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Scrum to the Chiefs at their 10 now
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The referee halts play after the ball is lost forward in contact around the half way. McKenzie doing well to get his team on the board despite the concern of injury, showing that him being cleared for the game was no mistake
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He takes his shot and puts his team on the scoreboard
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The Chiefs win a penalty after the reset and McKenzie steps up for a kick at goal
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Jordie Barrett secures the extras
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Laumape again linking up with Lam at the 10 and the winger runs all the way shrugging off three defenders to go all the way and score the first TRY
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The Canes give away possession after the throw and the Chiefs have it at their 10
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The Chiefs with it now after their throw. They give away a penalty at their 10 and Beauden Barrett puts it into touch inside the 22
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They send the ball to the opposite wing and Laumape sends it down to Lam along the wing but he is tackled into touch touch at the 5
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The referee halts play shortly after the clearance and the flyhalf kicks it into touch at the 22 of the away team
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The Chiefs on the attack in the opening minutes. They win a line-out outside the 22 but lose out. Beauden Barrett clears the ball to the mid field
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players leaving the locker rooms now
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The Hurricanes have won 16 of their last 17 games on home turf, including each of their last four. Indeed, the Hurricanes have won seven of their last eight games at home against fellow New Zealand teams; however, their only loss in that time came against the Chiefs
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The Chiefs are on the hunt for back-to-back away wins against the Hurricanes for the first time since a three-game run from 1997 to 2001
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Six of the last seven games between the Hurricanes and Chiefs have been decided by a margin of eight points or fewer, with the Chiefs picking up four wins in that time
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Welcome to Westpac Stadium, where the Canes look to host the Chiefs
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Chiefs
START LINE UP
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Vaea Fifita
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Sam Henwood
  • 8 Gareth Evans
  • 9 Jamie Booth
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Ben Lam
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 15 Jordie Barrett
RESERVES
  • 16 James O’Reilly
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Murray Douglas
  • 20 Reed Prinsep
  • 21 Richard Judd
  • 22 Ihaia West
  • 23 Wes Goosen
START LINE UP
  • 1 Aidan Ross
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 5 Michael Allardice
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Taleni Seu
  • 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 10 Damian McKenzie
  • 11 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Sean Wainui
  • 15 Charlie Ngatai
RESERVES
  • 16 Liam Polwart
  • 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe
  • 18 Jeff Thwaites
  • 19 Luke Jacobson
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 21 Jonathan Taumateine
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 23 Alex Nankivell
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round Nine - Part One

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:21

COACH CULLING: The weekend's action starts with a thrilling all-New Zealand derby. However the bulk of the spotlight has been on a coach.

Last week Blues captain James Parsons leapt to the defence of coach Tana Umaga.

This week Umaga put up his own defensive wall, in the wake of another defeat.

Umaga is the first to admit that the Blues are in a heap of trouble.

"It's not good enough," the coach said.

"We've got to make the playoffs - that's a bare minimum. That's what we're striving for and the sole measurement of success.

"We can't beat around the bush. We're going to develop players, and we know we've got some good pathways, but we want them coming into an environment that's all about success."

The calls for Umaga's head has developed into a mass choir.

Only victory will silence the lynch mob.

We take a look at the weekend's first three matches!

Friday, April 13:

Hurricanes v Chiefs
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.30; 07.30 GMT)

Both teams required late scores - the Hurricanes well into referee's additional time - to win last week.

The Chiefs got home with a late penalty try against the Blues, while the Hurricanes went deep into injury time to score their win over the Sharks.

Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland spoke of aspects of their game that were 'pretty average' against the Sharks.

The biggest problem was their inability to exit from their own half.

"I thought there were three or four key areas in the game where we couldn't get the rest of our game going, so we've reviewed all that and hopefully we'll get a better performance on Friday," he said.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper spoke of the ability of senior players to remain calm under pressure as being key against them.

Cooper pointed to All Black Sam Cane as a key member of the leadership group.

"To me, that was the difference," he spoke of their ability to remain composed.

"I've got a bunch of leaders in the group that dig deep and their experience and their calmness really showed in that second half," he said.

"To see Sam in charge to bring the waka home, it was just a fantastic effort by the players," he Cooper added.

Cooper said that the team is in a good space.

"There is real clarity, consistency of game plan and of selection, and competition going on in the group. When you combine all of that with winning, it gives you confidence."

Cooper is aware of what the Hurricanes can bring.

"Strategically, we understand that they are very expansive, with a good kicking and running game.

"We need to have the confidence to play our game when we have the ball. It's important to do the work in the week and then when it comes to the game to be calm and controlled about it."

Recent results:
2017: Chiefs won 17-14, Wellington
2017: Chiefs won 26-18, Hamilton
2016: Hurricanes won 25-9, Wellington (semifinal)
2016: Chiefs won 28-27, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 21-13, New Plymouth
2015: Hurricanes won 22-18, Wellington

Prediction: Six of the last seven games between the Hurricanes and Chiefs have been decided by a margin of eight points or fewer, with the Chiefs picking up four wins in that time. The Chiefs are on the hunt for back-to-back away wins against the Hurricanes for the first time since a three-game run from 1997 to 2001. The Hurricanes have won 16 of their last 17 games on home turf, including each of their last four. Indeed, the Hurricanes have won seven of their last eight games at home against fellow New Zealand teams; however, their only loss in that time came against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have won their last three New Zealand derbies on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession was a four-game stretch across the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. The Chiefs have won their last two games away from home, the last time they won more was a five-game streak from February to April 2016. The Hurricanes have conceded just six tries within their opposition's opening three phases of possession this campaign, fewer than any other team. The Chiefs have made more carries (126), metres (533), and clean breaks (18) per game than any other team this season. Beauden Barrett has scored 10+ points in seven of his last nine games against the Chiefs, and has provided three try assists in his last four games against them. Solomona Alaimalo has made 20 clean breaks this campaign, five more than any other player in the competition (teammate Damian McKenzie - 15). Like most New Zealand derbies it is a massive gamble, no matter who your money is on. We are backing home ground advantage - the Hurricanes to win by a single score.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen.

Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie/Marty McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron/Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao-Matau, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Marty McKenzie/Tiaan Falcon, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe & Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman

Saturday, April 14:

Sunwolves v Blues
(Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Kick-off: 12.05; 15.05 NZ time; 03.05 GMT)

Last year's historic 48-21 win by the Sunwolves is still fresh in the mind of most.

However, the talk has been about coach Tana Umaga.

Umaga is aware that his team is facing a massive challenge, despite letting a lead slip and suffering a 19-21 loss as a result of a penalty try.

"Anything less than our effort that we put in last week [against the Chiefs] and improvements in the areas we have been trying to improve on will not get us the result we want," Umaga said.

"We're under no illusions around what we need to do - both attitude-wise and performance-wise," he said.

The Sunwolves were not a side that could be taken lightly as they had shown this year and with their clever coaching group they would be looking at ways to change things up against the Blues.

"We can't take anything for granted, the way they play one week doesn't necessarily mean they will perform the same the next week," he said.

The Sunwolves worked hard to play to their specific strengths and looked to mount a lot of pressure all over the field.

"They will be relentless at the breakdown both on attack and defence. We were better at that area this weekend just gone so we've set the standard there and our expectations are that we just keep improving," he said.

However, their injury woes continue to make life less than easy with centre George Moala and flanker Jerome Kaino both out with injuries sustained against the Chiefs. They were also struggling with the depth of their resources in the outside backs and Umaga said they were trawling the country for outside backs.

Previous result:
2017: Sunwolves won 48-21, Tokyo

Prediction: The Sunwolves triumphed 48-21 when these teams met in Round 17 last season, their only previous encounter. That victory was one of the Sunwolves' three previous home games against New Zealand opposition, though they have lost the other two by margins of greater than 50 points. The Blues have lost their last three games in a row, the last time they lost more in succession was a nine-game drought across the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. The Sunwolves have conceded just seven penalties per game this season, fewer than any other team in the competition. Akira Ioane has scored six tries in as many games this campaign. The Blues won't be caught asleep this time around and should win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Lomano Lava, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare (captain), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 James Moore, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Shintato Ishihara, 18 Nikoloz Khataishvili, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Willem Britz, 21 Fumaiki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 William Tupou.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Rieko Ioane, 11 Matt Duffie, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu. 
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ross Wright, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Ben Neenee, 20 Dalton Papali'i, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 TJ Faiane.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

Rebels v Jaguares
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 15.15; 05.15 GMT; 02.15 Argentina time)

The Rebels, coming off a bye, will face an erratic Jaguares team - expecting the opposition to be all fire and brimstone.

With a loss to the Hurricanes heading into last week's bye, the Rebels are looking for a return to the winner's list before a two-week South African road trip to meet the Bulls and the Stormers.

And this Saturday against the South American visitors provides an opportunity for the Rebels to cement their position atop the Australian conference.

"What we want to do is continue to work on our game," Rebels forwards coach Joe Barakat said in an interview on the team website.

"We can easily be railroaded by thinking too much about our opponents. The common denominator that we can control is how we play.

"We expect them [the Jaguares] to come with a lot of emotional, South American, Latin blood.

"There are parts of their game we have to make sure we are able to control, and if we do that and play our football, the result will be pretty good."

After facing the Jaguares, the Rebels travel to South Africa to face the Bulls and the Stormers before returning home to tackle the challenging Crusaders.

"The win this weekend is quite crucial to us," Barakat said.

"It does begin to separate teams who could finish at the top of this competition.

"We feel this game is relatively crucial. If we play the way we want to play, the result will look after itself."

Previous result:
2017: Jaguares won 32-29, Melbourne

Prediction: The Jaguares picked up a 32-29 win in their only previous encounter with the Rebels in Round 17 last season. The Rebels have won three of their last four games at home, losing only the Hurricanes in that time. This will be the Jaguares third Super Rugby game in Australia, having picked up wins in Australia against the Waratahs and Rebels late last season. The Jaguares finished with a 100% scrum and line-out success rate in each of their previous two games in Australia. Will Genia has made six try assists this campaign, the second-most of any player behind Elton Jantjies (7). The Jaguars seldom travel well and at home the Rebels always raise their game. The Rebels win by eight points.

Teams:

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Sefa Naivalu.

Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: William Houston (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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VIDEO: Hurricanes power back to the top

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:05

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Hurricanes moved back to the top of the standings on Friday.

The 2016 champions powered past the Chiefs, winning 25-13 in Wellington, to reclaim the top spot previously held by their compatriots, the defending champion Crusaders.

The Hurricanes outscored the Chiefs by three tries to one in a hard-fought battle.

It was another red-hot display from wing Ben Lam in his break-out Super Rugby season.

Lam scored one of his team's three five-pointers to extend his tally for the season to a competition-leading nine.

The home side were also bolstered by the return of the 2016 and 2017 World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett, who put his name on the scoresheet as the Hurricanes led throughout.

Lam, formerly an injury-plagued Sevens player, pressed his claim for All-Black selection as national coach Steve Hansen watched from the stands.

The result took the Hurricanes' home record to 17 wins from 18 games and ended a two-match losing streak against the Chiefs.

Captain Brad Shields admitted it was not a dominant performance but said the Hurricanes were satisfied as the season enters the halfway mark.

"All in all it was a pretty rough performance but I'm glad we came out with a win," he said.

"But we're building slowly. We've got a bye this week and we're looking forward to putting the feet up."

Chiefs skipper Sam Cane, whose team suffered their first defeat in six matches, paid tribute to the Hurricanes' scrambling defence.

"They took their opportunities and they created plenty of them," he said.

"We did too but the Hurricanes scramble was just too good for us."

Both sides had early chances as pivot Damien McKenzie fired the Chiefs' attack and Ben Lam was bundled into touch as he tried to cross in the corner for the Hurricanes.

The big wing made no mistake in the seventh minute, brushing off three defenders to score the opening try.

Barrett, returning from a thigh strain, ankle-tapped Solomona Alaimalo to stop an almost certain try.

The game's tempo was disrupted by a long delay as Chiefs prop Aiden Ross was stretchered off, seemingly with a serious ankle injury.

It roared back to life with a double strike for the Hurricanes early in the second half, taking their lead to 22-6.

Barrett swooped on the ball after Lam dislodged it from Chiefs wing Sean Wainui, then narrowly beat Brodie Retallick in a footrace to the line.

He then sent a perfectly weighted cross-field kick to Ngani Laumape, who beat Anton Lienert Brown in the air and scampered away for a five-pointer.

Lachlan Boshier clawed a try back for the Chiefs but Jordie Barrett sealed the win with a penalty after the siren.

Man of the match: Damien McKenzie kept the Hurricanes defence honest. Solomon Alaimalo broke tackles almost at will and Brodie Retallick was an ever-present physical force. Ben Lam and Jordie Barrett, the latter with some momentous try-saving tackles, played significantly influential roles. However, our award goes to Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett - who no only directed traffic brilliantly, but scored the match-defining try.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
Lam, B Barrett, Laumape
Cons: J Barrett 2
Pens: J Barrett 2

For the Chiefs:
Try:
Boshier
Con: D McKenzie
Pens: D McKenzie 2

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen.

Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao-Matau, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe & Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman

Ben Lam (7min), Beauden Barrett (42min), and Ngani Laumape (44min)
TRIES
Lachlan Boshier (58min)
Jordie Barrett (8min) and Jordie Barrett (43min)
CONVERSIONS
Damian McKenzie (59min)
Jordie Barrett (14min) and Jordie Barrett (80min)
PENALTIES
Damian McKenzie (10min) and Damian McKenzie (40min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Westpac Stadium
REFEREE Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)