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Super Rugby | Eden Park
07:35 (GMT) | 11-05-2018
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Beauden Barrett sends it wide. FULL TIME
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They take it out the back and kick to the wing. Jordie Barrett picks it up and the Canes show good team work to send Proctor over the line. TRY
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Scrum reset
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The Blues lose the ball forward at their 22
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Line-out to the visitors and they work forward from the 10 now
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Blues move forward to the half way but the Canes in firm control as they win a penalty in a turnover. The ball is kicked into touch
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Blues at their 10
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The Canes carrying forward with Shields now as he draws in two. They maneuver it out wide and kick forward but the referee calls play back for a scrum
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The restart kick taken and West clears it out; a homecoming of sorts for the former Blues man
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Beauden Barrett sets up for a kick at goal and adds 3
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The Blues finding their defensive stance as they push the Canes back but their discipline lets them down as they give away a penalty
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Line-out for the Canes at the 10 of the hosts now and the visitors rush down to the opposite wing. They work the ball quickly as they enter 22
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The Blues lose it after a promising-looking attack. Penalty to the Canes in the mid field
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Scrum to the Blues at their 10
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Blues looking to carry it forward but the Canes turnover. The visitors move it up the 10 then lose it forward
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Scrum to the Canes at their 10
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The ball lost forward after the restart
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Beauden Barrett secures the extras
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The Canes snatches the ball in the line-out and fall forward on the line but the Blues hold at the last. They move it up the line then down again. Lousi gets it in hand and bombs over the line to score a TRY
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The Blues with a series of errors right up until their 5. The ball is lost in touch at the Blues 5. The referee says line-out to the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts
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The ball lost forward in contact as the Canes probe at the 22 of the Blues
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Akira Ioane penalised in the throw and the ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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The Canes clear after the restart and the Blues have a throw at the away team 10
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Barrett secures the extras from the widest possible angle
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The ball goes out wide to Milner-Skudder who steps one and makes it over the line on the edge of the pitch to score the TRY
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The Blues defending on their 22 now
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The ball being kicked back and forth and Perofeta picks it up in his stride then runs it forward but the Canes do the same with Perenara who runs it to the home team 22
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Perofeta adds the extras
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Williams looks to go alone but he is stopped on the line. Clarke does the same but he, too, is halted. The Blues on the line now. They give it to Tuungafasi and he uses his strength to fall over the line. The referee refers to the TMO and says TRY
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Penalty against Proctor and they opt for the tap. Kaino takes it and runs towards the sticks. The Blues inside the 5 now
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The Blues are pushed back but run forward again with intent as they make it to the outside of the 5
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The Blues win it and and progress inside the 10 of the Canes. The referee halts play for a high tackle and checks with the TMO if Smith deserves a card. The referee says penalty only and Perofeta kicks into touch at the 5
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The ball not moving far from the half way as both teams fight to get some territory
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Line-out taken and Tuungafasi takes out Barrett who spills it but the Canes still have it now at the half way
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The Blues take the ball to the Canes 10 after controlling the restart but give away a penalty. Barrett puts it in touch at the half way
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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HALF TIME
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Scrum to the Canes at the 5 and the Shield detaches early from the scrum and the referee stops play
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Another penalty to the Canes for a side entry by the defending team
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The Blues holding firm now at their 5 but the Canes showing no signs of letting up
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Scrum to the Canes at the 5 now
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The Blues defend as the Canes continue to pressure at the 5 of the Blues
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Penalty to the Canes for collapsing the maul and Barrett kicks it into touch again
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The Canes win a penalty after the restart and the ball is kicked into touch at the 5 of the Blues again now
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Barrett adds the extras
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Evans takes the penalty quickly and catches the Blues sleeping. He drives low to make it over the line. TRY
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The Blues doing well in the defensive maul this time around. The Canes move it to the sticks with Barrett and the visitors throwing bodies at the ball. Penalty to the Canes
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Line-out to the away team at the 5 of the hosts now
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They progress slowly towards the 22. The Canes win a penalty and Barrett kicks into touch
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The Blues manage to clear the reset kick and the Canes have a throw at the 10
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Perofeta misses his kick from in front of the sticks
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Line-out taken but the Canes come away with it.The hosts win it back and Williams steps two and offlaods around the back to Leger who goes over to score the TRY
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Williams with a grubber through and Christie has to run it into touch around the Canes 5
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Line-out to the hosts now outside the 22
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The ball kicked forward as it's fumbled about the Blues 10. Rieko Ioane chases for it but Lam is there first. The Canes contain the danger outside their 22
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The Blues make it inside the 22 of the Canes but it's lost and cleared. The home team come again now at the 22. Ardie Savea putting in work at the ruck and wins his team a penalty
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Scrum to the Blues now
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The ball is cleared into touch after the scrum and the Canes have a line-out around the home team 22. They move it down and Barrett tosses it forward
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Blues at their 5
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Barrett kicks it into touch at the 5 and the visitors look for a maul again. The ball is knocked on by Shields
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Reset kick taken and Milner-Skudder makes a good run to the home team 10. The Canes making their way forward with a combination of good plays and lucky bounces as the ball is kicked along the ground. Penalty to the Canes at the home team 10
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Perofeta gets his team on the baord with 3 points
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Pulu sends it over the top for Clarke but the defence is there and the referee calls for a penalty to the Blues again
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They take it and Kaino takes it down then comes down for the maul. The maul is halted and they send it up the 5
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Line-out at the 5 for the home team now
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The Blues passing it around the the 5 as they try to create a way through. The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty to the hosts
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Penalty to the Blues as Williams looks to play it quickly but Laumape decides to slow down play. The ball is kicked into touch for a throw inside the 22 and the Blues going forward now
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Scrum to the Canes at their 10
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The Canes control and clear the restart kick. The Blues get it back and look to build from the 10 but lose it forward at the wing
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Barrett secures the extras
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Pulu feeds it in and looks to run away with it but the referee halts play for a penalty to the Canes for taking a powerful scrum. Barrett kicks it into touch at the 5. The Canes maul and shove the Blues back, Riccitelli gets the TRY
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Lam making a few meters for his team as they press forward in the 10 after the throw. The ball on the edge of touch now and the ball is lost forward in contact. Scrum to the hosts at their 22
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The Canes win a penalty after an early throw at their 10. The ball is kicked into touch inside the home team 10
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to exit the locker rooms
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The Blues enjoy 17 minutes and 27 seconds of time in possession per game this season, more than any other squad in the competition. Beauden Barrett has provided three try assists via kicks this season, more than any other player in the competition
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The Blues are winless in 15 games against New Zealand-based opposition, although 10 of their defeats in that run have come by single-figure margins
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The Hurricanes have won their last five games against the Blues, three of those victories coming at Eden Park. The Canes have won their last four games against sides in the New Zealand conference, only once before have they won five such games on the bounce
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Welcome to Eden Park, where the Blues will tackle the Hurricanes
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Ross Wright
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Murphy Taramai
  • 8 Akira Loane
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 10 Stephen Perofeta
  • 11 Caleb Clarke
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Orbyn Leger
  • 14 Akira Ioane
  • 15 Matt Duffie
RESERVES
  • 16 Matt Moulds
  • 17 Tumua Manu
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Ben Nee-Nee
  • 21 Lyndon Dunshea
  • 22 Jonathan Ruru
  • 24 Daniel Kirkpatrick
  • 25 Melani Nanai Vai
START LINE UP
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Vaea Fifita
  • 5 Sam Lousi
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Gareth Evans
  • 9 Finlay Christie
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Ben Lam
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Julian Savea
  • 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder
RESERVES
  • 16 James O’Reilly
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Michael Fatialofa
  • 20 Blade Thomson
  • 21 TJ Perenara
  • 22 Ihaia West
  • 23 Jordie Barrett
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 13 - Part One

Wed, 09 May 2018 22:38

SOUTH AFRICAN CONUNDRUM: New Zealand officials have gone on the charm offensive, ahead of this week's fixtures.

You have to take with a pinch of salt all the plaudits that have come South Africa's way in the wake of new reports that more teams from the Republic are casting an eye towards the lure of Europe.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper had a slightly different take on the situation, telling South African media that their country's teams - and New Zealand especially - had benefited from their participation in Super Rugby.

Cooper said he couldn't imagine the competition without South Africa.

He admitted the travel factor was a "negative" in the competition, but was confident SANZAAR could organise it so that the travel was not so much of a factor.

"I think all the South African teams are playing a more balanced game," Cooper said.

"They are still using their set piece well, but there is also expansiveness now.

"I think South African rugby is looking good and exciting."

Cooper added that as well as being more expansive the South African teams were starting to travel better.

"We saw how the Sharks nearly beat the Hurricanes in Napier," he said.

"In the past, the travel factor has been a hindrance to South African teams, but they're getting better and better.

"However, their expansive game is the real edge that they are bringing now," he said.

There are two games where the New Zealand versus South African rivalry will be on display this week, both on Saturday - the Highlanders travelling back from South Africa after a big hiding to the Sharks, to host the Lions in Dunedin and Cooper's Chiefs travelling to South Africa to take on the Stormers in Cape Town.

But first, we have a few other games to look forward to.

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

Friday, May 11:

Blues v Hurricanes
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 7.35 GMT)

While the Blues are desperately hoping for another win, in what will be their first against New Zealand opposition in 2018, the Hurricanes unveiled their future - an excellent mix of continuity and fresh ideas in their coaching ranks for 2019.

Forwards coach Richard Watt and scrum coach Dan Cron have committed to the 2019 group, alongside next head coach John Plumtree and assistant Jason Holland.

Joining the quartet will be All Black Carlos Spencer, who will take on the role as assistant coach.

Plumtree was delighted to be able to lock in the coaching staff so early to enable them to concentrate on the remainder of the 2018 season and the work required to give the Hurricanes the best possible chance of winning the Super Rugby title.

He believed the work the coaching staff were doing at the moment would only be enhanced with Spencer's involvement.

"I've worked with Carlos in South Africa, when I was at the Sharks, and I was impressed with him from what I saw then," he said.

"He has carried on that good work, not only in South Africa but in Japan, and I really look forward to working with him again. Everyone that I've spoken to about Carlos and the way he operates has impressed me and he is really positive about joining the group and the franchise."

Spencer said he had long held an ambition to return to New Zealand and coach in a full-time capacity and was delighted to be afforded an opportunity with the Hurricanes.

"We are all moving in the same direction from the conversations I've had with Plum and I'm sure we will continue to reach and carry on the high standards the Hurricanes franchise demands."

Meanwhile, Blues coach Tana Umaga was pleased to welcome back Sonny Bill Williams, which allowed Rieko Ioane to move from the midfield back to his preferred position on the wing.

Right now the Blues need others to be working Ioane into space, not Ioane working others into space.

They need him free, unrestricted and playing on the wider reaches of the field rather than in the heavy traffic.

Ioane, being as gifted as he is, has made a reasonable fist of things at inside centre.

But that's the hallmark of hugely talented players with broad skill sets - they can be thrown almost any jersey and make a high impact contribution.

Ioane has shown that yes he can play the role of straight-running midfielder, but everyone is going to be a lot happier seeing him return to the more natural place of free-spirited wing.

Recent results:
2017: Hurricanes won 28-24, Auckland
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

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last five games against the Blues, three of those victories coming at Eden Park. The Canes have won their last four games against sides in the New Zealand conference, only once before have they won five such games on the bounce. The Blues are winless in 15 games against New Zealand-based opposition, although 10 of their defeats in that run have come by single-figure margins. The Blues enjoy 17 minutes and 27 seconds of time in possession per game this season, more than any other squad in the competition. Beauden Barrett has provided three try assists via kicks this season, more than any other player in the competition. The Blues' losing streak against Kiwi opposition looks set to continue - the Hurricanes to win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ross Wright.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Ben Nee-Nee, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Jonathan Ruru/Sam Nock, 22 Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Melani Nanai.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 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 Blade Thomson, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jordie Barrett

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill & Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen

Saturday, May 12:

Sunwolves v Reds
(Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Kick-off: 12.05; 13.00 AEST; 03.00 GMT)

The Sunwolves can't be blamed if they felt they have a chance to end their winless run this season.

There is little doubt the Reds have been more than just distracted by off-the-field developments - or rather the lack of developments in terms of their player resources.

Waratahs star Israel Folau and equally controversial Quade Cooper have been at the centre of the media headlines in Australia.

Folau has reportedly spoken with Reds coach Brad Thorn about a potential switch to the rival Super Rugby franchise next season.

The Reds boast a number of players not being used by Thorn, while triple-figure salaries that could accommodate a player of Folau's stature.

Quade Cooper, Karmichael Hunt and Nick Frisby are all contracted to the Reds at a high cost, while not currently part of Thorn's plans.

According to reports, the Reds are desperate to offload them to other teams to clear up some much-needed funds.

In a statement Reds coach Brad Thorn, who told Cooper at the start of the season he was not required to train with the main squad, said the 70-Test Wallaby was free to leave the franchise.

"If there was an opportunity for Quade at another Super Rugby franchise, we wouldn't stand in his way," Thorn said.

The problem is that Cooper has a six-figure a season deal with the Reds until 2019, meaning he is free to play club rugby on a franchise and Australian Rugby Union salary.

In short, he is on a paid holiday.

Thorn's decision to back no-name brand youngsters have been applauded, but has not brought many rewards... yet.

The Reds are in 12th place with four wins from nine starts.

The Sunwolves must feel they have a shot at breaking their 2018 duck.

Previous result:
2016: Reds won 35-25, Brisbane

Prediction: This will be just the second meeting between these sides and their first in Japan; the Reds won 35-25 at Suncorp Stadium in their previous clash. The Sunwolves are yet to win against Australian opposition, they're the only nation they're yet to beat in Super Rugby. The Reds have lost 20 of their last 22 games outside Australia, although one of their two victories in that run came earlier this season. The Sunwolves (8.7) and Reds (9.4) have conceded fewer penalties and free-kicks per game than any other teams so far this campaign. Filipo Daugunu has crossed for a try in three of his last four games away from home for the Reds. You almost wantn to back the Sunwolves, the obnly winless team in the competition. And they do have a realistic shot. But the Reds should win by eight points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch,  5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery.

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa) 
Assistant referees: Akihisa Aso (Japan), Kawara Tasuku (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

Crusaders v Waratahs
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 AEST; 05.15 GMT)

The word desperate is the epitome of the Waratahs - Australia's best team, who lost to New Zealand's lowest-ranked side last week.

Jason Ryan, Crusaders forwards coach, rather than looking at the three-year winless streak of Aussie teams against their counterparts across the Tasman Sea, feels that desperation will grow with every match.

He suggested that losing streak will be broken at some stage and he doesn't want it to be against his team this coming weekend.

"The media are not doing us any favours, writing them off," Ryan said, when asked about the Aussie teams' losing streak to Kiwi opposition.

He felt the Waratahs have a very good forward pack, one which could trouble the Crusaders.

"They bring huge physicality," he said, adding: "They have six Wallabies in their forward pack."

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley said his side needed composure at crucial moments - something that was lacking against the Blues last week.

Success against the defending champions and competition front-runners on Saturday would require the Waratahs to be on top of their game, Foley told rugby.com.au.

"You know Kiwi sides are really dangerous in turnover and set piece [play]. They'll hurt you too, if you're not switched on," he said.

Facing the Crusaders would be a great challenge and the lesson of their respective losses to the Lions and the Blues was that they had to rise to the challenge.

"We know what's ahead of us and we've got to do the unthinkable," he said.

Recent results:
2017: Crusaders won 41-22, Sydney
2016: Crusaders won 29-10, Christchurch
2015: Waratahs won 32-22, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 33-32, Sydney (Final)
2013: Crusaders won 23-22, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Waratahs, including eight wins in a row at home to the NSW outfit. The Crusaders have won 19 of their last 20 home games, including their last 13 in a row, their best run since winning 14 on the bounce from 2009 to 2011. The Crusaders' last four home defeats have all come against New Zealand opposition; they've lost just two of their last 69 at home against franchises from outside New Zealand. The Waratahs continue to boast the best goal-kicking accuracy in the competition, piloting 87 percent of attempts through the uprights. Taqele Naiyaravoro has scored three tries in his previous two encounters with the Crusaders. Can the Waratahs win? Yes! Will they win? NO! The Crusaders to win by as much as 20 points.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 George Bridge, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) 
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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'Canes too classy for Blues

Fri, 11 May 2018 07:05

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: the Hurricanes finished strongly to defeat the Blues 36-15 at Eden Park Friday and move to the top of the Super Rugby ladder.

The Hurricanes scored five tries to two in the bonus-point victory to leave the Blues winless in their last 16 matches against New Zealand opposition.

It was the Hurricanes' ninth straight win and confirms the Wellington team as favourites for this year's title.

However, Blues coach Tana Umaga will face further questions after his side's eighth defeat of the season and their fifth at home.

Blues captain Augustine Pulu said the Aucklanders' poor discipline proved costly.

"We just let them off by giving penalties and they took their chances," he said.

Hurricanes' hooker Ricky Riccitelli scored the opening try from a line-out drive in the sixth minute off the back of a penalty earned by the visitors' dominant scrum.

The Blues went on the attack but had to settle for a penalty before Orbyn Leger's try gave them the lead after being set up by Sonny Bill Williams.

Williams, returning from a wrist injury, beat two defenders then sent a one-handed offload over his head which found Leger unmarked.

The Hurricanes regained the lead when they were awarded a penalty and Gareth Evans caught the Blues defence napping with a quick tap to cross for a try when they were expecting a kick for goal.

The Blues laid siege to the Hurricanes' line and were rewarded when Ofa Tuungafasi crossed 10 minutes after the restart only to have Nehe Milner-Skudder hit back immediately.

Sam Lousi then extended the Hurricanes' advantage after a line-out steal from Evans, blowing out the lead to 28-15.

A penalty and a try to Matt Proctor made it 36-15 to secure the Hurricanes a bonus point.

Man of the match: Nehe Milner-Skudder was a handful with ball in hand and he scored a try as well. He deserves the award. A special mention also goes to prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen for his all-round performance. 

The scorers:

For Blues:
Tries: Leger, Tuungafasi
Con: Perofeta
Pen: Perofeta

For Hurricanes: 
Tries: Riccitelli, Evans, Milner-Skudder, Lousi, Proctor
Con: B Barrett 4
Pen: B Barrett

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ross Wright.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Ben Nee-Nee, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Melani Nanai.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 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 Blade Thomson, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jordie Barrett

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill & Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen

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Orbyn Leger (25min) and Ofa Tuungafasi (48min)
TRIES
Ricky Riccitelli (5min), Gareth Evans (31min), Nehe Milner-Skudder (52min), Sam Lousi (60min), and Matt Proctor (78min)
Stephen Perofeta (49min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (6min), Beauden Barrett (32min), Beauden Barrett (53min), and Beauden Barrett (61min)
Stephen Perofeta (14min)
PENALTIES
Beauden Barrett (69min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Eden Park
REFEREE Jaco Peyper