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Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 18-05-2018
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Join us tomorrow morning when the Sunwolves take on the Stormers
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The siren sounds and Perenara puts it in touch. FULL TIME
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The Canes comfortable to set up camp in the mid field as the clock reaches 80 mins
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The ball still at the Reds 10 as the Canes in their 10th phase
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The away team hold in their defence. The Reds lose their own throw at their 10 and The Canes will look to run down the clock now
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Scrum to the Canes at the Reds 22 after the reset
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Lance adds the extras
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The Reds work it forward after the throw. The away team at the 5 now slip it out wide to Kerevi who jogs over the line to score a TRY
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Line-out to the Reds at the home team 22 after a clearance by the flyhalf
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Scrum at their 10 now
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The Reds win it back and move to the home team 10 before winning a penalty. Lance takes the kick but kicks it dead. Penalty to the Canes
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Scrum after the reset. Penalty to the Canes in the scrum and they take it quickly now inside the 10 of the Reds
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Beauden Barrett adds the extras
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The short pass is sent to Lousi and he smuggles it over the line catching the Australian 5 meter border security napping. TRY to the hosts
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The Reds with some good defending as they keep the Canes out of the 5, putting their bodies on the line to do so
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Penalty given in the scrum and the Canes flyhalf puts it in touch for a 5 meter throw
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The ball lost forward in contact and the Canes have a scrum at the Reds 22
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Ardie Savea leading the charge as he shows his strength bursting through the ranks. The ball is won by the Reds and then cleared. Line-out to the Canes outside the 5
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The Canes have it after the scrum and they muscle their way forward into the 22
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The referee refers to the TMO after the ball goes into touch following the clearance. Scrum to the Reds at their 10
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The Reds defend at their 5 and clear to their 10
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Jordie Barrett and Milner-Skudder linking up nicely to make it to the 5 but Barrett is just in touch as he goes to the line. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the hosts and it's put in touch
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The referee sounds his whistle for penalty to the home team and Barrett kicks into touch at the 5
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The hosts in possession at the Reds 22, but struggling to control the ball and build phases
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts at the Reds 10
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The ball lost forward in contact after the reset kick
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Lance adds 2 more
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The Reds win it after the scrum and Tupou gets it at the wing. He bursts forward showing incredible pace for a big man as he makes it to the 22 and offloads to Petaia who goes over to score the TRY
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Scrum to the Canes in the mid field
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The Reds working it around their 10 well, but not making any ground forward. The ball is knocked forward in contact
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Beauden Barrett secures 2 more from the touch line
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The Canes move it to the opposite wing after the scrum and Lam is there at the edge of the pitch waiting for the ball. He scurries over the line to bag 5 points. TRY
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The Canes take it down the pitch after the scrum and Proctor gets it over the line again but the call is held up. The Reds with outstanding defence in the opening minutes of the second half
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The hosts fighting to make it over the line at the 5 but the Reds holding them back. The ball is finally over the line but held up. Scrum to the home team at the Reds 5
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Scrum to the Canes at the Reds 5
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The Canes have it outside the 22 of the Reds now. Riccitelli gets it and rushes into the 22. They work their way forward with pace. Jordie Barrett drops the grubber forward but the referee calls play back as it's lost forward prior to the kick
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Barrett sets it up and puts it over to add 3 more before the HALF TIME whistle
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Penalty to the Canes outside the 22 of the Reds
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Lance with the box kick and it's almost taken out of the air by the Canes and run forward but the Reds contain it
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The Canes kick forward after having at their 10 for a bit under pressure. It's sent back into touch for a throw to the hosts in the mid field
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Beauden Barrett adds the extras
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Thomson gets it at the edge of the pitch and spins away from one, shoves off another then goes over the line to score a TRY
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The hosts at the 5, moving it along the line looking for space
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The Canes progressing forward well now as they hold onto the ball
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Scrum to the Reds now
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Lam gets it at this 22 and runs it forward to the half way before losing it forward at the away team 10
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Scrum to the the Reds at their 22
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The Canes have it after the clearance and they look to take it forward but Lousi drops it forward
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Scrum to the away team at their 5
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The ball lost forward by the hosts after a throw at the Reds 5
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Lance adds 2 more to put his team ahead
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Line-out taken and Kerevi breaks the line down the center and shoots forward, offloading at the 22 to Daugunu who takes it over the line to score the TRY
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The Reds win a penalty inside their 10 and kick into touch at the opposing 10
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They take their throw and send it down wide quickly as Jordie Barrett sends a long pass to Lam. He makes it over the line but the referee says he bounced it and the Reds have a scrum at their 5 on the edge of the ptich
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The Reds gift a penalty to the Canes after the reset and the ball is booted into touch at the 5 of the away team
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Lance adds the extras from the center of the sticks
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Tupou gets it from the ruck and pushes through three players to get over the line and score the TRY
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He refers to the TMO and says scrum at the 5 to the Reds only
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The Reds on the line of the Canes now but the referee halts play for potential foul play
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The Reds with a steady grind forward as they make it inside the 5 of the Canes now
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The ball lost forward by the Canes around their 10. Scrum to the Reds
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Beauden Barrett secures the extras from the touchline
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The Canes opt to stretch the visitors out wide by sending it to Lam and he sells a dummy before running it over the line with 3 Reds players on his heels. TRY
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The Canes outside the 5 now, building forward patiently. The Reds shoving them back to the 22
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Lousi gets it at the halfway and treks forward before offloading outside the 22
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Lance again with an attempt at goal. He puts his foot through it and sends it down the middle
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Penalty to the Reds at the 22 of the Canes
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The Reds working their way forward after the reset kick is sent back
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He adds the extras as well to make it 7 points to his name as well as his team
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Perenara takes it and slips it to Beauden Barrett who squeezes through a gap the size of a keyhole to put the Canes ahead. TRY
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The Canes make it over the line but the referee says the ball is held up. Another 5 meter scrum close to the sticks
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The Canes take it to the 5 with Proctor but the Reds turnover. They look to clear but the ball is charged down and the Canes have a 5 meter scrum at the away team 5
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Milner-Skudder forces a knock-on after he rushes forward after the reset. Scrum to the Canes at the Reds 22
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He takes his kick and opens the scoring with 3 points
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The Reds win a penalty early in the opening minutes and Lance lines it up for a kick at goal.
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The game is underway
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The players readying themselves to exit the locker rooms now
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The Reds have finished their last two games without losing a scrum, as many times as they had in their 11 games prior
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The Hurricanes have won 19 of their last 20 games on home soil, including their last seven on the bounce; the last time they lost to an Australian team at home was in Round 10, 2015
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The Hurricanes have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Reds, including their last four on the bounce. The Canes have won their last nine consecutive games at home against the Reds, despite trailing at half-time in two of their last four such fixtures
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Welcome to Wellington for the first fixture of Round 14 of Super Rugby. The Hurricanes will be tackling the Reds
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Michael Fatialofa
  • 5 Sam Lousi
  • 6 Reed Prinsep
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Blade Thomson
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Ben Lam
  • 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • 15 Jordie Barrett
RESERVES
  • 16 James O’Reilly
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Vaea Fifita
  • 20 Brad Shields
  • 21 Jamie Booth
  • 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop
  • 23 Julian Savea
START LINE UP
  • 1 Jean-Pierre Smith
  • 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa
  • 3 Taniela Tupou
  • 4 Isack Rodda
  • 5 Kane Douglas
  • 6 Angus Scott-Young
  • 7 George Smith
  • 8 Scott Higginbotham
  • 9 Ben Lucas
  • 10 Jono Lance
  • 11 Jordan Petaia
  • 12 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Filipo Daugunu
  • 15 Hamish Stewart
RESERVES
  • 16 Andrew Ready
  • 17 Sef Faagase
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 19 Harry Hockings
  • 20 Liam Wright
  • 21 Moses Sorovi
  • 22 Izala Perese
  • 23 Aidan Toua
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 14 - Part One

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:29

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: The opening salvos in this week's fixtures will pit title contenders against no-hopers.

The Hurricanes, one of two runaway leaders, are at home to the rabble Reds - the latter one of three teams from the Australian teams that occupy the last three places on the standings.

That is followed by an encounter between the Sunwolves, who scored their first win of the season last week and still stuck at the bottom, and the Stormers - the latter a team who still believe they can make the play-offs.

There will be a lot more spice in the nest match, but still features a Blues that is third from bottom, going up against the top of the table Crusaders.

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

Friday, May 18:

Hurricanes v Reds
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)

A look at their positions on the table and a glance at their recent track records will suggest it is going to be one-way traffic.

The Hurricanes are on a nine-match winning streak, having lost only their opening match of the season - 19-21 to the Bulls in Pretoria.

In stark contrast the Reds became the first victims of the Sunwolves this season, going down 28-62 in Tokyo, and have won just once since mid-March.

Given that no Australian team has beaten a rival from across the Tasman Sea since May 2016, a 39-match losing streak, you could forgive the bookmakers if the odds are heavily stacked against the Reds.

There would be nothing sweeter for the players to cross the Tasman and become the ones who end the New Zealand sides' winning run against all Australian teams.

Tall ask? For sure, but not one that is beyond the realms of impossible.

Hurricanes scrumhalf Thomas Perenara, who has taken over the captaincy from Brad Shields for the match, spoke of how dangerous the Reds could be if afforded too many opportunities.

While the Reds have been struggling in some areas, their line-out, and the work they do off it, has been largely impressive.

What the Hurricanes will want to do is impose themselves relatively early, especially up front where the forwards took the lead against the Blues last week.

The Hurricanes remain totally focussed on finishing on top of the table at the end of the round robin and know they can go a long way to doing that by winning their three remaining games before the June international window.

Assistant coach John Plumtree spoke of the Hurricanes track record at home - where they have lost just once in their last 20 outings.

"We haven't been beaten at home for a fair while [June last year]," Plumtree said.

"We've got a proud home record so we talk about the things that make us proud of what we do, not too much about them."

Recent results:
2017: Hurricanes won 34-15, Brisbane
2016: Hurricanes won 29-14, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 35-19, Brisbane
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Reds, including their last four on the bounce. The Canes have won their last nine consecutive games at home against the Reds, despite trailing at half-time in two of their last four such fixtures. The Hurricanes have won 19 of their last 20 games on home soil, including their last seven on the bounce; the last time they lost to an Australian team at home was in Round 10, 2015. The Reds have finished their last two games without losing a scrum, as many times as they had in their 11 games prior. Jordie Barrett has made 19 offloads this campaign, the second most of any back - he's made nine in his last two starts. Can the Reds win? Yes! Is it worth putting any money on? No! The Hurricanes to win by 20 points or more.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Julian Savea.

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Izaia Perese, 23 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Doleman (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Saturday, May 19:

Sunwolves v Stormers
(Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong - Kick-off: 13.15; 05.15 GMT; 07.15 SA time)

Many pundits have said it is just a matter of time before the Sunwolves win their first match and throw off the shackles.

They broke their duck last week and may just play with more freedom.

The Stormers, in contrast, have been urged to be 'more conservative' if they are to keep their diminishing play-offs hopes alive.

It is expected that temperatures will soar into 30 degrees centigrade, with a very high level of humidity.

South African teams struggle with these conditions and the Stormers may be tempted to play without the ball and rely on their defence.

"The Sunwolves have been playing well the whole season and have been unlucky at times," assistant coach Paul Treu said.

"They will be confident after their win [against the Reds].

"They play a hard, physical and intense game, and I think we are going to see a lot of rugby played.

"We need to be smart about how we approach the game and how we are going to play it."

Stormers' coach Robbie Fleck added that there is no chance of "arrogance" or overconfidence from his side.

"I think the last two years when we have come over [to Asia], we have been a little bit, dare I say, arrogant," Fleck said.

"We thought it would be one of those things where we work through the game and we win it," he added.

"But we understand that they are very much a different side and they are a difficult opposition.

"The way the Sunwolves have played in their last two games certainly shows how far they have come.

"They have only won one game but they are a better side than they were in the last two years.

"There is a lot of respect there and we are going to have to be very smart in the way we play against them."

Recent results:
2017: Stormers won 52-15, Cape Town
2017: Stormers won 44-31, Singapore
2016: Sunwolves and Stormers drew 17-all, Singapore
2016: Stormers won 46-19, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers are undefeated in their four previous meetings with the Sunwolves, including a 52-15 win when they last met - the biggest win in the short history of the fixture. The Sunwolves will be hunting for back-to-back Super Rugby triumphs for the first time after blowing away the Reds 63-28 in Round 13, their biggest ever win in the competition. The Stormers have lost their last six games outside South Africa; the last time they won outside their home nation was in Round 5, 2017 against the Sunwolves. The Japanese club has a line-out success rate of just 82 percent this campaign, the lowest of any team in the competition. Damian de Allende has made 143 carries this campaign, the second most of any player and the most of any back, while only Akira Ioane (55) has beaten more defenders than the Stormers centre (48). The Stormers received their wake-up call against the Chiefs last week and should be too good for the Sunwolves - winning by about 15 points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Edward Quirk (captain), 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Shintaro Ishihara.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Craig Millar, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 EW Viljoen.

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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

The Crusaders are heavily favoured by bookmakers, but Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara is not buying into that.

The former Irish international saw enough of the Blues in their loss to the Hurricanes last week to be wary of the team stuck at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

Sonny Bill Williams made a massive impact on his return last week and O'Gara said there were 'certain things certain players could do', just as Israel Folau had done for the Waratahs against the Crusaders a week earlier.

The Crusaders received a timely boost with the return of All Black captain Kieran Read.

O'Gara said Read's arrival at practice this week was just a step along the road on his return to playing and there was no clear idea of when he would be available for selection.

"It's just a very slow burner at this stage," O'Gara said.

"There's a plan in place but with long-term injuries the plan has to be pretty flexible but I think [seeing him at training] it did give all the boys a bit of a lift," he said.

Blues coach Tana Umaga, who was reappointed for a further 12 months, felt his team is close to getting that big win.

"We are in the results business," Umaga said.

"Believe me, no-one at the Blues right now is happy with where we are at, but everyone has bought into our plan, believes in it and works so hard every day to perform.

"There are significant parts of every game where we are achieving that, and just a few basic things that let us down and convert those tight games into positive results."

Recent results:
2017: Crusaders won 33-24, Christchurch
2016: Crusaders won 26-21, Auckland
2016: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 34-11, Auckland
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last six games on the bounce against the Blues, the longest winning streak in the history of the fixture. Indeed, the Crusaders have won on their last two visits to Eden Park, having won there just once in their four visits prior. Each of the Blues' last five games has been won by the away team on the day, though the Auckland side has won just twice in that time. The Crusaders have missed the fewest tackles per game this season (19), and have the highest tackle success rate (86 percent). Akira Ioane has beaten 55 defenders in this campaign, more than any other player in the competition. It might be tighter than the 12-point handicap the bookies are giving the Crusaders. They should win, but only by seven points.

Teams:

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

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 22 Mitchell Hunt.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Cam Stone (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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VIDEO: Hurricanes make it 40-0 for New Zealand

Fri, 18 May 2018 07:00

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: It was a struggle, but the Hurricanes posted the 40th consecutive win by a New Zealand team over their trans-Tasman rivals Australia.

The Reds put up a brave fight against a surprisingly sloppy Hurricanes team and was in with a chance of victory right up to the final whistle.

However, the Hurricanes outscored the Reds by five tries to four, to win 38-34 in Wellington on Friday.

The Reds have still not beaten the Hurricanes since 2013 and fall further adrift of the play-off places.

Although they were on the losing side at the end of the day, it was the Queensland outfit's second best performance of the season - behind their upset of the Lions.

It was a remarkable turnaround from last weekend's horror show to the Sunwolves and even coach Brad Thorn would not have expected quite such a response. However, it was just not to be and probably would have been had they come up against any other side but the Hurricanes.

The momentum ebbed and flowed between the sides throughout the match with the final result never certain until the final whistle.

Although the Reds were the first side to get off the mark when Jono Lance registered an early penalty, it was all one-way traffic with the Hurricanes dominating the early exchanges. After the ball was held up over the Reds' try-line, the ‘Canes had a second bite at the cherry with another five-metre scrum.

Captain for the day Thomas Perenara timed his pop pass expertly for first receiver Beauden Barrett to burst through from first phase and dot down despite the best efforts of numerous Reds defenders. Barrett converted his own try for the 7-3 lead.

Lance reduced the deficit to a single point with another penalty shortly afterwards - this time Hurricanes prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen penalised for not rolling away from the ruck. However, the hosts would have their second moments later.

A patient build-up that spanned 13 phases and which combined superb interplay between backs and forwards saw Ben Lam score an excellent individual try, keeping the ball in one hand, feinting to pass while carrying a couple of Reds' defenders with him over the try-line out on the left touchline as Barrett added the extras for a 14-6 lead after 15 minutes.

The Reds began to enjoy their most sustained spell of possession and in the 20th minute were rewarded with their first try of the match when the Tongan Thor Taniela Tupou showed exceptional strength to muscle his way past three Hurricanes' defenders after a couple of pick-and-gos had got the visitors close to the line. Lance's conversion cut the deficit to a single point once again.

Five minutes later, the Reds had the lead. A beautifully executed move from the line-out saw Lance's pop pass allowing Samu Kerevi to break clean through and run 40 metres before timing the pass on his inside perfectly for Filipo Daugunu to run on to at full tilt under the posts. Lance maintained his perfect kicking record, adding the extras, for a 20-14 lead to the away side.

With five minutes to go before half-time, the Hurricanes seemed to have found their groove as they showed excellent ball retention and Sevens skills with one-handed offloads aplenty.

Beauden Barrett, who started it all winning a turnover, was heavily involved along with brother Jordie in a move that extended beyond 10 phases before Blade Thomson produced a clinical finish out on the right-hand touchline. Barrett slotted the conversion between the poles and added a further penalty after the siren as the Hurricanes took a 24-20 lead into the interval.

Ben Lam showed throughout the game just how hard he is to bring down and added to his first-half try with a 49th-minute score. After brilliant work by the Hurricanes' backline to isolate Lam one-on-one with Daugunu, the competition's top try-scorer notched his 14th for the season, fending off the attention of his opposite number with dismissive nonchalance.

Tighthead prop Tupou popped up with a bit of magic again - this time in the 53rd minute - as he first fended off Milner-Skudder in the solar plexus before showing fancy footwork to skin Thomas Perenara all while hugging the left touchline and then having the skill-set to play the final pass on his inside for 18-year-old Jordan Petaia to score on his debut. Lance's conversion made it a four-point game at 31-27.

After another long, patient build-up from the Hurricanes, the Reds eventually slipped a tackle and it was Sam Lousi who breached the Reds' defensive line, crossing for his try of the season after Chris Eves popped up in the backline to put the lock into space with a good pass. Barrett struck the conversion between the uprights to extend the lead to 38-27.

The momentum continued to ebb and flow and swung back in the Reds' favour once again, Lance's beautiful pass freeing up Samu Kerevi, who had a clear run-in to the line - the converted try cutting the deficit to four and setting up a tense finale with just over five minutes to go.

Man of the match: Samu Kerevi was powerful and Scott Higginbotham was the most productive forward for the Reds. Jordie and Beauden Barrett were always threatening, along with Nehe Milner-Skudder, and Peter Umaga-Jensen. Ardie Savea was also a monster with the ball in hand. However, our award goes to two-try wing Ben Lam.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
 B Barrett, Lam 2, Thomson, Lousi
Cons: B Barrett 3
Pen: B Barrett

For the Reds:
Tries:
Tupou, Daugunu, Petaia
Cons: Lance 3
Pens: Lance 2

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Julian Savea.

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Izaia Perese, 23 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Doleman (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Beauden Barrett (6min), Ben Lam (13min), Blade Thomson (35min), Ben Lam (47min), and Sam Lousi (67min)
TRIES
Taniela Tupou (20min), Filipo Daugunu (25min), Jordan Petaia (52min), and Samu Kerevi (73min)
Beauden Barrett (7min), Beauden Barrett (15min), Beauden Barrett (36min), Beauden Barrett (49min), and Beauden Barrett (68min)
CONVERSIONS
Jono Lance (21min), Jono Lance (26min), Jono Lance (53min), and Jono Lance (75min)
Beauden Barrett (40min)
PENALTIES
Jono Lance (2min) and Jono Lance (10min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)