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Super Rugby | Perth
11:00 (GMT) | 27-02-2015
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We will be back later on when the Cheetahs take on the Blues! See you then
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Marshall adds the two points from his try
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Hurricanes have one last shot from a lineout 15 metres out. They set a good maul then break and get close... TRY Marshall steps and dives and slams the ball down for the TRY
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A tough kick adds the extras for Burton
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TRY! The Force get their first try of the night as Ebersohn charges down a Savea chip, he plays Mitchell Scott who runs in the 50 metre try.
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Canes have another scrum as they continue looking for tries. The ball is kicked away but the defence is quick up on the Force as they bring it to halfway, but it is again turned over and Marshall outs in a perfect kick that bobbles out 5 metres out
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Hurricanes have another solid which sees the ball come to Nonu, he puts in a great grubber which is then nudged again off the boot by lner-Skudder, Savea charges on and picks up to dot down... try is not awarded yet as they look for an offside from lner-Skudder's grubber... NO TRY
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Silly knock on as Stander gets a Falcon in the head! Hurricanes scrum... It goes to another scrum soon after, this time to the Force, for a knock on
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NO try... it is ruled to have been knocked on - Force scrum
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TMO decision! Could be a try from the break out for the Canes again, they need to see if there was a knock on... Marshall slides in towards the line, he fumbles the loose ball but it could be backwards as Chris Smiley picks up and dots down
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James Marshall takes over the kicking duties and nails his first CONVERSION
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TRY! King Julian! typical from Savea, a great breakout Nehe lner-Skudder sees him find Savea on the wing, he runs straight and hard for 40 metres to bash two defenders out and get the try
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Barrett adds the simple CONVERSION
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Scrumtime 5 metres out for the Canes... TRY! Barrett takes the ball to the line but from the recycled ball Victor Vito is able to pick and go and dot the ball down between the posts
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Hurricanes get a 5 metre penalty form the scrum as it is turned into an attacking opportunity - the Hurricanes put the ball into touch and set the lineout. Canes have a couple shots at the line but eventually the ball is thrown out - they come back for a penalty advantage
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More penalties for the Hurricanes, this time on half way as Barrett puts them into the corner for a lineout. The Cane set a maul but a sneaky pas sees Coles run for the line, he steps inside for Broadhurst who is stopped short. Knock on, Force scrum
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Hurricanes decide on a maul almost 15 metres out, it is good as they make it to within 5 metres, they try go through the backs but it is knocked on, there is a penalty advantage so the Hurricanes take another PENALTY shot through Barrett
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Force are holding onto possession but the Canes seem to be able to push them back with some slick counter-attacking with ease. Barrett finally puts the ball into touch to slow things down
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Force back to rumbling the ball up through the forwads - 10 metres out - the ball comes to the backs but they are losing ground and it all fizzles out as the Force are tackled into touch
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Force making their way up the field though a number of penalties and it looks like the referee is issuing a warning... Burton is lining up the penalty kick, but it is off the post and the Hurricanes clear it to touch
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PENALTY - Barrett boots over another tough one
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Hurricanes picking up from where they left off in terms of attack but a knock on leads to a Force scrum. The ball is secured and eventually cleared but it just means the Canes can run it back
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We are back for the SECOND HALF as Barrett kicks off

Half Time

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Hurricanes defense holds strong but a penalty is given away, the Force tap and go and get within inches - another penalty 5 metres out and they decide to take the PENALTY on HALFTIME!
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Force again are pushed backwards in attack so Holmes puts in a low, racking kick for touch into the Canes half - the Hurricanes lineout is thrown skew and the Force now have the ball... last shot of the half
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Hurricanes win a penalty and Barrett takes it on himself to attempt a difficult penalty kick. The strike is good as the PENALTY sails over
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Force are going backwards in their attack as the Hurricanes drive up on them, the ball is then thrown out near the 22 as the Canes win the lineout
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Another penalty as the maul was collapsed... Holmes sets another lineout
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Force look to rumble the ball up until it is swung blind for Holmes who hits a gap but the Hurricanes are up to it defensively. Another penalty for the Force, this time inside the 22 as they kick for the corner, looking for a try
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Force have a lineout in their half but are very much on the back foot at the moment. The ball is won by the home team and as they run it up they earn a penalty and are able to clear
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A simple CONVERSION for Barrett
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Hurricanes getting close now as they rumble it up through the forwards and finally, it had to come, TRY for Abbot who smashes a defender out the way to score right near the post
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After a bit of a kicking duel Zack Holes finally puts it into touch inside the Canes half. The Hurricanes secure the ball as they work it into the Force's half
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The scrum is turned around for the Force pushing early as the Canes look to attack again. Barrett tries a cross-field kick against the run of play as Steve Mafi just manages to get the mark away from the rampaging Cory Jane
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Nothing comes of it as Nonu then Savea try and bash it up but it comes loose in back play as the Force set up a scrum on the 22
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Hurricanes again with a great counter attack! Barrett takes it on himself to split the defense and then chip and chase, the Force get back just in time but they do knock it on 5 metres out giving the Canes another opportunity
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Holmes hooks it hard to the left and the score remains...
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Force look to hit back through a solid enough rolling maul, it does not make much metres but they do win a penalty from it and line up a shot at goal for the lead
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TRY - Another counter attack from Savea as the ball is turned over on the left wing, he is finally brought down by the cover defense but the ball is quickly shifted to the other side of the field to Cory Jane who walks over the tryline for an easy score
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From the scrum the Highlanders try to bash it up through Savea but he is brought down, Nonu has a go but Mafi gets his hands on the ball and wins a penalty - Force kick the pressure off
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From the scrum the Hurricanes absolutely destroy the Force as Nathan Charles lifts his foot, they take the penalty in the form of another scrum...
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Hurricanes make a great run up the touchline through broken play, Shields flings the ball inside about 20 metres out but straight to a Force player, he is then pushed out as Savea takes the lineout quickly. The Hurricanes get even closer as they spot a whole on the wing, the ball is passed to Savea but he fumbles it with an open try line!
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We have the first scrum of the game to Hurricanes as Stander knocks on taking the ball up. Scrum is perfectly solid as the Canes carry the ball up until Barrett decides to play for some field position
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Canes getting into their running through who else - Julian Savea! Cory Jane also makes some metres but then Brad Shields is penalised for holding on as the Force boot for touch from the penalty
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First points go to Holmes and the Force as he slots the PENALTY
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It is safety first to begin with as the Hurricanes receive the kick off, bang it up a few times before Barrett boots it out. It does not end well as Abbot gets penalised in the middle of the park with the force attacking
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We are underway in Perth as Zack Holmes kicks off onto the Hurricanes!
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It is a beautiful day in Perth as the late-setting sun is still shinning on the park, should be great conditions for the potent Hurricanes backline
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The Western Force were able to topple the reigning champion Waratahs away from home in a topsy-turvy first round. They did however come unstuck against the Reds in the next round
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The Hurricanes are looking good after claiming two wins against the Lions and the Bulls on the highveld in South Africa - no simple task! Meanwhile the Force, like all the Australian teams, have collected one win from two games.
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Welcome to the second match of the weekend as the undefeated Hurricanes take on the Western Force on their way back home from a successful South African tour
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Marcel Brache
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Pekahou Cowan
RESERVES
  • 23 James Verity-Amm
  • 22 Jono Lance
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 19 Lewis Carmichael
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 17 Francois Van Wyk
  • 16 Anaru Rangi
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jordie Barrett
  • 14 Vince Tavae –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
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 4 Vaea Fifita
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 2 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 1 Toby Smith
RESERVES
  • 23 Wes Goosen
  • 22 Ihaia West
  • 21 Richard Judd
  • 20 Reed Prinsep
  • 19 Murray Douglas
  • 18 Ben May
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 16 James O’Reilly
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Preview: S15 Round Three, Part One

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:08

It may be early days yet, just two rounds played, but already some interesting trends are beginning to develop Super Rugby 2015.

It may be early days yet, just two rounds played, but already some interesting trends are beginning to develop in the last addition of a 15-team Super Rugby tournament.

Some teams have had more problems off the field than on it, while others are in supreme form.

The weekend's Round Three action kicks off in Dunedin on Friday - between two teams with plenty of off-field drama - the reds caught up in the Karmichael Hunt cocaine saga and the Highlanders battling illness and personal problems.

After that it is a quick hop across the Tasman Sea and then a flight across Australia to Perth - where the Western Force will look to bounce back from last week's disappointing loss when they face the unbeaten Hurricanes.

The Friday action is concluded with a trip across the Indian Ocean, where the Cheetahs - having had a bye in Round Two after a win in the opening week - host a Blues team with all kinds of disciplinary issues.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, February 27

Highlanders v Reds
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 16.35 AEST)

The Reds' off-field problems are far more serious than that of the Highlanders, but neither team would have wanted the build-up they experienced this week.

In Brisbane the fall-out of the Karmichael Hunt cocaine sage continued to cause shockwaves - with media briefings continued to be dominated about the code-hopper, despite Hunt having been put on ice.

The Highlanders, after their bitterly disappointing loss to the Crusaders last week, have been unable to get a proper training session in all week.

Top of the list of absentees is prop Kane Hames, who was slapped with a five-week ban for foul play.

Co-captain Nasi Manu picked up a bout of food poisoning, flyhalf Lima Sopoaga returned home to Wellington to be with his ill father and prop Ross Geldenhuys welcomed a second boy into his family on Tuesday.

While Manu has been short-listed to play, but Sopoaga has been ruled out - along with flank Shane Christie (hamstring) and midfield back Shaun Treeby (knee), who both missed last week's outing with injuries.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said his team was well off the expected standards against the Crusaders and will have to raise the bar considerably.

Joseph was also brutally honest about Hames' ban.

''Clearly Kane was in the wrong,"he told the Otago Daily Times.

"He hit a player, and you can't do that in footy. Five weeks might sound severe but I guess that is the lesson we have to learn.

''We really need a player like that. He was one of our best players last year but when things like that happen, the whole team suffers.''

However, Joseph's problems pale in comparison with the media circus that followed Reds mentor Richard Graham this week.

Hunt has not trained with the team and won't play till his court appearance next month.

Graham said it was in "the best interests of Hunt's welfare" that he was not involved around the Reds squad until he appeared in court.

The reds coach said last weekend's win over the Force was a positive one, but they had shifted focus to the Highlanders almost immediately.

"Whilst last week's win was hugely important, this week is a new challenge and we have been heavily focused on ensuring we get the mindset right," Graham said.

"We are chasing small improvements in our performances every week and the only way you'll achieve that is by starting the process over at the beginning of each week.

"Leading into a game we have control over our attitude and preparation."

Recent results:
2014: Reds won 38-31, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 34-33, Dunedin
2012: Reds won 19-13, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 38-36, Brisbane
2009: Highlanders won 24-19, Ivercargill
2008: Reds won 22-16, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds' current four-match winning streak against the Highlanders is their best run of form in the history of this fixture. The last six clashes between these sides have all been settled by seven or fewer points. The Reds have managed a better line-out success rate (97 percent) than any other side so far this season, landing 30 of 31 throws. They have also managed the most steals (six). The Highlanders are one of two sides (along with the Bulls) to see their opponents win all of their scrum feeds so far (20/20). The Reds sit bottom of the charts for all the main attacking attributes after two rounds; carries, metres, clean breaks, defenders beaten and offloads. Encounters between these two teams are never short of drama, which makes it tough to call. However, we feel the Highlanders may end their losing streak against the Reds and win by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Kurt Baker.

Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacments: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Tom Murday, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Western Force v Hurricanes
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.00; 11.00 GMT; 00.00 Saturday, February 28 NZ Time)

The Hurricanes, fresh from a rare clean sweep on a South African tour, are determined continue their unbeaten start to the 2015 Super Rugby season when they play the Western Force in Perth on Friday.

The Western Force, after an impressive start with a win over the Waratahs in Sydney, flopped spectacularly against the reds in Brisbane last week.

They appear to have returned to their most erratic form. It is unsure how much the one-off-on-again build-up - the result of a tropical in Brisbane - impacted on the Perth players.

Commitment and composure under pressure  characterised the Hurricanes' two opening wins of the season - over the Lions and the Bulls.

They will look to replicate that in the final match of their road trip.

The Hurricanes could expect another torrid battle against the Force, who aren't flashy, but will tough it out for 80 minutes and attempt to wear down their opposition.

The Force are still without regular captain and flank Matt Hodgson, last year's leading Super Rugby tackler, who suffered a pre-season hamstring injury. In his absence, No.8 Ben McCalman is a superb close-quarter tradesman and his contest with his Hurricanes opposites should be a key feature of this match.

The battle for set-piece possession will likely go a long way to determining the outcome.

The Hurricanes' scrum went well against the traditionally strong Bulls pack last week, so they will be looking to continue to their early season ascendancy in this area.

The Hurricanes have their bye after this match, so another positive performance will put them in good stead ahead of their first home encounter against the Blues in Palmerston North on March 13.

Recent results:
2013: Hurricanes won 22-16, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 46-19, Perth
2011: Hurricanes won 34-28, Palmerston North
2010: Hurricanes won 47-22, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 28-27, Perth
2008: Hurricanes won 21-10, Wellington

Prediction: The 'Canes have won the last six matches between these teams who last met in 2013. In two of their last five wins over the Western Australia side, the Hurricanes have come from behind at half-time to triumph. The Force's line-out (69 percent) and scrum (59 percent) success rates are the lowest in the competition after two rounds. The Canes have won the most turnovers so far this year (24), as well as the most scrums (22). The Hurricanes are aiming for three consecutive away wins for the first time since May to June 2012. The Hurricanes are undoubtedly one of the form teams and it will take something special by the Western Force top end their run. The Hurricanes to win by 10 points or more.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Luke Burton, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Brynard Stander, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Mitchell Scott.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smiley, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Brad Shields, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Nehe lner-Skudder.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Cheetahs v Blues
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.10; 18.10 GMT; 06.10 NZ Time Saturday, February 28)

The two teams will meet in Bloemfontein with vastly contrasting fortunes - the Cheetahs with a win and a bye, the Blues on the back of consecutive defeats.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské felt his team made the perfect start and must kick on from here.

"We have gained a lot of confidence from the game against the Sharks," Drotské told a media briefing.

"We haven't started well in the competition in the past, but we have done so this year," said Drotské.

"We not only beat them [the Sharks] in Durban, but got five points in doing so.

"There was no need to really ring the changes and the side stays as is, mostly because we want to reward the players for their efforts at Kings Park."

Drotské said he was satisfied with all aspects of his side's game, and hoped to produce a similar performance against the Blues.

"We did a lot of things very well against the Sharks. We scrummed really well and we defended like our lives depended on it.

"We also did well on the attack and want to take that momentum forward against a side that is going to be very direct and physical in their approach to the game.

"We expect a huge battle and we have prepared as such."

The Blues, in contrast, are faced with an almost farcical inability to win away from home.

Under coach John Kirwan the Blues won just once on the road last year - against in Perth against the Force. And in 2013 they also had just one away victory.

They need a win on Friday to lift the dark pall of gloom.

After this week the Blues have just one home game, against the Lions, before another three-match road-trip - when they face the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Chiefs.

No doubt they could be in a deep mire if they head home to Auckland with three consecutive defeats at the start of the season and knowing they have another tough away stretch to follow.

The pressure on Kirwan, in the last year of his contract, will increase significantly if they don't come up with a winning streak soon.

That can will only be achieved if they discard the brainless, overly physical approach that coast them so dearly against the Stormers last week - a red card to a key player and deserved defeat.

Recent results:
2014: Blues won 40-30, Auckland
2013: Cheetahs won 34-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Blues won 29-22, Auckland
2010: Cheetahs won 36-32, Bloemfontein
2009: Blues won 46-12, North Harbour
2008: Blues won 50-26, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The last six games between these sides have seen an average of 62 combined points scored. The last five games between these teams have been won by the home side. The Blues have never lost their first three games of a Super Rugby season. The Blues are the only side to land all of their attempts at goal so far this season. They have also landed the joint-most penalty shots (nine). The Cheetahs are aiming for consecutive victories for the first time since May 2013. The Cheetahs shed a lot of experience and a good serving of Springbok caps in the off-season and it seems those departures did more good than harm. Only time will tell, but we feel they will produce an entertaining game and win by 10 points or more.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Petersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Burrie Uys, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Johannes Prinsloo, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Johann Sadie.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Francis Saili.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


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Canes go top with strong showing

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:02

MATCH REPORT: The Hurricanes raced to the top of the Super Rugby standings with a 42-13 demolition of a hapless Western Force.

The Hurricanes raced to the top of the Super Rugby standings with a 42-13 demolition of a hapless Western Force team in Perth on Friday.

Outscoring the home team by five tries to one, the unbeaten Canes collected a full-house five points - to go with the eight they collected on their two-match tour of South Africa - where they beat the Lions and Bulls.

With former Sharks coach John Plumtree now the Hurricanes' forwards coach, the men from Wellington in New Zealand gave notice that they are genuine title contenders.

The Force suffered their biggest ever home loss and have just one win from three games, which came in the season opener against defending champions the Waratahs.

The Force might have opened the scoring through a penalty from the boot of Zack Holmes, but it was evident from the outset that the visitors had their measure and the home team spent almost the entire game under siege.

The Hurricanes were on track from the time Cory Jane was on the end of some slick ball movement to run in the first try in the 12th minute.

They overpowered the Force in most aspects of the game, and added a second try when Mark Abbott seized on some lax defence to lunge over next to the posts in the 26th minute.

The Hurricanes led 15-6 at half-time and the game was over as a contest when Victor Vito drove to the line for their third try in the 61st minute.

They added a fourth when Julian Savea simply ran over Force opponent Luke Morahan as he charged down the side line in the 63rd minute.

They were unlucky not to add two further tries, with Savea twice denied by marginal calls from the referees, but James Marshall added a fifth with the last play of the match.

Hurricanes skipper Dane Coles said it had been a tremendous start for his team, but that they needed to maintain their form.

"It has been pretty good, two wins in Africa and one in Australia on the way home," he said

"We have a lot of belief in our side, we have put ourselves in a good position, but we need to keep our feet on the ground."

Man of the match:  Ben McCalman and Brynard Stander were good for the Force and never gave up. Julian Savea came close with his usual array of monster-truck charges, while James Broadhurst was a workhorse. However, our award goes to the general that directed the Hurricanes dominant show - flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who not only controlled the game, but produced a few great counter-attacks.

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Try:
Scott
Con: Burton
Pens: Holmes, Burton

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
Jane, Abbot, Vito, J Savea, Marshall
Cons: Barrett 2, Marshall 2
Pens: Barrett 3

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Luke Burton, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Brynard Stander, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Mitchell Scott.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smiley, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Brad Shields, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Nehe lner-Skudder.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

 
TRIES
 
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (26min) and Beauden Barrett (62min)
 
PENALTIES
Beauden Barrett (36min), Beauden Barrett (45min), and Beauden Barrett (54min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)