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Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 27-06-2015
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Join us again shortly for the second semifinal when the defending champions Waratahs take on the Highlanders in Sydney!
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The Hurricanes now hold on to possession before it goes wide and Mitchell loses the ball forward in the Brumbies 22. The Brumbies run it out with Tomane from the scrum. The Brumbies hold onto the ball and make their towrdsv the Canes 22 before losing the ball forward. That is FULL-TIME! the Hurricanes are in the final! Hurricanes 29-9 Brumbies.
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The Brumbies go on the attack from the line-out, but it is turned over. the Brumbies get it back with Tomane trying to evade some tacklers. A loose sends the away team back inside their own half and the Canes turn it over again.
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From a scrum near their own 10m line Smylie goes short side to Savea who kicks down field. The Brumbies get the penalty and Lealiifano gives his team a line-out inside the Canes half.
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Marshall adds the extras and the Canes lead 29-9
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Toomua breaks through a big gap from a scrum and kicks. Barrett gathers brilliantly and kicks out into touch. the ball is over thrown by the Brumbies and the Canes counter from deep in their own half. Nonu breaks through up the centre before Marshall takes it into the 22. The ball goes wide again and Proctor gets a goo pass from Vito and the replacement is over for the try!
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Thomson takes the ball up from the restart before Vito is hard to bring down for the Brumbies players. Broadhurst breaks through a gap and passes to Eves who cannot hold on and the Brumbies will have a scrum near their own 10m line.
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Marshall from about 30m out misses the penalty and the score remains 22-9 to the Hurricanes.
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Perenara goes to his backline from the scrum, but Nonu is tackled well. Shields makes a few metres over the Brumbies ten metre line before it goes wide. The Hurricanes get another penalty with Pocock penalised at the ruck
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Lealiifano kicks out on the full from the restart and the Hurricanes will have a scrum in a good position on halfway
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James Marshall converts the penalty and the Hurricanes lead 22-9
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Proctor takes the ball up from the scrum before Coles makes a few metres. Barrett tries to step his way out of some tackles. The Hurricanes get the penalty and Conrad Smith wants the three points.
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After a delay for an injury and a reset at the scrum, The Hurricanes get the free-kick. they decide to have a scrum 10m from Brumbies tryline.
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The Hurricanes form the maul from the line-out, but it is defended well from the Brumbies and the away team wins the scrum.
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The Canes go on the attack from the line-out and Proctor sprints his way inside the Brumbies 22. Pocock turns the ball over and Mogg finds touch, but the Canes will get a 5m line-out from it.
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Mogg find a goo touch finder in the Hurricanes half from the restart. The Hurricanes go wide before Smith kicks down field. The Brumbies have the ball in their own 22 before White kicks the ball out into touch.
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Lealiifano, from right in front, converts the penalty and the score is 19-9 to the Hurricanes.
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The Hurricanes try and run the ball out of their own 22, but Proctor is tackled well. It does not pay off for the home side and they concede the penalty with Moore wanting the three points
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Pocock takes the ball up from the line-out before they go wide but Mogg sends a forward pass and the Hurricanes will have a defensive scrum on their own 22m line.
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Eves takes it up from the scrum 5m short of the Canes tryline before Barrett finds touch giving the Brumbies an attacking line-out on the Canes 22.
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The Hurricanes now go on the attack on halfway, but the Brumbies turn it over and Mogg is space. He chips and chases and loses the ball forward trying to gather 5m short of the tryline.
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Lealiifano converts the penalty and the score is 19-6 to the Hurricanes.
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Vaea goes short side from the scrum before Moore makes a few metres. Lealiifano takes it up before play is brought back for a Brumbies penalty and they will go for the three points
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The Brumbies take the ball wide from the line-out before it is turned over and kicked down field from the Canes. the Brumbies kick it back and Perenara loses the ball forward with the Brumbies getting the scrum on the Canes 10m line.
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Barrett boots the ball down field and Mogg returns with a high ball. The Hurricanes run the ball back and Ardie Savea is in space again. the ball is lost and the Brumbies will have the line-out on the Canes 10m line.
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Marshall adds the extras and the Hurricanes lead 19-3
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The Hurricanes forms the maul from the line-out before going wide to Smith. Play is brought back for a Hurricanes penalty and Perenara gives his team a 5m line-out. They form the maul again and they drive over the tryline with Ardie Savea getting the score
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Vaea is tackled back in his 22 as the Brumbies are under pressure from the restart. Mogg kicks the ball out and the Canes will have a line-out on the Brumbies 22.
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SECOND HALF: Beauden Barrett gets the game back under way!

Half Time

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The ball is kicked down field by Barrett and the Brumbies counter through Tomane. Moore stays strong in the tackle and makes a few metres before the Brumbies win the penalty after a Hurricanes tackler did not release the player. Mogg lines up the kick for polls and converts the penalty! HALF-TIME: Hurricanes 12-3 Brumbies
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From a line-out on their own 10m line, The Brumbies form the maul before White sends a high ball. the Canes counter and Monu is tackled near the Canes 10m line. The Hurricanes are happy to hang on the ball before Coles breaks through a tackle before the ball is lost forward. The Canes get the ball back in their own half but Vito loses the ball in touch.
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Perenara goes wide from the line-out before the ball goes the opposite direction and Milner-Skudder is nearly through. The Brumbies win the penalty in their 22 after the Hurricanes failed to release the ball.
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White goes wide from the scrum and Toomua makes a few metres. The Hurricanes win the penalty at the ruck. Barrett gives his team a line-out 5m from the Brumbies 22.
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From a line-out on their own 22, the Hurricanes send a high ball and Mogg finds touch with a good kick. The Canes form the maul before going wide but Marshall loses the ball forward and the Brumbies will have a scrum on halfway
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The Brumbies now find themselves with the ball in the Canes half, but are tackled hard by the home side. Lealiifano is nearly through a gap as the Brumbies make their way inside the Hurricanes 22. However nothing comes from it as a Canes player is taken out without the ball.
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Barrett adds the extras and the Canes lead 12-0
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The Brumbies go wide wide from the line-out with Sio taking the ball up. they make their way in the Canes 22, but get penalised for holding on. Barrett gives his team a line-out near their 10m line. The home side keeps ball in hand in their own half before Barrett sends grubber which bounces off a Brumbies player into touch. The Canes go wide from the line-out and Milner-Skudder is in space, the ball finds its way to Perenara after a Marshall pass and the scrumhalf is in for the try!
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From a line-out in their own half, the Brumbies form the maul and few metres before they get a penalty. White gives his team a line-out 10m from the Canes 22.
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Perenara kicks down field from the restart and Lealiifano sends a high ball which is gathered easily by Marshall in his 22. He takes it quickly and the Canes run it back. Milner-Skudder is in space and the ball finds its way to Perenara who sprints to the tryline. He is tackled. Goodes gets the ball and is over the tryline. It goes to the TMO and there is no try with Barrett getting penalised for stamping
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Barrett misses the conversion, but the Hurricanes lead 5-0
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Vito takes the ball up from the scrum and is tackled well. The Canes opt for pick and goes before it goes wide to Marshall who is tackled. It goes wide again and Ardie Savea makes a few metres again. The ball goes to his brother Julian on the wing and the All Black dives over for the try!
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The Hurricanes form the maul before Ardie Savea goes around the side. The ball is short of the tryline and play is brought back for a 5m scrum to the Hurricanes.
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Perenara goes short side from the scrum and Nonu is tackled well. Barrett sends a grubber and gets it back but play is brought back for a Hurricanes penalty. Barrett gives his team a 5m line-out.
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It is a deep throw in by the Canes but the Brumbies loses the ball forward and the Hurricanes have an attacking scrum 7m from the Brumbies tryline.
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This time the Hurricanes get the penalty at the scrum and Barrett gives his team a line-out 5m from the Brumbies tryline.
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Barrett sends a cross kick from the scrum for Julian Savea, but the wing loses the ball forward trying to gather it in the Brumbies 22.
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The Brumbies lose the ball forward at the line-out and the Canes will get an attacking scrum in the Brumbies half.
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The Brumbies win another penalty at scrum time with the Canes collapsing again and White gives his team a line-out near their own 10m line.
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Nonu breaks through a few tackles before he passes to Smith in the Brumbies 22. The ball is lost forward and the Brumbies will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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This time it is the Brumbies who get the penalty at the scrum and White gives his team a line-out after an average kick. The Brumbies go wide from the line-out before it is kicked. Milner-Skudder counters before Ardie Savea breaks through a tackle and makes his way in the Brumbies half.
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Vito takes the ball up from the restart before Nonu makes a few metres. the ball goes wide with Julian Savea bouncing out of a couple of tackles, the ball goes wide again and the Canes are through with Milner-Skudder but the ball was lost forward.
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Barrett hits the post from the penalty and the score remains 0-0
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After a reset at the scrum, The Canes get the penalty and Barrett will go for poles in the Brumbies 22.
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From a line-out in their own half, Perenara sends a high ball and the Brumbies counter and Kuridrani is in space. Pocock makes his way in the Hurricanes 22 before the ball goes wide again. Ardie Savea rips the ball away and Smith is in space. Milner-Skudder chips and gathers before passing to Perenara who passes to Coles who loses the ball forward in the Brumbies 22.
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Marshall finds touch from the restart and the Brumbies have an attacking line-out. The away side goes wide with Kuridrani taking the ball up. Moore makes a few metres as the Brumbies are 10m from the Canes 22. The Canes win the penalty in their 22 after Fardy holds on.
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KICK-OFF: Christian Lealiifano gets the game under way!
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The Brumbies have won the last four contests between the sides, this after losing the previous four.
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The Canes' largest ever win (56-7) was also the Brumbies' heaviest ever defeat and came when these sides met in Wellington in 2009.
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There are exciting match-ups all over the park, but the most crucial may well be at halfback - Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) against Christian Lealiifano and Nic White (Brumbies) - where both teams will get their direction from.
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Welcome to live coverage of the first semifinal of this year's Super Rugby tournament with the Hurricanes taking on the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 James Marshall
  • 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • 13 Conrad Smith
  • 12 Ma'a Nonu
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 8 Victor Vito
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 5 James Broadhurst
  • 4 Jeremy Thrush
  • 3 Ben Franks
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 1 Reg Goodes
RESERVES
  • 23 Matt Proctor
  • 22 Reynold Lee-Lo
  • 21 Chris Smylie
  • 20 Blade Thomson
  • 19 Mark Abbott
  • 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 16 Brayden Mitchell
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jesse Mogg
  • 14 Lausii Taliauli
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Matt Toomua
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 Nic White
  • 8 Ita Vaea
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 5 Blake Enever
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 1 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 Robbie Coleman
  • 22 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 19 Jordan Smiler
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
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Preview: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:20

The Hurricanes will play the emotional card and invoke the memory of Jerry Collins when they play the Brumbies this weekend.

The Hurricanes will play the emotional card and invoke the memory of Jerry Collins when they play the Brumbies this weekend, as the Super Rugby intensity hits 'Test-match level'.

The New Zealand side goes into this trans-Tasman showdown with the better form - the Hurricanes by some distance the best performing and most consistent side in the regular season - while the Australian outfit has the greater pedigree.

The Brumbies, two-time champions in 2001 and 2004, booked a place in the semis for a third consecutive year when they knocked out South Africa's final hope, the Stormers, last week.

The Brumbies are bidding to become the first team from either Australia or South Africa to win a play-off match in New Zealand, but against them is the arduous travel they have undertaken to get to Wellington via Cape Town.

Hooker Stephen Moore saw similarities with 2013 when they went to South Africa to beat the Bulls in the semis, then flew to New Zealand to be beaten 27-22 by the Chiefs in the Final.

"I guess this time round I feel like our squad is probably a little bit stronger and more experienced," he said.

"Finals are as close as you get to Test matches and big Test matches.

"That kind of pressure goes up a level, the intensity goes up a level."

The Brumbies did not play the Hurricanes in the regular season, but Moore said they have seen plenty of video evidence to know what they are up against.

"They've been the trailblazers all year in the competition so they're a very dangerous side in a lot of different areas," he said.

The Hurricanes, who suffered a blow Thursday with All Blacks wing Cory Jane forced out by a hamstring injury, are playing the emotional card going into the match.

A giant No.6 jersey will be carried around the stadium in tribute to former Hurricanes star Collins, who was killed in a car crash in France with his partner three weeks ago.

Collins, a close friend and teammate of many present Hurricanes, wore the No.6 jersey, and "was a fantastic Hurricane," franchise Chief Executive James Te Puni said.

"We want to recognise Jerry and his contribution," he added, saying the Brumbies clash was arguably the biggest game in the Hurricanes' history.

Players to watch:

For the Hurricanes:
You always start with electric wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, then you look at the stability and experience provided by the All Black midfield combination of Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu, the raw power of the other wing Julian Savea, the class of flyhalf Beauden Barrett and the skill of scrumhalf TJ Perenara. That is just the backline, Up front you have just as many threats - starting with No.8 Victor Vito, followed by flanks Ardie Savea and Brad Shields, the dependable locks combination of James Broadhurst and Jeremy Thrush, and the hard-working front row of Ben Franks, Dane Coles and Reggie Goodes.

For the Brumbies: Jesse Mogg is dependable, Tevita Kuridrani may want to raise the bar as he has been somewhat underwhelming, Matt Toomua is always a threat with ball in hand, Joe Tomane will look to reproduce his try-scoring feats of last week, while the halfback combination of Christian Lealiifano and Nic White will no doubt play for territory. Ita Vaea is pure power, David Pocock is without doubt one of the best breakdown exponents in the world, Scott Fardy's workrate is exceptional, while Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Scott Sio may have to improve their work ethic from last week - when just about everything went in their favour.

Head to head: There are exciting match-ups all over the park, but the most crucial may well be at halfback - Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) against Christian Lealiifano and Nic White (Brumbies) - where both teams will get their direction from. While the Hurricanes appear to have the better strike power in the outside backs, it may well be in the tight forwards where the battle for possession will be decided - James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Ben Franks, Dane Coles and Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) against Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Scott Sio (Brumbies).

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 29-21, Wellington
2013: Brumbies won 30-23, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 37-25, Wellington
2011: Brumbies won 17-16, Canberra
2010: Hurricanes won 23-13, Canberra
2009: Hurricanes won 56-7, Wellington
2008: Hurricanes won 33-15, Canberra
2007: Hurricanes won 11-10, Wellington
2006: Brumbies won 21-16, Canberra
2005: Hurricanes won 49-37, Wellington

Prediction: Since suffering defeat to the Brumbies in their first home game of the 2014 season, the Hurricanes have lost just two of 15 in Wellington. The Canes' largest ever win (56-7) was also the Brumbies' heaviest ever defeat and came when these sides met in Wellington in 2009.  The Brumbies defeated the Hurricanes in the 1997 Super 12 semifinals. The Brumbies have won the last four contests between the sides, this after losing the previous four. Just one of the last eight meetings between these sides in New Zealand has seen a final points margin of a converted try or less. The Hurricanes have lost five of six Super Rugby semifinals, with four of those defeats coming by margins greater than 10 points.  In contrast, the Brumbies have won six of eight appearances at this stage. The Hurricanes boast the best scrum in terms of ball retention (95 percent) this season, while the Brumbies' figure is the second worst (82 percent). The Canes have averaged the highest gain (560 metres) this season, while the Brumbies have averaged the second lowest (347 metres). Opponents of the Brumbies also gain fewer metres (360) per game than any other side. The Hurricanes' average of 11.6 clean breaks per game is a tournament high, though the Brumbies' average of 5.4 breaks conceded per game is a season low.  The Brumbies have averaged fewer line-outs lost on their throw (1.2) than any other side, while the Canes have thrown the most away, an average of 2.8 per game. They rank second best and third last for line-out success rates respectively. Only the Brumbies (16.5) have shipped fewer points per game than the Hurricanes (18) this year. The Hurricanes lead the way for final quarter tries this season with 18 after the hour mark. That is twice as many as the Brumbies who have scored the joint-second fewest in the same timeframe. Only Waisake Naholo (11), who has played two games more, has scored more tries than TJ Perenara (10) this year. Opposite number Nic White has assisted 15 tries, at least four more than any other player. Play-offs are notoriously tough to predict, but the Hurricanes seem to have the kind of grid that could see them go all the way and they should into the Final - beating the Brumbies by less than 10 points.

Teams:

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

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Lausii Taliauli, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Robbie Coleman.
 

Date: Saturday, June 27
Venue: Westpac Stadium. Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: Sun giving way to increasing clouds; breezy in the evening. High of 12°C and a low of 7°C.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Hurricanes to host first-ever Final

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:18

REPORT: The Hurricanes will host a Super Rugby Final for the first time, after they demolished the Brumbies - winning 29-9 in their semifinal.

The Hurricanes will host a Super Rugby Final for the first time, after they demolished the Brumbies - winning 29-9 in their semifinal in Wellington on Saturday.

It has been almost a decade since the Canes' previous - and only other - appearance in a Final.

They will host the Highlanders in Wellington next Saturday, after their compatriots beat the Waratahs in the first semifinal of the day.

The last time the Hurricanes reached Super Rugby's grand finale, in 2006, they lost 12-19 to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Based on their form this season and Saturday's display, they will head into the Final as outright favourites.

The 'Canes first victory over the Brumbies since 2010 was set up by battering runs from Julian and Ardie Savea, coupled with the more silky play of Nehe Milner-Skudder which wreaked havoc with the Brumbies' defence.

Milner-Skudder was injured out of the game at the beginning of the second half and Ardie Savea lasted only a brief period in the second spell, but by then the damage was done as the Hurricanes pulled off an emotional victory.

They played with the initials JC embroidered on their jerseys in memory of former teammate Jerry Collins, who was killed in a car crash in France three weeks ago, but captain Conrad Smith said they did not let that dominate their focus.

"We discussed it and said that in itself is not going to win us the game, we've got to keep doing the little things that have got us this far," Smith said.

"There's no doubt it played its part deep down in the ticker but other than that we just focussed on doing our jobs."

The Brumbies, two times champions, were keen to establish an early stronghold knowing their arduous schedule over the past two weeks en route to Wellington via South Africa would catch up with them.

But after the Hurricanes shut down a barrage of salvoes inside their 22 over the first five minutes, the flavour changed on one crucial turnover by flank Ardie Savea.

The ball was spun to Milner-Skudder as the 'Canes targeted Brumbies left wing Joe Tomane, defying talk they would attack the much less experienced Lausii Taliauli who was called in as a replacement for suspended Henry Speight.

As new All Black Milner-Skudder constantly mesmerised the Brumbies, Dane Coles, TJ Perenara, Ma'a Nonu and Julian Savea all went within a whisker of scoring only to be denied by handling errors.

But when they opted for a more patient approach, the passes stuck and left wing Julian Savea crossed in the corner.

Perenara then started and finished a 50-metre move that again featured Milner-Skudder as the Hurricanes took a 12-0 lead before Jesse Mogg landed a penalty on the stroke of half-time to put the Brumbies on the board - 3-12.

Ardie Savea scored from a line-out drive after the restart with James Marshall, taking over the kicking duties from Beauden Barrett, adding the conversion to stretch the lead to 19-3.

The Brumbies closed the gap with two penalties by Christian Lealiifano, but they were unable to cross the line while the Hurricanes finished off with a Marshall penalty who also converted a try by Matt Proctor.

Man of the match: Nic White's mouth was his most productive muscle, while Stephen Moore also worked hard - on and off the ball. David Pocock, as always, was his team's most effective player. Nehe Milner-Skudder showed some flashes of brilliance before leaving the field with a hamstring injury early in the second half. Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith showed why they are regarded as one of the best midfield combinations in the world. Julian and Ardie Savea were powerful with ball in hand, always making metres and getting over the advantage line. James Broadhurst and Jeremy Thrush were the engines that drove the powerful Hurricanes forward pack, while Brad Shields' workrate was also very impressive. However, the halfback combination of TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett is what gave the Hurricanes the edge in a game of small margins.

Man of the match: Nic White's mouth was his most productive muscle, while Stephen Moore also worked hard - on and off the ball. David Pocock, as always, was his team's most effective player. Nehe Milner-Skudder showed some flashes of brilliance before leaving the field with a hamstring injury early in the second half. Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith showed why they are regarded as one of the best midfield combinations in the world. Julian and Ardie Savea were powerful with ball in hand, always making metres and getting over the advantage line. James Broadhurst and Jeremy Thrush were the engines that drove the powerful Hurricanes forward pack, while Brad Shields' workrate was also very impressive. However, the halfback combination of TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett is what gave the Hurricanes the edge in a game of small margins.

Moment of the match: The Hurricanes' powerful maul inside the first minute of the second half, which marched more than 20 metres and made  a serious statement of intent - leading to the Ardie Savea try from the very next maul. From then on, at 19-3, the Brumbies had a mountain to climb and try as they might, just couldn't get close enough.

Villain of the match: Nobody, not even Nic White's niggling tactics or his mouthy behaviour.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
J Savea, Perenara, A Savea, Proctor
Cons: Barrett, Marshall 2
Pens: Marshall

For the Brumbies:
Pens:
Mogg, Lealiifano 2

Teams:

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

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Lausii Taliauli, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Robbie Coleman.
 
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Julian Savea (21min), TJ Perenara (28min), Ardie Savea (43min), and Matt Proctor (74min)
TRIES
Beauden Barrett (29min), James Marshall (44min), and James Marshall (75min)
CONVERSIONS
James Marshall (66min)
PENALTIES
Jesse Mogg (40min), Christian Lealiifano (50min), and Christian Lealiifano (57min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Glen Jackson