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Super Rugby | Palmerston North
06:35 (GMT) | 18-03-2016
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Stay tuned as we go straight to our next Round 4 match up with the Waratahs VS the Highlanders
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As play is resumed the horn goes and Barrett has no problem kicking the ball out of play to end the game
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Barrett converts this time around
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The Hurricanes maintain the pressure at the 5 meter line but the kick forward is intercepted. Line-out at the 5 meter line of the away team. The push forward in the maul and the TRY is awarded to Savea
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Penalty towards the Hurricanes and Barrett kicks the ball into touch at the 5 meter area
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Scrum at the 10 meter line of the home team and Hurricanes looking for one more perhaps
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Barrett misses the conversion
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Laumape is awarded the TRY
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The Force finds themselves at mid field again, and the Force have a penalty against them. Quickly taken by the home team and they break up field at the away team's 20 meter line. TMO decision pending a try
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Hurricanes defense staying strong not allowing the Force to make any progress, play still occurring at the 10 meter line of the home team. The ball is booted forward so as to make some ground
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The Force inside the 10 meter now desperate to get something more on the score board. They move the ball down field then up again
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Barrett adds another 2 to the score sheet
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The Force now outside the 22 line of the home team. The ball is cleared but the Force comes again. The turnover comes and the break is made from inside their own half and they go straight to the try line for. Thomson gets his team another 5 points
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The Force with a good kick forward, they chase but Barrett just manages to clear.
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Barrett secures the extras this time
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Halaholo makes a fantastic run from the 10 meter line and Hurricanes manage to get the try through TJ Perenara
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The Force now with the ball and they're making some ground up field. The turnover comes inside the 10 meter line.
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Scrum just inside the 10 meter line of the home team. Hurricanes receive a penalty after the Force win the ball at the scrum. The ball is kicked into touch around the 10 meter line area
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Barrett misses the conversation
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James Marshall gets the TRY after the ball moves down the field with some good movement by the home team
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Line -out at the 5 meter of the home team, they win the ball in a maul and clear the ball up field. They make the break into the 22 line area, Coles pushing his team forward
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McCalman comes away with the ball but is brought down after a few paces at the 10 meter line of the home team.
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Hurricanes get the line-out and they move quickly towards the 22 meter line. Penalty again towards the Force. Grant kicks the ball into touch at the 10 meter line
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Forward pass by the Hurricanes. Scrum just outside the 22 line of the Force. They win the Scrum and clear the ball into touch
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Eves again bombing forward passing a couple of defenders, Hurricanes now inside the 22 line of the Force.
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Scrum at the 5 meter line of the away team. and they clear into touch a few meters outside the 22
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Eves powering forward through 3 defenders but a penalty is awarded to the Force again before a Hurricane player reaches the try line.
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Line-out at the 5 meter line of the Force. Fifita at the center of the attack, but the Hurricanes are being driven back now at the 22 line
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The Hurricanes now in possession around the mid field. Fifita makes a brilliant run with extraordinary pace but is stopped just before the try line
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Grant converts the 3 points
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Line-out at the 5 meter line of the Hurricanes. The maul going nowhere. and Hodgson passes low. Penalty against the home team.
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The ball is cleared and picked up beautifully by Grant. in the mid field. Penalty awarded for the Force at the 10 meter line, but they opt to kick the ball into touch
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Grant boots the ball in the air to get the second half underway

Half Time

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The horn goes and the referee blows for HALF TIME shortly after
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The referee blows and awards the Hurricanes a penalty Barrett converts this penalty and the Hurricanes now have 10
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The Force make a good break after the scrum and make it well into the 22 line of the home team, they make a quick tackle and clear the ball for a chase on the opposite side of the field
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Savea drops a catch. Scrum at the mid field.
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Penalty towards the Force, Hurricane player not releasing
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Low pass for Eves after the scrum. The Hurricanes rush forward and are just outside the 5 meter line
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Line-out won by the Force but so many handling errors by the away team loses them the ball. Scrum at the 22 line of the home team. Scrum resets
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Penalty towards Force and the ball is kicked into touch by Grant
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Scrum outside the 22 line of the home team. Haylett-Petty dropping the ball and giving away possession
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Scrum at the 5 meter line of the Hurricanes. Scrum breaks down and is reset. Penalty towards the Hurricanes and they make a quick tap to start the run forward but play is stopped for a forward pass
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The Force right back into it after conceding applying immense pressure at the Hurricanes 5 meter line
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Barrett adds the extras
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The Hurricanes bombing forward. Penalty against the Force and they opt to kick the ball into touch for a line-out at the 5 meter line of the away team. Dane Coles makes a break and the referee appealing to TMO. The try is awarded
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Line-out for the Hurricanes at the 10 meter line. They move the ball up field but only make it a few paces past the 10 meter line before the referee blows
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Line-out for the Force is fumbled by them, and Hurricanes press forward from the mid field. Vito makes a good run but gets caught just passed the 10 meter line of the away team
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Grant standing over the ball now, he misses the penalty
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Penalty towards the Force for a late tackle as medical staff make their way to the field.
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Rasolea with some good steps making it passed the 22 line but the Hurricanes kick the ball into touch stopping the attack briefly
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Hodgson losses the ball but the Force making ground now in a maul.
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Grant clears the ball into touch, line-out for the Force. The win the ball and run straight into a ruck
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Penalty given to the Force and they will be looking to start the scoring for this Round 4 match. Peter Grant focusing, and he makes the conversation from the penalty
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Hurricanes on the defense now as the Force look to move forward, playing under advantage
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Penalty for the Hurricanes, Force player offside at ruck. Barrett loses the opportunity to give them their first 3 points
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The Hurricanes with some good play up field but the Force manages to force and error
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Hurricanes drop the final pass costing them an almost certain try
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The attack is eventually defended and cleared, but the Force find the ball again and Vito makes a good run down the field.
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Penalty to the Force. They kick the ball into touch for a line-out up field inside the home team's 22. Now they push forward
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The line-out easily dealt with by the Hurricanes. Scrum at in the mid field. Scrum resets
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Force manages to bag a line-out inside the 22 before the first minute
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Paul Williams gets the game underway
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Light showers expected as the teams emerge from the dugouts
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Both teams enter Round 4 with 1 win and 2 losses
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The Hurricanes have 4 changes from their Round 3 team, while the Force have 6 changes from their Round 3 team
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The Hurricanes have won their last 6 games against Force. The most recent game being a 42-13 victory to Hurricanes at Perth
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Welcome to Palmerston North where the Hurricanes face off against the Western Force in Round 4 of Super Rugby
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  • 1 Chris Eves
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeff Allen
  • 4 Blade Thomson
  • 5 Mark Abbott
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Victor Vito
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 14 Cory Jane
  • 15 James Marshall
  • 16 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 17 Loni Uhila
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Michael Fatialofa
  • 20 Callum Gibbins
  • 21 Jamison Gibson-Park
  • 22 Willis Halaholo
  • 23 Jason Woodward
  • 1 Pek Cowan
  • 2 Nathan Charles
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 4 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Angus Cottrell
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Ben McCalman
  • 9 Alby Mathewson
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 11 Semisi Masirewa
  • 12 Junior Rasolea
  • 13 Ben Tapuai
  • 14 Marcel Brache
  • 15 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
  • 17 Chris Heiberg
  • 18 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 19 Steve Mafi
  • 20 Brynard Stander
  • 21 Ryan Louwrens
  • 22 Ian Prior
  • 23 Albert Nikoro
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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:58

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Four.

It is going to be an intriguing Friday - with a trio of absorbing and riveting matches.

On the face of it the weekend's opening match, between the Hurricanes and Western Force, may not be the most appealing encounter.

However, the Hurricanes do not have the best track record in Palmerston North - where they have won just over 50 persent of their matches and have an average match score of 24-all.

It is a statistic the Western Force will take heart from.

It gets better, much better, from then on.

We move across the Tasman Sea to Sydney, where the Waratahs - coming off a loss to the Brumbies and a bye - will have to overcome an ever-improving Highlanders outfit.

The day's action is completed with an all-South African derby, when the Bulls host the Sharks - one of only two unbeaten sides.

We look at the Friday, March 18, matches below!
The The Hurricanes, who finally broke their duck with a win over the Blues, have lost a number of key players.

Not only have they lost star back Nehe Milner-Skudder, but blindside flank Brad Shields, prop Reggie Goodes and hooker Leni Apisai have all been ruled out due to injury.

On the flipside, they were able to bolster their armoury with captain Dane Coles - back in the starting XV after pre-season niggles.

Despite the loss of key personnel, Western Force coach Michael Foley remains wary of last year's losing finalists.

Foley said the clash with the Hurricanes is obviously an important one, with the team wanting to kick the three-week New Zealand tour off with a win.

"Playing the Hurricanes at home is always a tough match, but we look forward to the challenge and are eager to test ourselves against last year's runners-up," the Force coach said.

"The Hurricanes are a dangerous team with threats all over the park, but we will stick to our game style and focus on playing at pace."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 42-13, Perth
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

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last seven matches against the Force with the Western Australian team's only win against the Hurricanes coming in a 18-17 nailbiter in Round Six, 2007. The Hurricanes have neither come from behind nor let a lead slip after being ahead at half-time in their last nine Super Rugby fixtures, of those nine they have won five. The last time the Force won three away games on the spin against any opposition in Super Rugby was 2008. Western Force flank Matt Hodgson (51) is the first and only player so far this season to make more than 50 tackles and he's missed on only three further attempts. Beauden Barrett (32) has made more kicks in general play than any other player so far this season. The Hurricanes still look to have too much class for the visitors and despite their poor track record in Palmerston, they should with by at least 12 points.


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason Woodward.
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Heath Tessmann, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

The Waratahs, desperate to get their campaign back on track, have a strong reference point - as they look to bounce back from a Week Two loss to the Brumbies.

The Tahs experienced a similar situation back in 2014 - when they suffered an early season loss (23-28) to the Brumbies in Canberra. However they managed to bounce back, going on to win 12 out of 15 matches to claim their maiden Super Rugby title.

This year, they're willing for the same and, with a host of experienced players and new stock, are just as able.

Scrumhalf, Nick Phipps believes it's the perfect time to review the last few games and look at what the team and other teams have been doing well.

"There's been a lot of work out there, a lot of contact as well," Phipps said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

"It's been stuff that we've been needing to hit on the head now so that we're not dying at the end of the season, instead we can compete towards the middle and the end of the season, as opposed to just peaking now and then, while other teams chase us."

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has not had much time to celebrate last week's impressive win over the Lions - as he was forced to make a raft of changes to his team.

Four players who started last week against the Lions - Joe Wheeler (concussion), Dan Pryor (concussion), Luke Whitelock (knee) and Patrick Osborne (hip) - have been ruled out through injury.

It means the defending champions' depth will be sorely tested.

Rookie wing Matt Faddes said the pace and physicality of the game means there is no place to hide.

"Every tackle is a big tackle," he told the Otago Daily Times.

"Every run you've got to put the hammer down. And you have to execute the skills at speed. There are no dud players here."

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 35-17, Sydney (semifinal)
2015: Highlanders won 26-19, Dunedin
2014: Waratahs won 44-16, Sydney
2012: Highlanders won 18-17, Dunedin
2011: Waratahs won 33-7, Sydney
2010: Highlanders won 26-10, Invercargill

Prediction: The Highlanders have won four of their last six matches against the Waratahs, though the Waratahs have won three of the most recent four matches between these sides when played in Australia. The Waratahs have won seven of their last nine matches against New Zealand opponents in Super Rugby, though both their losses in that span have been against the Highlanders. The Highlanders have won only three of their last 17 matches in Australia, though two of those wins came in their two most recent such fixtures, one against the Waratahs in the 2015 semifinals. Ben Smith (five) has had the most try involvements of any player so far this season with three tries and two try assists. The Waratahs have conceded only one try from opposition possession beginning from a line-out, the equal fewest of any team in the competition. The Waratahs are coming off a bye and the Highlanders are still feeling the effects of last week's bruising encounter with the Lions. The Waratahs will get the upperhand in the final quarter, but the margin should be in single digits.


Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 David Dennis, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Reece Robinson.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Jason Emery.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

The Sharks, the only unbeaten South African team after three rounds, made a mockery of the pre-season predictions.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said his team is determined to maintain their momentum ahead of another big all-South African derby.

“We spoke in pre-season about how important it was for us to get a good start, otherwise we could have had a repeat of last season," Gold said.

"Besides a good start, a couple of those wins have come away from home as well.

"But it's not going to get any easier, we have a short turnaround this week, [with a game] against the Bulls at Loftus on Friday."

The Bulls are coming off a bye - following their opening round loss to the Stormers and a less than satisfactory win over the Rebels.

"To have a bye this early in the competition has pros and cons, but we decided to look at it in a positive way," Bulls coach Nollis Marais said.

"It gave us time to work on the aspects of our game that was shown up by the Stormers and Rebels and it gave the likes of Jesse [Kriel] a chance to get match-fit again.

"The Sharks will arrive at Loftus with a lot of momentum and confidence, but we need to put a stop to that if we want to be successful," Marais added.

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss made it clear that his side is keen to get back to the field.

"The tournament has already showed why it is such a great event," Strauss said.

"There has been some great games so far and we can't wait to become part of the action again this weekend.

"This will be another typical South African derby with no mercy being given or asked.

"The Sharks have been great so far and will provide us with a massive test.

"But we would not want it any other way and to front that challenge in front of our home support will certainly spur us on."

Recent results:
2015: Bulls won 17-10, Durban
2015: Bulls won 43-35, Pretoria
2014: Bulls won 23-19, Pretoria
2014: Sharks won 31-16, Durban
2013: Bulls won 20-19, Pretoria
2013: Bulls won 18-16, Durban

Prediction: The Bulls have won nine of their last 12 matches against the Sharks, including each of their last three, but at no point in that span have they beaten them by more than nine points. After snapping a six game losing streak with a win in Round Two the Bulls will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in Super Rugby for the first time since Round Ten last season, which was their last encounter with the Sharks. The Sharks have tied together six wins on the trot and a seventh win would see the streak extend to their longest in Super Rugby since they won eight in a row across the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The Bulls remain the only team in the competition yet to concede a first half try so far this season though they've conceded four penalty goals in this period. Sharks goal-kicker Joe Pietersen has kicked 14 goals so far this season, the third most of any player and the most of any South African in the competition. The Bulls are lacking something - a magic spark - and the Sharks have looked a solid unit in the first three rounds. We feel the Sharks will win by more than a converted try.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Hurricanes outclass fumbling Force

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:24

REPORT: An immense second half performance by the Hurricanes, in which they scored five tries, saw them keep the Western Force scoreless to claim a massive 41-6 victory.

The Hurricanes held a slender 10-6 lead at the half-time interval but 31 unanswered second half points saw the home side blow their opponents out of the water.

The Hurricanes scored six tries to nil in perfect conditions at Palmerston North, plundering 31 points in the second half as the Force faded after a promising start.

The result extends Wellington's winning streak over the Perth side to eight matches and provides a confidence boost after a shaky start to the season.

"We had to grind away. In the second half we kept our intensity up. We knew if we did that we could open the game up like we did," captain Dane Coles said.

The early exchanges were a contrast in styles as the Hurricanes' star-studded backline ran the ball and the Force forwards patiently worked for territory.  

The Hurricanes should have had two tries in the first 10 minutes but handling errors let them down and the Force went ahead through a Peter Grant penalty.

Coles, in his first match this season after an injury lay-off, hit back for the Hurricanes in the 25th minute, crossing for a try from a line-out to make it 10-3 at the break.

The gap narrowed to 10-6 soon after the restart and another opportunity went begging for the Hurricanes thanks to Ross Haylett-Petty's try-saving tackle on Vaea Fifita.

The visitors' defence finally cracked to allow a second try when James Marshall capped off a sweeping backline move that took the ball the width of the field.

TJ Perenara then put the result beyond doubt with the Hurricanes' third, set up by a surging run from Willis Halaholo.

It became a rout as the Hurricanes tore apart the tiring Force defence, with Blade Thomson, Ngani Laumape and Ardie Savea notching five-pointers, the last from a line-out drive.


For Hurricanes:
Tries: Coles, Marshall, Perenara, Thomson, Laumape, A Savea
Cons: Barrett 4
Pen: Barrett

For Western Force:
Pens: Grant 2


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason Woodward.
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Heath Tessmann, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)

Dane Coles (25min), James Marshall (57min), TJ Perenara (64min), Blade Thomson (68min), Ngani Laumape (73min), and Ardie Savea (78min)
Beauden Barrett (26min), Beauden Barrett (65min), Beauden Barrett (69min), and Beauden Barrett (79min)
Beauden Barrett (39min)
Peter Grant (14min) and Peter Grant (43min)
VENUE Palmerston North ( Palmerston North , New Zealand )
REFEREE Paul Williams (New Zealand)