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Super Rugby | Wellington
06:35 (GMT) | 25-03-2016
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Barrett converts his own try and that brings play to a close.
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Bezuidenhout over throws it and the Kings make a hash of it... it bounces straight into Barretts hands and there is no stopping him. He is over for the try.
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Kings win a scrum penalty and Fouche quickly hits touch.
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They canes are swinging everything and replacement scrummy Tahuriorangi is through for the try but there was a forward pass from Aso. Play is brought back for a Kings scrum on their own 22m.
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Canes running it from their own line in search of that bonus-point.
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Luiters works it blind from the scrum but Gates spills the pass coming on the short-ball. Costly.
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Kings immediately pounce on a loose ball from the restart and Watermeyer is held up over the line. Scrum 5 to the Kings.
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Barrett sinks the conversion from the corner.
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Perenara breaks from the scum but throws a loose pass into touch. Kings win the line-out and throw it wide but Uhila comes away with the ball and the big Tongan is clean through showing some pace, he offloads to Fifita who finds Aso in the corner for a try to the Canes.
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Kings have won ball back through a brilliant steal by Chris Cloete. Marutulle is straight through another half-gap. Luiters moves the ball quickly right but another knock-on hands the Canes a scrum.
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Kings slip a binding in the scrum and give the Hurricanes a penalty. It is in front of the poles and Barrett points to the posts. It' is easily converted by Barrett.
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Canes use a vintage set-move from the scrum... the classic 10-12 switch. Laumape is straight through busting tackles and is over for the try. Hold on... the TMO is called... and Laumape has not grounded it and it is fantastic work by Stefan Watermeyer - the former SA Schools player. Play is brought back for a Hurricanes scrum 5m out.
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A great scrum but then Kebe with another SCHOOL-BOY error... knocks on at the base handing the Hurricanes a scrum. You just have to do better than that.
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Canes secure the line-out and use a set-move off the line-out but Proctor is chopped down well. Perenara works the same side but a knock-on hands the Kings a scrum.
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Kings scrum is good but Fouche with a poor clearance. Line-out Hurricanes on the Kings 22m.
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Hurricanes on the attack now in midfield. Woodward shows and goes through the middle of the ruck... he is straight through and looking for support. Kings defence is all over the place but Perenara goes solo and gets smashed. Kings force a knock-on and scramble together. Scrum down Kings right on their try-line.
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Fouche brings the Kings back into try-range with a converted penalty.
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Kings with a HUGE scrum and earn a tight-head penalty. Fouche is having a shot at goal.
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Kings with a line-out on the Canes 22m and they secure it. They start working the right-hand side but a slight knock on at the ruck hands the Hurricanes possession.
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Barrett's kick is good and the Canes are stretching their lead.
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Fouche exits well but doesn't find touch and Watermeyer is pinned for an offside chase. Barrett wil have a shot at goal... yet another rookie error costing the Kings.
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Fifita breaks the line in the Kings 22m and is straight through but Jaer hunts him down and forces the knock-on. The Kings just survive and have a scrum 5m out.
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Another amateur mistake from the Kings as the restart goes over the dead-ball line. Canes have a scrum on half-tank.
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Barrett steps up and slots the kick to extend the lead by 3 points.
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Kings handed a penalty for a dangerous tackle and Fouche kicks deep. However Canes handed a short-arm and they punt down field. They also win a penalty as the Kings use hands in the ruck. Barrett will have a dip at poles.
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The Hurricanes steal the line-out and clear for touch.
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Perenara breaks from the scrum but Velleman is in with a trademark steal. Fouche hits touch.
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Kings looking good but then... you guessed it... Visser with the unforced error as he comes back on the switch but drops the ball like an amateur. Hurricanes now with a scrum.
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Barrett clears down the middle of the park and the Kings launch a counter. Watermeyer makes a half break and off loads well. Kings stringing some phases together.
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Cloete carries the ball high into contact and he is held up. Hurricanes have a scrum in midfield.
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Kings with a line-out early in the second-half... right in Hurricanes territory. they just manage to win it. Marutulle picks and goes and he is straight through and Barrett makes a try saving tackle. Kings playing with their tales up.

Half Time

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Fouche converts his own try and that brings the first-half to a close!
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Fouche goes deep and the Canes run it back but Velleman is on the ball like a hawk and makes the turnover... Kebe goes blind and finds Gates who is through the gap, Gates throws a magic offload to Focuhe and Focuhe is under the poles. What a try from the Kings on the stroke of half-time!!!
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Barrett misses again... keeping the Kings in the hunt.
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They secure the line-out but Kebe kicks the ball away and it is too deep for a contest... rookie error. The Hurricanes gather the ball and and win a penalty. They opt for touch and Coles finds his jumper. Jane comes through on the straight line and they have another penalty. Barrett slows things down and points to the sticks.
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Kings have won it back and they are handed a penalty for a ruck infringement. Fouche kicks for touch.
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Kings with a good exit... but Fouche's kick makes 10m only. The hurricane shave a line-out on the Kings 22m.
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Visser with a shocking kick for touch allows the Hurricanes to attack again inside the Kings half but Marshall lets them off the hook with a dropped pass. Visser is doing nothing, except missing tackles and kicks.
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Fouche adds the extras with the boot to bring the scores closer.
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Kings go wide and Steven Sykes is thrown and inside ball and he is over! What a try for the centurion.
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Kings down in Hurricanes territory with a line-out 7m out from the line. If they score here the game is back on!
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Barrett raises the flags for 2 points.
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Kings looked a bit confused on theirr own line-out and Marutulle throws it to nobody. The Hurricanes launch an attack and Ardie Savea is straight through... he bumps off 3 defenders and shows excellent strength to get over for the try.
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Kings earn another penalty for a side entry by the Canes player. This time Fouche keeps his cool and hits touch.
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Fouche misses and yet another poor decision by the Kings hands the ball back to the Canes.
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Kings win the scrum on halfway and Kebe sells Fouche with another high pass...shocking distribution from the Kings scrummy... but Watermeyer crashes it up and the Kings earn a penalty. Fouche is having a crack from inside his own half into the wind... seriously?
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Shocking ref call as Vulindlu was straight through for a try... but play is brought back for a knock-on by Watermeyer.
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Kings show some muscle and force a turnover in midfield but Fouche, like a true Bull, kicks the ball away. Luckily they win it back through a Hurricanes unforced error. Scrum to Kings just outside the Hurricanes 22m.
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Hurricanes with a line-out on halfway. They secure it and move the ball wide to the centres. A quick penalty is taken from Perenara but it ends up in touch. Kings are releaved with a 5m line-out.
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This time Barrett converts the extra 2 points.
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Hurricanes attacking with absolute skill, the forwards play like backline players and they make such easy metres. Coles makes a half burst and offloads to Perenara. Canes now in the Kings 22m. They get quick ball and swing it wide and Thompson dives over for the 5 pointer... it's too easy for the Hurricanes.
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Fouche opts for poles and he sticks it over to put the Kings on the board.
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Kings use a 8,9 set move from the scrum and they take it up well. Kings attacking well and they hit the blind side again before bringing it back in the middle. They earn a penalty as a Hurricanes player is off his feet in the ruck.
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After the restart play is settled down with a scrum to the Kings deep in Hurricanes territory.
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Barrett misses the attempted conversion.
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Eventually the Hurricanes cross the line in the corner through Laumape. Their persistence paid off.
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Canes secure the lineout and play the backline... but the Kings are defending their line brilliantly. 14th phase now for the Canes.
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Kings are penalised for offside and Barrett kicks for the corner.
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First scrum of the match comes inside 1 minute. The Kings front row has shown promise... lets see what they can do against the formidable Hurricanes tight-five... it's a solid platform and the Canes are on attack in the Kings 22m.
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KICK-OFF: Barrett gets the game underway for the Canes.
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KICK-OFF: Barrett gets the game underway for the Canes.
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If the Kings can stop leaking so may line-breaks then we could have a game on our hands. They must improve their defence and minimize the unforced errors. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, will certainly be hunting for a bonus-point victory
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The legendary Steven Sykes racks up his 100th Super Rugby cap today as does the Hurricane's utility back Cory Jane. What a milestone for both players - richley deserved.
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The Kings have a tough task ahead of them, however the Canes themselves have lost a couple of games and aren't looking their usual best. Can the Kings produce another upset down under lime they did against the Rebels not so long ago?
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Greetings, and welcome to Rugby365's live commentary for Round 5 of Super Rugby. It is the Easter weekend and we have a whole lot of Super Rugby to look forward to. We start off this morning with the Eastern Province Kings taking on the Hurricanes.
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  • 1 Chris Eves
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeff Allen
  • 4 Michael Fatialofa
  • 5 Mark Abbott
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Blade Thomson
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Jason Woodward
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Willis Halaholo
  • 14 Cory Jane
  • 15 James Marshall
  • 16 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 17 Loni Uhila
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Geoffrey Cridge
  • 20 Callum Gibbins
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 23 Matt Proctor
  • 1 Sithembiso Sithole
  • 2 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 3 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 4 Steven Sykes
  • 5 JC Astle
  • 6 CJ Velleman
  • 7 Stefan Willemse
  • 8 Jacques Engelbrecht
  • 9 Ntando Kebe
  • 10 Louis Fouché
  • 11 Malcolm Jaer
  • 12 Shane Gates
  • 13 Stefan Watermeyer
  • 14 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 15 Jurgen Visser
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 17 Justin Ackerman
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Schalk Oelofse
  • 20 Chris Cloete
  • 21 Kevin Luiters
  • 22 Elgar Watts
  • 23 JP du Plessis
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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tauriq Ebrahim looks at the only Round Five Super Rugby match taking place on Good Friday.

The Southern Kings are in Wellington for the opening match of Round Five and find themselves looking into the eye of a hurricane. The home side have the momentum heading into this match as they are coming off a one-sided 41-8 demolition of the Force.

The Kings are showing small signs of improvement but their error count continues to haunt them and costs them at the end of the day. They showed plenty of promise in Round Four, running in three tries against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

However, they conceded eight tries and conceded 57 points in that match alone to remain winless in the competition.

A huge positive for the Kings though has been the form of loose forward Chris Cloete and the huge impact hooker Edgar Marutlulle has made off the bench, form that sees him being rewarded with a place in the starting XV.

The Hurricanes are a second half side - the time the Kings usually fade - and have scored eight tries in the final 40 minutes while only being able to score three in the first half of play. They seem vulnerable on defence though and susceptible to conceding tries throughout the match.

The Kings have showed that they can score tries at any time of the match, however, that is negated by the number of tries they have conceded in the final 40 minutes - 12. That, combined with a total of nine first half tries conceded, further illustrates their poor defensive form.

The Hurricanes have the joint-leading try scorer in the competition in their side as scrumhalf TJ Perenara has dotted down on four occasions in as many matches. However, the Kings also has someone in their armoury who is capable of scoring - hooker Edgar Marutlulle is joined by a host of other players who have scored three tries.

Recent results:

Prediction: The only previous encounter between these teams was in Round Seven of 2013 when the Hurricanes hosted the Kings and defeated them 46-30. The Hurricanes have won their last six games against South African opposition, their longest such streak in Super Rugby history. Not since the Stormers in Round 11 of 2013, has a South African side travelled to New Zealand to play the Hurricanes and come away with a victory. TJ Perenara scored a try and contributed two try assists in his last encounter with the Kings, though he's scored only once in his last seven matches against South African opponents. Chris Cloete has won seven turnovers so far this season, the equal third most of any player in the competition and more than any New Zealand based player. The Kings will certainly be highly motivated and will cross the try line but the Hurricanes has too much fire power and should claim a massive 30 point victory.


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Geoff Cridge, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Matt Proctor.

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain) 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhoudt, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 JP Du Plessis.

Date: Friday, March 25
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (08.35 CAT; 06.35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, Kane McBride
TMO: Aaron Paterson

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Kings make Canes sweat for win

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:41

REPORT: The Hurricanes were made to work hard for their 42-20 bonus-point win over the Southern Kings in an entertaining match in Wellington on Friday.

The 22-point winning margin flattered the hosts in the end as the Kings were still well in the game going into the last ten minutes. They were also only two points behind the Hurricanes at half-time.

It was all Hurricanes in the first five minutes as they camped inside the Kings 22. After sustained pressure and with the ball going through a number of phases, centre Ngani Laumape ran in for the first try of the game.

The visitors managed to get themselves on the scoreboard five minutes later when Louis Fouche converted a penalty, however they were back defending after that.

The home side, after some good stepping by Dane Coles, made their way back inside the Kings 22 with ball being spread wide to No.8 Blade Thomson who stretched over for his team's second try in the 13th minute.

Fouche had an ambitious kick to polls from inside his own half after his team got a penalty a few minutes later, but the ball fell well short at sea level.

The Hurricanes, looking calm, made another foray into the Kings half a few minutes later and it was again that main Coles who set up the next score.

The hooker evaded a few defenders to put Ardie Savea into space. The flank bashed his way through a couple of defenders to score his team's third try.  

The Kings did eventually get a try of they own on the half hour mark when captain Steven Sykes, who was playing in his 100th Super Rugby match, dived over for a score. Fouche converted to reduce the deficit to nine points.

The team from Port Elizabeth seemed to play with a bit more confidence in that final ten minutes. After Barrett missed a penalty, the Kings scored their second try after a brilliant pass by centre Shaun Gates put Fouche through for the score before the break. The flyhalf converted his own score and the Kings were just two points behind the Canes at half-time with the score reading 19-17.

The Kings continued where they left off in the first half as they took the ball up with great gusto in the opening minutes of the second half. However, crucial mistakes let them down inside the Hurricanes' half.

It was the home side who eventually opened the scoring in the second half when flyhalf Beauden Barrett slotted a penalty to give his team a 22-17 lead in the 54th minute.

Barrett gave his team some more breathing space four minutes later when he converted another penalty for an eight-point lead.

The Kings were not going to let the game get away from and after shoving the Canes back in a scrum, Fouche had an opportunity to reduce the home team's lead with a penalty. He converted and the visitors were just five points behind going into the last 17 minutes. 

The Canes then looked to have scored a fourth try when Laumape split the Kings' defence open in the 66th minute, but he was stopped just short of the tryline after a TMO review. However, Barrett did slot a penalty soon after to extend the lead to eight points once again.

Any hope of a Kings win was then crushed six minutes from time when replacement back Vince Aso scored a great try after a break by Loni Uhila and a fantastic pass by Vaea Fifita. Barrett converted to give his team a 15-point lead.

The Hurricanes went in search of another try in the last few minutes and they got it when Barrett swooped on a loose ball in his own half after a sloppy Kings' line-out to race away for the score just before full-time. That try gave the Hurricanes a bonus point for scoring three more tries than the Kings.

Man of the match: We look no further than the two hookers in this match. Dane Coles and Edgar Marutlulle were simply awesome in open play and they share this award.

The scorers:

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Laumape, Thomson, Savea, Aso, Barrett
Cons: Barrett 4
Pens: Barrett 3

For Southern Kings:
Tries: Sykes, Fouche
Cons: Fouche 2
Pens: Fouche 2


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Geoff Cridge, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Matt Proctor.

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain) 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhoudt, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 JP Du Plessis.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, Kane McBride
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Ngani Laumape (6min), Blade Thomson (12min), Ardie Savea (25min), Vince Tavae –Aso (72min), and Beauden Barrett (80min)
Steven Sykes (30min) and Louis Fouché (39min)
Beauden Barrett (13min), Beauden Barrett (26min), Beauden Barrett (73min), and Beauden Barrett (81min)
Louis Fouché (31min) and Louis Fouché (40min)
Beauden Barrett (53min), Beauden Barrett (57min), and Beauden Barrett (68min)
Louis Fouché (10min) and Louis Fouché (61min)
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill