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Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 14-05-2016
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Marshall pulls the conversion attempt and the Ref blows for full time , thank you for joining us for this match, be sure to join us for the next match as the Waratahs take on the Bulls
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Interception! Woodward runs the length of the field and scores the TRY!!!!!!!!
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Barrett cops a yellow card for foul play! McIntyre sets up an attacking lineout for the Reds
  • 78
Gill loses the ball forward, Hurricanes scrum on their own 22.
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Reds on the attack through McIntyre as a result of stealing the ball at the lineout. Can they get a bonus point out of this game ?
  • 76
Reds attack through Junior Laloifi who is bundled into touch. Hurricanes lineout near their 22.
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Barrett clears the ball and Goramaru cleans it up. Reds with ball in hand on the halfway line but met with solid defence by the Canes. Ref calls for a Reds scrum
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Ready finds his jumper and the maul is set but the Hurricanes defend it well and force the ref to award them a scrum put in for the maul not going anywhere. Scrum Canes
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Reds win another penalty on the halfway line. McIntyre plugs the ball into touch inside the Hurricanes 22.
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Reds win the penalty for infringement at the maul by Abbott. McIntyre kicks for touch. Ball goes out near the halfway line.
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Barrett puts in a grubber kick that comes off a Reds player and rolls into touch near the halfway line. Hurricanes lineout ,Matu'u finds his jumper and the Canes attack through Woodward who is tackled into touch on the Reds 22 by Magnay.
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Barrett has a crack at the defence before losing the ball and the Reds have the scrum put in. Minimal action here... Very stop start....
  • 69
Scrappy play by both sides as the ref blows for a Reds knock on , Hurricanes scrum on the Reds 22. A good attacking position.
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Perenara plays Marshall who gets absolutely smashed as he was putting in a grubber kick that rolls into touch. Reds lineout outside their own 22. Ready finds his jumper and the Reds attack through Tui.
  • 67
McIntyre's kick off goes out on the full. Scrum on the halfway line for the Hurricanes
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Barrett converts the try
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Perenara feeds the scrum , plays Laumape who crashes over and scores the try!
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Hurricanes on the attack as Barrett buts in a lovely kick cleaned up by Feauai-Sautia , McIntyre then tries to clear the ball but his kick is charged down by Barrett and we have a 5 meter scrum to the Hurricanes.
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Reds demolish the Canes scrum once again and win the penalty , McIntyre kicks for touch to set up a lineout on the halfway line.
  • 60
Barrett attacks again from the scrum and plays Proctor on the crash ball before the ball is lost forward and the Reds have the scrum on their own 22.
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Barrett has a run from the scrum before giving the bsall to McIntyre who loses the ball forward so the home side get another opportunity with a midfield scrum put in on the Reds 22.
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Canes on the attack inside the Reds 22 . All comes to nothing as the ball comes off a Reds players hand and the ref blows for a Hurricanes scrum in an attacking position.
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Frisby feeds the scrum for the Reds and McIntyre clears the ball upfield which Marshall returns. Enough is enough with the kicking battle as Aso puts his head down and has a run
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Break in play as the ref blows his whistle as Fifita seems to be in some trouble.
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Hurricanes lineout on the 10 meter line in Reds territory.
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Hurricanes penalty, Barrett has a shot at goal but pulls his kick terribly . 22 dropout to the Reds.
  • 52
Reds attack from deep inside their 22 before McIntyre puts the ball into touch. Hurricanes lineout on the 10 inside Reds territory
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Goramaru misses his conversion attempt
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From the lineout Frisby throws the ball to Feauai-Sautia who makes a lovely run and scores in the corner. Try time!
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Perenara clears the ball into touch, slow start to the second half
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Reds attack the line through Slipper who loses the ball forward and the Hurricanes have the scrum put in on their own line.
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Ball held up, scrum to the Reds 5 meters from the Hurricanes try line
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Barrett clears the ball upfield and Goramaru makes a solid returning run. Reds attacking near the Canes 22 before McIntyre gets smashed, Reds awarded a penalty taken quickly by McIntyre who plays Ready who gets inches close from the try line. Ref calls for the TMO for a potential try.
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Barrett misses the conversion
  • 44
Reds on the attack as McIntyre throws a loose pass and Woodward hacks the ball through , regathers and scores the try! Soft play indeed, giving the Hurricanes a easy try.
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Goramaru lines up his penalty attempt from far out in tough conditions, he hits the ball well and the ball sails through the middle. Great kick from the Japanese International
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Reds regather the ball from the kick off and are on the attack on the halfway line before Frisby hoists the up and under which the Reds regather. Reds are then awarded a penalty for the Hurricanes being offside. Slipper opts to have a shot at goal.
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Second half underway. McIntyre kicks off for the Reds.

Half Time

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Conversion is good by Barrett and the ref blows for half time! See you all in a bit
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TRY for Coles as the Canes crash over for the try from the maul!
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Coles finds his jumper and the maul is set, Reds collapse the maul and the Canes are awarded another penalty , yellow card shown to Tui. Canes kick for touch again for one last attacking opportunity
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Frisby feeds the scrum for the Reds, before the ball is cleared into touch. Hurricanes lineout inside the Reds 22. Coles finds his jumper and the Canes attack through Woodward and then Coles
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Reds still with ball in hand as Slipper has a go before the kick is put in and Marshall cleans the ball up well busts the first tackle and then puts in a kick , Woodward tries to regather the ball but loses it forward. Scrum Reds inside their own 22.
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Reds losing ground in attack as the Canes defence knocks the visitors back.
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Reds on the attack through Gill , Hurricanes defence holds strong on their own 22
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Reds destroy the Hurricanes scrum and force the penalty , McIntyre kicks for touch which goes out near the 22
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A scrappy first half indeed. Not much to shout about... Scrum to the Reds as there is numerous knock ons from both sides
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Frisby clears the ball into touch from the scrum. Hurricanes lineout on the 10 meter line inside the Reds half.
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Coles loses the ball forward , Reds have the scrum put in inside their own 22.
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Barrett has a run from deep for the Canes but gets smashed, he then plays Shields who busts the line . Canes up to the Reds 22.
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Tui has a run from the kick off as the Reds have ball in hand inside their own 22 before winning the penalty as Coles doesnt show daylight at the breakdown and McIntyre puts the ball into touch to set up a Reds lineout.
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Goramaru lands another penalty as the Reds take the lead.
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Frisby feeds the scrum, plays McIntyre who plays Magnay who has a crash ball run. Reds awarded a penalty for the Canes being offside. It appears to be Toomaga-Allen who was pinged. Goramaru will have a shot at goal.
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Reds with ball in hand on the Hurricanes 22 before their is a pile up of bodies and the ref calls for a Reds put in. A good attacking position for the visitors
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Magnay busts the line for the Reds
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Scrum Hurricanes on their own line. Perenara feeds and Thomson picks up and makes a good run before Perenara clears the ball and Goosen regathers.
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Reds on the attack near the Hurricanes 22 through Ready, followed by Frisby who busts through and offloads to Feauai-Sautia who throws a ball to Faingaa who loses the ball with the try line in sight. Missed opportunity for the visitors
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Canes on the attack on the 22 before the Reds turn the ball over once again and McIntyre clears the ball up field. Woodward has a run from the back followed by Gibbins near the halfway line
  • 18
Reds have the scrum put in inside their own 22. Frisby feeds and Goramaru clears the ball into touch but the ball is sliced off the side of his boot. Hurricanes lineout outside the Reds 22.
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Ready finds his jumper and Nabuli has a run off his wing. Browning has a run and then Slipper. Faingaa has a go in the centers before Proctor turns the ball over and Shields clears the ball up field.
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Barrett kicks the ball into touch as the Reds have a lineout throw on the Hurricanes 22
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Barrett pulls the conversion attempt to the left
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From the scrum Barrett puts in a fantastic cross kick taken by Wes Goosen who busts through Feauai-Sautia and scores a lovely try for the Hurricanes
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Reds with ball in hand on the halfway line as Gill has a run , second phase sees Holmes lose the ball forward and the Hurricanes have the scrum put in on the halfway line.
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Reds with ball in hand on the halfway line before McIntyre puts in a grubber kick that rolls into touch on the Canes 22.
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Reds awarded a penalty and McIntyre kicks the ball into touch relieving the pressure for the visitors.
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Maul set from the Canes, it looked to be going forward before Perenara throws a loose pass that rolls into touch. Reds lineout on their own line.
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Hurricanes 5 meters from the Reds try line as Goodes gets really close. Ref blows for a Hurricanes penalty and Barrett sets up a 5 meter lineout , rejecting the opportunity to tie this match up. Bold decision...
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Gibbins breaks the line for the Hurricanes as they make their way into the Reds 22. Goodes has a run, Marshall has a run, Fatialofa followed by Coles. Reds defence solid.
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Couple kicks back and forth before McIntyre puts a lovely kick that bounces into touch inside the Canes 22. Coles finds his man in Thomson at the lineout but the Ref blows for offside against Liam Gill and Barrett kicks the ball into touch from the penalty.
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Canes on the attack inside the Reds half before Aso loses the ball froward and the Reds attack near the halfway line
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Goramaru strikes the ball through the middle and the Reds take the lead
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From the kickoff the Reds force the penalty for Thomson holding on, McIntyre puts the ball into touch to set up a Reds attacking lineout outside the Canes 22, he fails to find his jumper as the Canes attack before losing the ball again. Reds attack on the Hurricanes 22. The ref awards the Reds a penalty in a kickable position
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First half underway, Barrett kicks off for the Hurricanes
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Teams come out, its almost time for kick-off
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The Hurricanes are determined to put last week's disappointing loss to the Sharks behind them and the Reds may just be on the receiving end of the backlash.
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Reds lock Rob Simmons will hope the off-field distraction could assist in making his 100th Queensland cap a memorable one.
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The Hurricanes coaching staff this week drew a line in the sand, which may well be the turning point for last year's beaten finalists. The now well-documented decision to slap a one-match ban on five frontline players for breaking a team curfew (reportedly by only 18 minutes) means the message is clear: discipline is key.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Hurricanes and the Reds
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  • 1 Reg Goodes
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Vaea Fifita
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Callum Gibbins
  • 8 Blade Thomson
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Wes Goosen
  • 12 Vincent Tavae-Aso
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Jason Woodward
  • 15 James Marshall
  • 16 Motu Matu'u
  • 17 Loni Uhila
  • 18 Ben May
  • 19 Mark Abbott
  • 20 Tony Lamborn
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Ngani Laumape
  • 23 Willis Halaholo
  • 1 James Slipper
  • 2 Andrew Ready
  • 3 Greg Holmes
  • 4 Ben Matwijow
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 Liam Gill
  • 8 Curtis Browning
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Jake McIntyre
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Anthony Fainga'a
  • 13 Campbell Magnay
  • 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia
  • 15 Ayumu Goromaru
  • 16 Mathew Mafi
  • 17 Sef Faagase
  • 18 Sam Talakai
  • 19 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 20 Michael Gunn
  • 21 James Tuttle
  • 22 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 23 Junior Laloifi
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Fri, 13 May 2016 00:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 12.

In a week in which the competition (read race for play-off places) is finally beginning to take shape and some excitement is building, SANZAAR bosses again started talking of expansion.

Bewilderingly they feel the already bloated and frightfully confusing competition is in need of more discombobulating.

However, the boardroom drama will soon be pushed to the background, especially on a six-game Super Saturday that includes several crunch matches.

It all starts when the Hurricanes, one point behind the Highlanders in the New Zealand conference, host the Reds - having axed five players for 'breaching team protocol' by partying a bit too hard while on tour in South Africa.

The players dropped from the matchday 23 include All Blacks Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Victor.

The trio, along with Ardie Savea and Chris Eves, have been punished for staying out late in breach of a team curfew before last week's loss to the Sharks.

The Waratahs, sandwiched between the Brumbies and Rebels, host the Bulls in Sydney with a lot at stake for both teams.

A win for the Waratahs - who like the Rebels have played one game less than the Brumbies - will keep them in contention for the important guaranteed Australian berth in the play-offs.

The Bulls, meanwhile, need the win to stay in touch with the Stormers - who are one point ahead at the top of the Africa One conference and should bank easy points when they play the lowly Sunwolves in Singapore.

Next up are the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, who - with only three wins between them - clash in Bloemfontein.

In the Africa Two conference the Lions will have to beat a resurgent Blues if they are to stay ahead of the Sharks.

The Lions, one point ahead of the Sharks in the Africa Two, host a Blues side rejuvenated by their 34-18 win over the Southern Kings last week to record their first win on the road in two years.

The Sharks are in Argentina for their return match against the Jaguares, having beaten them 19-15 in Durban in the second round.

We look at the Saturday, May 14, matches below!

The Hurricanes coaching staff this week drew a line in the sand, which may well be the turning point for last year's beaten finalists.

The now well-documented decision to slap a one-match ban on five frontline players for breaking a team curfew (reportedly by only 18 minutes) means the message is clear: discipline is key.

And disciplined teams are usually the ones that perform best.

Coach Chris Boyd admitted it was a 'major' punishment for a 'minor' offence.

However, there is no doubt the Hurricanes are determined to put last week's disappointing loss to the Sharks behind them and the Reds may just be on the receiving end of the backlash.

"The game against the Sharks was a poor performance that we were not happy with," Boyd told the New Zealand media.

"Is there are correlation between our preparation [in Durban] and our performance? I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I know we trained very well during the week."

The absence of All Blacks Cory Jane, Julian Savea and Victor Vito - along with Ardie Savea and Chris Eves - may rob the team of some star quality, but not necessary weaken the side.

Reds lock Rob Simmons will hope the off-field distraction could assist in making his 100th Queensland cap a memorable one.

However, Reds interim co-coach Nick Stiles believes it will strengthen the Kiwis' resolve.

"We've got another tough match this weekend against a very strong Kiwi team," Stiles said.

"The team recognises the significance of this match, both in testing ourselves against one of the competition leaders and in putting up a performance worthy of Rob Simmons' 100th cap for Queensland.

"It's a fantastic achievement for Rob and he joins an elite group of centurions who have represented this state. It's a just reward for his dedication and professionalism over a number of years.

"Injury has meant that we've had to make a couple of changes to the side, but the guys we're bringing in are familiar with what we're trying to do and we're confident in what they can offer.

"Being able to bring a guy of Ayumu Goromaru's experience straight into the starting side is a big benefit for us. This is a good opportunity for him to step up and demonstrate what we know he is capable of."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 35-19, Brisbane
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane
2011: Hurricanes won 28-26, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 44-21, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 37-28, Brisbane

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between these sides, averaging 30 points per game in those 11 victories. These two teams are the only two teams in Super Rugby to have success rates above 90 percent at both the scrum and line-out this season. Although he has successfully kicked the second most shots at goal this season (39), Beauden Barrett has missed the most as well (22). The Hurricanes have been the most ruthless side in the competition when it comes to scoring tries following winning a turnover this season (14 times).; only two teams have scored fewer than the Reds in this fashion (two). The Reds are the only side yet to score a try involving seven-plus phases of build-up play so far, no side has scored more tries of this nature than the Canes (seven). The Hurricanes are likely to put on display their championship qualities and record a victory of 15 points or more.


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Reds: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

The Bulls this week spoke about avoiding getting dragged into a set-piece arm-wrestle, but the Waratahs are keen to use their strengths - impressive defence and powerful scrum - to lay the platform for victory.

Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey the players have been working really hard over a long period of time, to get consistency in the set piece.

"We took a step in the right direction against the Cheetahs," Grey said.

"We're certainly under no illusion that we're going to need a better performance than that, against the Bulls though."

He said that he expects the Bulls to be 'typical' South African, which is why there was a "really big focus" this week around consistency of their set piece.

"We have the belief that if we can give consistently good ball to our backs we're going to trouble teams.

"The way that we play on both sides of the ball puts opposition under pressure.

"Maintaining the balance of putting them under pressure with the ball, and without the ball, are the two main things we'll be working on this week."

The Bulls, still hurting from last week's loss to the Brumbies - which ended seven-match unbeaten streak - re determined to regain the form that saw them steadily move up the standings and into play-off contention.

"We did not perform to expectations last weekend and need to make a big step up this weekend," coach Nollis Marais said.

"The idea is to freshen up the squad a bit and go at the Waratahs with a slightly different team. They are formidable opponents and we owe it to ourselves to give it a good go in our final match on tour."

Captain Adriaan Strauss urged his team for a final effort.

"A win will make this tour a very successful one, despite last weekend's defeat," Strauss said.

"We know we have to deliver a classy performance if we want to outplay the Waratahs, but I think we can do it."

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 19-12, Sydney
2013: Bulls won 30-19, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 27-24, Sydney
2011: Bulls won 23-17, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 48-38, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 20-6, Sydney

Prediction: The Waratahs won their last meeting against the Bulls in 2014, however the Pretoria side won eight on the bounce against the Tahs before that. Despite losing three of their last four at home to the Bulls, the Waratahs have won seven of 10 when hosting the Bulls in Super Rugby. Of the 35 players to take 20-plus line-out throws this season, Adriaan Strauss has the best success rate (95 percent) despite only one player taking more throws (112). As well as a strong line-out the Bulls boast the best tackling success rate in the competition (88 percent). No side has conceded fewer tries in the final quarter of matches this season than the Tahs (3), whilst the Bulls have conceded the fewest first half tries (four). The Bulls have a realistic chance, but we feel the Waratahs will do enough to edge it with a late converted try.


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

Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka. 
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub

With the Sunwolves having opted to 'rest' inspirational captain Shota Horie - and making a few other players - it may appear they have already thrown in the towel - for a match that is not a real home game anyway.

The Stormers travelled  just over 9,000 kilometres from Cape Tow, while the Sunwolves had to travel over 5,00 kilometres for this game.

It means the Stormers have an ideal opportunity to get back on the winning track - following a Round 10 loss to the Waratahs and last week's bye.

"It's always difficult coming back after a loss and a bye week," Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said.

"I would have liked to have carried on.

"However, the players enjoyed the break and the squad is fresh now."

Fleck said now might be a good time to "experiment" in terms of the way they want to play and how they play.

The Stormers coach warned his team against underestimating the Japanese side - which has just one win from nine outings.

"The Sunwolves, even though the results did not go their way, are side that puts every team under pressure in terms of their attacking game," Fleck said.

"They certainly showed that at Newlands at stages, when they kept ball in hand, and when they put us under pressure defensively," he said of a match the Stormers won 46-19 last month.

"We've got our work cut out.

"We respect every opposition that we play, but it does allow me to try a few things and we want to go there and embrace the challenge of playing in Singapore."

The Stormers know - with the Bulls just a point behind them on the standings in the Africa One conference - that defeat could have dire results with the June break just around the corner.

"Both Africa Conferences are really tight now, but we always expected that.

"We have to look forward and not behind us.

"Our focus is to keep improving and getting better and keep winning. This is the start of phase three now and it is important that we win this one, regardless of what's happening with the rest of the Africa conference."

Previous result:
2016: Stormers won 46-19, Cape Town

Prediction: This will be the second meeting between these sides, with the Stormers winning 46-19 in Cape Town in their Round Seven clash. The Sunwolves' home games have seen 55 points per game scored on average. The Stormers have won each of their last three games outside of South Africa, their best run outside of the country since winning four in a row across 2011 and 2012. Eben Etzebeth (not playing in this game) is the only player to make more than 50 tackles (57) this season without missing at least one. Of all teams in Super Rugby the Stormers have forced the lowest success rates from their opposition in both set pieces this season (scrum 71 percent, line-out 77 percent). It should be one-way traffic, with the Stormers winning by at least 30 points.


Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (captain), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasha, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2, Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kobus van Wyk, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)
The Kings' season is going south, literally, at a rate of knots.

Despite the narrow win over the Sunwolves in Week Six, they have conceded 190 points in the last four matches (an average of 48 points per match) and 29 tries (more than seven a game).

Then they lost a host of key players - including veteran captain Steven Sykes, along with star loose forwards Cyril-John Velleman and Chris Cloete, as well as midfielder Stefan Watermeyer.

Apart from the rapidly depleting player resources, the Kings have failed to produce an 80-minute performance.

However, Cheetah coach Franco Smith said there is no chance of underestimating the men from Port Elizabeth.

"They are unpredictable and they can get up for any game," Smith said.

He felt that despite the loss of those key players, they still have a good pack.

"I feel Tom Botha is an outstanding scrummager," the Cheetahs coach said, adding: "We also know [flyhalf] Elgar [Watts] very well and Jurgen Visser is doing a great job for them at fullback.

"We know they are under pressure to get some positive results and that makes them even more dangerous," he said, adding that the Cheetahs will "respect" the Kings.

Kings coach Deon Davids played down the loss of so many star players, saying it provides opportunities for others to put up their hands.

Like the Kings, the Cheetahs have had minimal success this season and re struggling to get some momentum going.

"They are desperate to put up a good performance having come off a tough tour," Davids said of a Cheetahs team that lost to the Rebels, reds and Waratahs in Australia.

"The Cheetahs are currently playing a brand of rugby that uses the width of the field and they like to attack from anywhere, where possible, so we will have to deal with that," he said.

Previous results:
2013: Cheetahs won 34-22, Port Elizabeth
2013: Cheetahs won 26-12, Bloemfontein

Prediction: This will be the third Super Rugby meeting between the sides with the Cheetahs winning the previous two, by margins of 14 and 12 points. The Cheetahs have lost their last two at home to fellow South African teams and have not lost more in a row to teams from their own country since losing three on the bounce across 2012 and 2013. The Kings' last six away games have all been settled by margins of more than 20 points. Sergeal Petersen has made an average gain of 11.8 metres per carry so far this season, the best rate of any player to make 10+ carries. The Kings are the only side this season with a tackle success rate below 80 percent (79.95 percent). The Kings are in for a long day at the office and the Cheetahs should by at least 20 points.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Carl Wegner, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee.

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Phillipus du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates (captain), 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Juan-Pierre Jonck, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Cornell Hess, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

The Lions are well aware they have to win this week to keep the pressure on the front-runners in the Africa conference - the Stormers and Bulls.

There is also the Sharks lurking, now just a point behind the Lions in the Africa Two conference.

For Lions coach Johan Ackermann the key is to avoid a repeat of the horror show they produced against the Hurricanes a fortnight ago.

And to complicate matter they face an erratic Blues team that have the talent to knock over any team.

"They are a tough team to prepare for, because you never know what you will get on the day," Ackermann said of the visiting Blues outfit.

"There is no doubt they have the talent to knock over any team - we saw that when they beat the Sharks.

"They may be last on the New Zealand conference, but it is so tight in that group that only our best will be good enough."

Like any Kiwi side the Blues are dangerous from broken play and have some powerful ball carries.

"Our defence will have to be a lot better than what it was against the Hurricanes ," Ackermann said,.

"They also make use of quick throw-ins and any opportunity to launch a sneaky attack.

"We will have to be alert for the entire 80 minutes.

"We are disappointed in our last outing [against the Hurricanes] at Ellis park and will have to fix that."

Blues coach Tana Umaga is also disappointed with his team's last outing, despite beating the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

However, it ended a long losing streak in away matches - stretching back to June 2014.

The Blues are well aware that the Lions at Ellis Park is a much taller order than the Kings.

However, Umaga's men have been buoyed by last week's victory.

"We know that if we play anywhere near as poorly as we did last week, then we won't get the result we're looking for against the Lions," Umaga said.

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 13-10, Albany
2014: Lions won 39-36, Johannesburg
2012: Blues won 25-3, Auckland
2011: Blues won 41-32, Johannesburg
2010: Blues won 56-14, Johannesburg
2009: Blues 36-12, Auckland

Prediction: The Lions have won their last two against the Blues, previously they had never won back-to-back games against the Auckland side, losing seven of the eight games between the two prior to that. However, the Lions have lost their last two at home; they've not lost more in a row on home soil since 2012 when they lost five consecutive games. The Lions are the most dangerous side in the 20 minutes before half-time this season so far, scoring the most points (97) and having the best points differential in this period (plus 55). The Lions (27.6) and Blues (27.1) have averaged the most defenders beaten of any sides in Super Rugby in 2016. No side has enjoyed more possession than the Blues this season, an average of 18 minutes, 10 seconds per game. The Blues do have a realistic chance to win, but the smart money is on a Lions win - by 15 points.


Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 George Moala, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Hoani Matenga, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Kara Pryor, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Male Sa'u.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lesego Legoete (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

The Jaguares are coming off a bye and the Sharks are still fresh from a morale-boosting win over the Hurricanes at home last Saturday, a win which has revitalised their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs.

However, Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said last week's win - as impressive as the performance was - must be put in the archives and the focus must be on a dangerous opponent - who themselves had an important win over the Kings a fortnight ago.

"This is a week where we really need to stay grounded, we haven't achieved anything yet and we still have some really tough encounters ahead," Gold said.

"We're still in the fight in our pool and the games ahead are going to be critically important." he added.

"If we think the Jaguares will be easy in Buenos Aires, we have another thing coming. They're a team improving every week they play together, there is no doubting their passion.

"The Jaguares are very physical, they're going to come at you hard and they have a partisan crowd behind them, I think it's a very tough challenge for us.

"We must remain humble and rest. Those are the most important. We know what is waiting for us on Saturday."

The Jaguares' international loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamón said they are under no illusion as to how tough the challenge will be.

"We know just how strong the Sharks are on defence," Leguizamón said.

"What is important for us is to avoid those lapses in concentration that have cost us so much already this season."

He spoke of the need to have the right "intensity, desire and attitude".

"The key is to ensure our defensive line is solid and ensure we do not miss any one-on-one tackles."

Previous result:
2016: Sharks won 19-15, Durban

Prediction: This will be the second meeting between the sides in Super Rugby with the Durban outfit emerging 19-15 winners in Round Two. The Jaguares won their last game by 46 points, although six of their eight games prior to that had been settled by eight points or fewer. The Sharks' last four away games outside of South Africa have all seen a losing bonus point picked up. The Sharks have averaged the most turnovers won per game so far (nine), Andre Esterhuizen has won a team high 12 but six other players have chipped in with five or more. The Sharks have benefitted from the poorest goal kicking from their opposition of any side this season (60 percent). It will be a close call, but the Sharks should sneak it with a late score - five points or less.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle/Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Garth April, 23 Sibusiso Sithole/Joe Pietersen.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning, with additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Hurricanes stay in touch with scrappy win

Sat, 14 May 2016 09:40

REPORT: The Hurricanes stayed in touch with Super Rugby's pace-setters when they scored a bonus-point 29-14 win over the Reds in Wellington on Saturday.

The five tries to one win sees them close the gap on the table-topping Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders (all on 37 points) to just one point.

However, the farcical conference system means they remain rooted in seventh place - with the other conference leaders the Brumbies (29 points), Stormers (29 points) and Lions (27 points) all gifted positions ahead of them.

It was a scrappy performance, but a step up from last week's disaster in Durban - where they suffered a humiliating loss and subsequently had five players stood down for this week's match because they broke team curfew.

Jason Woodward and Wes Goosen celebrated their promotion with three tries as the Hurricanes turned a week to forget into a match to remember.

Woodward, with two tries, and South African-born Goosen were drafted in to replace All Black wings Cory Jane and Julian Savea who were among five Hurricanes dropped for breaking a team curfew.

Dane Coles and Ngani Laumape also scored.

Beauden Barrett, having a nightmare match with the boot, only landed two conversions, while the Reds points came from a try to Chris Feauai-Sautia and three penalties by Ayumu Goromaru.

With a third of the 'Canes expected run-on side axed because of the misdemeanour, it took the revamped unit most of the first half to settle into the pace of the game.

But once the five replacements hit their straps, scrum-half TJ Perenara said they laid the groundwork for the win.

"Wes Goosen out on the wing opened us up with a try and his impact out there was awesome," Perenara said.

"Woodie stepping up for us and the boys in the forward pack they really gave us the impact we needed."

Victor Vito and Ardie Savea were among the infamous five and their absence was initially telling at the breakdown where the Reds had command.

But when the Hurricanes settled into their work they scored tries on either side of the half-time break and defended their lead for the remainder of the match.

After Goromaru, getting a rare start, put the Reds ahead 3-0 with an early penalty the Hurricanes struck back with Goosen's try when he latched on to well-weighted cross kick by Barrett.

But it was a rare foray into Reds territory in the first quarter and the Hurricanes were only spared conceding a try when Reds' centre Anthony Fainga'a dropped the ball with the line open in front of him.

The Reds were rewarded for their constant pressure with a second penalty by Japanese international Goromaru, before the Hurricanes regained the lead with Coles' try on half-time.

Reds flank Hendrik Tui was yellow-carded for pulling down a Hurricanes line-out maul with the 'Canes immediately repeating the move and at the second attempt Coles was driven over the line.

In a desperate start to the second spell, Goromaru landed a third penalty, Woodward scored for the Hurricanes when he toed a wayward pass by Jake McIntyre over the line and Feauai-Sautia replied with his try for the Reds.

After Laumape's try to put the 'Canes ahead 24-14 the Reds made one final effort to earn a bonus point with a late try only for Woodward to intercept a pass on his own line and run the length of the field for his second five-pointer.

Man of the match: Liam Gill is always good value for the Reds. Chris Feauai-Sautia also had a good showing for the Reds on the wing. Beauden Barrett had another performance the suggested he will be in the All Black selection frame, even though his goal-kicking needs work, while Brad Shields also got through a mountain of work. However, our award goes to Hurricanes wing Jason Woodward - who took his chance of a rare start after Cory Jane and four other players were stood down for partying a bit too hard last week.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Goosen, Coles, Woodward 2, Laumape
Cons: Barrett 2

For the Reds:
Pens: Goromaru 3

Yellow card: Hendrik Tui (Reds, 40 - cynical foul, collapsing the maul), Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes, 80 - cynical foul, offside)


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Reds: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Wes Goosen (12min), Dane Coles (39min), Jason Woodward (44min), Ngani Laumape (65min), and Jason Woodward (80min)
Chris Feauai-Sautia (50min)
Beauden Barrett (40min) and Beauden Barrett (66min)
Ayumu Goromaru (3min), Ayumu Goromaru (26min), and Ayumu Goromaru (43min)
Beauden Barrett (79min)
Hendrik Tui (38min)
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)