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Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 27-05-2016
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Stay tuned for our next titanic battle coming up in a few minutes as the Waratahs host the Chiefs in Sydney.
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Barrett converts the try to make the final score 27-20 to the Hurricanes. Both teams gave it their all with the result coming down to the final minute of the game. FULL TIME: HURRICANES 27-20 HIGHLANDERS.
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There it is for the Hurricanes! The Hurricanes get some good go forward ball from the scrum before Ardie Savea picks up and crashes over for the match winning try. What a performance from the Hurricanes to take this game in the final minute and what a contribution from Ardie Savea.
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Ardie Savea looks to be over the line but some courageous defence from the Highlanders sees Savea held up and the Hurricanes have the five metre defensive scrum.
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Laumape takes two tacklers with him down the winbg before he is brought to ground, there is a handling error from the Highlanders and the Hurricanes continue the attack with a five metre scrum.
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Banks gives the Hurricanes a good attacking opportunity as he knocks on just outside the Highlanders 22 metre line. Attacking scrum to the Hurricanes on the Highlanders 22 metre line.
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Barrett sends the kick wide of the uprights and the score remains 20-20 with six minutes remaining.
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Naholo gets blown up for an infringement at the breakdown and Barrett will strike this one for posts from inside the 22.
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The Hurricanes concede the penalty and the Highlanders can only find touch one their 22 metre line from the penalty. Defensive line-out to the Highlanders here.
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Marshall gains some valuable metres for the Hurricanes as he breaks up field before Laumape bounces off a tackler down the wing and is brought to ground. Highlanders defence manages to get back and contain the Hurricanes as they attack the line deep in the Highlanders half.
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Both teams are looking for that piece of magic that will open this game up as the Hurricanes look to carry the ball from their own half.
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Banks puts up a high kick for his back three to run onto but Naholo knocks on and the Hurricanes have the scrum just inside their half.
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The Highlanders put in a high kick which travels to half way, the Highlanders win the penalty for the Hurricanes tackling the player in the air and the Highlanders set the attacking line-out just outside the Hurricanes 22 metre line.
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Banks adds the extra three and the scores are all tied up again with eighteen minutes left on the clock.
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Aaron Smith looks to go on the switch from the scrum inside the Hurricanes 22 metre line but a deliberate knock down brings an end to that passage of play and Marty Banks steps up to draw the scores level from inside the 22.
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Naholo breaks two tackles and gives the offload before the Hurricanes manage to wrap them up. Highlanders looking dangerous here as they look to spark something in the Hurricanes 22.
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Barrett has his kicking boots on tonight as he adds the extra three and sends the Hurricanes into a 20-17 lead.
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The Highlanders infringe at the breakdown and the Hurricanes are awarded the penalty, Barrett looks to add the extra three from the touchline on the 22.
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The Hurricanes claim the line-out and look to go for a pushover try but the Highlanders make an important turnover and Sopoaga clears their lines with a kick which finds Marshall. Hurricanes look set to take play into the Highlanders half here.
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The Highlanders concede the penalty and Barrett finds touch on the Highlanders five metre line. Attacking line-out to the Hurricanes here.
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Sopoaga draws the scores level as he sends the ball sailing through the uprights from right in front. The score is now 17-17.
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Marshall gets penalized for going offside. it is in a good kicking position and Sopoaga lines one up at the uprights.
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Elliot Dixon finds Ben Smith with a good offload in the tackle. Ben Smith is wrapped up and the Hurricanes are forced to do all the tackling at the moment. Play is inside the Hurricanes 22.
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Perenara shows and goes and puts in a clever grubber kick but Naholo comes across and dots down for a 22 metre drop out.
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Elliot Dixon jumps up and wins the line-out for the Highlanders just outside their 22 but the ball is held up in the maul and the Hurricanes are awarded the scrum. Good effort from the Hurricanes forwards.
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Sopoaga looks to put the Hurricanes back three under pressure as he puts in a kick behind the defence but Marshall is equal to the task as he claims the high ball and the Hurricanes look to set up the exit kick.
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The flags are raised and Sopoaga converts the try from just outside the 22. The score is now 17-14 to the Hurricanes.
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Lima Sopoaga gets the second half going with a deep kick into the Hurricanes half. Jane collects the high kick but Perenara gets charged down, the Hurricanes carry the ball into touch and the Highlanders have a good attacking opportunity with the five metre line-out inside the Hurricanes half. The Highlanders bash away at the line before Daniel Lienert-Brown crashes over from close range for the Highlanders second try of the game.

Half Time

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Jane collects a high kick deep inside the Hurricanes half and this time the Hurricanes do not look for the counter attack, they are happy to go into the break leading 17-7 and Jane sends the ball high into the stands. The Hurricanes go into the break with the 17-7 lead courtesy of two well taken tries from Ardie Savea and Brad Shields and one penalty kick from Beauden Barrett. Fly-half Lima Sopoaga scored a good try for the Highlanders and managed to convert the try. HALF TIME: HURRICANES 17-7 HIGHLANDERS, stay tuned for the second half which will be coming up shortly.
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It looks good! And it is good. Barrett is successful with the kick at the uprights from right in front and with two minutes of the first half remaining the Hurricanes lead 17-7.
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Some handbags going on before the Highlanders are blown up for an infringement deep in their half and Barrett will kick for posts.
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Barrett kicks downfield from a turnover and looks to chase his kick, it's a race between Barrett and Naholo! Naholo manages to come across and clear to touch inside the Highlanders half. Tremendous passage of play from both teams as the Hurricanes have the line-out inside Highlanders territory.
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Sopoaga with some exceptional skill as he puts in a bicycle kick which almost results in a try for the Highlanders as they chase well and the Hurricanes are caught unaware but they manage to gather and clear their lines.
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Faddes and Fekitoa combine well on defence as they bundle the Hurricanes into touch and the Highlanders have the line-out inside their own half.
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Perenara kicks deep into the Highlanders 22. Sopoaga gathers and the Highlanders look to break as Faddes goes racing down the wing but a good tackle from Aso forces the handling error and the Hurricanes have the scrum on halfway.
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Sopoaga makes no mistake in adding the extra two and the score is now 14-7 to the Hurricanes.
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Highlanders looking to get themselves back in the game as they take the ball to the line deep inside the Hurricanes half. Smith finds Fekitoa with a well timed pass before Fekitoa finds Sopoaga with a good offload in the tackle, Sopoaga runs hard and straight and goes through for the Highlanders first try of the game. Game on!
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Barrett converts the try and the score is now 14-0 to the home team.
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Hurricanes go in for the second try of the game as Brad Shields goes over from close range as the Hurricanes make good use of first phase possession from the attacking scrum.
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Aso breaks through the tackle of Fekitoa down the wing and looks to find his inside player, the Hurricanes are wrapped up but the Highlanders are forced into a handling error as they try to defend their line and the Hurricanes have the attacking scrum on the Highlanders five metre line.
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Perenara gives a flat pass to Vito who drives forward deep inside the Highlanders half.
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The Highlanders miss their man in the line-out as they overthrow and here come the Hurricanes as they charge into the Highlanders half before they are wrapped up.
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Perenara puts in a high kick into the Highlanders half but Ben Smith is first to the ball as he manages to return the kick, the Hurricanes look to counter but the Highlanders are awarded the penalty and they set the line-out on halfway.
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Barrett adds the extra two and the score is now 7-0 to the Hurricanes.
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Electric break completely against the run of play from the Hurricanes results in the first try of the game as Jane .breaks up field before a well timed offload from Perenara and some good quick hands results in Ardie Savea going over for the five pointer. Fantastic play from the Hurricanes.
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The Highlanders are doing all the attacking in the opening few minutes as Faddes looks to break the line as he comes in at first receiver but a good tackle comes through on Faddes and he throws a loose pass which goes forward. Scrum to the Hurricanes inside their 22.
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Highlanders are going through the phases as they win the line-out against the throw deep in the Hurricanes half and look to pick and go before they draw in the defence and look set to vary their play.
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Marshall looks to set up the counter attack as he kicks one down the wing which finds Ben Smith isolated in his 22. Smith is quick to get the ball away as he kicks up field. Everything we have expected in these opening few minutes of this fast paced New Zealand derby.
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Aaron Smith throws a terrible pass from the base of the scrum which results in the Highlanders knocking forward. The Hurricanes pounce on the loose ball and look to clear their lines.
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Highlanders have a good attacking opportunity as they have the scrum on the Hurricanes 22 metre line. The Highlanders look set to use some strike runners from this set piece..
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Sopoaga sends the penalty sailing wide of the posts and the Hurricanes restart with a 22 metre drop out. The score remains 0-0 with a four minutes gone.
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The Hurricanes concede the penalty just inside their half and Sopoaga will strike this one at posts from about forty-five metres out.
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The Highlanders win the penalty deep in their half and they set the attacking line-out with a kick to touch which finds halfway.
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Barrett puts in a well timed kick behind the Highlanders defence, Naholo looks to counter but he is put under pressure by some good defence from the Hurricanes and the Hurricanes look to counter from the loose ball.
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Here we go! Mike Fraser blows his whistle and Beauden Barrett gets the game underway with a deep kick into the Highlanders 22. Ben Smith collects and sends the ball up field before Barrett sends one up the middle into the Highlanders half.
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Both teams are on the field. Stay tuned as we await referee Mike Fraser to get us underway shortly.
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Mike Fraser is our referee. Brendon Pickerill and Jamie Nutbrown will assist him. Our TMO is Aaron Peterson.
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There is a slight drizzle however conditions are perfect for some all out attacking rugby between these two teams.
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The Highlanders have won five of the last eight matches between the two teams dating back to 2013. The last time the teams met was earlier in the season in round two with the Highlanders wining 17-16 with just one point separating the two teams.
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TEAM NEWS, HIGHLANDERS: The Highlanders have made two changes for this clash. Tom Franklin replaces Joe Wheeler at lock while Daniel Lienert-Brown starts at loosehead prop, Josh Hohneck starts at tighthead prop while Siosiua Halanukonuka drops to the bench.
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TEAM NEWS, HURRICANES: The Hurricanes welcome back the five players who were suspended for not following a team protocol in South Africa. Victor Vito starts at number eight while Ardie Savea starts at flank. Julian Savea and Cory Jane team up on opposite wings while captain Dane Coles is back in the front row and lock Michael Fatialofa has been selected in the run on side.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365’s live commentary of this Super Rugby round 14 showdown between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders from Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Reg Goodes
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Blade Thomson
  • 5 Michael Fatialofa
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Victor Vito
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Julian Savea
  • 12 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 13 Matt Proctor
  • 14 Cory Jane
  • 15 James Marshall
RESERVES
  • 16 Motu Matu'u
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Loni Uhila
  • 19 Vaea Fifita
  • 20 Callum Gibbins
  • 21 Jamison Gibson-Park
  • 22 Ngani Laumape
  • 23 Jason Woodward
START LINE UP
  • 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
  • 2 Ash Dixon
  • 3 Josh Hohneck
  • 4 Alex Ainley
  • 5 Thomas Franklin
  • 6 Elliot Dixon
  • 7 Dan Pryor
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Patrick Osborne
  • 12 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 13 Matt Faddes
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Ben Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Greg Pleasents
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 18 Siua Halanukonuka
  • 19 Mark Reddish
  • 20 Liam Squire
  • 21 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 22 Marty Banks
  • 23 Teihorangi Walden
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND 14, PART ONE

Wed, 25 May 2016 21:02

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 14.

It is the final round ahead of the June break, which means it is an important occasion for every team with play-off aspirations.

With a five-week break and just three rounds of league matches remaining when the competition resumes in July, no team want to lose momentum.

Even with a whole month to ponder the final run-in, there will be no margin for error when teams return.

And to start the weekend's drama we have a re-run of last year's Final, the Hurricanes hosting the defending champion Highlanders in Wellington.

And, as if that is not enough to whet your appetite, then savour the second match on Friday - the table-topping Chiefs against a desperate Waratahs team.

That is followed by the encounter between the Southern Kings and Jaguares. While it may be a basement battle, it is no less intriguing an encounter than any of the top flight fixtures.

We look at the Friday, May 27, matches!

On the surface it would appear that Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd was stating the obvious when he said the match would be a "big occasion".

However, he was probably understating the significance of the fixture, five the close proximity of the New Zealand teams in the play-off race.

The Chiefs (on 42 league points) and Crusaders (41) head the dash for home ground advantage in the knock-out stages, with the Highlanders (37) and Hurricanes (36) within striking distance.

However, defeat will be near catastrophic, given that only three rounds remain upon the competition's resumption in July.

"All indications are there will be a big crowd [in Wellington] and that really pumps up the guys to perform in front of their home fans," Boyd said.

"It adds a real edge and nobody is under any illusion that this is an important match for both teams.

"We are really looking forward to what will no doubt be a tough challenge from a quality Highlanders unit."

While Friday's match is a replay of last year's Super Rugby Final (won 21-14 by the Highlanders), it is not the first time the two sides have met since - with the Highlanders winning another close encounter 17-16 in Dunedin in Round Two this year.

The Highlanders are coming off the two great victories, followed by last week's bye. With just this match before the June break it is going to be difficult to build any kind of momentum.

However, Highlanders Assistant coach Scott McLeod is more concerned with the scratchy starts in recent matches - especially against quality teams like the Chiefs and Crusaders.

"We got put under a hell of a lot of pressure against the Chiefs and the Crusaders, mainly at the start of those games," McLeod told the Otago Daily Times.

"Just the momentum they got and the line breaks they were able to do.

"So we have to shore up our defensive line a little bit more.

"To be able to put some early pressure on teams and not have to soak up as much.''

McLeod said the side was progressing and it would have been good to keep playing.

"We are learning about our game still. We are building slowly.

"It is nice to look after some niggles but you get the excitement of the game and keep it going.''

Recent results:
2016: Highlanders won 17-16, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 21-14, Wellington (Final)
2015: Hurricanes won 56-20, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have won five of their last seven games against the Hurricanes, including victory in the 2015 Super Rugby Final. Only one of the last 16 games between these teams has been decided by more than the value of a converted try, with each team accruing eight wins in that span. The Hurricanes have won 18 of their last 22 games at home, though three of the four losses in that period came against New Zealand opposition.  The Hurricanes have not trailed at the half-time break since Round Two this season, the last time they faced the Highlanders. Since then they've led at half time on eight occasions and been level once. Of the 12 players so far this season to attempt more than 40 shots at goal, Lima Sopoaga is the second most accurate at 75 percent (Lealiifano - 76 percent). The Highlanders have shown this season that they can win crunch matches and they are likely to edge this one - but not by much more than five points.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Mark Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jason Woodward.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Teihorangi Walden.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Peterson (New Zealand)

The Waratahs are desperate to avoid re-run of last week's hammering at the hands of the Crusaders - with the 29-10 margin somewhat flattering to the Waratahs.

And facing another powerful New Zealand side on Friday in the table-topping Chiefs, the Sydney-based outfit had to do a lot of introspection.

Waratahs assistant coach Cam Blades spoke of "lessons learnt".

He said it is more important to focus on their own game, rather than to counter the opposition.

"We got caught last week being a little too focused on what they [the Crusaders] can do and what they bring to the table, rather than our strengths and what we bring to the table," Blades said.

"This week our focus is on our strengths, and making our strengths as good as they can be.

"We must make sure that the Waratahs' game is better than the Chiefs' fame."

He said that are not carrying any emotional baggage from last week's loss into this game.

"By lunch time on a Monday we had finished our review and moved on and buried that performance, and taken the lessons from it going forward. T

"he rest of it we shed so we're not carrying it forward with us.

"We really focus on what needs to be done so our next performance is as good as it can be. If that happens then we generally get the results we want."

He said the June break is not doing their team any favours either.

"Players just want to play," Blades said, adding: "They'd rather play every week than spend weeks just training without a game.

"Some players will move into the Wallabies squad and some of our other guys that have played high minutes will rest up a little bit.

"The guys who haven't been playing much will play a little bit of club rugby."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, in contrast, was concerned that complacency might be an issue for his table-topping outfit.

The Wednesday training session didn't exactly fill Rennie with confidence.

"We're certainly clear on what we've got to do and we actually didn't see too much evidence of it on the field [at training on Wednesday]," Rennie told stuff.co.nz.

"It was a bit of a frustrating training session.

"In the end, you've got to hang onto the ball and build pressure. If you don't and you turn it over against sides like the Waratahs, you get hurt, so it's got to be key for us."

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 33-17, New Plymouth
2013: Waratahs won 25-20, Sydney
2012: Chiefs won 30-13, Hamilton
2011: Waratahs won 23-16, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 46-19, Hamilton
2009: Waratahs won 11-7, Sydney

Prediction: The  Waratahs  have  won  five  of  their  last  six  games  against  the  Chiefs, though this will be their first encounter since Round 16, 2014. The  Chiefs  have  won  only  twice  against  the  Waratahs  in  Sydney  in  Super Rugby in nine attempts, losing seven away Tahs in total. The  Chiefs  have  won  all  five  of  their  games  away  from  home  so  far  this season; they are the only team this campaign yet to lose a game on the road. The Chiefs have scored 52 tries this season, the most of any team and they are the only side to have scored half a century of tries going into Round 14. Israel  Folau  has  gained  an  average  of  97.4 metres  per  game  in his  last  eight encounters with teams from New Zealand but, despite scoring five tries in his last eight games overall, he hasn't scored against a New Zealand team since Round 10, 2015.  The question is just how desperate are the Waratahs? If it depends on pure skill, the Chiefs should win easily. We think they will edge ahead in the final quarter and win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dave 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 Jack Dempsey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Reece Robinson.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 6 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall

The Southern Kings have come in for some scathing criticism - mostly because of the comical bungling in the boardroom, but lately more so for their amateurish on-field performances.

Some of the most harsh critics described them as circus clowns and a joke.

It will take a special effort to silence those critics, against a team that put 70 points past them less than a month ago.

That game was in Buenos Aires. This time it is in Port Elizabeth.

The Jaguares are also coming off a horror run - just one win in their last 10 matches, the victory that 73-27 hammering of the Kings.

Lock Guido Petti described last week's 24-52 loss to the Lions as a "bucket of cold water".

And they are determined to prove they are not bottom feeders.

"We need to focus on improving certain aspects of our game and finish the [South African] tour in the best way possible," Petti said.

"We need to keep our belief and trust in what we do on the pitch. We must back our game plan, regardless of the opposition."

The Jaguares are not expecting the Kings to be the same soft touch they were in Buenos Aires on April 30.

" his time they are at home and the result of the previous game against us will serve as motivation for them," the second row forward said.

He expects them to be "very physical".

The bulk of the Jaguares squad will go straight from PE into training with the Argentina national team for the June internationals, so they feel it is important to take "some confidence" out of this game.

Previous result:
2016: Jaguares won 73-27, Buenos Aires

Prediction: The last time these teams met the Jaguares scored 73 points against the South African side, the equal ninth most by a team in Super Rugby history. All three of the Kings' home wins in Super Rugby have come against teams from outside of South Africa, the last of which came in Round Six this season against the Sunwolves. The Jaguares have lost their last six away games since an opening round victory away to the Cheetahs, conceding an average of 34 points per game in those six games. CJ Velleman has won 1.9 turnovers per game on average this campaign, only David Pocock (2.3) has won more amongst players who have made more than one appearance this season. The Jaguares have beaten an average of 25.2 defenders per game so far this season, only the Lions (27.5) have beaten more. It won't be the same massive margin, but the Jaguares will win again - perhaps by 20 to 25 points.

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Dewald Human, 23 Phillipus du Plessis.

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

Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Ben Crouse
TMO: Marius Jonker

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Savea double secures crucial win for Canes

Fri, 27 May 2016 09:24

REPORT: Flank Ardie Savea scored two tries - in the 13th and 79th minutes - to help secure a crucial win for the Hurricanes.

The 27-20 win over the Highlanders in a wet Wellington on Friday saw the Hurricanes overtake their compatriots - the Highlanders - in third place in the New Zealand conference.

It was a crucial win ahead of the June break, with only three rounds remaining when the competition resumes in July.

Savea, one of five players dropped last week for missing a team curfew while on tour in South Africa, played a crucial role in a crucial game.

The win puts the Hurricanes two points ahead of the Highlanders in the ultra-competitive New Zealand conference, where the battle for finals spots is set to go down to the wire.

It also gives the Hurricanes some revenge after their heartbreaking loss to the Highlanders in the 2015 Final, the last time they hosted the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.

Skipper Dane Coles said the Hurricanes were finally finding last year's red-hot form and it was a shame Super Rugby was heading into an international break after this round.

"It's unfortunate we have a break but we'll take a lot of confidence from this," he said, after the high-tempo contest despite wet conditions in Wellington.

"Once we come back we've got a big challenge and every game's a must-win for us."

The Hurricanes were bolstered by the return of the five suspended players, who included Julian Savea and his uncapped brother Ardie. Both appear set to be named Sunday in the All Blacks squad for the upcoming three-Test series against Wales.

Cory Jane, another returnee from the naughty corner, also excelled, playing a part in the Hurricanes first two tries.

The 53-Test wing, who last played for the All Blacks in November 2014, is tipped to head to Japan at the end of the season if he is omitted from the squad to face Wales.

He sparked the opening try in the 13th minute when his break on the wing started an attack that culminated in Ardie Savea racing past his markers to dot down between the posts.

Jane was involved again when TJ Perenara burst from the back of a scrum and the wing flicked the ball on to Brad Shields for the Hurricanes' second five-pointer.

Lima Sopoaga clawed one back for the Highlanders, powering through Victor Vito's tackle after Malakai Fekitoa's run set him up.

Sopoaga almost created another with an audacious backwards chip kick but the Highlanders lost possession and went into the break trailing 17-7.

They caught the Hurricanes napping early in the second half, with Dan Lienert-Brown scoring a try two minutes after the restart.

With the scores locked at 20-20 in the final minutes, a wayward Beauden Barrett penalty kick appeared to have squandered the Hurricanes' chance of victory.

But Savea seized the ball at the breakdown and charged over to seal the win at the death.

Man of the Match: Ben Smith, as usual, and Lima Sopoaga were the Highlanders' best players. TJ Perenara and Brad Shields were among the Hurricanes' most productive players, but none were better than flank Ardie Savea - who was rewarded for his effort with two tries, including a match-winning score, and he gets our award.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Tries:
A Savea 2, Shields
Cons: Barrett 2
Pens: Barrett 2

For the Highlanders:
Tries:
Sopoaga, Lienert-Brown
Cons: Sopoaga 2
Pens: Sopoaga, Banks

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Mark Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jason Woodward.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Teihorangi Walden.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Peterson (New Zealand)

Ardie Savea (13min), Brad Shields (22min), and Ardie Savea (79min)
TRIES
Lima Sopoaga (26min) and Daniel Lienert-Brown (41min)
Beauden Barrett (14min), Beauden Barrett (23min), and Beauden Barrett (80min)
CONVERSIONS
Lima Sopoaga (27min) and Lima Sopoaga (43min)
Beauden Barrett (38min) and Beauden Barrett (58min)
PENALTIES
Lima Sopoaga (52min) and Marty Banks (62min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Mike Fraser (New Zealand)