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07:45 (GMT) | 07-04-2017
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Hooper gets in center field at the 22 and dodges a tackle making it to the 5 for the offload. The referee blows as the ball is moved over the line but not for a try. FULL TIME
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The horn sounds. Penalty to the Canes after the scrum and the ball goes into touch. Line-out at the 22 of the Canes for the hosts and it's stolen
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Scrum reset
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The Tahs take the scrum and move forward but the referee halts play for a second scrum at the 5, this time for the Canes
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The ruck is formed and Phipps looks play it but Beauden Barrett obstructs play and the referee decides to send him straight off. Red card
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The Tahs showing resilience as they make every effort to pull the game back, making it to the 5 of the Canes
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Scrum reset
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A pass by Foley intercepted and looked like the Canes would secure that bonus point but the referee blows for a penalty. Scrum to the Tahs at their 22
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Canes again with a powerful scrum. They edge closer to the 5 now but the ball is lost and cleared
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The ball lost forward by Hegarty around his 22 and the Canes have a scrum
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The conversion is good
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The balled moved up field by Folau to Kellaway who found the space along the wing. He scores the TRY
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Another scrum around the 5 for the Tahs
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The Tahs take their scrum and are pushed back by the Canes but still come away with the ball
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The referee blows as the ball finds itself somewhere close to the try line covered by bodies of both teams. The TMO is called upon and a scrum at the 5 is the decision
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The Tahs get it at the 22 of the hosts after the scrum then get a penalty, kicking into touch at the 5
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Foley looks to link up with Hegarty but he loses it. Scrum inside the 22 of the hosts
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Line-out at the 22 of the Canes and Hooper carries forward for the Tahs bringing it inside the 22
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The Canes with a massive scrum. They clear into touch around the half way after the ball is won
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The ball picked up by Hegarty and the fullback sprints forward along the vacant wing offloading to Folau who makes it to the 5 before being brought down. The referee halts play for a scrum at the 5 of the hosts for the Tahs
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The ball lost froward after the scrum but the Tahs play the advantage. They end up losing it after the advantage. Scrum to the Canes
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The referee calls play back as the ball was lost forward before going into touch. Scrum to the Canes. Scru mreset
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The ball staying around the mid field. Naiyaravoro gets it along the wing and makes some distance to the 22 with the help of Foley but the flyhalf is tackled into touch
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The ball is kicked forward by Beauden Barrett but it's fumbled and goes into touch. Line-out to the Tahs at their 10
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The referee blows for a penalty. Scrum to the Canes at the half way
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The reset kick is there and the ball is cleared
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Jordie Barrett fails to add the extras
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Proctor is there to cover and the Canes start their counter attack. Beauden Barrett gets it at his 10 puts on his dancing shoes as he steps passed 3 players then sends it wide to Laumape who goes over the line to score another TRY
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The Canes making ground steadily as they enter the 5 meter but he ball is cleared by Foley and chased by the flyhalf as well
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Line-out for the Canes at the 22 of the Tahs
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Line-out taken at the half way and the Canes build slowly but it's kicked forward and lost
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The referee blows for a scrum. The Canes take the scrum and move the ball up field. It goes into touch
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Foley adds the extras
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The Tahs find themselves sitting tight at the 22 not able to find a way through and Gordon picks it up from the ruck, sells one dummy in exchange for a free pass through the middle and he goes on to place the ball between the sticks comfortably
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The Tahs building patiently from the half way. They win a penalty at the 10 of the Canes and kick into touch inside the 22
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The referee blows for offside against the Canes at the 22 of the Tahs and Foley kicks into touch around the hafway
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Foley secures the 2 extras
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The Tahs with a good break starting with Foley taking on the line. Hegarty the man receiving the ball at the last to make it over the line and score the TRY
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The ball moved up field after the scrum and Proctor breaks through getting to the 22 before the ball is eventually turned over. HALF TIME
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Scrum to the Canes around the half way
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The Tahs looking to add something before the half time whistle. Skelton gets it at the 22 in space and carries forward knocking defenders out of the way. The ball is carried to the try line but the Canes escape and the ball is cleared
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Jordie Barrett adds the extras
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The line-out is taken but the Tahs and fumbled as it's played back. Abbott jumps on the ball during the confusion and scores another TRY
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The Tahs lose the ball at the half way and Princep picks it up and breaks away slowly along the wing looking for support but can't find any. He runs all the way to the line but is tackled into touch at the 5
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Tahs take their scrum and the ball is lost after it exits the scrum. It's cleared by the flyhalf
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The Tahs make a few meters in the maul then split quickly after looking to break up field. The referee blows for a scrum at the 5 of the hosts
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The Tahs get a penalty after Shields drops it at this 10. Foley kicks into touch around the 5
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Perenara steps up for the kick and misses
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The ball moved down field and Goosen is on the end of a long pass by Beauden Barrett. He takes two steps and plants the ball in the TRY area
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The Canes push them back in the scrum
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The ball sliced through the middle by Perenara and Proctor looks to run it down but Hegarty is there to put it down in his try area. The referee calls play back for a scrum instead of a 22 mete reset. Scrum at the 5 to the Canes
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The ball kicked into touch at the 5 of the Tahs by the Canes
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The Canes looking to find some space along the wing with Proctor. The ball is moved down field then up again but the referee halts the movement for a penalty to the hosts
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The Tahs get a line-out at their 22 and make some ground in the maul and then clear. Line-out to the Canes at the half way
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Both teams still kicking back and forth looking for territory
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The Canes manage to clear into touch and now both teams kicking back and forth
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The Canes looking to build again from the Tahs 10 but lose it and the Tahs have a penalty. They take it quickly again and rush forward to the 22
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The reset kick is there and the Canes have it at their own 10. Perenara breaks along the wing but the pass is just short of the support. The Canes lose it in the ruck inside the 22
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Foley adds the extras from wide out
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The Tahs take the penalty quickly and Hanigan gets it over the TRY line before the Canes can regain themselves. The Tahs pull one back
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Tahs, Beauden Barrett with the infringement and he is sent to the bin
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The Tahs build progressively and make it to the 5 of the Canes before the referee sounds his whistle
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The Canes take their scrum but the Tahs turnover and a kicking contest ensues. The Waratahs come away with a line-out at the 10 of the Canes
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Scrum at the half way after the reset
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Jordie Barrett adds the extras
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The Canes showing complete domination in the early minutes, as a ball is sent floating along the 5 meter line to Jordie Barrett or soars over the line to score a TRY
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The ball passing hands between the teams but it stays in center field. The Canes get a penalty and kick into touch around the 5
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Jordie Barrett secures the 2 extras
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The ball is lost and an intercept sees the Tahs make it to the half way but they're stopped and a quick break allows Beauden Barrett to score the TRY after Mafi did the heavy lifting and offloaded to the flyhalf. TRY
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The ball is turned over and and the Canes push forward quickly to the 5 of the Tahs
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The reset sees Waratahs in possession inside the 10 of the Canes
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Jordie Barrett takes the kick and adds the extras
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Hurricanes find space to break away along the wing initiated by Jordie Barrett. They make it to the edge of the 5 but are repelled. The ball is cleared and they come again this time Beauden Barrett setting up the attack. He sends the ball down field and Laumape goes over the line to open the scoring. TRY
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Marius van der Westhuizen blows the whistle and Foley gets the game underway
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The players leaving the locker rooms now
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The Waratahs have managed 8 points in six games, sitting at second place in the Australian Conference. The Hurricanes have procured 20 points in 5 games in the New Zealand Conference
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The Hurricanes have a 64% goal kicking success rate in this fixture. The best them in that stat with a 81% success rate
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Hurricanes won three of the last 5 encounters between these two sides, including the most recent result
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  • 13 Matt Proctor
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  • 23 Vince Tavae –Aso
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  • 4 Dean Mumm
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SR Preview: Round Seven, Part One

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:57

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: There are already some teams in the 'desperate' category, even with more than half of their league matches still to be completed.

The Waratahs, who face the defending champion Hurricanes first up, are right up there with teams desperate to get their campaign back on track - after just two wins in the first six rounds.

Next up is a team even more desperate - the hapless Bulls facing the Sunwolves in Tokyo. The Bulls, despite a litany of stars in their line-up, have just one win in the opening six weeks, having beaten the Sunwolves (34-21) in Pretoria last month.

The Highlanders and Blues, who face off in Dunedin, are both desperate to stay in the play-offs race after some inconsistent performances in the early weeks.

In Part One we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, April 7:

Hurricanes v Waratahs
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEST; 07.45 GMT)

There is the over-used cliche: 'You must earn the right to go wide.'

The Hurricanes believe they have already earned that right on the training field and will not deviate from their expansive game, even if they play in monsoon-like conditions.

Their critics will claim they tend to get too cute.

However, they simply don't believe in spending 60 minutes of a game building a platform. They built that platform in training.

Up against them this week is a team determined to use their massive pack to bully the defending Super Rugby champions into submission.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson is clear what his team needs to do in Wellington to overcome the New Zealand outfit.

"It's exciting to come up against another kiwi team, and to play against these teams who are the benchmark of the competition," Gibson said

"In terms of our directness, the idea is that we believe we need to take on the Hurricanes in terms of what they do with the ball in hand."

The Hurricanes have no such notions - about being 'direct' or 'physical' - as Waratahs captain Michael Hooper suggested.

The Hurricanes believe that Plan A is still to roll out the champagne game.

"I like attacking, I like getting the ball in hand and we've got players that like attacking as well and the more opportunities we give them, the more times it'll work for us," Perenara told

"Yes, we might make errors every now and then, but I can live with that.

"I think we've got so much upside in some of our players and their ability to attack from anywhere on the field.

"Like I say, we might make an error that will hurt us every now and then, but that's a risk I'm prepared to take."

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 28-17, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 29-24, Wellington
2014: Waratahs won 39-30, Sydney
2013: Hurricanes won 41-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 33-12, Sydney

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won three of their last five games against the Waratahs, this after losing four games in a row against the Tahs prior to that. The Waratahs have won on three of their last four visits to Wellington after having not won there from 1997 to 2006. The Hurricanes have won their last eight games at home, their longest such streak, and have kept their opposition to single figures in four of their last five home fixtures. The Wellington club have won each of their last four home games against Australian opposition by an average margin of 34 points. The Waratahs have won on just two of their last 13 visits to New Zealand, their last such victory being a 29-24 win against the Hurricanes in Round 10, 2015. The conditions will give the Waratahs a chance, as their forwards will be able to slow the game down. However, the Hurricanes gave too much class and should win by 12 points.


Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7  Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4  Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17  Chris Eves, 18  Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita; 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black,  23 Vince Aso

Waratahs: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacement: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sam Needs, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Andrew Kellaway

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Saturday, April 8:

Sunwolves v Bulls
(Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Kick-off: 14.15; 07.15 SA time; 05.15 GMT)

It is a sad indictment on the Bulls that - despite the quality of their players - that they have managed to beat just one team this season - the Sunwolves.

Bulls backline coach David Manuel said the coaching staff have identified a couple of 'weaknesses' that they have worked on.

However, there has been no indication of improvement in their first two tour matches - which saw them slump to 14-38 (against the Blues) and 12-28 (Chiefs) defeats in the wake of dramatic second-half slumps.

Not surprising the Sunwolves believe they have a good chance to exact revenge after the Bulls' 34-21 win at Loftus Versfeld last month, the men from Pretoria's only victory of the season.

"We love playing at home and to host a team like the Bulls in Tokyo is a special occasion for the organisation and our fans," Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia said.

"Our fans will not only get an opportunity to watch their Sunwolves players but view some world class players like Adriaan Strauss and Handré Pollard at the same time."

Regular captain Edward Quirk, who has been ruled out through injury, spoke openly of "revenge" and there is no doubt the Sunwolves are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the Bulls.

The Bulls believe this is an opportunity to finally get their game going, having struggled to make the conversion from a structured approach to an expansive game.

Manuel said in the Blues game they had a plan and "applied it most of the game".

"Our challenge is the last 20 minutes of the game when we lack discipline," the assistant coach said.

"The big lesson we've learnt from the Chiefs clash is that the game is about inches and the New Zealand teams are good especially when you make a mistake and don't have the discipline to play for 80 minutes.

"I think a bit of patience is needed from our side.

"We get over anxious and over-excited and that leads to bad decisions with the ball in hand."

He said the players are "professionals" and must take ownership for their performances.

"There has been a huge chat about that [ownership] and if everybody can do that and bring it to the game, we will be better off,' Manuel said from the team's base in Tokyo.

Previous results:
2017: Bulls won 34-21, Pretoria
2016: Bulls won 50-3, Pretoria
2016: Bulls won 30-27, Singapore

Prediction: The Bulls have won each of their three previous meetings between these teams, though the last and only previous time the Sunwolves hosted this fixture it was decided by a margin of just three points. The Sunwolves have taken the lead into the half-time break in three of their last six games at home, though they've yet to convert a half-time lead into a win on home turf. The Bulls have lost their last five games outside South Africa; their last such win came against the Western Force in Round 10, 2016. The Sunwolves are one of just three teams in the competition (Highlanders, Stormers) yet to lose a scrum on their own feed this season. Jannes Kirsten made 14 tackles after coming off the bench in the Bulls' Round Six loss to the Chiefs, the most by a Bulls' replacement player since Jacques Du Plessis made 16 tackles against the Hurricanes in Round Eight, 2014. You have to think the Sunwolves will have a realistic chance of toppling a Bulls team that lacks confidence in their own game. However, there is this nagging feeling the Bulls will finally get their act together and win again - by 15 points.


Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jaco Visagie/HendréStassen,  20 Jacques Potgieter, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.

Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Akihisa Aso
TMO: Minoru Fuji

Highlanders v Blues
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

The Gordon Hunter Memorial trophy - which has been played for between the two teams since 2002 - is again up for grabs.

Hunter coached Otago from 1992 to1995 and the Highlanders in the inaugural year of Super Rugby in 1996.

He then went on to be a selector and assistant coach of the All Blacks from 1996 to 1999, before becoming the head coach of the Blues in 2000.

However, there are other reasons why these two sides will be charged up for Saturday's crucial encounter.

Both teams are just outside the play-off zone - mainly because of the convoluted conference system - both with three wins from six starts.

Both have won their last two matches and are beginning to show their play-off potential.

The Blues have welcomed back All Black Steven Luatua from suspension and will be looking to his physicality to get the edge over the Highlanders an what will be a brutal contest.

They also have Sonny Bill Williams, back from an eight-month injury lay-off, in the reserves.

Luatua, who announced he would be leaving the Blues for Bristol after this season, will need to make amends for his foul play misstep in Round Two.

"Without looking too far ahead, we're two games away from the bye and it's been a long block for us,'' Blues coach Tana Umaga told the Otago Daily Times.

Umaga said they will be looking for the "energy and his experience" Luatua showed prior to his indiscretion against the Highlanders.

"He's been training for four weeks now and it's been pretty good actually."

The Blues coach felt his team was not too far away from being at their best.

"We want a little bit more energy and they want to do the same thing - they're in the same predicament as us," Umaga said.

"Hopefully we get a good game out of that, two sides desperate for a result.''

Highlanders coach Tony Brown, despite his team's 39-point demolition of the winless Rebels last week, feels they will need to raise the bar considerably against the Blues.

"We've got a massive challenge against the Blues," Brown said.

"I'd say they're going to be at least three times as good as the Rebels."

Recent results:
2017: Highlanders won 16-12, Auckland
2016: Blues won 33-31, Auckland
2015: Highlanders won 44-7, Auckland
2015: Highlanders won 30-24, Dunedin
2014: Blues won 30-12, Auckland
2014: Highlanders won 29-21, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have won seven of their last 10 games against the Blues, after having lost six in a row against them prior to that run. The Highlanders have won each of their last four home games against the Blues, though they've come by an average margin of just seven points. Four of the last five New Zealand derbies have been decided by a margin of fewer than 10 points. The Blues have won just one of their last 22 away games in New Zealand; that win came back in Round 2, 2013 against the Hurricanes. Matt Duffie has scored six tries in his last eight games for the Blues, including three tries in his last two games. This will go down to the wire and the lead may change hands several times. To call a winner is perilous, but we will say the Highlanders by five - only because they are at home.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Tevita Li, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, James Doleman
TMO: Shane McDermott

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Hurricanes hold off hard-charging Waratahs

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:18

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Hurricanes held on for a 38-28 win against in the face of a late charge by the Waratahs in Wellington on Friday.

The Hurricanes scored six tries to four, including a brace for Ngani Laumape, as they took a 33-7 lead into the half-time break.

They then lost concentration in the second half, allowing the visitors from Australia back into the game.

However, you never got the feeling the Waratahs could win, even when they closed the gap to just 10 points in the last 10 minutes.

The Waratahs' skills at times looked worse than what you would encounter at an Under-9 C team level, while their attempts at a rush defence left more holes than a rusty sieve.

Add to that their rickety set piece game and it is glaringly obvious why they were never in the game.

There was an improvement in the Waratahs' game after the break, but the Hurricanes - despite having taken their collective feet off the gas - still had enough energy to stay out of danger.

The Hurricanes also extended Australia's Super Rugby misery against New Zealand teams.

The defending champions' win means Australian Super Rugby teams' record against New Zealand opposition this season is 12-0.

The losing sequence extends to 17 when matches from last season are included, with the Waratahs' Round 14 win over the Chiefs in May 2016 the last Australian success.

But Tahs captain Michael Hooper insisted there were plenty of positives to take from a game in which they outscored the Hurricanes 21-5 after the break.

"Our fight can't be questioned," Hooper said,, adding: "We threw it in the last 40 [minutes], but the first 20 is an issue for us and it's really frustrating."

The Hurricanes stunned the Waratahs with a try after 90 seconds as Ngani Laumape finished off a sweeping move inspired by Beauden Barrett's run around three defenders.

Laumape returned the favour five minutes later when he plucked a stray Waratahs pass to set up Barrett to get one of his own.

Jordie Barrett then added a third to leave the Waratahs down 21-0 after just 12 minutes.

Ned Hanigan put the Waratahs on the board with the visitors' first attack of the match, making the most of a one-man advantage after Beauden Barrett was sin-binned for an offside infringement.

But it was a temporary reprieve as Wes Goosen went through unmarked on the wing, then Mark Abbott swooped on a bungled Waratahs line-out to make it 33-7 at half-time.

The Waratahs looked like a different team immediately after the restart, rocking the Hurricanes with two quick tries to Bryce Hegarty and Jake Gordon.

The hosts again responded through Beauden Barrett, who sliced through the Waratahs to set up Laumape's second try.

The Tahs refused to give in, with Andrew Kellaway's 71st-minute try providing some hope of an unlikely comeback.

They maintained pressure, prompting Beauden Barrett to commit another offside foul that earned him a second yellow card - which became an automatic red card - but ran out of time as the Hurricanes' defence rallied.

Man of the match: Wes Goosen showed that a good little one can still beat a big one, as he showed up prop imitator Taqele Naiyaravoro. Teams always dreaded facing Beauden Barrett. Now they also have to deal with Jordie Barrett - twice as much trouble. Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett was in the picture for a long time, but handed the award to his brother and fullback Jordie Barrett because of his two yellow cards, which became a red card in the 78th minute.

The scorers:

For the Hurricanes:
Laumape 2, B Barrett, J Barrett, Goosen, Abbott
Cons: J Barrett 4

For the Waratahs:
Hanigan, Hegarty, Gordon, Kellaway
Cons: Foley 4

Yellow cards: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes, 17 and 78 - cynical fouls, deliberately slapping down the ball)
Reds card: Beauden Barrett (Waratahs, 78 - two yellow cards)


Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7  Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4  Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17  Chris Eves, 18  Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita; 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black,  23 Vince Aso

Waratahs: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacement: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sam Needs, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Andrew Kellaway

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Ngani Laumape (1min), Beauden Barrett (6min), Jordie Barrett (11min), Wes Goosen (30min), Mark Abbott (36min), and Ngani Laumape (53min)
Ned Hanigan (18min), Bryce Hegarty (42min), Jake Gordon (46min), and Andrew Kellaway (70min)
Jordie Barrett (2min), Jordie Barrett (7min), Jordie Barrett (12min), and Jordie Barrett (37min)
Bernard Foley (19min), Bernard Foley (43min), Bernard Foley (47min), and Bernard Foley (71min)
Beauden Barrett (17min) and Beauden Barrett (77min)
Beauden Barrett (77min)
VENUE Westpac Stadium
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)