Hurricanes 9, Highlanders 14 (full time)

The Highlanders open their Super 15 campaign against one of the more successfull Super rugby franchises as they travel to Wellington.


Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Mark Reddish, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Faifili Levave, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Andre Taylor.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 James Paterson, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Kade Poki, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 David Te Moana, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain).
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Joe Tuineau, 19 John Hardie, 20 Aaron Smith, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 Siale Piutau.

Referee: Stuart Dickinson
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson, Glen Jackson
TMO: Mike Fraser

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  1. DavidS


    February 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Here we go folks!

    Unfortunately I’m stuck emotionally watching Chalote’s web cos two year olds don’t understand what dying means and where the baby baboon spider eggs are… so I am trying to lead away her attention…

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    February 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Game is plagued by plenty penalties, and poor kicking so far.

    Try scorer Lima Sopoaga after break from Cowan

  3. DavidS


    February 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Go Highlanders!

  4. DavidS


    February 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Although Adam Thompson is a pathetic little paff who couldn’t take a punch from a toddler without staggering like a soccer player diving into the pitch after a missed tackle in a penalty area.

    What a shameful reflection on the nanny state of New Zealand and its alleged “hard men” mentality…

    Buck Shelford must have weepingly asked God to burn the eyesight and memory from his eyes so he’d never have to witness such shame of New Zealand manhood of his memory ever again…

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    February 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Nonu gets a red (second yellow) and Dickenson sends him on his way.

    Canes in trouble now.

  6. DavidS


    February 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    He’s a piece of shit whom none of the international refs have been willing to punish

  7. DavidS


    February 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Highlanders miss a sitter penalty
    Comment from Nisbett

    His a better kicker’s that…

    Sounds like any South African cricket commentator on Mark Boucher’s career 22 average whenever he comes out to bat… “he’s a better batsman than that” even though a twelve year career proves different…

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    February 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 9:50 am:

    You going to do the running commentary and update for the second game, I am in and out that time.

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    February 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    That Nonuu shoulder charge looked like more than your average shoulder charge to me, it looked like a vicious deliberate through the air into your face trying to hurt you kind of charge. Hope he gets cited for a load of games.

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    February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    wat n gemors.
    ek hoop nie dis wat vir ons wag vir die res van die kompetiesie nie.

    Nie een van die spanne kon 5 fases na mekaar opsit voor hulle die bal verloor het nie.

    Wedstryd opsomming is maklik:

    Turnover – Turnover

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    February 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Reply to pietploos @ 11:30 am:

    looked to me that the teams (especially Canes) went into the contact with the belief they will get the ball back anyway and did not have to ruck. Get bodies behind the ball at the contact area to secure or turn-over…
    Hope the SA sides are clued up on this but I doubt it :?


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