Hurricanes 21, Brumbies 29

March 7, 2014
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imagesThe Hurricanes return home after a winless two-match South African tour, looking to bounce back against the Brumbies in Wellington.

This is indeed a key fixture for the Hurricanes, who will hope not to lose any more ground on the leaders, after collecting a solitary losing bonus point in the opening weeks of the competition.

The Brumbies, after losing at home to the Reds (by one try to three, 17-27), beat the Force (27-14) in Perth last week.

The men from Canberra came rushing out the blocks against the Force, quickly establishing territorial dominance and scoring tries to lock Scott Fardy, fullback Jesse Mogg and left wing Robbie Coleman. The Force fought back, but the Brumbies were always on top.

Improved accuracy will be a key theme for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies.

In their last match against the Stormers, the Hurricanes took two of their chances brilliantly late in the first half – when scrumhalf TJ Perenara and inside centre Hadleigh Parkes put boot to ball to create back-to-back tries for wings Julian Savea and Cory Jane.

There was an improvement in their set-pieces – although the scrums still appeared a bit rickety – and their defence was committed.

However, the number of opportunities not converted proved costly – with the Stormers scoring a late converted try to win by a point.

As is traditional with the Australian teams, and in particular the Brumbies, the Brumbies will bring a fast-paced game and a high tempo to Wellington for this match.

Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett is poised to become just the second player after David Holwell to score 400 career points for the Hurricanes. Holwell scored 676 points in his 76-game Super Rugby career and Barrett is now on 399 points.

Captain and centre Conrad Smith is set to play his 99th Super Rugby match for the Hurricanes.

The big news ahead of this match is the loss of star Wallaby flank David Pocock, who had to undergo re-constructive knee surgery again and will miss the rest of the Brumbies’ campaign.

Captain Ben Mowen said his side would use it as motivation in Wellington.

“We’re going to speak as a group and make sure this performance is a pretty special one,” Mowen told AAP.

“If you lose a guy like that, you want to make sure he knows how much he means to the boys.”

Coach Stephen Larkham said the Brumbies must lift to win in Wellington.

“They’ve had a fair bit of travel like us, but they’ll be reeling after two very close losses in South Africa and will most certainly be feeling refreshed at home,” Larkham said.

“The Hurricanes have a number of very good players back this year and they’ve had a few days to readjust to being back in Wellington. I expect them to be a totally different side at home, irrespective of the travel factor.”

Recent results:
2013: Brumbies won 30-23, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 37-25, Wellington
2011: Brumbies won 17-16, Canberra
2010: Hurricanes won 23-13, Canberra
2009: Hurricanes won 56-7, Wellington
2008: Hurricanes won 33-15, Canberra

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Adam Hill, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 Marty Banks.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Jean-Pierre Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Locky McCaffrey, 21 Conrad Hoffman, 23 Lionel Cronje, 22 Pat McCabe.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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14 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Brumbies showing their hand in running from their own 22, this should be a lekker game

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hurricanes pushing the Brumbies of the first scrum, this will be an important advantage in the game

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Barrett converted a penalty and Hurricanes take the early lead

    Score: Hurricanes 3, Brumbies 0

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hurricanes scrum 5 meters out after they turned over the ball with Brumbies on attack…..Brumbies very lucky to get away with no penalty try after Brumbies player took out Hurricanes player on the kick through, although I feel players did not took him out any other ref would have gone the other way.

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Hurricanes gets another penalty over and lead now 6-0 after 21 min gone

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Brumbies get their first points on the board through a penalty but Hurricanes hit back with a try after a great break by Barrett in midfield.

    Score: Hurricanes 13, Brumbies 3

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Brumbies get penalty 5 meters out and take scrum…..

    Jesse Mogg goes over for Brumbies straight through the middle and score Brumbies first try.

    Score: Hurricanes 13, Brumbies 10, 37 min gone

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Robbie Coleman score for Brumbies in the corner as they go 80 meters from the kick off to score, great try.

    Score Update: Hurricanes 13, Brumbies 15 and that is half time with Brumbies coming back strong at the end of the half to take the lead for the first time

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Brumbies score first in second half through Tevita

    Score Update Hurricanes 13, Brumbies 22

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Even the NZ commentators is calling the Brumbies attacking predictable…..they look like they have only one game plan on attack

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Brumbies score a brilliant try through Locky in the corner as they hold on possession, this just after we call their attack predictable….

    Score Update Hurricanes 16, Brumbies 29

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hurricanes score in the corner through Tompson

    Score Update: Hurricanes 21 Brumbies 29 last min of the game

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Hurricanes had this game and lost it in 10 min before and 10 min after half time.

    Final score Hurricanes 21 Brumbise 29

  14. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    They had the Stormers in the bag as well and could not hold onto the ball to finish of one of the MANY scoring opportunities…

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