SR: Waratahs 39, Hurricanes 30

May 3, 2014
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It is extremely congested at the top of the Super Rugby standings, where just seven points separate the teams in the top half of the table.

The Hurricanes, New Zealand’s leading side, and the Waratahs (third on the Aussie conference) are caught up in this mad rush for points ahead of the looming June break. After a slow start to the season – a winless tour of South Africa – a string of wins has seen the Hurricanes surge to the top of the New Zealand conference.
 
“They’re certainly playing some really good football,” the Waratahs’ Wallaby centre Adam Ashley-Cooper told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They’ve changed their style of attack and how they go about things and it seems to be working for them,” Ashley-Cooper added.
 
“For us, it’s a really big game.

“We’re at home, we need to win. Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted last week  [a 13-21 loss to the Blues] and I feel this game could define our season.” Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett  also spoke about the significance of the occasion and how important momentum is going to be in the next four weeks.

“I’m not sure if that’s a pressure.” Hammett told The Dominion Post, when asked about leading the New Zealand conference. “If it is, then that’s a good one.

“If you want to make the play-offs, you’ve got to live with that. “A week in this competition can change things immensely.”
 
Recent results:
2013: Hurricanes won 41-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 33-12, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 32-16, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 26-22, Wellington
2008: Waratahs won 20-3, Sydney
2007: Waratahs won 38-14, Wellington

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Jacques Potgieter, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements – from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton, Pat McCutcheon, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Cam Crawford, Alofa Alofa.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia) , Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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17 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Adam Ashley Cooper slice through the defence and send Horne over for the Tahs first try in the corner…..Cooper plays as agood as I have ever seen him play this year….

    Tahs lead 7-0

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Handling errors letting Hurricanes down in the first few minutes on attack

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Hurricanes hit back with a try by Allen from the scrum…

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hurricanes take lead with penalty lead now 10-7

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Waratahs mess up behind goal line and give a try to Hurricanes :) so stupid rugby from Aussies hehehehe…..

    Hurricanes lead 17-7

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    And Hurricanes score again as they score straight from kick off….Waratahs trying to play a game they can not back up and Hurricanes are making them look ordinary…..

    Hurricanes now lead 24-7

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Potgieter made a statement this week that the Waratahs will win the Super Rugby…..not the way you play now mate!!!

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Waratahs get tempo up and Cooper again gets through defence…..Try Waratahs

    Chiefs lead 24-14

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Waratahs work themselves over the line for another try but we have the TMO……

    TRY Awarded!!!!

    Waratahs hit back big time!!!!

    Hurricanes lead 24-21

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Waratahs with a penalty to level up the scores just before half time….

    OVER!!!

    Scores are level at 24 all

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Some people will call this open running rugby, I call it bad defence form both sides..

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    As much as the defending team must come through the gate and not from the side the attacking team can not take players out at ruck from the side Mr Referee!!!!

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Waratahs score their bonus point try ……Matt Carraro the try scorer

    Tahs lead now 31-24

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Hurricanes gets penalty and Waratahs now lead 31-27

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hurricanes with another penalty and the score is now 31-30 to the Tahs

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Waratahs hit back with Hoiles scoring …..

    Tahs lead now 36-30

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Steve Walsh make a wrong call payer tell him that and he gives penalty against him….

    Waratahs lead now 39-30

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