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Power and skill to good for traveling Brumbies

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By: Jacques Nortier

 

 

 

Power, skill and speed was the way the Hurricanes won so many games this year and they did just that when the run the Brumbies off the park on Saturday, beating them in the semi-final 29-9.

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The Brumbies started like last week against the Stormers throwing the ball around and putting the Hurricanes under pressure but it took not long for the Hurricanes to turn that start around and play the rugby we know they can.

After the first burst from the Brumbies in the first few minutes it was all Hurricanes for the rest of the 80 minutes. The Hurricanes led 12-3 at halftime but that could have easily have been 20 or 30 points have they been able to finish off more attacking opportunities they created in the match.

The Brumbies at some stages looked like the Stormers in defense as they had no answer to the brilliant power and skill of the Hurricanes. One have to have the ball to win this game and that is something the Hurricanes kept away from the Brumbies for long periods of time.

The pace of the game was also too fast for the Brumbies it seems who had to travel to South Africa and back to New Zealand in two weeks. Maybe they will have some empathy for South African teams who has to do this year in and year out.

The Hurricanes pack was also on top of their game for most of the game to ensure great ball for the backs to attack with their strong and skilful backs. The Brumbies did have a period in the second half that they looked better but they were really never in the game to start with.

The Hurricanes looks like a Championship team and it will be hard for any team to change that in the next week.

The scorers:
For Hurricanes:
Tries: J. Savea, Perenara, A. Savea, Proctor
Cons: Barrett, Marshall 2
Pen: Marshall
For Brumbies:
Pens: Mogg, Lealiifano 2

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  1. If anyone watched this game they would have seen the Bok 2009 gameplan implemented to perfection. Lots of forwards power isolating Pocockhead, backs crashballing on the back of swarming forwards, harsh tackling, kick and chase and of course the ubiquitous maul to match set piece runs.

  2. @DavidS: Kick and chase? David, I watched the game and unlike the Stormers last week, the Hurricanes ran the ball and did not kick possession away. The Hurricanes match stats suggest a very different approach to the 2009 Boks
    Kicks from hand 16 (Boks in 2009 v All Blacks in Hamilton = 33)
    Passes 225 (Boks 2009, Hamilton = 39)
    Runs 141 (Boks 2009, Hamilton = 39)
    m run with ball 651 (Boks 2009, Hamilton = 151 – yes the Hurricanes ran with ball a full 1/2 km further last night!)
    Offloads 20 (Bok offloads 2009 game = 2).

  3. The very first possession of the Hurricanes was an up and under on 2:41
    The very first try was a maul.

    It is a misnoming idiocy to suggest the 20009 Bok game plan was based solely on kick and chase. It is just a piece of Aussie propaganda to try and market their useless “entertaining rugby” philosophy to make up for their losing that the Kiwis greatfully leapt upon to try and explain their own failures and suddenly presto “The Boks play boring one dimensional kick and chase rugby” somehwat similar to the 2005 cry of “The Boks can’t structure a try… they just xdefend and llive off turnover tries” crap the Ausies invented and Kiwis yet again greatfully leapt upon.

    Thanks for playing.

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