The Hurricanes will be hosting the Jaguares this weekend and they will have to do it without Beauden Barrett.
The Jaguares have lost their first game on tour last week and will want to bounce back as they are very much in the run for the top spot of the South African conference.
Hurricanes coach, Plumtree said that they have always planned to give Barrett this week off which ties into their second bye week coming up.
Barrett will be replaced by James Marshell and Smith providing cover from the bench.
The only other change to the side sees Prinsep starting with Ardie Savea moving to number eight.
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis comes onto the bench as loose forward cover.
There are two more changes on the bench with Chris Eves replacing Fraser Armstrong and Salesi Rayasi takes the outside back cover spot from Chase Tiatia.
Perenara who had a brilliant game last week will lead the team again this weekend with Coles still out injured.
Plumtree are however hopeful that Coles will be on the plane for their tour to the Republic.
We are looking forward to an exciting match when the two teams run onto the field on Friday. Both sides have great skills and speed to burn out wide.
The Jaguares has improved as a side so much in the past two years and they are able to compete with the best.
There pack are still struggling at scrum time but they have dominated the have most of the battles on the ground this year.
This is where the Hurricanes will have to be on par to secure their ball and make sure they give quality ball to their backs.
Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)
- The Hurricanes have won each of their two clashes with the Jaguares in Super Rugby, recording an 18-point victory in 2016 before winning by 25 points in 2018.
- The Hurricanes have lost just four of their last 39 home games in Super Rugby (W35), with each of those defeats coming against opposition from New Zealand; the last time they were beaten at home by a side from outside their conference was in April 2015, when they lost to the Waratahs at Westpac Stadium.
- The Hurricanes have won each of their last five games, their best unbeaten run in Super Rugby since winning 10 in a row in 2018, the final game in that spell coming almost exactly a year ago (18th May v Reds).
- The Jaguares have won four of their last five matches in Super Rugby 2019 (L1); four matches in that span have been decided by five points or fewer.
- The Jaguares have won two of their last three Super Rugby away matches (L1), going into half-time with the lead once in that span.
- The Jaguares have won three of their last five Super Rugby games against opposition from New Zealand (L2); all five games in that span have been decided by seven points or fewer.
- The Hurricanes have won 8.4 turnovers per game in Super Rugby 2019, more than any other team in the competition.
- The Jaguares average the most kicks in play per-game in Super Rugby 2019 (25), four more than the Hurricanes (21).
- Hurricanes’ duo Beauden (2 tries, 32 points) and Jordie Barrett (3 tries, 21 points) have scored a combined five tries and 53 points between them in their club’s last three Super Rugby games.
- Pablo Matera (Jaguares) has made the most offloads (15) of any forward in Super Rugby 2019, seven more than Hurricanes’ best forward Ardie Savea (8).
Prediction: Beauden Barrett not there will make a difference but at this stage of the competition expects the Hurricanes to win by 12
Hurricanes : Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, James Marshall, TJ Perenara (c), Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Vaea Fifita, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Toby Smith.
Replacements: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Ross Geldenhuys, Kane Le’aupepe, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Finlay Christie, Fletcher Smith, Salesi Rayasi.