Canes a step closer

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 9 May 2008 at 14:14
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The Hurricanes threw down the gauntlet to the Stormers and the Waratahs by beating the Force 21-10 in their Super 14 match played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday.

Dan Retief reports on

The victory entrenched the Hurricanes in second place on the log three points clear of the Waratahs and five ahead of the Stormers – making it imperative for the latter to beat the former in their match at Newlands on Saturday night. (Kick-off 19.10).

On a bitter New Zealand winter’s day the Hurricanes eschewed their usual adventurous approach to grind out a win that gives them one foot in the semi-finals.

The Highlanders kept the ball close to the forwards to capitalize on their territorial advantage by scoring a try in each half, against a late solo effort by the Force, but would nevertheless have been disappointed at their failure to convert their many chances into a bonus point.

In part this was due to the wet and icy conditions but also spoke volumes for the committed and forceful defence of the Western Australians – for whom Drew Mitchell was outstanding as they repelled a number of threatening goal line situations by the Canes.

After Piri Weepu had drawn first blood with a penalty in the 4th minute the Hurricanes got their first try somewhat fortuitously through the irrepressible Andrew Hore in the 12th , the hooker, in typical fashion, putting a lock on the ball and burrowing over under a pile of bodies.

The Force had reason to feel aggrieved though because the Canes had got into an attacking position thanks to the intervention of touch judge Bryce Lawrence – the assistant referee waving a free-kick to the home-side because Matt Giteau’s quick throw-in had not gone five metres; in spite of the fact that there was not Hurricane player near him.

The Hurricanes continued to play the rugby demanded by the conditions and their positional and possession advantage allowed Weepu to edge them 16-3 in front before Hosea Gear scored the decisive try in the 63rd minute.

The Hurricanes had been hammering away in the red zone when finally they managed to complete a move – a long lineout throw to Scott Waldrom engineering the set-up in front of the Force’s posts and quick hands to the right making the space for Gear to skid in at the corner.

The platform had been built for the Hurricanes to push for the bonus point but instead the final score fell to the Force as the ever alert Cameron Shepherd tapped a penalty to himself, kicked the ball into space, and then won the race to the touch-down against Waldrom.

Scorers were:

Hurricanes (10) 21: Tries by Andrew Hore (12 min), Hosea Gear (63 min). Piri Weepu kicked a conversion and three penalties.

Force (3) 10: Try by Cameron Shepherd (77 min). Matt Giteau kicked a conversion and a penalty.


  • Hmmm, dented the Sharks hope’s there a bit. Basically now its up to the Waratahs – Stormers game. One of them must lose with no bonus point. As a SA suppoter, don’t want the Stormers to lose, but heck if it helps the Sharks then so be it. :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.08 14:22:50 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Chiefs won’t lose to the lions, but stranger things have happened.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.08 14:24:12 by CapeShark Reply
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  • CapeShark – I don’t think this result was too bad, actually… Blues can definitely deny the Canes two points next week

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.08 14:32:04 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • It seems clear to me that for Sharks to get through they need 10 points in 2 games to get to 42. That would mathematicaly annihilate Chiefs (max 40) and Blues (max 41). Then they need Waratahs to beat Stormers to prevent them from reaching 42 also.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.08 14:36:35 by Barag Reply

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  • Barag – i think you’re right about that.

    We need to get to 42… no doubts about that.

    The other side of the coin is that we need the loser of tomorrow’s game in CT to get as few points as possible.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.08 14:38:53 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • For the record, albeit surrounded by a bunch of Sharks, the Kiwi in me doesn’t believe the Sharks getting a Bonus Point win against the Ciefs :-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.08 14:42:07 by Barag Reply

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  • for the record, there is considerable doubt in my mind that we’ll even get one this weekend :(

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.08 14:46:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • We ain’t been scoring tries up till now and the stats don’t lie.
    Can’t see us getting 5 points from the Chiefs. But better to be an optimist and proved wrong….

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.08 16:55:42 by CapeShark Reply
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  • well, let’s worry about 5 points this weekend first. If we don’t get those, then it’s all over rover.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.08 16:57:21 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Hurricanes – Force: 21-10.
    Hurricanes move to 40 points. Still not guaranteed a semi final however. They still need at least a bonus point against Blues in Auckland to qualify. They should have converted the possession and got a bonus point against FOR.

    CHF, SHK and BLU must go for the kill now. If they get 5 points in their next game, the pressure will be on the Canes…

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.08 15:53:21 by Barag Reply

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