The penultimate round of the 2010 Super 14 begins with a match between two teams in the semi final race and pushing hard to make the cut. The match in Wellington pits the perennial semifinalists, the Hurricanes against one of the surprise packages of 2010 and almost definitely the candidate for most improved franchise, the Reds. Both teams are pretty desperate for a win as their playoff chances hang on the slimmest of threads. The ‘Canes come off a narrow and lucky win over the Chiefs while the Reds were outclassed by their nemesis, the Brumbies in a result which left their playoff hopes in tatters. This has the makings of a cracker and it’s matches like this which make the last few rounds of Super 14 action so exciting!
Ref: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
ARs: Keith Brown (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 09:35 SA time; 07:35 GMT
Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Jason Kawau, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 Jacob Ellison.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Willie Ripia, 22 David Smith.
Reds: 15 Peter Hynes, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Will Chambers, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Andrew Shaw, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Radike Samo, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 James Slipper, 18 Ezra Taylor, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Lei Tomiki, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Brando Va’aulu.