The opening fixture for weekend 13 of Super Rugby action, and the only Friday fixture, has the Hurricanes taking on the top Australian team, the Brumbies. Both these teams will be pushing hard for victory as a play-off spot is on the line.
The Hurricanes have had a good run these past few weeks, culminating in a victory over the Highlanders last weekend, which has seen them jump up the log and are now only two points outside the play-off zone. A win over the Brumbies will put them in with a shout to be in the top six come the end of the weekend, depending on how results pan out.
The Brumbies are currently sitting pretty at the top of the log, but they will be taking no chances in being caught before the end of the pool games, as the Reds start hitting form and eat up the eight point advantage they currently have. If the Hurricanes prove too strong for the Brumbies, they will aim for at least one bonus point, if not two, to keep the Reds at bay.
Hurricanes: 1. Reggie Goodes,2. Dane Coles,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Tusi Pisi,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. James Broadhurst,19. Jack Lam,20. Chris Eaton,21. Beauden Barrett,22. Jayden Hayward
Brumbies: 1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Scott Fardy,5. Sam Carter,6. Ben Mowen (c),7. Michael Hooper,8. Fotu Auelua,9. Ian Prior,10. Zack Holmes,11. Joe Tomane,12. Pat McCabe,13. Andrew Smith,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg
Replacements16. Anthony Hegarty,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Peter Kimlin,19. Ita Vaea,20. Nic White,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Tevita Kuridrani
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Vinny Munro