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Super Rugby 2013: Hurricanes (20) v Blues (34) – F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 23 Feb 2013 at 08:08
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Saturday Super Rugby action kicks off with what should be a repeat of the showing we saw yesterday morning between the Highlanders and Chiefs. Both teams have players that can change the game in one movement.

The Hurricanes are my personal surprise package for 2013. Their team looks really settled, they have minor changes to their team in the form of Ben Franks coming into the front row. It is the backline though that should do the most damage, in Perenara and Barrett they have a young halfback pairing that should shine, while the likes of Conrad Smith, Julian Savea and Andre Taylor are sure to keep the tries coming.

The Blues have a new coach and a few new players, but in my mind, this is a rebuilding phase for them, and although they have a strong pack, the lack of experience in the backline, and lack of a really good flyhalf, will let the team down.

My money is on the Hurricane to win this morning, and surprise a few this season.

Hurricanes: 15. Andre Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Conrad Smith (c), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Brad Shields, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Victor Vito, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Ben May, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ben Franks

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Reggie Goodes,18. Mark Reddish,19. Faifili Levave,20. Chris Smylie,21. James Marshall,22. Reynold Lee-Lo

Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.

Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.



27 Comments

  • Hurricanes by 3.
    Having no real form to work on sucks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.13 08:32:51 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 1) : Have a feeling that my margin is way to small :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.13 08:37:53 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Penalty Blues
    Canes 0 – 3 Blues
    4mins

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.13 08:40:02 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Canes penalty!
    3 each
    8mins

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.13 08:45:06 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Both sides’ handling letting them down a bit.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.13 08:48:18 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Weepu misses with a penalty atempt.
    Still 3 all
    13mins

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.13 08:49:32 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 5) : More so on the Blues’ side

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.13 08:50:28 by SteelShark Reply
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  • JC van Rensburg has signed for Bayonne.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.13 08:53:55 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Canes penalty!
    Canes 6 – 3 Blues
    19mins

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.13 08:55:47 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Blues try in the corner!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.13 08:56:50 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Canes 6 – 8 Blues
    21mins

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.13 08:58:07 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Blues boxkick wins them exactly -2meters :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.13 08:59:51 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Canes in the corner!!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.13 09:02:14 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Canes 13 – 8 Blues
    27mins

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.13 09:03:52 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Another game without a lot of kicking. Only a few defensive kicks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.13 09:07:06 by SteelShark Reply
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  • A bit of running thus way and a bit of running that way with the Hurricanes enjoying most of the possession and territory.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.13 09:16:46 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Penalty Blues!

    HALFTIME
    HURRICANES 13 – 11 BLUES

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.13 09:20:00 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Sorry, wont be able to do 2nd half updates. Later folks! :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.13 09:21:50 by SteelShark Reply
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  • This is the 10 000th post on SW :cool:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.13 09:25:01 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 19) :

    Congratulations!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.02.13 09:38:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : congrats to you, boss… it was your article :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.02.13 11:12:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • quite an unexpected result this, I must say

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.02.13 11:14:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    I read it as being his 10 000th comment!

    Well done all!! Woohoo!

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.02.13 11:18:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : Hey Richard, are you Keo’s new information gatherer?

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.02.13 11:31:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) :

    If you want to call it that, yes..

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.02.13 11:40:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : I dont mean it in a bad way at all. Hell somebody has to give the facts to the outside world.

    Congrats, I hope you enjoy doing it. :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.02.13 12:35:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) :

    Thank you!

    It is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to learn as much as I can..

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.02.13 16:53:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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