Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby 2012 – Hurricanes (17) vs Highlanders (19) F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Mar 2012 at 07:00
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The first of a double header of derbies this morning is a battle between the Hurricanes, who play their first home game of the season, and the Highlanders, who have surprised most people with their brilliant start to the season.

The Hurricanes are finally at home, after starting their season in South Africa and stopping in Australia on the way home, and have managed to away wins on the tour, which will give them great confidence going into this home game, against opposition that is slightly more fancied to win.

The Highlanders have a lot of factors in their favour, having won all three their opening games and facing a team that will be tired from a rather tough opening couple of weekend, but still have to go onto the field and do the business.

This game might be closer than most people are anticipating, and I will not be surprised to see a Hurricanes win this morning. It will be close though, and it should be a great match to watch.

Hurricanes: 1. Ben May,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements :16. Motu Matu’u,17. Michael Bent,18. James Broadhurst,19. Brad Shields,20. Chris Eaton,21. Daniel Kirkpatrick,22. Charlie Ngatai

Highlanders: 1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Ma’afu Fia King 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Nick Crosswell 6 Adam Thomson 7 John Hardie 8 Nasi Manu 9 Jimmy Cowan 10 Colin Slade 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kade Poki 15 Ben Smith

Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Culum Retallick 19 James Haskell 20 Aaron Smith 21 Chris Noakes 22 Buxton Popoali’i


67 Comments

  • Overall.

    The numbers suggest that the Highlanders are keen to hold onto the pill and begrudgingly let the opposition have it. Highlanders are dominating possession through largely a forward pack that picks and goes. This distorts the numbers a little bit, so one needs to look at time over activity to get a sense of what they are doing. They tend to not kick the ball away. Because they are not great defensively could be another reason behind this strategy to hold onto the ball. For a team with that much possession they commit few handling errors.

    Hurricanes, have had little ball and Hammett wanted them to have territory, and this hasn’t happened yet. The numbers will show that they are using the boot a lot. The Canes, even after the 1st game, are having a lot of pressure put on them at set piece resulting in infringements (penalties and free kicks).

    Both teams have benefited from 2nd half penalty kicks not being landed that would have put the opposition within a converted try of the lead.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.12 07:23:14 by RuckinGoodStats Reply
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  • @RuckinGoodStats (Comment 1) : So Highlanders should win πŸ˜›

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.12 07:30:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Funny game rugby, hard to really predict, that is why the ball is oval

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.12 07:49:39 by RuckinGoodStats Reply

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  • @RuckinGoodStats (Comment 1) : dude, you still alive, welcome πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.12 07:50:47 by Franshark Reply
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  • Yup. Cheers. Might post a few Sharks numbers before the game. About week four there are trends occurring, so not much to say. Doing this cool stats where I’m calculating the time over activity, e.g., Hurricanes kick on average every 33 seconds that they have the pill

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.12 08:14:02 by RuckinGoodStats Reply

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  • @RuckinGoodStats (Comment 5) : That is a lot of kicking

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.12 08:22:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • Go Landers

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.12 08:40:09 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade slots a penalty
    Canes 0 – 3 Landers

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.12 08:41:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade scores the first try of the game
    Canes 0 – 8 Landers

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.12 08:53:40 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade converts his own try
    Canes 0 – 10 Landers

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.12 08:54:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • How the mighty have fallen, Hore is making such basic mistakes.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.12 08:59:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade kicks a penalty for Eaton being offsides at a ruck.
    Canes 0 – 13 Landers

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.12 09:04:33 by lostfish Reply
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  • Time?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.12 09:05:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Canes missed penalty kick

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.12 09:06:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : 09:07 πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.12 09:07:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : 28 minutes gone

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.12 09:07:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • Barrett slots a penalty
    Canes 3 – 13 Landers
    29 mins

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.12 09:08:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • Kickable penalty to the Canes for Slade going off his feet at the ruck

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.12 09:10:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • Penalty converted by Barrett
    Canes 6 – 13 Landers
    32 mins

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.12 09:11:25 by lostfish Reply
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  • Cory Jane in the corner for the Canes first try
    Canes 11 – 13 Landers

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.12 09:16:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • Barrett misses the conversion from the touchline

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.12 09:17:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • Canes get a penalty at scrum time just as the half time siren goes off

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.12 09:20:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • Barrett gets the kick
    Canes 14 – 13 Landers

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.12 09:20:47 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 16) : 😎 @Ben (Comment 15) : I was in a hurry :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.12 09:27:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Change in referee for the second half, Brown takes over the whistle. Bryce has hurt his leg.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.12 09:31:01 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.12 09:31:08 by Franshark Reply
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  • Landers get a penatly in the first minute and kick it into the Canes half for the lineout.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.12 09:31:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • Canes knock it on in the lineout and Landers get a scrum.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.03.12 09:32:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • Ben Smith going for the line and bumped into touch 5m out

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.03.12 09:33:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • Kickable penalty to the Landers for Eaton going offside at the ruck

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.03.12 09:39:08 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade’s kick is good
    Canes 14 – Landers 16

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.03.12 09:40:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • Penalty to the Landers for the Canes not rolling, not in kickable range so the Landers kick for the lineout

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.03.12 09:41:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • Lineout throw not straight again from Hore.

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.03.12 09:42:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • Highlanders have a clear run to the try line and Poki thinks he has scored the try but is brought back because of a forward pass

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.03.12 09:47:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • A chance again for the Landers but Bekhuis can’t get the pass.

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.03.12 09:49:53 by lostfish Reply
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  • Penalty to the Landers for Canes not supporting weight at the ruck. Slade is lining up the kick.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.12 09:51:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • Slade pulls the kick to the left.
    Canes 14 – 16 Landers
    60 mins

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.12 09:52:54 by lostfish Reply
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  • I would not have expected such a close game at all.

    Derbies are so unpredictable.

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.03.12 09:59:06 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Kom aan highlanders

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.03.12 09:59:17 by Bloubloubul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 38) : It’s been a pretty good game so far

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.03.12 10:00:38 by lostfish Reply
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  • Hurricane regain the lead
    Canes 17 – 16 Landers
    69 mins

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.12 10:03:01 by lostfish Reply
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  • From SS: πŸ˜†
    “56 Poki is over for a try in the corner, but Bryce Lawrence calls them back for a forward pass. The replays show nothing of the sort. The Highlanders were robbed!”

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.12 10:05:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • A dropgoal or penalty by the Landers is all I need now πŸ˜›

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.03.12 10:07:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 42) : It was a harsh call but the replays showed it was thrown just before the line and received just after.

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.03.12 10:07:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • Landers had a lineout on the 5m line and were getting ready to drive the ball but get penalised for obstruction.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.03.12 10:08:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • Landers have a penalty in a kickable position for the Canes holding on

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.03.12 10:09:05 by lostfish Reply
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  • Noakes lands the penalty
    Canes 17 – 19 Landers
    74 mins

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.03.12 10:10:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 44) : I’m having a laugh at what was said, Bryce and robbed goes together like salt and pepper πŸ˜›

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.03.12 10:11:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 47) : Hooter can go now 😈

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  • @JarsonX(Comment 48)
    I always thought it meant the same

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.03.12 10:13:00 by Mutley Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 48) : The ref in the second half is Brown.

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.03.12 10:13:25 by lostfish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 42) : Agree, that pass was never forward. The pass was flat and the ball drifted with the forward momentum.

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.03.12 10:13:29 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Highlanders to score converted try to get me close, did not think this gonna be so close

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.03.12 10:13:35 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 50) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.03.12 10:13:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Landers have a penalty and kick for the lineout

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.03.12 10:14:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 47) : thanks for the updates… Me working

  • Comment 56, posted at 17.03.12 10:14:35 by Franshark Reply
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  • The Landers are keeping the ball close and have formed a maul but are only going sideways

  • Comment 57, posted at 17.03.12 10:15:06 by lostfish Reply
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  • Canes turn it over at the ruck and are running the ball. 20 seconds to go.

  • Comment 58, posted at 17.03.12 10:15:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 51) : @rhineshark (Comment 52) : Quotation marks πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 59, posted at 17.03.12 10:16:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The siren has gone and the Canes still have the ball. Landers steal the ball and kick it into touch.

  • Comment 60, posted at 17.03.12 10:16:32 by lostfish Reply
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  • Noooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Comment 61, posted at 17.03.12 10:17:08 by Mutley Reply
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  • Canes 17 – 19 Landers

  • Comment 62, posted at 17.03.12 10:17:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 61) : Yes πŸ˜† I had the Landers by 3 on SB

  • Comment 63, posted at 17.03.12 10:18:06 by lostfish Reply
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  • Now now I’m 2/3, I knew I should have gone with my gut instead of home ground

  • Comment 64, posted at 17.03.12 10:18:35 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 64) : In the close games I usually go for home advantage but the Landers are on a roll.

  • Comment 65, posted at 17.03.12 10:19:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 62) : Spot on! 3 from 3 with 2 margins and a bonus point 😎

  • Comment 66, posted at 17.03.12 10:20:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Thanks for the updates Fish. Makes being at work sort of liveable. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 67, posted at 17.03.12 10:35:14 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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