New-look Canes for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2014 at 08:00
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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammet, whose squad has suffered a number of injury setbacks during pre-season, has included several debutants in his matchday squad to face the Sharks in Super Rugby on Saturday afternoon.

Fullback Marty Banks, number 8 Blade Thomson and lock Mark Abbott are all new to this level of the game and will look to quickly make their mark, as will reserves Chris Eves (prop) and Adam Hill (loose forward) if they make their way onto the field in the second half.

Former Kings centre Hadleigh Parkes will operate at number 12 in place of the injured Tim Bateman and will want to put the memories of his last trip to Kings Park very fimrly behind him; on that day, the Sharks cantered to a 45-point victory over an understrength Southern Kings side. All Black Conrad Smith captains the team from outside centre.

Hurricanes: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Reserves: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall


  • I would imagine that our earlier start to the season proper should give us an added advantage…time will tell

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.14 08:07:17 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Looking forward to this game. A good win will put the doubters to bed and show how ready the Sharks are to take the title.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.14 08:09:45 by Caratacus Reply
  • Some dangerous players in that backline – Perenara, Barrett, Savea, Smith and Jane. The pack should not really scare the Sharks though.

    @Caratacus (Comment 2) : As a long suffering Sharks fan since the early 90’s, I have learnt to temper my expectations.

    Some good signs this year though – especially the change in CEO and coaching.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.14 08:22:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Thats a good backline, especially if Barrett continues the form he showed last year. I think the Sharks have the upper hand in the forwards but time will tell. Its usually a good game between these 2 sides

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.14 08:37:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) :
    @SheldonK (Comment 4) :
    That backline is capable of winning a game with absolute scraps.

    We underestimate these guys at our peril.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.14 09:00:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : I hear you. Very scary backline that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.14 09:14:37 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : I have to agree. Those wishing for free flowing running rugby may be a bit disappointed as i think JW will want to keep this tight and close.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.14 09:14:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • That backline is sharp. Very sharp. But they may be in for a surprise with the humidity and slippery ball factor.
    We might just have them upfront though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.14 09:17:31 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : We might want to hang on to the ball for this encounter. :mrgreen: Our forwards, our bench and playing at home should however provide us with a slight advantage.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.14 09:58:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Big game, need to implement to the 2013 CC final gameplan.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.14 10:39:40 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 10) : I wouldn’t want to kick on those two wings. The less ball they see, the better.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.14 12:04:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) :
    I’m pretty sure we will use the boot liberally given the humidity.However, we will need to kick well, cos their back 3 can’t be given space.

    Good kicking and keeping it tight will probably be our game plan.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.14 12:31:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • i reckon we will be seeing a very different gameplan every game. Last week we tried to keep it away from the forwards, this week i think we will be keeping it tight to keep ball away from backline

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.14 12:34:40 by Dunx Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : Well the key as you pointed out would be accuracy. If we’re simply kicking for the sake of it we’re in for a world of pain.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.14 14:14:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Must say I am looking forward to the duel between Lambie and Barrett.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.14 14:41:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : to be honest, I’m hoping our pack turns it into a non contest

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.14 05:32:28 by robdylan Reply
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