Hurricanes vs Western Force: Super Rugby live scores, blog
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The Hurricanes' Conrad Smith celebrates a try against the Waratahs (AAP Image/Paul Miller)
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Hurricanes Vs. Western Force
2013 Super Rugby Tournament , 20 April, 2013
|Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|Hurricanes 22 defeated Western Force 16|
|Referee: N Briant|
|Touch judges: M Fraser & K McBride|
Round 10 of the 2013 Super Rugby season kicks off tonight with the Hurricanes hosting the Force at the Cake Tin. We’ll have live scores and commentary from Wellington from 5.35pm AEST.
The New Zealand franchises will be looking to right the ledger today after a 3-0 ambush from the Australian franchises in trans-Tasman Super Rugby matches last weekend (apparently the first time this has happened since 2001).
Later tonight the Waratahs will probably cop a backlash from a Chiefs team still stinging from last week’s defeat, and right now the Force face a similar task with the Hurricanes coming off a spanking at the hands of their countrymen the Blues last week.
The Hurricanes were dour in attack last week, failing to cross the chalk. They also kicked a lot. Where has the running gone?
This is still the same team that were the top tryscorers in 2012.
Part of the problem no doubt was the move of Beauden Barrett from flyhalf to fullback, hopefully he is restored to the pivot role tonight.
Expect a concerted effort to get the ball to the destructive Julian Savea and the brilliant Conrad Smith in attack as well, they didn’t see enough ball against the Blues.
If Victor Vito is fit that will add some punch to the forward pack as well.
One thing is for sure. The Hurricanes, who currently sit on four wins from seven matches, need to improve their game if they hope to challenge for a wildcard spot come finals time.
The Force meanwhile are flying high after holding on (despite scoring no second half points) to beat the Crusaders in Perth for their second win of the season.
Amid the surprise of the mighty Crusaders losing and the farce of several pitch invaders ruining the end of the match, there were several very good individual performances from Force players.
Jayden Hayward can kick, slotting four from five off the tee.
Ed Stubbs can tackle, hard – just ask Israel Dagg’s bruised ribs which copped hits from Ed’s shoulder a couple of times.
Sam Norton-Knight is not a spent force yet, he ran the game well from flyhalf.
The reunited backrow of Richard Brown, Ben McCalman and Matt Hodgson tackled themselves to a stand-still and reminded everyone why they are all Wallabies, they’re not afraid of the tough stuff.
And finally we come to Rory Walton. He may be distantly related to the sasquatch. He may also have been the original inspiration JRR Tolkien had when he first wrote a description of an orc. He is definitely a big unit.
I will let our resident Roar guru on size and power, kingplaymaker, describe him for you: “Who’s the half human monster for the Force the camera keeps marvelling at?”
That’s Rory Walton.
This should be a very interesting match if for no other reason than that the Force are a heavily defensive team whereas the Hurricanes are an attacking team that thrive on confidence. Which style will come out on top?
Join us here from 5.35pm AEST for all the action and as always please feel free to join the conversation.
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