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    Hurricanes vs Highlanders

    Super Rugby, 18 March, 2017

    Westpac Stadium
    Fulltime - Hurricanes 41, Highlanders 15
    Hurricanes   Highlanders
    41 FINAL SCORE 15
    7 TRIES 2
    3 CONVERSION KICKS 1
    0 PENALTY GOALS 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & Richard Kelly
    TMO: Shane McDermot

    Match result:

    The Hurricanes took a home-field win over a depleted Highlanders side 41-15 on Saturday afternoon.

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    Final score
    Hurricanes 41
    Highlanders 15

    Match preview:

    Two of Super Rugby’s best teams go head-to-head in Wellington as reigning champions the Hurricanes clash against 2015 winners the Highlanders. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEDT).

    Battling an injury crisis, the Highlanders showed great determination and defensive steel to beat the Blues last week.

    Although the Blues didn’t help themselves, with uncharacteristic errors, the Highlanders were under the pump for the majority of the contest but still secured a win in difficult circumstances at Eden Park.

    The Hurricanes suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling to the Chiefs. After two comfortable victories against meagre opposition, the Canes fell at the first hurdle against a side more or less their equals.

    Indeed, the opening two matches for the Hurricanes were little more than training runs, and they best be prepared for a war against a committed Highlanders outfit.

    In good news for the Highlanders, All Blacks fullback Ben Smith returns from a spell on the sidelines due to concussion. He, along with Aaron Smith, will need to play well if the Highlanders are to trouble the Hurricanes on the scoreboard.

    That could be easier said than done though, given that the Highlanders are missing established players such as Liam Squire, Shane Christie, Ash Dixon, Dan Pryor and James Lentjes and Jason Emery.

    The Hurricanes meanwhile are only missing Nehe-Milner Skudder, so expect Jordie Barrett to step in at fullback. Barrett has already pulled on the No.15 jumper once for the Wellington-based side, in their crushing round-one win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

    The 20-year-old utility has since come off the bench twice, in the Canes’ demolition of the Rebels and loss to the Chiefs.

    Prediction
    The Hurricanes are favourites but the Highlanders showed tremendous character to secure victory against the Blues last week and will turn up ready to compete against a side that has had a soft opening fortnight in the competition – one that could once again come back to bite them, as it did last week against the Chiefs.

    Highlanders by 5

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    • Roar Guru

      8:48pm
      Diggercane said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      Commiserations Highlander and Muzzo, tough with so many outs, hopefully will start to see the tanks replenished in the next few weeks!

    • 7:33pm
      Old Bugger said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      Oh Digsy – great win to your lads. My congrats and hope, Colesy is OK……gees, he better be.

      • Roar Guru

        8:47pm
        Diggercane said | 8:47pm | ! Report

        Thanks OB, it was the sort of performance I wanted to see after being touched up a bit last week.

    • 7:33pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      Congratulation Digger and Canes fans, you guys are the real McCoy..

    • Roar Guru

      7:33pm
      Machpants said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      That’s more like it!

      The younger bros were awesome, ardie and jordy

    • 7:25pm
      Ross Fyfe said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      When a player takes out another with a head high tackle but is back one the field prior to the tackle receiptent then the rule is wrong. Peranra should have been red carded for a lazy head high but the ruling has had a profound impact on the game.

    • Roar Guru

      7:24pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      The Highlanders competed very well in the first half and even hit the lead at one stage. The second half also promised a strong competitive contest with the scores at 17-15 at one stage. The Hurricanes though were relentless and never took their foot off the pedal. Their class as a result proved too much for the Highlanders to handle. Aso and Laumape in particular devastating with the footy in hand. Hurricanes just too clinical. Highlanders, despite competing well, lacked the class to make a game of this in the second half. At full strength, the Highlanders should prove more formidable opposition

      Hurricanes 41
      Highlanders 15

    • Roar Guru

      7:22pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Aso scores his second try right on fulltime as he regathers a great grubber kick and the Hurricanes finish off with a bang! Too good. KO!

      FULLTIME

      Hurricanes 41
      Highlanders 15

    • 7:22pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Commiserations Highlander… too many injuries to compete against the Canes coming of a defeat last week … we all knew that the Hurricanes were gonna be tough after their disappointment last week … but early days for the comp as yet…

      • Roar Guru

        2:34am
        taylorman said | 2:34am | ! Report

        Yes absolutely, which explains the weaker finish. You cant start with a weak side and finish with a weaker one due to a stretched bench. Canes were always going to outrun them at home with just the one injury.

    • Roar Guru

      7:21pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL

      Hurricanes 41
      Highlanders 15

      • 7:22pm
        Rugby Tragic said | 7:22pm | ! Report

        Thanks for the blog Alan …

    • 7:21pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Too bloody good! … Diggercane will be beside himself at the park at the moment … *S*

      • 7:34pm
        Old Bugger said | 7:34pm | ! Report

        That’s good to know – reassurance that he won’t lose himself, aye RT……heehee!!

    • Roar Guru

      7:21pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      TRY HURRICANES

      Hurricanes 39
      Highlanders 15

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