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Hurricanes vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

8th March, 2019
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Hurricanes

25

Match Complete

Highlanders

22

81
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8th March, 2019
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Hurricanes

25

Match Complete

Highlanders

22

B. Barrett81
B. Lam70
B. Barrett63
60M. Banks
59L. Coltman
51M. Banks
50S. Tomkinson
B. Barrett41
N. Laumape39
31J. Ioane
B. Barrett27
N. Laumape26
10A. Smith

3
Tries
3
2
Conversions
2
2
Penalty Goals
1
0
Field Goals
0

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The Hurricanes host local Kiwi rivals the Highlanders as the Super Rugby ramps up and teams look to build early momentum. It promises to be a great clash as both sides look to start their very best talent. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the opening match of Round 4, starting from 5:35pm AEDT.

The Kiwi teams have had to deal with some restrictions from up on high in the opening three rounds which has seen teams only being able to play their All Blacks play for a certain number of minutes, but those restrictions are lifted now which means we’re going to be treated to an all-star clash on Friday evening.

The Highlanders will be starting the all-important Smiths – Ben and Aaron – both of whom bring so much experience and quality to the men from down south.

Aaron Smith will be looking to put real pressure on the Hurricanes with his usual high energy performance and it’s going to be fantastic to see him go head to head with TJ Perenara, so often the second best No.9 in New Zealand but a talent in really good form at the moment.

One of the most exciting head to heads is going to be in the fly halves. For the Canes they have one of the very best in the world in Beauden Barrett and Barrett will want to take a tight grip of this game early on and never let go.

For the Highlanders there is the youthful talent that is Josh Ioane. In his only game this season he looked good but the Highlanders will know that they will need a big, big game from him to compete with the Canes.

The Canes back line is full of attacking flair and after a hat trick last week, Ngani Laumape will be looking to dominate the scoreboard again.

Interestingly the Canes will bring Jordie Barrett back for this match but play him on the wing as the 23-year-old Chase Tiatia will start again at full back.

He looked very good last time out and it’ll be interesting to see if he can make a claim to have the No.15 shirt all his.

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Last week saw the Hurricanes put in a very polished performance against the Brumbies. They pinned them back in their own half and then started to take advantage of opportunities when they cropped up.

They punished the Brumbies over and over and the Highlanders will know that they have to be inch perfect in all aspects of their game this time out.

Prediction
Having lost to the Rebels last week the Highlanders will want to strike right back but the Canes look like they have too much talent in their side and will outgun the men from Dunedin.

Hurricanes to win by 10.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:35pm AEDT on Saturday.

Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Date: Friday 8th March 2019
When: Kick off 17:35 AEDT
TV: Foxsports
Betting: Hurricanes – 1.26, Highlanders – 3.85

Hurricanes
15 Chase Tiatia
14 Jordie Barrett
13 Matt Proctor
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Ben Lam
10 Beauden Barrett
9 TJ Perenara
8 Ardie Savea
7 Du’Plessis Kirifi
6 Vaea Fifita
5 Liam Mitchell
4 James Blackwell
3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen
2 Dane Coles (c)
1 Chris Eves

Replacements
16 Asafo Aumua
17 Fraser Armstrong
18 Ben May
19 Isaia Walker-Leawere
20 Reed Prinsep
21 Richard Judd
22 Jackson Garden-Bachop
23 Vince Aso

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Highlanders
15 Ben Smith (co-captain)
14 Richard Buckman
13 Sio Tomkinson
12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen
11 Tevita Li
10 Josh Ioane
9 Aaron Smith
8 Luke Whitelock (co-captain)
7 James Lentjes
6 Jackson Hemopo
5 Pari Pari Parkinson
4 Josh Dickson
3 Tyrel Lomax
2 Liam Coltman
1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements
16 Ash Dixon
17 Daniel Lienert-Brown
18 Josh Iosefa-Scott
19 Tom Franklin
20 Elliot Dixon
21 Kayne Hammington
22 Marty Banks
23 Waisake Naholo

Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref: Brendon Pickerill, Nick Hogan
TMO: Shane McDermott

2019 Form
Hurricanes – WLW
Highlanders – LWW

Played 31
Hurricanes won 17
Highlanders won 14
Drawn 0

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