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Waratahs vs Hurricanes: Foley miss costs Tahs victory

Roar Guru
16th February, 2019
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NSW Waratahs

19

Match Complete

Hurricanes

20

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NSW Waratahs

19

Match Complete

Hurricanes

20

75J. Barrett
74D. Kirifi
52J. Barrett
B. Foley43
C. Rona42
B. Foley39
36J. Barrett
35A. Savea
B. Foley15
B. Foley12
7J. Barrett
B. Foley2

1
Tries
2
1
Conversions
2
4
Penalty Goals
2
0
Field Goals
0

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Match result:

The NSW Waratahs let slip the chance to take a Round 1 win over the Hurricanes after a 74th-minute try from debutant Du’Plessis Kirifi and conversion from Jordie Barrett saw the ‘Canes sneak ahead by a single point late in the match.

Bernard Foley then had a chance to win the match for NSW by kicking for a penalty goal in the 79th minute but missed, leaving the ‘Tahs to taste bitter defeat.

Final score
Waratahs 19
Hurricanes 20

Match preview:

The Waratahs host the Hurricanes Saturday night at Brookvale Oval, Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEDT.

Welcome to the first Trans-Tasman game of Super Rugby season 2019. This will be our first chance to take a look at how the quality of Australian sides is shaping up versus those of New Zealand ahaead of the 2019 world cup.

The ‘Tahs can go into this match knowing that they have won their last two home games against New Zealand teams – both of these were against the Highlanders, one of them coming in the quarterfinals last year. They have also won nine of their last 11 games on Australian soil.

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have won four of their last six matches against the Waratahs, including the last two.

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Boasting both Australia’s incumbent captain in Michael Hooper and arguably it’s biggest star in Israel Folau, the Waratahs are one of the more formidable franchises in the country, and this week will have Karmichael Hunt make his NSW debut after running out of chances at the Queensland Reds.

The ‘Canes will be buoyed by the fitness of Dane Coles who looks set to enjoy some consistency at senior level for the first time since their 2016 championship campaign, and has been named captain again.

Prediction
According to the bookies, the Hurricanes are supposed to beat the Waratahs – but with a sound playing model and reinforcement from Wallabies such as Karmichael Hunt and Adam-Ashley Cooper, they may surprise the pundits. Especially considering they did the same versus the Highlanders – twice.

When: 7:45pm AEST
Where: Brookvale Oval, Sydney
TV: Fox Footy

Waratahs
1. Harry Johnson-Holmes
2. Damien Fitzpatrick
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Jed Holloway
5. Rob Simmons
6. Ned Hanigan
7. Michael Hooper
8. Jack Dempsey
9. Jake Gordon
10. Bernard Foley
11. Curtis Rona
12. Karmichael Hunt
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. Alex Newsome
15. Israel Folau
16. Silatolu Latu
17. Rory O’Connor
18. Chris Talakai
19. Lachlan Swinton
20. Will Miller
21. Mitch Short
22. Mack Mason
23. Cameron Clark

Hurricanes
1. Chris Eves
2. Ricky Riccitelli
3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen
4. James Blackwell
5. Liam Mitchell
6. Reed Prinsep
7. Ardie Savea
8. Gareth Evans
9. TJ Perenara
10. Fletcher Smith
11. Ben Lam
12. Ngani Laumape
13. Matt Proctor
14. Vince Aso
15. Jordie Barrett
16. Dane Coles
17. Xavier Numia
18. Ben May
19. Isaia Walker-Leawere
20. Du’Plessis Kirifi
21. Finlay Christie
22. James Marshall
23. Wes Goosen

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