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Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby Preview

Quade Cooper of the Reds is tackled by Dane Coles of the Hurricanes when they last met

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Article Published: Thursday 24 April 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Hurricanes and the Reds the Hurricanes have won four and the Reds have won one.

The last match between the Hurricanes and the Reds was in Brisbane and was won by the Reds. The four matches prior to that were all won by the Hurricanes.

Overall the Hurricanes and the Reds have played each other 17 times since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 11 times and lost 6 times.

That record gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 65% of their matches against the Queensland Reds.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Reds across all venues is : Hurricanes 27 Reds 23.

This weekend the Hurricanes will have home advantage as the match will be played in Wellington where the teams have met seven times.

The Hurricanes have actually had home advantage over the Reds nine times as they moved a match in 2002 to Palmerston North and in 2000 to New Plymouth. Those matches were both won by the Hurricanes.

From the seven matches played in Wellington the Hurricanes have won 5 and lost two which gives them a record of winning 74% of their home matches.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Reds in Wellington is : Hurricanes 30 Reds 25.

Interestingly the last five Super Rugby matches between the Hurricanes and Reds in Wellington have all been won by the Hurricanes. The last time the Reds won in Wellington was in March 1998 - 16 years ago.

In terms of form the Hurricanes are on the up. They had difficult start to the season with two away matches in South Africa but have now won their last three matches including last week when they beat the Blues.

They are in seventh place but have only played seven matches - the least of any team - and they have won four of the seven matches. They have played four matches at home and lost one - to the Brumbies after flying back from SA.

The Reds on the other hand have played 8 matches this season and won 3. Their only away victory in four matches was in round one when they shocked the Brumbies in Canberra. The Reds have struggled this season. They have only won two of their four matches at home and they are not firing like they have done in the past. There are also giving away too many penalties.

The Hurricanes have made one change for this week with Ben Franks returning from injury.

In terms of selection the Reds have made four changes to the team that were beaten before their bye to the Brumbies.

In the forwards, Ben Daley returns from a knee injury suffered in South Africa to replace Greg Holmes at loosehead and Saia Fainga'a takes over from James Hanson as starting hooker.

In the backs, Mike Harris returns from an Achilles injury that ruled him out of the last match, replacing Anthony Fainga'a at inside centre and Jamie-Jerry Taulagi comes onto the wing at the expense of Rod Davies.

James Horwill will win his 100th Super Rugby cap and Ben Tapuai will win his 50th for Queensland.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 7 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Reds will be coming off a bye in not-so-good form and at a venue they don't like. The Hurricanes should win this won fairly comfortably by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD .

Average score: Hurricanes 27 Reds 23

Last five results
01 Mar 2013 Hurricanes v Reds 12-18 Brisbane
30 Apr 2011 Hurricanes v Reds 28-26 Wellington
07 May 2010 Hurricanes v Reds 44-21 Wellington
16 May 2009 Hurricanes v Reds 37-28 Brisbane
22 Feb 2008 Hurricanes v Reds 23-18 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Reds
Played 17, Wins 11 , Losses 6, Draws 0

Match No. 65: Hurricanes v Reds
Date :Saturday 26 April
Venue : Westpac Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Shane McDermott
TMO: Vinny Munro



1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Alapati Leiua,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu'u,17. Chris Eves,18. Reggie Goodes,19. Blade Thomson,20. Ardie Savea,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tim Bateman,23. Matt Proctor


1. Ben Daley , 2. Saia Fainga'a , 3. James Slipper , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) (100th Queensland cap) , 6. Eddie Quirk , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (VC) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi , 12. Mike Harris , 13. Ben Tapuai (50th Queensland cap) , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Ben Lucas

Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. Greg Holmes , 18. Jono Owen , 19. Ed O'Donoghue , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Anthony Fainga'a , 23. Rod Davies

*Albert Anae (prop/hooker) will also travel with the team for its two-match tour of New Zealand.

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