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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Waratahs and the Hurricanes the Waratahs have won three and the Hurricanes two.

The last two matches between the Waratahs - home and away - were both won by the Hurricanes.

Overall the Waratahs have played the Hurricanes 18 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Waratahs have won 8 times and lost 10 times.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Hurricanes.

Although the Hurricanes have won more matches between the two the average score across all venues is : Waratahs 24 Hurricanes 24.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home for the Waratahs and the city where the teams have met 9 times.

In those 9 Super Rugby matches the Waratahs have won 6 matches and lost three matches.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 67% of their home matches against the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Hurricanes in Sydney is : Waratahs 28 Hurricanes 22.

While the Hurricanes won the last match in Sydney out of the last five matches the Waratahs have won three matches.

The Waratahs go into the match with some real stuttering form. The sequence of their last seven matches is as follows : Lost - Won - Lost - Won - Lost - Won - Lost. If that trend continues they will win this week.

The Hurricanes start the match as the form team in Super Rugby. They have won their last four Super Rugby matches and no other team has a current run that long.

The Hurricanes have however played three of their last four matches at home and not done too well away from Wellington as they have played four and won one.

Away from home the Hurricanes have played the Sharks, Stormers, the Highlanders and the Crusaders who they beat.

The Waratahs have played four matches at home this season and they have won all four. So far they have beaten the Force, Reds, Rebels and Bulls which makes the Hurricanes their first New Zealand team in Sydney this year.

In terms of selection the Hurricanes have retained the team that beat the Reds. Their victory last week coupled with the Chiefs loss to the Brumbies put the Hurricanes on top of the NZ Conference.

The Waratahs have made several changes to the side that lost 21-13 last week to the Blues in Auckland.

Wycliff Palu returns as one of three new faces and five positional changes in the starting XV. He's joined in the run-on side by wing Matt Carraro, favoured over Cam Crawford, and Paddy Ryan, who takes over from Sekope Kepu.

Jacques Potgieter will move to lock to partner Kane Douglas, with Will Skelton coming off the bench.

Up front, Sekope Kepu has made way for Paddy Ryan at tighthead, Benn Robinson is on the openside, with Tatafu Polota Nau playing hooker.

There's just one change to the backline with Matt Carraro, who spent five seasons in Europe before returning to the Waratahs in 2014, replaces Cam Crawford on the wing for his first starting role of the season.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 5 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Hurricanes have been shaky away from home while the Waratahs are unbeaten at home. The Waratahs should edge this by two.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Waratahs 24 Hurricanes 24

Last five results
06 Apr 2013 Waratahs v Hurricanes 29-41 Wellington
02 Jun 2012 Waratahs v Hurricanes 12-33 Sydney
14 May 2010 Waratahs v Hurricanes 32-16 Sydney
14 Feb 2009 Waratahs v Hurricanes 26-22 Wellington
16 Feb 2008 Waratahs v Hurricanes 20-3 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 18, Wins 8 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No. 72: Waratahs v Hurricanes
Date :Saturday 3 May
Venue : Allianz Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Michael Hogan
TMO: George Ayoub



1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Kane Douglas 5. Jacques Potgieter , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Matt Carraro , 15. Israel Folau .

Replacements (two to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Sekope Kepu , 19. Will Skelton 20. Pat McCutcheon , 21. Stephen Hoiles, 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23. Jono Lance , 24. Cam Crawford , 25. Alofa Alofa.


Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (captain), Alapati Leiua, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben Franks.

Replacments : Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves, Reggie Goodes, Blade Thomson, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie/Billy Guyton, Tim Bateman, Matt Proctor

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