Current Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes have named Brad Shields as their captain for the first time in this Friday’s match against the Brumbies.
Friday’s match will be the tenth time the Hurricanes have played at McLean Park, but the first time against the Australian Conference-leading Brumbies.
The Brumbies have had the better of this fixture in recent years, winning five of the past six games but, the Canberra side has lost their last seven away fixtures against New Zealand opposition.
Brad Shields is captaining the hosts for the first time in his career.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
BEEP! Beauden Barrett gets the game underway.
2.00: The game’s first scrum is around the Hurricanes’ 10. Two phases later, Jeffery To’omaga-Allen knocks on and it’s the Brumbies turn to feed the set piece.
4.00: Conditions are very slippery; lots of dew on the outfield – both teams dropping the ball early on. Canes win a penalty and kick to the corner.
6.00: TRY Vince Aso! Beauden Barrett collects the ball and takes several Brumbies’ defenders, straightens and sends Aso into the clear. The outside centre runs straight through some weak defence and charges 50 metres to score under the poles.
7.00: Conversion is good from Jordie Barrett.
8.00: Injury break.
9.00: Hurricanes win a penalty and kick to touch, inside the Brumbies’ 22.
11.00: TRY Cory Jane! It’s that man, Beauden Barrett, again. The All Black standoff kicks a pin-point cross-kick and Jane beats Aidan Toua in the air and scores his 31st Super Rugby try.
12.00: Jordie Barrett from the touchline adds his second conversion and it’s a point-a-minute game in Napier.
14.00: The Brumbies lose the ball forward again. their handling has been poor. Another scrum to the hosts, who dominated the first two.
16.00: The Brumbies win a messy scrum and Tevita Kuridrani finds space and puts in a cross-field ‘centre-kick’ but Joe Powell can’t get there. 22 drop out for the Hurricanes.
20.00: Some more poor handling, this time by the hosts.Beauden Barrett clears, but only to the 22. Lineout Brumbies.
22.00: TRY Tevita Kuridrani! The Brumbies’ lineout is excellent. Scott Fardy takes the throw, sets up a maul. Joe Powell breaks in field and pops to Ben May, on the charge. The big man brushes Corey Jane aside and offloads to Kuridrani, who powers over.
23.00: Wharenui Hawera slots the two points.
24.00: The visitors are back in the game and attacking already.
27.00: TRY Sam Carter! The Brumbies hit back and are right back in this.
28.00: Hawera adds the extras.
29.00: TRY Joe Powell! Wow, that might be the try of the season. The Brumbies, from their 22. run the ball the length of the field and score. The ball passed between a dozen Brumbies’ hands and the scrumhalf scores under the posts. WOW!
30.00: Hawera with the conversion.
31.00: The Aussies have come back with three tries in quick succession. The Hurricanes have not had the ball for nine minutes except when kicking off. the Brumbies have found an extra gear and the momentum has shifted.
33.00: The Canes trying to build some phases.
35.00: Hurricanes take the ball into the Brumbies’ 22 but, the visitors win the ball back and clear.
36.00: Two long advantages for the hosts and now, he blows the game up. Josh Mann-Rea is pinged for offside. Barrett kicks to touch and the hosts have a lineout, 10 metres from the goal line.
38.00: The Hurricanes have slow ball – and have lost the ball forward. Brumbies with some dogged defence. Scrum to the Aussies.
39.00: Hawera clears and the Hurricanes will have one last chance to reduce the deficit.
40.00: The lineout is overthrown, the Brumbies win the loose ball but knock it forward. The hooter sounds and Brendon Pickerill blows for halftime.
The halftime score was Hurricanes 14 Brumbies 21
The Brumbies have managed to turn around a 14-point deficit and take a seven point lead into the shed. The territory and possession stats have changed and are closer than the opening 20, but still in favour of the hosts.
Kiwi sides, generally, finish strong and so the final quarter will be interesting.
The players are back out at McLean Park. The Hurricanes have a bye next week and will want to go into the break with a win.
We are back underway and immediately, Rory Arnold knocks on.
42.00: Beauden Barrett makes a break and the Hurricanes go downfield.
43.00: YELLOW CARD! Wharenui Hawera. Cynical play from the standoff sees him get sent to the bin. Scrum, Hurricanes about six metres out.
44.00: The Hurricanes go wide and the Brumbies win the ruck and clear. Canes still in attacking territory with a lineout on the 22.
45.00: Beauden Barrett makes another break and tries an offload but, the play breaks down, and the Brumbies clear.
47.00: TRY Vince Aso! Barrett collects a loose ball – great hands – sends a cross-kick. The ball is caught and popped to Aso, who breaks the tackles and runs clear to score. Boom!
48.00: Jordie Barrett levels the score.
50.00: The hosts set up a lineout drive. The maul is well defended and it eventually, fell apart. The Canes have the scrum, near the sideline, five metres out.
51.00: TRY HAT-TRICK Vince Aso! Beauden Barrett takes the ball flat from the scrum, a flat line, and Ngani Laumape runs the dummy angle. Barrett puts Aso through the gap, made by Laumape’s run and it’s easy as you like: try.
52.00: Jordie Barrett kicks his fourth conversion. Hawera’s sin-binning has proved costly.
54.00: The Hurricanes have found their mojo and the Brumbies, seem to be getting tired. the final quarter will be interesting. Penalty to the hosts.
57.00: Penalty to the hosts.
58.00: The hosts will have a lineout on the visitors’ 22.
60.00: The attack comes to nought after a foot in touch. Lineout to the Brumbies, on their 22, with 20 to play.
61.00: TRY Callum Gibbins! Oh dear! Hawera, back on, attempts a clearance but kicks the ball straight into Gibbons. The substitute gets high off the ground, deflects the kick and picks up to score. Poor by the ACT standoff; too nonchalant.
62.00: Jordie Barrett is enjoying his kicking tonight; all but one, has been under or near the posts.
65.00: TRY Mark Abbott! The lock scored two last week and is over for another. The Hurricanes went through some phases on the Brumbies’ try-line. TJ Perenara plays a skip-pass to Abbott and he crashes through two defenders. Game over.
66.00: Jordie Barrett’s seventh conversion, is good, and the home team have a bonus-point.
69.00: The Hurricanes win another penalty. They kick to touch, looking to cement the bonus-point.
72.00: TRY Callum Gibbons! That’s the second brace in two weeks for Gibbons. The Hurricanes set up a lineout drive and power towards the Brumbies’ goal-line. The maul is too good, rolling in-field and the visitors fall off the maul and the lock forward falls over the try-line.
73.00: Jordie Barrett makes no mistake.
76.00: TRY Ngani Laumape! Another Beauden Barrett cross-kick is collected by the centre, on the wing, and he runs away to score.
77.00: Otere Black takes over kicking duties and it’s good.
79.00: The Hurricanes loose the ball forward and the Brumbies will have a scrum. The hooter sounds.
80.00: The Brumbies can’t make anything of the final possession and the ref blows for full time.
The score after 80 minutes is Hurricanes 56 (14) Brumbies 21 (21)
Tries – Aso (3), Jane, Gibbons (2), Abbott, Laumape
Con – J. Barrett (7), Black
Tries – Kuridrani, Carter, Powell
Con – Hawera (3)
Cards – Hawera (Yellow, 43rd minute)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Mabey
TMO: Shane McDermott
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Otere Black, 23 Ben Lam.
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.