Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes kick off Round 7 at home in Wellington on Friday by hosting 2014’s Super Rugby champions the Waratahs.
The Canes have won three of the last five encounters between the two sides and are undefeated in their last eight games at Westpac Stadium.
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson will be hoping to stop the rot, they’ve only won two of their six games and of the 21 games versus the Hurricanes, the Aussies have won 10.
The teams are out on the field.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
BEEP! Marius van der Westhuizen gets the game and Round 7 underway in Wellington.
1.00: Jordie Barrett puts in a wonderful kick behind the Waratahs’ back three. Ngani Laumape almost collects but
2.00: TRY Ngani Laumape! Prinsep collects from Beauden Barrett who draws in three defenders as he runs across the field. Barrett took the ball from Jordy Barrett after the Tahs failed to clear into touch. Prinsep took the ball to the ground, where TJ Perenara picked up, broke to the short side, drew the last defender and sent Luamape in the corner. Wow!
3.00: Jordy Barrett slots the conversion from the sideline.
6.00: TRY Beauden Barrett! Laumape intercepts Michael Wells’ poor pass inside the visitors’ half after Wes Goosen’s initial break. The Waratahs saved the try the first time but not the next. The centre draws the cover D and sends the All Black 10 away to score.
7.00: Jordy Barrett converts his score and just like that, it’s 14-0.
8.00: Lineout to the hosts inside the ‘Tahs’ 22.
11.00: TRY Jordie Barrett! Oh no! Taqele Naiyaravoro is in no man’s land. From the lineout, the Hurricanes set up a driving maul. Perenara throws a double-skip pass to Beuden Barrett who takes the ball to the gain line and sends a wide pass the fullback, on the run, who rounds the Naiyaravoro with ease to score near the posts. This game is over.
12.00: Jordy Barrett is three from three and the hosts lead by 21 inside 15 minutes.
14.00: The Canes kick deep and the Waratahs return.
15.00: It’s the Barrett Show in Wellington.
17.00: Lineout inside the Canes’ half for the visitors. They need to get their hands on the ball. When they do, their kicking has been poor and has already led to a try.
18.00: YELLOW CARD! Beauden Barrett is sent to the bin for a deliberate knockdown.
19.00: TRY Ned Hanigan! It all came from a botched lineout by the Hurricanes. after the sin-binning, The Waratahs took a quick tap and set up a maul. Sekope Kepu’s final offload to the flanker sees the visitors get on the board.
20.00: The reset kick is there and the Canes have it at their own 10. Perenara breaks along the wing but the pass is just short of the support. The Canes lose it in the ruck inside the 22.
22.00: The hosts are still on the attack, building through close phases. But, the visitors win a penalty and take it quickly.
23.00: The Waratahs lose the ball on the short side. Corey Jane is not happy with Cam Clark, who he thinks led with the elbow. Lineout to the Canes inside their 22. Jordy Barrett clears into touch.
24.00: Jordy Barrett has moved to first receiver and Corey Jane is covering the fullback position while the Canes are down a man. Some aerial ping-pong ends with Laumape kicking behind the Waratahs back three and into touch, deep inside the Tahs’ 22.
27.00: Sekope Kepu is penalised for a no-arms tackle. Michael Hooper is not pleased. And Beauden Barrett is back on the field. The Hurricanes have an attacking lineout deep inside the visitors’ 22. They set up a driving maul.
28.00: The TMO is looking to see if Bryce Hegarty carried the ball into his own in-goal area…
He did and that’s a five-metre scrum to the hosts. Vince Aso comes on for Jordy Barrett who runs off the field.
29.00: TRY Wes Goosen! Taqele Naiyaravoro is in no man’s land again. Another skip pass fromBeauden Barrett leads to another score in the corner. TJ Perenara will attempt the conversion.
30.00: It’s wide.
31.00: The Waratahs win a penalty and kick to the corner. They set up a driving maul and win a scrum after it collapses.
33.00: Scrum is near the right-hand touchline. Big scrum from the Hurricanes and the hosts win the ball and clear.
34.00: Reed Prinsep storms through and is tackled on the try-line.
35.00: TRY Mark Abbott! The Waratahs botch their line-out. Dean Mumm drops the ball and Jake Gordon can’t collect. The big man gathers and scores. Two minutes earlier the Tahs had an attacking five-metre scrum, now they’re under their posts.
36.00: Jordie Barrett adds the extras.
38.00: Another attack from the hosts is stopped. The Tahs counter but Naiyaravoro is brought down by Goosen.
40.00: The Hurricanes with one last attack. Somehow the Waratahs turn the ball over, under immense pressure, and Hagerty clears to the sound of boos.
The halftime score was Hurricanes 33 Waratahs 7
12 missed tackles by the Waratahs but it’s the pace and cut-out passes from the Hurricanes which is killing the Sydney side. The hosts have also had plenty possession and territory, 64 percent in each category.
41.00: BEEP! We are back underway in Wellington.
42.00: TRY Bryce Hegarty! Some kicking ends with Jake Gordon making a break and putting Bryce Hegarty away, who brushes aside Jordy Barrett in the corner. The Scrumhalf took a flat pass from Taqele Naiyaravoro, made the break and got his pass away, in the tackle. The fullback threw a little dummy, giving him time to get to the whitewash.
43.00: Foley from the touchline and it’s good.
46.00: A couple of quick penalties in succession gainst the home team. The Tahs kick deep and will look for a good platform for a drive.
47.00: TRY Jake Gordon! The scrumhalf breaks to the openside and side-steps Perenara and runs in untouched under the sticks. Foley does not miss from right in front. Good start to the half for the visitors.
49.00: The Hurricanes lose the ball forward in a mix-up at their own line-out. The verbals are flying around now as the Aussies gain confidence.
50.00: Foley, however, kicks the ball out on the full and releases the pressure for the hosts. some substitutes are coming on for both sides. Chris Eves is on for Jeff Toomaga-Allen for the Canes and Nick Phipps comes on for Jake Gordon.
52.00: Lineout to the Hurricanes just outside the Tahs’ 22.
54.00: TRY Ngani Laumape! the centre scores his second after a wonderful break in midfield by Beauden Barrett. The first-five-eight steps through a gap and draws Cam Clark throws a long wide pass to his left for the supporting Laumape. The second-five-eight goes to the outside and beats Foley’s tackle to dot down in the corner.
55.00: The conversion is missed.
57.00: the Hurricanes are playing fast and loose. The ball is going through the hands as they look for another score.
60.00: The Waratahs attack but Foley knocks the ball on and kills an attacking chance. It came from Taqele Naiyaravoro’s burst down the sideline.
63.00: The Hurricanes have an attacking scrum just outside the Tahs’ 22.
64.00: The Canes kick and Hegarty returns and almost gets through. The ball is sent through the hands but the move breaks down on the sideline.
65.00: BIG SCRUM! The Hurricanes push the Waratahs off their ball on their five-metre. The Tahs have lost two attacking scrums this game.
67.00: TRY Nick Phipps? Marius van der Westhuizen goes upstairs to Glenn Newman to check. The ref tells the TMO that he does not think the ball was grounded.
68.00: NO TRY! The Tahs take their scrum and are pushed back by the Canes but still come away with the ball.
70.00: TRY Andrew Kellaway! Israel Folau beats Jordy Barrett and puts Kellaway in the space to score. Great comeback by the visitors but, is it too late? They will rue that first twenty minutes.
71.00: The conversion is good from Foley.
74.00: Vince Aso thinks he’s scored from an intercept but the referee calls play back for a knock on. Scrum to the Waratahs.
78.00: YELLOW CARD! RED CARD Beauden Barrett! The All Black is sent off for a second deliberate infringement. The Waratahs take a scrum on the Canes’ 5m. There is a case for a penalty try. The initial break came from Foley.
80.00: The Waratahs come again and look like they’ve scored. Referee says no. It’s a try saving tackle over the try-line by Otere Black. The Waratahs deny the hosts a bonus-point and just miss out on one, themselves.
BEEP, BEEP! Game over.
The final score after 80 minutes is Hurricanes 38 (33) Waratahs 28 (7)
Tries – Laumape (2), B. Barrett, J. Barrett, Goosen, Abbott
Con – J. Barrett (4)
Cards – Yellow – B. Barrett (2) 18th minute and 79th minute = RED CARD
Tries – Hanigan, Hegarty, Gordon, Kellaway
Con – Foley (4)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 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 Vaea Fifita; 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Vince Aso
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacement: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sam Needs, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Andrew Kellaway