The Brumbies won the last Super Rugby match between these two teams but the Hurricanes won the four matches prior to the last one.
Overall the Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 17 times and the Hurricanes have won 8 and lost 9 times. That translates to the Hurricanes winning just 47% of their matches against the Brumbies. There have been no draws between the teams.
The average score when Hurricanes play the Brumbies is Hurricanes 27 Brumbies 25.
This match will be played in Wellington where the last three matches between the teams have been won by the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes and the Brumbies have played each other 7 times in Wellington and the Hurricanes have won four and lost three. That translates to the Hurricanes winning 57 of their matches in Wellington against the Brumbies.
The average score when the Hurricanes play the Brumbies is Hurricanes 31 Brumbies 23.
The Brumbies had a bye last week so they can be expected to start slowly this week. Before the bye the Brumbies had a two match winning streak having beaten the Lions in Johannesburg and the Waratahs in Canberra.
They have however lost playmaker Christian Lealiifano for the season due to injury and replaced him with rookie Zack Holmes which is a big blow.
The Hurricanes enjoyed a 20-26 victory over the Highlanders in Dunedin and the week before that they beat the Blues 35-19.
Both teams are on the up and both teams have won six matches. The Brumbies on 39 have more points than the Hurricanes on 34 points but the Hurricanes have played 11 matches. The Brumbies have however had both of their byes.
The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 6 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We think that the Hurricanes are on the up so they should sneak this one. Hurricanes to win by 2.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.
Average score: 27-25
Last five results
09 Apr 2011 Hurricanes v Brumbies 16-17 Canberra
16 Apr 2010 Hurricanes v Brumbies 23-13 Canberra
25 Apr 2009 Hurricanes v Brumbies 56-7 Wellington
14 Mar 2008 Hurricanes v Brumbies 33-15 Canberra
23 Feb 2007 Hurricanes v Brumbies 11-10 Wellington
Hurricanes overall record against the Brumbies
Played 17 , Wins 8, Losses 9, Draws 0
Match No.81.: Hurricanes v Brumbies
Date Friday 18 May
Venue : Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Vinny Munro
1. Reggie Goodes,2. Dane Coles,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Tusi Pisi,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. James Broadhurst,19. Jack Lam,20. Chris Eaton,21. Beauden Barrett,22. Jayden Hayward
1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Scott Fardy,5. Sam Carter,6. Ben Mowen (c),7. Michael Hooper,8. Fotu Auelua,9. Ian Prior,10. Zack Holmes,11. Joe Tomane,12. Pat McCabe,13. Andrew Smith,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg
Replacements16. Anthony Hegarty,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Peter Kimlin,19. Ita Vaea,20. Nic White,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Tevita Kuridrani