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Article Published: Thursday 4 April 2013|

The Hurricanes won the last Super Rugby match between them and the Waratahs but the four matches before that were all won by the Waratahs.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Waratahs 17 times since they started playing each other in Super Rugby and the Hurricanes have won 9 times or 53% of the matches.

There have been no draws between the teams and the average score when these teams play each other is Hurricanes 23 Waratahs 24.

The Hurricanes have had home advantage against the Waratahs on eight occasions but only played the men from Sydney win Wellington five times as they have also held matches in Napier and New Plymouth.

Across all home venues the Hurricanes have won 6 out of the 8 matches with an average score of 24-19.

In Wellington alone the Hurricanes have played 5 and won three with an average score of Hurricanes 24 Waratahs 26. That translates to the Hurricanes winning 60% of their home matches in Wellington against the Waratahs.

The Hurricanes are currently sitting in eighth place overall on 18 points while the Waratahs are directly below them on 17 points.

However the Waratahs have played one more match than the Hurricanes as the Australian teams started a week earlier than the others.

The Hurricanes started the year slowly with losses to the Reds and Blues but have recovered are now on a three match winning streak having beaten the Crusaders, Highlanders and Southern Kings.

The Hurricanes haven't attracted too much attention so far this season and have rather gone about their business quietly and this has put them just outside the play off places.

They aren't setting the world on fire just yet but they are one of the form teams.

The Waratahs on the other hand have just secured back-to-back wins over the Blues and the Force. Both matches were however at home and they allowed the losing team to pick up a losing bonus point.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named an almost unchanged starting line up and only changed by bringing in Sekope Kepu.

The Hurricanes have named nineteen-year-old Ardie Savea to make his Super Rugby debut. The Hurricanes have a number of bracketed players so they won't be able to finalise their team until later.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 7 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Hurricanes will have too much power for the Waratahs. Hurricanes should win by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Hurricanes 23 Waratahs 24

Last five results
02 Jun 2012 Hurricanes v Waratahs 33-12 Sydney
14 May 2010 Hurricanes v Waratahs 16-32 Sydney
14 Feb 2009 Hurricanes v Waratahs 22-26 Wellington
16 Feb 2008 Hurricanes v Waratahs 3-20 Sydney
05 May 2007 Hurricanes v Waratahs 14-38 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Waratahs
Played 17 Wins 9 Losses 8 Draws 0

Match No.46. : Hurricanes v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 6 April
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Glenn Newman



1. Ben Franks,2. Motu Matu'u ,3. Ben May,4. Mark Reddish,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Ardie Savea,8. Victor Vito / Faifili Levave,9. TJ Perenara ,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon / Reggie Goodes,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen / Reggie Goodes ,18. James Broadhurst,19. Faifili Levave / Jack Lam,20. Chris Smylie ,21. Tusi Pisi,22. Reynold Lee-Lo


1. Benn Robinson , 2. John Ulugia , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis ( captain) , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Pat McCutcheon , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Drew Mitchell , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Peter Betham , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements: 16. Luke Holmes , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Mitchell Chapman , 19. Wycliff Palu , 20. Matt Lucas , 21. Ben Volavola , 22. Tom Kingston

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