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Hurricanes vs Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Peter Kimlin looks to break away from the Hurricanes in the team's last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 6 March 2014|

The Hurricanes and the Brumbies have both had a relatively short turnaround for this match with no shortage of travel.

The Hurricanes flew back from South Africa after their match in Cape Town and the Brumbies played the Western Force on Saturday.

In the run up to the match the Brumbies suffered a major blow as they lost David Pocock for the season on Wednesday as he has had a knee reconstruction.

The Brumbies will be going for a fourth straight victory over the Hurricanes in this match as they have won the last three matches although it should be noted that two of those were in Canberra.

The Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 19 times since 1996 and they have won 8 times and lost 11 times. That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 42% of their matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Brumbies is : Hurricanes 27 Brumbies 26

This weekend the Hurricanes will have home advantage as the match will be played in Wellington. In the 19 matches between the teams the Hurricanes have had home advantage 8 times.

In those 8 Super Rugby matches the Hurricanes have won four and lost four times. That gives them a 50/50 record but out of the last five home matches the Hurricanes have won three. The last match was won by the Brumbies and was in 2012.

The Hurricanes last beat the Brumbies in Wellington in 2009 and the only other match between the teams in the city was in 2012 so the Brumbies will not be too familiar with the ground.

The average score when the Hurricanes host the Brumbies in Wellington is Hurricanes 31 Brumbies 25.

In terms of selection the Hurricanes have made two changes for this week's match with James Marshall coming in for Marty Banks at fullback.

The other change is Adam Hill coming at blindside flank for the injured Faifili Levave.

The Brumbies have also tinkered with their team but this is largely due to the loss of David Pocock.

Jarrad Butler shifts around the scrum from No.8 to open-side flanker in the absence of David Pocock, moving Captain Ben Mowen to No.8 and Scott Fardy from lock to blind-side flanker.

The backs Pat McCabe has been rotated with Andrew Smith coming into the starting line up for the first time since 2012. He will be up against Conrad Smith and Hadleigh Parkes.

The Brumbies opened their season with a loss at home to the Reds. They recovered with a victory over the Western Force who are stuggling to find their best game.

The Hurricanes have yet to win a match but they have been steadily improving with each match and both matches have been away from home. Last week they were leading until the Stormers scored a try three minutes from full time.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Hurricanes were unlucky to lose last week. They are back at home this week and should edge this match. Hurricanes should win by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Hurricanes 27 Brumbies 26

Last five results
31 May 2013 Hurricanes v Brumbies 23-30 Canberra
18 May 2012 Hurricanes v Brumbies 25-37 Wellington
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

Hurricanes overall record against the Brumbies
Played 19 ,Wins 8 ,Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No. 17: Hurricanes vs Brumbies
Date :Friday 7 March
Venue : Westpac Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman



James Marshall, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (capt), Hadleigh Parkes, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Jack Lam, Adam Hill, Mark Reddish, Jeremy Thrush, John Schwalger, Dane Coles, Ben Franks.

Replacements : Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Alapati Leiua, Marty Banks.


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Leon Power , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (C) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Andrew Smith , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Josh MannRea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. JP Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Lachlan McCaffrey , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Pat McCabe , 23. Lionel Cronje

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