Hurricanes blow Lions away



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This was a live score update –  Full report to follow.






The Hurricanes like the Chiefs are doing the business at the business end of the tournament. A worry for the Hurricanes will be how well they handled the trip back from South Africa. The Blues lost form badly in the week directly following their return from South Africa.

Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)
Touch judges: Julian Pritchard (Australia), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Hurricanes 9, Lions/Cats 3
In Wellington/Napier/New Plymouth: Played 6, Hurricanes 6, Lions/Cats 0
Last season: Round 8, March 24 2007: Lions 30-7 Hurricanes at Ellis Park, Johannesburg


Match Detail


0.00 – We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: The Lions almost immediately gave a penalty away so Willie Ripia had a shot at goal with a penalty and slotted it earning the Hurricanes the first points of the match. 


8.00: The Lions gave another penalty away and again Willie Ripia had a shot at goal and slotted it.


11.00: Zac Guildford scored the first try of the match from a little chip kick through the Lions defence from Willie Ripia. Zac Guildford’s try was scored under the posts and was converted by Ripia.


14.00: The Lions again give a penalty and again Willie Ripia slots the penalty kick.


27.00: The Hurricanes second try was scored by Andrew Hore who spot tackled Earl Rose and wrenched the ball off Rose to dot the ball down on the try line.  


28.00: Willie Ripia missed the conversion.


29.00: The Lions got their first points of the match as Willie Wepener powers over the line for a try.


30.00: Earl Rose converted the try.


36.00: Ma’a Nonu scores a great team try for the Hurricanes. New boys Zac Guildford and Willie Ripia helped to set it up.


The Hurricanes are now in the hunt for a bonus point try.


37.00: Ripia missed the conversion.


40.02: The Siren goes for half time.


The Score at half time was Hurricanes 26 Lions 7


The second half is underway.


45.00: The Lions scored the first points of the second half as Jannie Boshoff broke through the Huricanes defence.


46.00: Earl Rose missed the conversion.


63.00: Ma’a Nonu darted round a ruck and dived over the line to score the bonus point try for the Hurricanes. The try takes him to the top of the tryscorers list in the Super 14 after he has scored 7 tries this year.


64.00: Willie Ripia missed the conversion.


70.00 : Scott Waldrom scores the Hurricanes fifth try as he dives through the air doing a Superman impression under the posts.


72.00: Willie Ripia converted the try.


79.00: Hikawera Elliot looks to have scored a try but the pass was forward and therefore disallowed.


80.10: The siren goes for full time.


The full time score is Hurricanes 38 Lions 12


Full report to follow.





Tries – Zac Guildford, Andrew Hore , Ma’a Nonu (2),Scott Waldrom

Pen – Willie Ripia (3)

Con – Willie Ripia (2)



Tries – Willie Wepener, Jannie Boshoff

Pen –

Con – Earl Rose





15 Cory Jane, 14 Shannon Paku, 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.

Reserves: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Craig Clarke, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Jimmy Gopperth, 22 Conrad Smith.



Earl Rose, Jannie Boshoff, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Dusty Noble, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Joe van Niekerk, Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Gerhard Mostert, Dewald Senekal, JC Janse van Rensburg, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Reserves: Ethienne Reynecke, Ross Geldenhuys, Cobus Gobbler, Wilhelm Koch, Chris Jonck, Rudi Vogt, Louis Ludik.

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