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The first Super Rugby match in Round 12 on Saturday is in Wellington where the Hurricanes host the Queensland Reds.

Preparations for this match have not been ideal for the Hurricanes as they were beaten 32-15 by the Sharks last week and five players have been stood down.

The Hurricanes confirmed earlier this week that five players returned to the team hotel after the curfew and have been stood down as a result. The Hurricanes looked a different side last week compared to the week earlier when they beat the Lions 17-50.

The Reds will also go into the match coming off a loss as they were beaten 38-5 by the Crusaders in Christchurch. That loss was the Reds seventh loss from 10 matches (they also drew with the Blues).

The Hurricanes have played 10 matches as well and they have won six. This season the Hurricanes have played four matches at home and they have won 3.

The Hurricanes have played the Reds 19 times in Super Rugby and they have won 13 matches and lost six. This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 68% of their matches against the Reds.

The Hurricanes have had home advantage over the Reds in 10 of the 19 matches and they have won 8 or 80% of the matches. The average score when the Hurricanes play the Reds in New Zealand is : Hurricanes 28 Reds 22.

The Reds have not won in Wellington since 1998 and they have lost their last eight matches against the Hurricanes on New Zealand soil.

For this match the Reds have made one change to the side that played the Crusaders. Japanese Rugby World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru comes in to the starting line up for the injured Karmichael Hunt.

The Hurricanes have made five changes to the team that lost to the Sharks. Julian Savea, Jane, Vito, Ardie Savea, and reserve prop Chris Eves, were not considered for selection. Wellington wing Wes Goosen has been named to make his Super Rugby debut.

Goosen takes over on the left-wing from Julian Savea, Jason Woodward comes into the starting fifteen on the right-wing for Cory Jane, Matt Proctor returns at centre, Blade Thomson replaces Victor Vito at No 8 and Callum Gibbins takes over at openside from Ardie Savea.

Loni Uhila takes Eves spot as the reserve loose head prop, while Hawke’s Bay loose forward Tony Lamborn comes into the 23 along with Taranaki’s Te Toirora Tahuriorangi, who replaces Jamison Gibson-Park as the reserve halfback.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Reds have a poor record against the Hurricanes in New Zealand and a win for them this weekend is against the odds. The Hurricanes should win this by 10.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Hurricanes 28 Reds 22

Last five results
26 Apr 2015 Hurricanes v Reds 35-19 Brisbane
26 Apr 2014 Hurricanes v Reds 35-21 Wellington
01 Mar 2013 Hurricanes v Reds 12-18 Brisbane
30 Apr 2011 Hurricanes v Reds 28-26 Wellington
07 May 2010 Hurricanes v Reds 44-21 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Reds
Played 19 , Wins 13, Losses 6, Draws 0

Match No.88:Hurricanes v Reds
Date : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Venue : Saturday 14 May 2016
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2:Brett Johnson
TMO :Glenn Newman



15 James Marshall,, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (vc), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Reggie Goodes

Replacements : Motu Matu’u, Lonu Uhila, Ben May, Mark Abbott, Tony Lamborn, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Ngani Laumape, Willis Halaholo.

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper (C), 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Ben Matwijow, 5. Rob Simmons (100th Queensland/Super Rugby cap), 6. Hendrik Tui, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Curtis Browning, 9. Nick Frisby, 10. Jake McIntyre, 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Anthony Fainga’a, 13. Campbell Magnay, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 15. Ayumu Goromaru

Replacements : 16. Matt Mafi, 17. Sef Fa’agase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Cadeyrn Neville, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Duncan Paia’aua, 23. Junior Laloifi

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