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Hurricanes beat Brumbies in Palmerston North



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The Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 25 times in Super Rugby since 1996, winning 11, losing 14.

It gives Hurricanes a record of winning just 44% of their matches against the Brumbies in the tournament.

  • The Hurricanes have lost six of their last seven regular-season games against the Brumbies, although their one victory in that run came the last time they hosted the Brumbies in the regular season.
  • The Wellington team has won 22 of their last 23 home games, the Chiefs being the only hiccup back in June 2017.
  • The Canes have won 13 of their last 14 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition, including a 20-19 victory over NSW Waratahs in the opening round of this season.
  • The Brumbies come into this game on the back of a big victory against the Chiefs, they’ve not won consecutive games against New Zealand opposition since winning three such games in a row in 2014.
  • New Zealand franchises have won 37 of the last 38 home matches versus Australian sides, the Brumbies being the only defeat.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at the Palmerston North Showgrounds, Palmerston North, the ground where Super Rugby was born way back in 1996.

2.00: The Brumbies are playing into the setting sun, which looks to have been an issue already with Tom Banks losing the ball into touch.

3.00: Chris Eves is pinged for an errant clear out at the ruck.

4.00: The Brumbies are a little upright with their maul, eventually getting held up and losing possession.

5.00: David Pocock has returned after another concussion, so too has Beauden Barrett to the Canes’ starting XV. Ardie Savea is back at No. 8 since starting against Argentina, last year for the All Blacks.

7.00: Du’Plessis Kirifi makes a good tackle, but he’s penalised for not rolling away after tackling Pocock. It’s the second penalty given away inside the visitor’s 22.

10.00: Blake Enever takes the lineout, Chance Peni makes a run, but he caught for holding. That is a warning shot fired against the Hurricanes’ lineout.

12.00: TRY! Dane Coles intercepts Rory Arnold’s knock on and speeds away from the Aussie defenders, beating Allan Alaalatoa’s tackle from 12 metres out. 5-0

13.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the two. 7-0

14.00: TRY! Sensational Hurricanes special, there. Chase Tiatia offloads an out-the-back-door pass to Vince Aso, who throws a no-look chicken wing back inside to Ngani Laumape. The second-five ran a precise angle before racing away to score under the posts. 12-0

15.00: CONVERSION! Just like that, it’s 14-0.

18.00: The territory stats look even, but the Australians have not been inside the Hurricanes’ 22.

19.00: Coles is pinged for a high tackle in midfield. Pocock must kick for the corner.

20.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a flops over the try line after a well-worked rolling maul. It was perfect by the Brumbies, who manoeuvered the Kiwis left, then right before crashing over. 14-5

22.00: MISS! Christian Lealiifano misses from near the touchline. 14-5

24.00: Banks skews his clearance into touch. John Plumtree, speaking from the coaches booth, is happy with the work at the breakdown but not his team’s ill-discipline.

25.00: Pete Samu wins a penalty at the ruck. He’s class and is disrupting Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita and Kirifi at the breakdown.

27.00: Barrett starts a counter-attack, however, the play is called back for a forward pass.

28.00: Pocock, like a jackal, gets to the ruck first and wins the penalty for holding by the Canes. It’s right in front of the posts: What will they do?

29.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano makes no mistake. 14-8

31.00: Barrett’s grubber hems the Brumbies inside their 22. The Hurricanes are using the boot often inside the opposition’s half.

32.00: A seventh penalty sees referee Nick Briant call Coles over to have a chat.

33.00: It’s an open series of play, started by Arnold’s slick hands and Coles’ athletic intercept of Andy Muirhead’s inside pass. The turnover by Laumape saves the day for the hosts.

35.00: Dan McKellar will be happy with the way his team has overcome the Canes’ blitz; they’re disciplined and competing well at the breakdown.

36.00: TRY! Coles dives in like Superman to score in the corner after some splendid play by TJ Perenara, who dummied right before offloading to the hooker. Coles had shown speed – again – and deft play with a dummy and cleanout to set up his own score. Quality! 19-8

38.00: MISS! The conversion is wide from the sideline. 19-8

39.00: Plumtrees men are working the phases, looking for another gap and opportunity to put the Brumbies away before the break.

41.00: Lachlan McCaffrey is down receiving some treatment. The hooter has gone but the Brumbies, after an office meeting, have a lineout on the Canes’ 22. The move comes to nothing.

The halftime score was Hurricanes 19 Brumbies 8

Assistant coach Laurie Fisher wants his team to tidy up the breakdown, while Canes’ assistant Richard Watt wants more discipline from his men.

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at a warm Palmerston North where the 14,000 strong crowds have been entertained. Federico Anselmi takes over from Nick Briant, who seems to have been injured or taken ill during halftime.

42.00: Early penalty for Wellington.

43.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett, facing a beautiful red sunset, slots the long-range kick to the joy of the sold-out crowd.

45.00: Kirifi wins his team another penalty at the breakdown.

47.00: The Brumbies are still inside the change room. They have been off the pace in the early stages of this second half. The Hurricanes are bossing the breakdown and have shifted up a gear. The Canes opt for a scrum under the posts, rather than take the points.

50.00: The Brumbies are under the pump.

51.00: It seems referee Nick Briant has a muscle injury and was struggling to run.

53.00: Matt Lucas puts Ben Lam backwards in the tackle after Irae Simone missed touch from a penalty.

54.00: TRY! Laumape takes another Perenara worldy and bashes over the try line, knocking Lucas and Banks out the way in the process. 27-8

55.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 29-8

58.00: The Brumbies, after losing their shape and discipline, have made their way back into Canes territory.

60.00: TRY! Hat-trick for Laumape, who receives a Matt Proctor’s gift, after the centre catches a dreadful intercept by Lealiifano. The home town boy races away 60 metres for his third, beating Banks’ chase. Game over! 34-8

62.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 36-8

63.00: YELLOW CARD! Pocock is sent to the sidelines after a harsh yellow card.

64.00: Ricky Riccitelli throws skew. The lineout looks ragged, now. Barrett leaves the field after a good return to Super Rugby.

67.00: NO TRY! Tiatia gives a wonderful ball to Lam, who thinks he’s scored, however, the fullback’s pass was forward. 36-8

70.00: the game is winding down. The Hurricanes have emptied their bench to give the reserves a run out at this old ground.

71.00: TRY! Tom Wright goes over for his first Brumbies try after a break and some good hands by Tevita Kuridrani. 36-13

73.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 36-13

76.00: The Brumbies have found some rhythm, but too late in the game to affect the outcome or claim a losing bonus-point.

79.00: Wes Goosen is tackled late after a little grubber from Laumape’s pass; the ref is having none of it and allows play to continue. The hat-trick hero is down with cramp.

81.00: The hooter sounds. The Aussies win the penalty and clear to touch.

82.00: TRY! Peni’s loose pass is snaffled by James Blackwell, who scores his first Super Rugby try. 41-13

83.00: CONVERSION! Jackson Garden-Bachop gets on the board, too. 43-13


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The final score is Hurricanes 43 (19) Brumbies 13 (8)


Tries – Coles (2), Laumape (3), Blackwell
Pen – B. Barrett
Con – B. Barrett (4), Garden-Bachop
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Fainga’a, Wright
Pen – Lealiifano
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Pocock (Yellow, 63′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2: Nick Hogan
TMO: Aaron Paterson


Hurricanes: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Wes Goosen

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 David Pocock, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leauluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Tom Wright

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1 Comment

  1. educationlogos

    2nd March 2019 at 1:46 am

    After thoroughly reviewing the first 10-11mins of the game (before the first points were scored), I came across some interesting stats.
    Within the 1st few seconds of the game Tom Banks was ruled to be in touch when he actually kept the ball in play (1st bias call in Canes favor before points scored). Touch judge right there and on the spot but clearly a bad call upon review. Thus bias.
    Around the 1minute mark, Laumape goes for a run (after their bias line-out and possession) and gets held in the tackle but breaks loose after another Canes player cleans out the Brumbies player. A Brumbies player was over the top of him, got semi cleaned out, which allowed for Laumape to get up and go again. Anywhere else in the world, that would be considered held in the tackle and Laumape would have been penalized for not releasing the ball after being tackled. Thus bias.
    1min 40sec mark. Canes player grabs a Brums player in the air (during a Brums line out) officials say nothing and play on, even though this happened in the Brumbies “red zone” and a penalty would have allowed an easy exit for the Brums…kiwi’s can’t have that on kiwi soil. Thus bias.
    @ 2mins and 20seconds, a Canes player lazily flops on the ruck (deemed to be entering from the side), which slows down Brumbies front foot ball. I wouldn’t suggest a card this early in the game for such a hap hazard infringement (unless it was in the Canes red zone and the Brumbies would have otherwise scored) but a serious warning to the offending team would be justified and warrant a card if the behavior continued throughout the match. Fair call in the end.
    3min 30sec mark. Canes force a fair turnover via holding Kuridrani up in the tackle. Canes scrum on their side of halfway. Fair call.
    4min mark. Scrum collapse on the far side (far side to ref too). Upon 2nd and 3rd viewing of this scrum, the Canes #3 is clearly over extending and first to hit the ground but the officials, both on and off field, say nothing. Thus bias.
    5min mark. Scrum collapses again on the same far side with the same #3 hitting the ground 1st but again, the officials say nothing. Thus bias.
    Ref then decides to move around to the side that is collapsing and officiate from there. Low and behold, the scrum stays up and ball comes out…Canes trying to milk a penalty anyone?!?!?!?! Nope, nobody says anything with regards to this blatant infringement and bias.
    6 min mark. After 2 and a half minutes of wasted time in the Canes possession (literally nothing happening in the game for 2 and a half minutes other than increasing the Canes time with possession of the ball), it finally exits the scrum and is, again, dribbled into touch about 20m out from Brumbies line.
    So essentially, for those who fail to comprehend, the momentum and situation of the game has shifted dramatically from what should have been a clear penalty against the Canes on halfway for collapsing the scrum twice (and an inevitable march downfield by the Brumbies into the Canes 22…leading to possible first points of the game but not to be), is now a Brumbies line-out 20m from their try-line and under considerable pressure. See the point I’m making here?!?! BIAS!
    6min 20sec mark. Canes give away a penalty for not rolling away, looked initially harsh but upon review was fair as the Canes player never released the Brumbies player and made no attempt, after the tackle, to roll away (chose to hold on and try to turn the Brumbies player and ended up getting in a bad position in the bottom of the ruck). Fair penalty.
    7min 20 sec mark. Brumbies knock ball on, Canes play on but throw an intercept pass. Play brought back for Canes scrum.
    8min 20sec mark. Canes scrum collapse again! This time on the #1 side yet again, the officials say nothing and allow the game to play on. Thus bias.
    Barrett gets scrappy ball and dribbles it into touch about 35m from the Brumbies try-line.
    9min mark. Clean line out. No infringements. Lead to driving maul to halfway then Brumbies loose possession through the 1st breakdown (holding onto the ball). Fair call.
    10 min mark. Canes opt for line-out and get within 10m of the Brumbies try-line. After a clean and fair line-out the Canes shift the ball to the backs. Canes 9 looks to have been shouldered before making a pass (by Brumbies winger) but officials rule play on. Close call as the defender couldn’t pull out of tackle but did make an attempt to wrap the arms. Fair call.
    Brumbies turnover ball in breakdown during the same phase. Fair call.
    11min mark. Brumbies make little progress up field trying to exit their half. They regather a box kick which takes them to their 10m line but Pocock throws a loose no-look pass, Coles intercepts and ends up scoring the first points of the game.

    Regardless of the blatant bias I’ve highlighted above, I still think the acting ref Nick Briant did an okay job of officiating the 1st half with as much fairness as he could, given his side-line officials were blatantly bias in their calls (much to the kiwi oligarchs dismay). Which is probably why he was hooked at halftime for an incompetent Argentine ref (on the weak basis of being mysteriously sick/injured) who only made the kiwi game bias all the more blatantly obvious and essentially ruined a okay contest. An okay contest which the Brumbies could have still won or at least made tight with a score like 19-8 at halftime and a decent set of officials.

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