Hurricanes v Sharks



  • Hurricanes

    15 Jordie Barrett
    14 Julian Savea
    13 Vince Aso
    12 Ngani Laumape
    11 Ben Lam
    10 Beauden Barrett
    9 TJ Perenara
    8 Gareth Evans
    7 Sam Henwood
    6 Brad Shields (c)
    5 Sam Lousi
    4 Michael Fatialofa
    3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen
    2 Ricky Riccitelli
    1 Chris Eves

    Reserves
    16 Asafo Aumua
    17 Fraser Armstrong
    18 Ben May
    19 Vaea Fifita
    20 Reed Prinsep
    21 Jamie Booth
    22 Ihaia West
    23 Wes Goosen

    The Hurricanes have again made minimal changes to their squad as they prepare to face the Sharks in their Investec Super Rugby match at Napier's McLean Park on Friday night.
    
    With four straight wins, the Hurricanes sit jointly on top of the New Zealand conference with the Crusaders having played one less match.
    
    Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has opted to make just two changes from the side that beat the Rebels 50-19 in Melbourne last Friday.
    
    Both are in the pack where All Blacks prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen replaces Ben May while lock Michael Fatialofa comes in for Vaea Fifita.
    
    Fatialofa and Toomaga-Allen both came off the bench in Melbourne and May and Fifita will simply make a swap for them, giving the Hurricanes the same match-day 23 as the last round.
    
    Openside flanker Sam Henwood, who impressed in his Hurricanes debut against the Rebels, will line up for a second match running as Ardie Savea continues to recover from a rib injury.
    
    Matt Proctor also continues to make good progress from a similar injury Savea suffered against the Highlanders.
    
    The Hurricanes will arrive in Napier on Thursday and will hold an open training run at Havelock North's Anderson Park between 4pm and 5.30pm.
    

    https://www.hurricanes.co.nz/news/article/hurricanes-squad-named-to-face-the-sharks-in-napier/



  • @stargazer That is one hell of a backline.....



  • I expect with the confidence the Blues gave the Sharks this could be a good game of rugby!



  • @taniwharugby Indeed. Really looking forward to this one



  • @shadowtrooper said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @stargazer That is one hell of a backline.....

    I am not convinced by Vince Aso playing in midfield. He is better suited to the wing IMO.



  • @cgrant I agree. However he is only keeping the spot nicely warm for Procter until he returns.



  • I worry a bit about Aso's defense at 13, but on attack that backline unmatched in SR. The challenge for the Canes, as we saw last week against the Rebels, is to ensure we do the basics well first before trying to run up a cricket score.

    And I expect us to do just that against the Sharks, their defense is woeful.



  • Canes backline could be improved further by upgrading the 14.



  • @KiwiMurph Proctor to 13 when he returns and Aso to 14 would be ideal (Aso is a great finisher).



  • I didn't see any of last weekends matches, with Easter travel and pub visiting taking priority. I see in the article above they mention that Henwood impressed in the Rebels game. What is the feeling from those that watched it?
    IMO he is more a Todd type 7 than a Cane or Ardie. Is that how it came across in a super game?



  • @crucial I mentioned in the match thread they should keep him there when Ardie returns. I thought he played great - busy, accurate and hard on defence especially.

    Edit: I'd say more in the Cane mould.



  • @kiwimurph said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    Canes backline could be improved further by upgrading the 14.

    Yes, they should finally cap Jonah Lowe, or at least name him on the bench. 😠

    I warned you all at the beginning of the season that I would post this repeatedly, because I didn't expect him to be capped any time soon. Unfortunately, that expectation is still holding true. Stuff the Canes.



  • @stargazer Has Jonah Lowe played for the Canes Dev team? The Chiefs could sure use a handy midfielder right now.



  • @shadowtrooper Yes, he played for them a few weeks ago against Blues 'A'. He got injured in that game, but I think he has been training with the team since then, so I don't think it was a serious injury.

    We'll find out when we see the team list for the Canes Dev team that will play the curtain raiser this Friday against Chiefs Dev. If he's fit, he'll play.



  • @crucial said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    I didn't see any of last weekends matches, with Easter travel and pub visiting taking priority. I see in the article above they mention that Henwood impressed in the Rebels game. What is the feeling from those that watched it?
    IMO he is more a Todd type 7 than a Cane or Ardie. Is that how it came across in a super game?

    Glad to see he made the transition well. He is a class player at the next level down.
    So Ardie to 8 or 12?



  • The usual article that the Canes put on their website and social media, whenever they play in the Bay.

    KENNEDY PARK CANES MAGPIES XV

    Hawke’s Bay has always been an important part of the Hurricanes club since its inception in 1996.
    
    That has included not only playing an important part on the Hurricanes schedule list but also providing some of its most influential players.
    
    From former captain Norm Hewitt, a foundation player at the Hurricanes, to current squad members Ihaia West, Gareth Evans and Ben May.
    
    Hawke’s Bay’s premier holiday resort, Kennedy Park, has also had a close association with the Hurricanes and to celebrate that we have put together an all time Canes Magpies XV.
    
    Selection was not easy, however, especially with the calibre of players available in the same position.
    
    There was a couple of positons that were slightly thin on options so some players, like Daniel Kirkpatrick, is slightly out of position in the XV.
    
    Starting at the back, we have chosen former Havelock North High School fullback Jarrod Cunninghman who sadly left us back in 2007.
    
    Cunningham, one of Hawke’s Bay’s favourite sons, was one of the most under-rated footballers of his era and deservedly would wear the No 15 jersey and be tasked with the goal kicking.
    
    He would be flanked on the wings by Robbie Fruean and former All Black Zac Guildford. The midfield would feature Magpie stalwart Richard Buckman and Kirkpatrick while Ihaia West and Danny Lee form the halves pairing.
    
    The pack is a formidable one with Gareth Evans playing off the back of the scrum with fellow loose forwards Karl Lowe and Mike Coman.
    
    The locks features another Evans, in Bryn, who would have played more games for the Hurricanes had he not headed overseas while he is joined in the second row by Mark Abbott, one of the Magpies best, while Ben Franks and Ben May are the two props selected.
    
    That leaves hooker where Hewitt takes the No 2 jersey as well as the captaincy.
    
    Kennedy Park Canes Magpies XV: Jarrod Cunningham, Robbie Fruean, Richard Buckman, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Zac Guildford, Ihaia West, Danny Lee, Gareth Evans, Karl Lowe, Mike Coman, Bryn Evans, Mark Abbott, Ben May, Norm Hewitt ©, Ben Franks
    

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  • @crucial said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @crucial said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    I didn't see any of last weekends matches, with Easter travel and pub visiting taking priority. I see in the article above they mention that Henwood impressed in the Rebels game. What is the feeling from those that watched it?
    IMO he is more a Todd type 7 than a Cane or Ardie. Is that how it came across in a super game?

    Glad to see he made the transition well. He is a class player at the next level down.
    So Ardie to 8 or 12?

    Probably should put Ardie to 8 to keep @Stargazer happy.





  • @stargazer Franks, May, Coman - needing a few Nelson ring ins? 🙂



  • @stargazer said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    The usual article that the Canes put on their website and social media, whenever they play in the Bay.

    KENNEDY PARK CANES MAGPIES XV

    Hawke’s Bay has always been an important part of the Hurricanes club since its inception in 1996.
    
    That has included not only playing an important part on the Hurricanes schedule list but also providing some of its most influential players.
    
    From former captain Norm Hewitt, a foundation player at the Hurricanes, to current squad members Ihaia West, Gareth Evans and Ben May.
    
    Hawke’s Bay’s premier holiday resort, Kennedy Park, has also had a close association with the Hurricanes and to celebrate that we have put together an all time Canes Magpies XV.
    
    Selection was not easy, however, especially with the calibre of players available in the same position.
    
    There was a couple of positons that were slightly thin on options so some players, like Daniel Kirkpatrick, is slightly out of position in the XV.
    
    Starting at the back, we have chosen former Havelock North High School fullback Jarrod Cunninghman who sadly left us back in 2007.
    
    Cunningham, one of Hawke’s Bay’s favourite sons, was one of the most under-rated footballers of his era and deservedly would wear the No 15 jersey and be tasked with the goal kicking.
    
    He would be flanked on the wings by Robbie Fruean and former All Black Zac Guildford. The midfield would feature Magpie stalwart Richard Buckman and Kirkpatrick while Ihaia West and Danny Lee form the halves pairing.
    
    The pack is a formidable one with Gareth Evans playing off the back of the scrum with fellow loose forwards Karl Lowe and Mike Coman.
    
    The locks features another Evans, in Bryn, who would have played more games for the Hurricanes had he not headed overseas while he is joined in the second row by Mark Abbott, one of the Magpies best, while Ben Franks and Ben May are the two props selected.
    
    That leaves hooker where Hewitt takes the No 2 jersey as well as the captaincy.
    
    Kennedy Park Canes Magpies XV: Jarrod Cunningham, Robbie Fruean, Richard Buckman, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Zac Guildford, Ihaia West, Danny Lee, Gareth Evans, Karl Lowe, Mike Coman, Bryn Evans, Mark Abbott, Ben May, Norm Hewitt ©, Ben Franks
    

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    I hope @Nepia gets some tissues ready before reading this post....



  • @chris-b And they could have been so easily replaced as well ... Brendon Edmonds at 1 or 3, Tony Lamborn at 6.



  • @mn5 said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @stargazer said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    The usual article that the Canes put on their website and social media, whenever they play in the Bay.

    I hope @Nepia gets some tissues ready before reading this post....

    I did NOT tag him for a reason!



  • @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...



  • @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    Would a Chiefs Magpie team beat a Canes Magpie team?



  • @crucial said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    Would a Chiefs Magpie team beat a Canes Magpie team?

    Only if the Chiefs signed Jonah Lowe.



  • @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    Yeah, when they do their annual naming of this team it's always annoying to see the players they missed out on rather than the ones that actually played for the team.

    Also, Norm Hewitt wasn't playing for the Magpies when in the Canes. Should have had Hika for his brief time, as they've included Buckman who the Canes deemed worthy 4 times only.

    Anyway, I'm actually going to this match. First Canes match since the first year of the Hammettuer era I think.



  • @nepia Are you also going to the curtain raiser? I'd appreciate some feedback of the game if you're able to go.



  • @stargazer said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @nepia Are you also going to the curtain raiser? I'd appreciate some feedback of the game if you're able to go.

    I don't think I'll make it up there in time, but if I do I'll provide some feedback.



  • Another one heading overseas

    TBH I feel the same way when Gopperth left. That is very happy. whereas Shields (big loss) and Thomson and Fatialofa are players that I would sooner stay (although Thomson is always injured)

    I hope they start picking JGB soon.West is too flaky and runs in the opposite direction to avoid tackling

    http://www.planetrugby.com/news/la-rochelle-to-sign-ihaia-west/



  • @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    I'm talking about Hawkes Bay you ignoramus. A bit like how you'll always sneak an Eastbourne reference in if you can.



  • @winger Perhaps JGB would have more luck at the Blues?
    Then again....😰



  • Same 23 for the Sharks

    15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira

    Reserves: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk



  • @nepia said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    Yeah, when they do their annual naming of this team it's always annoying to see the players they missed out on rather than the ones that actually played for the team.

    Also, Norm Hewitt wasn't playing for the Magpies when in the Canes. Should have had Hika for his brief time, as they've included Buckman who the Canes deemed worthy 4 times only.

    Anyway, I'm actually going to this match. First Canes match since the first year of the Hammettuer era I think.

    Welcome back Neps! I've been keeping your seat on the bandwagon warm. I'm sure you'll find it a much smoother ride than the Chiefs wagon.



  • @no-quarter said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @nepia said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @bones said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    @mn5 I love how even your banter is stuck in the past...been a few years since Nepia gave a toss about the Canes...

    Yeah, when they do their annual naming of this team it's always annoying to see the players they missed out on rather than the ones that actually played for the team.

    Also, Norm Hewitt wasn't playing for the Magpies when in the Canes. Should have had Hika for his brief time, as they've included Buckman who the Canes deemed worthy 4 times only.

    Anyway, I'm actually going to this match. First Canes match since the first year of the Hammettuer era I think.

    Welcome back Neps! I've been keeping your seat on the bandwagon warm. I'm sure you'll find it a much smoother ride than the Chiefs wagon.

    Hahaha, yeah I'm not back, the Canes sit down with the Blues and the Highlander as the other teams I'll always support against everyone else. A smooth ride with the Canes must be disconcerting to the OG Canes fans.

    It was actually pure luck that I'm going to this game, I didn't know it was on when I planned my trip.



  • Sharks:

    15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez,

    9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

    Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk



  • Watched Rebels game last night. Canes looked very sharp. Pack actually seemed to be better sans Ardie. Is good to have some genuine competition for that spot.

    It's good that the coaches seem to be managing BB much better this year. Seems there is more confidence in West than there was in Boychild (Black).



  • Beauden Barrett has been pulled from the line-up and Ihaia West will start. JGB comes onto the bench.



  • @stargazer said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    Beauden Barrett has been pulled from the line-up and Ihaia West will start. JGB comes onto the bench.

    Grrr I have him in my fantasy team and no trades left to swap him out. This is unacceptable.



  • @stargazer said in Hurricanes v Sharks:

    Beauden Barrett has been pulled from the line-up and Ihaia West will start. JGB comes onto the bench.

    I thought it would be a easy win for the Canes. now I'm not sure with the poor tackling West starting. And coaches who seem to have a blind spot with him



  • What’s up with the fluro yellow on the Canes jerseys?


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