Chiefs v Hurricanes

  • Hurricanes

    1 Toby Smith
    2 Ricky Riccitelli
    3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen
    4 Michael Fatialofa
    5 Sam Lousi
    6 Brad Shields (c)
    7 Sam Henwood
    8 Blade Thomson
    9 TJ Perenara
    10 Beauden Barrett
    11 Ben Lam
    12 Ngani Laumape
    13 Wes Goosen
    14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
    15 Jordie Barrett

    16 James O'Reilly
    17 Chris Eves
    18 Ben May
    19 Gareth Evans
    20 Reed Prinsep
    21 Finlay Christie
    22 Ihaia West
    23 Julian Savea



    The Hurricanes have made minimal changes to their starting XV for their last Investec Super Rugby round robin match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night.
    Overall, Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has made just three changes to the team that will run on to FMG Waikato Stadium from the one which faced the Blues last round.
    Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen is promoted from the bench along with lock Michael Fatialofa in changes to the pack while competition leading try scorer Ben Lam also returns.
    Lam is the only change to a back line which produced six tries against the Blues, including a club record equaling four for second five-eighth Ngani Laumape who will again form a midfield combination with Wes Goosen.
    Boyd has also made a few tweaks to the bench where Chris Eves, Reed Prinsep and Finlay Christie all return after a week away.
    The Hurricanes need to win, get a bonus point or avoid a heavy defeat against the Chiefs to guarantee a home quarterfinal the following week.
    Boyd said there was real determination in the squad to perform in Hamilton, not only to maintain momentum heading into the play-offs, but to ensure they had a home quarterfinal in front of their fans.

  • @Stargazer Falcon on the bench for the Chiefs.

    Nowhere near a first-choice forward pack though.

  • Chiefs

    1 Sam Prattley (8)
    2 Liam Polwart (18)
    3 Angus Ta’avao (15)
    4 Brodie Retallick (96)
    5 Tyler Ardron (10)
    6 Lachlan Boshier (28)
    7 Mitchell Karpik (11)
    8 Jesse Parete (7)
    9 Brad Weber (55)
    10 Marty McKenzie (17)
    11 Shaun Stevenson (31)
    12 Charlie Ngatai (54)
    13 Anton Lienert-Brown (53)
    14 Toni Pulu (32)
    15 Solomon Alaimalo (24)

    16 Samisoni Taukei’aho (8)
    17 Karl Tu’inukuafe (14)
    18 Jeff Thwaites (11)
    19 Michael Allardice (32)
    20 Liam Messam (177)
    21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (15)
    22 Tiaan Falcon (2)
    23 Johnny Faauli (17)


    Gallagher Chiefs team named to take on the Hurricanes

    The Gallagher Chiefs are set to play their last round robin match of the Investec Super Rugby competition this Friday. Going by overall competition points, this is sure to go down to the wire and be full of excitement, with the Hurricanes and the Gallagher Chiefs in second and third place of the New Zealand conference respectively.
    Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper says the team are ready to put on a show for the home crowd.
    "We’re going out there to put on a great performance, it could be our last game at home. We want to make sure that wherever there is an opportunity, that we grab it. We look forward to playing our own game, and are also aware of what the Hurricanes bring.
    They showed against the Blues how good they are off the set piece - and we’ve done some work around our set piece defence - but with ball in hand, our focus is on what we can do.”
    In the forwards, Sam Prattley gets his first start after effective performances off the bench for most of the season. Brodie Retallick comes back into the number four jersey after six weeks on the injured list, Lachlan Boshier getting a start after returning last week. Rounding out the impactful loose trio are Mitch Karpik and Jesse Parete.
    In the backline, Marty McKenzie comes into the number ten jersey, with Colin Cooper confident in his ability to drive the game.
    "Marty will be the game driver at number ten, and we are confident that he can control the game really well.” 
    Colin reiterated the importance of playing this game in Chiefs Country.
    "Our home crowd means a lot to us, and we aim to give them a great performance.”
    The game kicks off at 7.35pm at FMG Stadium Waikato this Friday the 13th, with the “Squad Up” theme encouraging all fans to dress up in their best uniforms. The best dressed fans will win some awesome prizes, and the fun zones will be buzzing with school holidays in full swing.

  • @bovidae But Brodie is back!! 💪

    Happy to see Falcon in the line-up, but wish he'd get the start. Maybe too early after his injury and lack of game time.

  • I'm surprised TTT isn't starting so you have a provincial 9-10-12 combo.

    Jacobson is getting a well-deserved rest to be ready to go next week with Cane and Messam.

  • Hopefully we at least manage to second in this fixture.

    I just can't see our backs firing with Marty at the helm. Hopefully I am wrong again

  • In saying that, having BBBR back is like playing with 16 men. He is just immense with an amazing engine

  • @stargazer said in Chiefs v Hurricanes:

    Probably felt a trip to the doc was coming anyway with all the hospital passes from MMac.

  • Canes paying $1.47 Chiefs $2.55

    Looking at the team sheets minus Ngatai, it's a bit hard to argue with those odds.

  • It's getting worse for the Chiefs:

  • Chiefs line-out maul not working.

  • First try to big Brodie!

  • Great urgency from the Chiefs; Canes need to wake up.

  • Very casual from Alaimalo at the back there.

  • Intercept try to Weber!

  • BBarrett on the receiving end of an intercept for once 🙂

  • Weber red hot tonight!

  • @pakman Finding his best form right in time for the Mitre 10 Cup 👍🏼

  • Weber looks like he's taking a lot more responsibility tonight with ball in hand with the loss of DMac and Ngatai.

    MMac with poor hands tonight.

  • Chiefs backs carving up the Canes.

  • WTF is the music still playing while they are calling for lineouts?

  • 21 - 0 after 28 minutes.

  • Only two more points and the Chiefs have their margin.

  • Holy shit, what a try.

  • @taniwharugby said in Chiefs v Hurricanes:

    WTF is the music still playing while they are calling for lineouts?

    Was at the ground last week - the announcer/DJ didn't seem to actually watch the game for such details...

  • that was absolute shite by JB!!

  • @stargazer said in Chiefs v Hurricanes:

    @pakman Finding his best form right in time for the Mitre 10 Cup 👍🏼

    It could all go pear shaped for us and he might play too well and get back into the ABs.

  • Canes are playing like vs the brumbies

  • Tony Pulu off early again.

  • JB having a mare

  • Ever since we praised Weber he's gone AWOL at the back of the ruck.

  • Soon as it's slightly wet canes turn to shit

  • 21 - 0 at halftime. Let's see how the Chiefs can do in a second half defensively this week.

  • @donsteppa said in Chiefs v Hurricanes:

    21 - 0 at halftime. Let's see how the Chiefs can do in a second half defensively this week.

    Yep, they're definitely not a second half team at the moment!

  • From Bidwell in the Stuff live scoring:

    I wrote about it a while back, when they hired Spencer for next year. Tried to be fair to all sides, while just pointing out how shit the whole thing looked...basically Boyd had a handshake deal to hand over to Plumtree. Then decided it was a great job and he wanted to stay. In whatever role. All of this was made public by the CEO, who then didn't want to talk about it again...the thing dragged on, with Boyd still wanting to hang around, until such point as they had to choose. They'd promised it to Plumtree, when he turned the Highlanders down, and Boyd had to go looking for something else. They've worked hard to keep it cohesive and insist they remain great mates, but the performances suggest things aren't a hundy

  • @tim Could be true, or could be bullshit covering for poor performances.

  • @nepia surely there are enough senior players and ABs for them to rise above that kind of nonsense knowing what thier jobs are.

  • Also saw this on that chat:

    Kent Lambert
    Boyd wasn’t in favour of AB’s camp during season, said as much in the press, open criticism of the All Blacks coaching will never get you far. The writing was on the wall far out for the axing of Boyd. Watched them assembled for the flight to Canberra. Talked to Boyd and he seemed like beaten man.

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