Hurricanes vs Rebels



  • Not injured, just rested.

    I suppose the luxury of building that gap at No 4 is that because we probably aren't going to catch the Crusaders means that we have the luxury to ensure our main stars are fresh leading into the playoffs - obviously can't be silly about it and drop games though because a team like the Landers could jump us if they get a sniff.

    With Lam in doubt, I'd like to see Salesi Rayasi get his chance to show what he is made of.



  • I'm not worried at home, it'll be close but my money's on the canes - with Ardie, basically doing a real good 'taking games by the scruff of the neck when required' role. In fact he did it a couple of times for the ABs too



  • I actually think we will put the Rebels away comfortably but it would still be better to have that extra experience on the park while guys like Evans and Coles are still out.



  • @Canes4life I hope you're right. But some of the dire performances we've put in, either losing to the saders or winning/drawing against the rest, make me pessimistic about them



  • @Canes4life said in Hurricanes vs Rebels:

    I actually think we will put the Rebels away comfortably but it would still be better to have that extra experience on the park while guys like Evans and Coles are still out.

    Could be another sunwolves situation, where we looked ordinary almost the whole game



  • @canefan yeah but Beaudy, Ardie and Jordie were missing in that one so I hope not.



  • Match Hurricanes v Rebels @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    Referee Nic Berry
    AR1 Paul Williams
    AR2 Glen Jackson
    TMO Aaron Paterson



  • Dane Haylett-Petty (c), Jack Maddocks, Tom English, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, Rob Leota, Angus Cottrell, Matt Philip, Luke Jones, Jermaine Ainsley, Anaru Rangi, Tetera Faulkner

    Reserves: Hugh Roach, Matt Gibbon, Sam Talakai, Ross Haylett-Petty, Pone Fa’amausili, Michael Ruru, Billy Meakes, Campbell Magnay

    Fullback Haylett-Petty (toe) hasn’t played since March while hooker Uelese has been sidelined for almost a year following knee surgery.
    
    He is likely to return through club rugby.
    
    With Haylett-Petty back in the No 15 jumper, Reece Hodge has shifted to inside centre with Billy Meakes moving to the bench.
    
    Test lock Adam Coleman was unavailable for selection due to a shoulder injury.
    


  • Yaaaaay - IWL finally gets a start.

    BEAUDEN BARRETT TO LEAD HURRICANES AGAINST REBELS
    Thu 2nd May

    Beauden Barrett will captain the Hurricanes for a second time this season against the Rebels at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

    With Dane Coles unavailable and TJ Perenara on the second of his All Black rest weeks, Barrett will lead the side in the round 12 Investec Super Rugby match which kicks off at the family friendly time of 5.15pm.

    Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree has made three changes from the starting XV from last week's impressive 47-19 win over the Chiefs.

    With Perenara out, Richard Judd makes his second start of the season while Jeff To'omaga-Allen comes in at tighthead prop after Ben May has been ruled out with a minor injury.

    There is a first start for lock Isaia Walker-Leawere in what will be his 10th appearance for the Hurricanes since he made his debut against the Brumbies last season.

    Plumtree has also made several changes to the bench after opting to go with a six-two forward-backs split.

    The experienced Toby Smith returns after several weeks out with a high ankle sprain while Alex Fidow comes in to the match-day squad.

    Young flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi also returns along with halfback Finlay Christie.

    Plumtree stressed the importance of the match against the Australian conference leaders.

    "We have really targeted the five matches between our two byes which we believe will be vital to where we finish the regular season on the table," he said.

    "We obviously started the block of games well against the Chiefs and we really want to carry on with the momentum we got from that against a Rebels side we expect to really challenge us."

    Our valued members and ticket holders heading to the round 12 Investec Super Rugby match can jump on a Metlink train for transport to the Wellington Railway Station.

    All fans have to do is show their physical match ticket or membership pass, sit back and enjoy the free ride into town.

    Kick-off at Westpac Stadium on Saturday is 5.15pm.

    The Hurricanes squad to face the Rebels is:

    15 Jordie Barrett
    14 Wes Goosen
    13 Matt Proctor
    12 Ngani Laumape
    11 Chase Tiatia
    10 Beauden Barrett (c)
    9 Richard Judd
    8 Reed Prinsep
    7 Ardie Savea
    6 Vaea Fifita
    5 Isaia Walker-Leawere
    4 James Blackwell
    3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen
    2 Asafo Aumua
    1 Fraser Armstrong

    Reserves

    16 Ricky Riccitelli
    17 Toby Smith
    18 Alex Fidow
    19 Kane Le'aupepe
    20 Liam Mitchell
    21 Du'Plessis Kirifi
    22 Finlay Christie
    23 James Marshall



  • @Canes4life IWL is the closest thing to a Magpie in this ducking team.

    Edit: now Apple is censoring me (maybe that hysterical dude in the other thread was right about free speech ruining sport) - fucking not ducking!



  • @Nepia No other individual player to support in that match day squad. 😑



  • @Nepia lol, Gareth Evans will be back soon enough. Out of pure interest what Hawkes Bay players should be in there?

    Is it 100% set in stone that IWL is leaving Welly or was that a yarn?



  • @Canes4life Cridge



  • @Nepia said in Hurricanes vs Rebels:

    @Canes4life IWL is the closest thing to a Magpie in this ducking team.

    Edit: now Apple is censoring me (maybe that hysterical dude in the other thread was right about free speech ruining sport) - fucking not ducking!

    Stay away from the canes threads turncoat, we put extra locks on the bandwagon when we heard you were from Flaxmere.



  • @Stargazer he should be thankful he even has a contract after the amount of times he's been injured.



  • @Canes4life What a bs comment. Injuries are work-related accidents like any other. If he should be thankful for his contract, so should every other player.



  • @Stargazer the Canes could have lost all faith in Cridge after ongoing injury struggles but gave him another chance so yes he should be grateful. Maybe he is still struggling, hence the reason why he hasn't been selected.



  • @Canes4life He played 80 minutes for the Hunters in Tokyo and played clubrugby last weekend. Fitness shouldn't be an issue. I hope he gets some time off the bench soon.



  • @Stargazer yeah but maybe they are taking time with him considering previous history. I'm sure he will get a chance. Plus didn't we get taken to the cleaners in Tokyo - maybe he just isn't up to it.

    I am glad the Canes are atleast matching that smaller, mobile lock with a bigger lock and until those guys lose form I'm afraid Cridge probably won't get too much gametime.



  • @Canes4life said in Hurricanes vs Rebels:

    @Nepia lol, Gareth Evans will be back soon enough. Out of pure interest what Hawkes Bay players should be in there?

    Is it 100% set in stone that IWL is leaving Welly or was that a yarn?

    Well, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u over Prinsleep for one. Fakatava over any of the reserve half backs. As @Stargazer notes it would be nice if the tokens in the squad (Cridge, Lowe) actually got some gametime some time.


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