Hurricanes 2019 Discussion

  • Half time: Hurricanes U20 26 - 17 Blues U20. That was half an hour ago.

  • Close game!

    Full time: Hurricanes U20 38 - 37 Blues U20

  • I found a radio stream:

  • Full time in Mangatainoka: Hurricanes 31 - 38 Blues

    It's hard, if not impossible, to draw conclusions from preseason games, but the Hurricanes have had the worst performance in preseason games this year from all NZ franchises. What I noticed in Levin, was the weak scrum & breakdown, conceding turnovers and giving away a lot of penalties, and lack of leadership (and possibly communication) in the backs. Hearing the radio commentary today, it may have been the same today? I hope they can fix that and that their All Blacks can make the difference!

  • Three propping injuries could ruin our season before it even starts. Hope they aren't out for long. I'm not too fussed on Toomaga Allen being injured as I think he is a soft lump and always goes missing in the big games anyway. Smith, however is crucial to us and for the Canes to do anything this season he has to be starting in the no 1 jersey. Fidow is a super talent, (fairly unproven) but he has already shown the sort of mongrel attitude needed to be successful in this comp. We didn't see much if him last season because of a toe injury, so hopefully he doesn't have anything niggly again.

    It also pisses me off to see Plumtree consistantly picking Blackwell at lock - 1.90m surely isn't tall enough for Super Rugby and it has shown in the first two pre season games. You think common sense would be to start the season with Cridge 2m, 114kg & Walker-Leawere 198cm, 125kg, then have the mobile Mitchell/Blackwell in the reserves.

    Not looking forward to that team naming on Thursday.

  • @Canes4life The time is getting close for him to unveil the 2.12 metre giant he was pontificating on about month or two back

  • @Higgins I think the tahs nicked him.

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  • @Higgins hopefully he coaches better than he selects otherwise the Canes could be in for a long season.

  • Hurricanes Development team to take on Blues A in Auckland at 1.00pm tomorrow (Marist Rugby Cub in Panmure):

    1 Fraser Armstrong
    2 Asafo Aumua
    3 Joe Apikotoa
    4 Tom Parsons
    5 Geoff Cridge
    6 Devan Flanders
    7 Sam Henwood
    8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas
    9 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara
    10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
    11 Salesi Rayasi
    12 Danny Toala
    13 Billy Proctor
    14 Jonah Lowe
    15 Chase Tiatia

    16 James O'Reilly
    17 Sitiveni Paonga
    18 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa
    19 Taine Plumtree
    20 Mateaki Kafatolu
    21 Griffin Culver
    22 Stewart Cruden
    23 Awatere Kiwara

  • Full time: Blues A 24 - 33 Hurricanes Hunters (that's apparently the name of the Canes' development team)

    I'm hoping for a match report.

  • Hurricanes Hunters (development) team for their game against the Crusaders Knights tomorrow (k/o 3pm at West Melton Rugby Club):

    1 Ross Wright
    2 Asafo Aumua
    3 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa
    4 Tom Parsons
    5 Geoff Cridge
    6 Vaea Fifita
    7 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (c)
    8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas
    9 Richard Judd
    10 Stewart Cruden
    11 Salesi Rayasi
    12 Danny Toala
    13 Billy Proctor
    14 Jonah Lowe
    15 Chase Tiatia

    16 James O'Reilly
    17 Josiah Tavita Metcalfe
    18 Tietie Tuimauga
    19 Taine Plumtree
    20 Devan Flanders
    21 Jono Hickey
    22 Kienan Higgins
    23 Ollie Sapsford

    Vaea Fifita will return to rugby in 2019 for the Hurricanes Hunters after he was named to start against the Crusaders Knights in Christchurch on Saturday.
    Fifita will start at blindside flanker in a loose forward trio which also includes Hurricanes squad member Heiden Bedwell-Curtis who will captain the side.
    Overall, there are six changes to the Hunters' starting XV which helped defeat the Blues A 33-24 in Auckland last week.
    The experienced Ross Wright comes into the front row along with Kaliopasi Uluilakepa after Fraser Armstrong and Joe Apikotoa picked up injuries against the Blues.
    There are three changes in the backline with halfback Richard Judd fully recovered from a foot injury which saw him miss the Hurricanes pres-season matches.
    Outside Judd, Stewart Cruden has been named at first five-eighth after Jackson Garden-Bachop was promoted to the Hurricanes squad for their Investec Super Rugby match against the Crusaders.
    Billy Proctor, who became Hurricane #260 when he made his debut off the bench against the Waratahs, starts in the midfield along with Danny Toala who scored a hat-trick of tries for the Hunters against the Blues.
    Hurricanes wing Jonah Lowe will also be looking to add to the two tries he scored last week while fellow squad member Salesi Rayasi has also been named to start on the left wing.

  • Video highlights with the tries scored by the Hurricanes Hunters against Blues A, last weekend.
    First two tries by Jonah Lowe (13), the other three by Danny Toala (12). Great to see they shifted Lowe to 13.

  • At Crusaders v hurricanes development game. H/T 21-14 Crusaders. Bit scrappy at mo. Cridge came off with knee inj. But not serious and billy proctor done ACL in shldr, his looks more serious.

  • @98blueandgold Thanks for the update!

    Geez, not Cridge again! And an ACL does sound bad.

  • Big break from Teriaki Ben-N leads to try then intercept try has Hurricanes up 28-21

  • Hurricanes Hunters v Crusaders Knights match report from the Canes. Nothing about Billy Proctor being injured.

    Wing Salesi Rayasi scored two tries as the Hurricanes Hunters came from behind to beat the Crusaders Knights 42-38 in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon.
    Behind 21-7 near the end of the first half, the Hunters crossed just before the break to close the gap to 21-14 after 40 minutes.
    The Hunters carried on that momentum in the second half and dominated for long periods only to throw a couple of intercept passes that led to tries for the Knights.
    Hurricanes Hunters coach Darren Larsen said the squad talked about showing character and more dicipline in the second half and they largely did that.
    They also improved their tackle percentage and their attack became more threatening as they put the home side under real pressure.
    Rayasi was a constant threat out wide and deserved his two tries while Hurricanes squad members Vaea Fifita and Richard Judd also crossed.
    The other tries went to Devon Flanders and Ollie Sapsford while Danny Toala landed four conversions and Jono Hickey and Stewart Cruden one a piece.
    Larsen also reported Fifita and Judd came through the 50 minutes of rugby returning from injury without any issues.

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