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The first semi-final of Super Rugby 2015 takes place in Wellington on Saturday, when the top seeded Hurricanes host the Brumbies from across the Tasman Sea. The Hurricanes have had an extra week’s preparation, as the reward for finishing at the top of the overall table at the end of the regular season, and therefore not having to play in last weekend’s play-offs.
Fourteen wins and just two defeats, saw the Canes finish a massive 13 points clear at the top of the table. Their only defeats coming against the Waratahs by 24-29 in Round 10, and then away to the Crusaders in Round 16, when a weakened side went down by 18-35. The Brumbies finished close runners-up to the defending Champions the Waratahs in the Australian Conference, which meant a trip to South Africa last week to face the Stormers. The Canberra based outfit produced probably their best performance of the season, and a 6-1 try count will have made the Hurricanes sit up and take notice.
This will be the first meeting of the two sides this season, but on the last four occasions that they have faced each other, twice in Wellington and twice in Canberra, the Brumbies have won each fixture.
Posted: 7th March 2014
The Hurricanes will hope to finally get their Super Rugby campaign underway, when they host the Brumbies on Friday. The Hurricanes slipped to a narrow 19-18 defeat to the Stormers last weekend, their second loss from two starts in 2014. The Brumbies recorded a win in Perth against the Force, having lost their opening game in Canberra against the Reds. Having lost both games on their tour to South Africa, the Hurricanes have made two changes to their team for their first home match, in Wellington, this coming Friday. Coach, Mark Hammett makes one change to the forwards and a single change to the backs, in an effort to find a winning formula. Adam Hill comes in at wing forward, replacing Faifili Levave, who is unavailable due to injury, while in the backs, James Marshall starts at fullback, with previous incumbent Marty Banks, and dropping down to the bench. Brumbies are anxiously waiting the results of a scan that their open side flanker David Pocock has undergone, to see if their has been any damage to his reconstructed knee.
Last week's victory against the Force was tempered by the sight of Pocock limping off before full time and Pat McCabe being taken to hospital in a neck brace. The good news is that McCabe didn't suffer a serious neck injury as feared, and might yet appear against the Hurricanes. Although Pocock is able to walk without any discomfort, there are still fears that he may have done some damage to the knee in which he tore the anterior cruciate ligament last year.
If Pocock is ruled out of Friday's match, Brumbies coach, Stephen Larkham, will likely use Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler and Lachlan McCaffrey to cover his loss. While Butler has played at No.8 in the opening two games, he could move to the flank, with Mowen taking over the No.8 role.
Posted: 18th May 2012
On Friday, May 18th in Super Rugby, the Hurricanes and the Brumbies will play in Wellington. This match is going to happen at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. We find the Brumbies leading the Australian Conference in Super Rugby right now. They have ten games under their belts so far, and out of those ten they have won six games. They haven't taken a single draw yet this season and have lost four. Two games were byes. That gives them a total of 39 points. The Reds come in second on that table followed by the Waratahs.
As for the Hurricanes they are in fourth right now in the New Zealand Conference, with 11 games played and six wins so far. They have had no draws and five losses for a total of thirty four points earned for the team.
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, Mark Hammett
, Stephen Larkham
, Jarrad Butler
, Lachlan McCaffrey