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The reigning Super Rugby Champions, the Hurricanes, opened the defence of their title in Tokyo last weekend, with a thumping 13 try romp against the Sunwolves. The final score being 83-17 to the Canes, justifying their decision to leave Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett on the bench for the season opener. In Round 2, the Canes return to home soil in Wellington, where they welcome the Rebels from Melbourne. The last four meetings of the two sides have all gone the way of the Hurricanes, including last season's clash in Melbourne, which went the way of the Kiwis by 38-13, and a try count of 6-2.
The Rebels opened their 2017 campaign with a home fixture against the Blues, but were thrashed by 18-56, scoring two tries but conceding seven. The Melbourne Rebels travelled across the Tasman to New Zealand three times in 2016, and conceded a massive 24 tries. Losing all three fixtures, narrowly to the Blues by 30-36, and also to the Chiefs 15-36 and the Crusaders by an enormous margin of 26-85. In fact the Rebels have only ever once tasted victory in New Zealand, when they recorded a shock win at the Crusaders in Round 1 of the 2015 season.
Posted: 27th March 2015
The table topping Hurricanes will be confident of maintaining their 100% winning start to the 2015 Super Rugby season on Friday, when they play host to the Rebels from Australia in Wellington, in the opening match of Round 7. in the tournament. The Canes run of five successive victories is made all the more remarkable, when considered that they have only played one match so far on home soil.
Australian sides do not have a good record on Hurricanes soil, with only the Brumbies beating the Canes in their own stadium since the Waratahs were victorious back in 2009. The Rebels have won two of their five games so far, but certainly missed an opportunity to have put themselves in a play-off position last weekend, when they slipped up 16-20 in Melbourne to the Lions, having dominated and controlled much of the game. The Melbourne Rebels won't be entirely without hope for their trip across the Tasman to Wellington, having recorded their first ever win outside of Australia in Round 1 this season, when they caused an almighty upset by beating the Crusaders in Christchurch by 20-10. They also won their only other away game in the current campaign, a derby against the Force in Perth.
Posted: 26th May 2012
Wellington is the venue for a Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday, May 26th. This game is scheduled to begin at 05:30 GMT or at 17:30 for those actually in Wellington. The Hurricanes are in ninth place in the Super Rugby standings. They have won six and lost six and right now have thirty five points. The Melbourne Rebels on the other hand are currently in tenth place, having played eleven games and only able to take home four wins from those. They have no draws, seven losses and twenty nine points.
The top team in the standings right now is the Stormers who have ten wins and one loss out of eleven games. They are tied with the Chiefs, who have nine wins and two losses. Both of these teams have forty nine points. The Brumbies are third.
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