Rugby Union 3 years ago

Hurricanes v Stormers

  • Hurricanes v Stormers

It has been an excellent start to the Super Rugby season from the Hurricanes as their early form has them at favourites to make it seven from seven as they host the South African Stormers at the Cake Tin tonight.

It's midway through the 2015 season and already the Hurricanes have taken full control at the top of the leaders table brushing aside all in their way with great results from their short tour to South Africa, Australia and carrying on that immaculate form on home soil.

Consistency has been key to the Hurricanes and that is a huge facet of their play.

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Having specialists in the starting line up in their preferred positions with the reserve bench producing the same effect covering those specialist roles has been planned well.

In the selection process, where other teams have opted for un-tried positional players who have not coped with their new role, could be a hurting factor come the business end of the season when teams try to get into that last six.

The Hurricanes have settled into their rhythm well and are producing stunning rugby that their fans and followers are enjoying.

Maybe this is their biggest test tonight as the Stormers will be kicking themselves for not being more lethal in their first appearance on NZ soil when they encountered the Highlanders 8 days ago.

Having demolished the Highlanders scrum for most of the game, they showed very good control up front but an average performance from their backs.

They will be up against a classy Hurricanes backline and with ball in hand the host will make any team pay but the Canes forwards will have to match it with the big South Africans for that plan to work.

Both teams have smart play makers with the Canes Beauden Barrett running proceedings from 10 and Julian Savea back into the starting line up. The visitors know what he brings to the table and with the lightning youngster Nehe Milner Skudder at 15 picking his moments to evade tacklers and create, some rugby magic will be on display.

TJ Perenara is the in-form nine at present and his backing up has been tireless.

The Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith pairing has worked well and their experience in the midfield will be an x-factor on attack and defence.

The forward pack led by Victor Vito has improved game after game and they will be ready.

As for the Stormers, they must bring their total "A" game tonight or they could be on the receiving end of another loss and that wont go down well with their coaching team or their fans.

Expect a better showing from the Stormers as they won't be letting their guard down after last weeks performance.




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