Rugby Union 3 years ago

Hurricanes vs. Waratahs: Tonight's Key Match Ups

  • Hurricanes vs. Waratahs: Tonight's Key Match Ups

The unbeaten Hurricanes take on the defending champion Waratahs in Wellington tonight.

On show are some mouth-watering individual clashes that you might want to keep an eye on.

Key Match Ups:

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Nehe Milner-Skudder vs. Israel Folau (fullback)

Milner-Skudder has been the find of the season for the Hurricanes this year. He has a lethal step and electric pace. His opposite Israel Folau is one of the best in the game and his freakish talent should make this match-up fun.

Conrad Smith vs. Adam Ashley-Cooper (centre)

Ashley-Cooper has become the Wallabies equivalent of Conrad Smith in recent years so that makes this battle intriguing.

Ma'a Nonu vs. Kurtly Beale (second five-eighth)

Two different players but both equally talented. Nonu relies heavily on battery while Beale can create plays from seemingly nothing. The two going head-to-head in the midfield will be interesting.

Ardie Savea vs. Michael Hooper (openside)

Michael Hooper is arguably the best openside in the game when it comes to ruck time and turnover ball. He is an excellent link man as well. Savea's plays the game the way Hooper does but is still refining it. 

James Broadhurst vs. Will Skelton (lock)

A couple of big boys that love to carry the ball. We'll all be waiting for when one is running at the other.

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