Hurricanes vs. Sharks
Saturday May 9, 2015, 7.35pm
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Chris Pollock (NZ)
- The Hurricanes are looking to become the first team in 2015 to reach 10 wins for the season. They have not recorded a 10+ win season since 2012;
- The Sharks have lost four matches in a row, their worst losing streak since May 2013;
- The Hurricanes have forced the most missed tackles by the opposition so far this season at an average of 22.7 misses a game.
- All Blacks Julian Savea and TJ Perenara will rest for the match this week. First five-eighth Beauden Barrett will also miss the game due to a knee injury.
Key Match Ups:
- Conrad Smith vs. JP Pieterson (centre)
- Ma'a Nonu vs. Frans Steyn (second five-eighth)
- Jannie du Plessis vs. Chris Eves (prop)
- Bismarck du Plessis vs. Motu Matu'u (hooker)
- Tendai Mtawarira vs. Ben Franks (prop)
Hurricanes: Nehe Milner-Skudder, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (c), Ma'a Nonu, Matt Proctor, James Marshall, Chris Smylie, Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, Blade Thomson, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Ben Franks, Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves. Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Reggie Goodes, Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields, Frae Wilson, Otere Black, Rey Lee-Lo.
Sharks: 15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. S'bura Sithole, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Stefan Ungerer, 8. Renaldo Bothma, 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco Wentzel (C), 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kyle Cooper, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Waylon Murray.