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At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Blues preview

  • At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Blues preview

Hurricanes vs. Blues

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7.35pm

Eden Park, Auckland

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Referee: Nick Briant



- The Blues are on a seven match losing streak when playing New Zealand sides;

- The Hurricanes have won their last five road games and have lost just one match this season;

- The Hurricanes boast two of the compeition top three try scorers in TJ Perenara (7) and Julian Savea (6);

- Matches involving the Hurricanes this year have an average score of 46 points.

Key Match Ups

- James Marshall vs. Ihaia West (first five-eighth)

- Ma'a Nonu vs. George Moala (second five-eighth)

- Rey Lee-Lo vs. Francis Saili (centre)

- Dane Coles vs. James Parsons (hooker)


Hurricanes: Nehe Milner-Skudder, Cory Jane, Rey Lee-Lo, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, James Marshall, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, Blade Thomson, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush (c ), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Chris Eves. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Ben May, Tolu Fahamokioa, Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields, Chris Smylie, Otere Black, Willis Halaholo.

Blues: 1. Sam Prattley, 2. James Parsons (c), 3. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 4. Culum Retallick, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 6. Brendon O'Connor, 7. Blake Gibson, 8. Akira Ioane, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park, 10 Ihaia West, 11. Melani Nanai, 12. George Moala, 13. Francis Saili, 14. Ben Lam, 15.Lolagi Visinia. Reserves: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Angus Ta'avao, 18. Nic Mayhew, 19. Will Lloyd/Hayden Triggs, 20. Joe Edwards, 21. Jimmy Cowan, 22. Simon Hickey, 23. Matt Vaega.

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