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It had been a poor start for Tony Brown’s men after opening defeats to the Chiefs and Crusaders but they got their first win last week, over the Blues, which would have lifted a monkey off their back. But they now face a ‘Canes side eager to bounce back from their own loss.
That defeat to the Chiefs was the Hurricanes’ first of 2017 – after cakewalks against the Sunwolves and Rebels – and one would expect them to respond at home. On paper they boast a stronger XV and should get back to winning ways in a result that would hurt the Highlanders.
Despite not having Nehe Milner-Skudder and Blade Thomson the Hurricanes can call on Jordie Barrett and Callum Gibbins, who will perform to a high standard. One feels that for the Highlanders, that guarantee is tougher to give for fly-half Fletcher Smith and flanker Dillon Hunt.
In the past though these games have regularly gone down to the wire, with nine of the last ten meetings decided by a margin of no greater than the value of a converted try. Looking further back, 16 of the last 17 games have been won by 12 points or less, which is some record.
What will give the Highlanders hope of causing a shock on Saturday is that they have won on five of their last seven visits to Wellington. But this time around they will take on a Hurricanes side that has won their last seven games at home, the longest streak in their history and the equal longest current streak of any team in the competition (Lions). Put simply they’ve created a rugby fortress at Westpac Stadium.
While the Highlanders are strong on their travels – winning their last three regular season games away from home – one feels the challenge of defeating a wounded ‘Canes outfit without talismanic figures such as Lima Sopoaga and Waisake Naholo will see them come up short.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacements: 16 Sekonia Pole, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Matt Faddes