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big_dunc
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Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo.

Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (c), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta'avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.

Date: Saturday, February 23
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 local (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Small play for me on the Highlanders. Fancy them to go very well this season and have backed them to top the conference, but they're missing a few through injuries (Hore, Mackintosh, Thorn, Slade and Ellison) and Thomson has gone to Japan and Haskell back to England. Strangely, I think their backline looks stronger than their pack for once. Taumalolo a big loss for the chiefs and of course SBW, plus Kahui is injured. Think this could be an entertaining game with plenty of points if the players aren't too rusty.
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Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
Basketball in full flow now, good turnover in the end from the Blues but they were all off their feet slowing it down just before that.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
well worked by Canes
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:03 AM GMT
Well worked by Canes there and aanother beauty for the conversion
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
Comms are gushing over this guy Perenara, but he's been crap for me. Constantly picks the short side to the fatties every time there is space out wide. Haven't been impressed by his passing or box kicks either.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:14 AM GMT
Blues will be delighted if this is one score game at HT
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:19 AM GMT
didn't expect Weepu to get that.  Yes, Blues will be very statisfied.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:19 AM GMT
Blues will be chuffed with that, haven't been at the races but only go in 2 points down.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:21 AM GMT
Another cracking HT interview with Vito. Yeah mate, we are capable of scoring points, blah blah blah
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:23 AM GMT
Insightful analysis

"Blues are dangerous out wide so we gotta be wary of that mate"
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
Laugh
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:34 AM GMT
Game on if the Blues get their noses in front, Canes haven't been firing for all their first half territory
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:35 AM GMT
Feel they have to take three here but we'll see
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
Some crazy decision making between yesterday and today with the away teams going for Hail Marys instead of taking a kick for the lead. Huge psychological advantage to the defending side in that situation.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:41 AM GMT
Good ball retention and well worked try in the end. Criminal for Barrett to miss that touch after the Canes had turned it over a few phases earlier.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:43 AM GMT
BLues are going nowhere this season as long as Weepu is their kicker. He is useless.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:45 AM GMT
ffs poor pass, even worse camera angle - stop going in close on live play it is useless for viewing
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:46 AM GMT
Yes ridiculous we couldn't see what was happening at all
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:47 AM GMT
Awful Perenara
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
This is slapped out deliberately for me real time
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
Certainly a penalty and who knows if it's a penalty try after what happened in Gloucester last night
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:49 AM GMT
B*llshit TMO call
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:50 AM GMT
Looks like certainty has been replaced with probability on these calls
Report Latalomne February 23, 2013 7:50 AM GMT
Can't have that....
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 7:50 AM GMT
As a Hurricane backer I'm happy(had I been on the Blues I'd be fuming)
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 7:51 AM GMT
You cannot say he knocked it out on purpose and you certainly cannot say yellow would have scored without the Blues player being there. We see those sort of chances fluffed every week.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:52 AM GMT
Unlucky Blue, wtf was Smith up to?
Report FtseWtse February 23, 2013 7:52 AM GMT
TMO has had a few drinks tonight
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 7:53 AM GMT
Take the man away Vis,and you have to say he would have scored surely ?
Blues will win this game anyway Sad
Report northanlite February 23, 2013 7:54 AM GMT
i agree with half of that vis, i think it was knocked it out of play on purpose alright but after that who knows how the bounce of the ball would have gone.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:56 AM GMT
I don't think you're taking the man away though, only the offence. So you say if the defender doesn't slap it out would a try have been scored? He's still be there to put the attacker off. No way was it a penalty try for me.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 7:57 AM GMT
Hurricanes backs are clueless, this game is far from over
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 7:58 AM GMT
4 minutes of the most pointless kicking I've seen in rugby for a while.
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:00 AM GMT
I'm on Hurricanes +1 in running.I'd happily take Blues -1 now.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:00 AM GMT
You do not expect to see such poor ball handling in NZ. Knockonathon at the moment
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:01 AM GMT
That scrum penalty goes the other way if Jackson is on the other side, such a lottery
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:02 AM GMT
Haven't seen a SH performance as bad as Perenara in a long time
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:05 AM GMT
Absolutely pathetic Hurricanes, justice done
Report Latalomne February 23, 2013 8:06 AM GMT
Well deserved.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:07 AM GMT
Conrad Smith is not a huge loss today, done nothing with ball in hand and two missed tackles led to two tries
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:13 AM GMT
Hurricanes only ever had Nonu as punch,now he's gone they have nothing.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
Good win for the Blues in the end.
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:15 AM GMT
More money lost.Seeing as I think both teams in the next game are carp,it might be best to switch off and save my cash for Scotland.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 8:18 AM GMT
Avoiding crap to bet on crap?  Laugh
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:26 AM GMT
Laugh
I'm quite sweet on Scotland Vis.
If I was making the market I'd have Scotland with the -
Big bet for me tomorrow(unless I w@nk my balance away with stupid bets like in the last game)
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:30 AM GMT
Could be a good reason Sporting turned down my services the other year when I'd have the other team as favs.
Tomorrow We'll see.
Report northanlite February 23, 2013 8:32 AM GMT
another game with ring rusty looking teams.

despite having been unimpressive against the brumbies have to think that just having had a game last week is going to be a huge advantage for the reds next up.
surely harris's goal kicking will be better too?
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:39 AM GMT
I'd be happy for someone to get a quick 14 point lead here and lay for little risk at short odds.
Both these teams offer very little.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 8:40 AM GMT
oh no here comes ref cam - hopefully they will keep it just to replays
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 8:46 AM GMT
pathetic defending from Tahs

why not stand off the winger and just let him run at you and tackle him on the line?
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:47 AM GMT
Did nobody tell Folau that Union is a contact sport?
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
Guess who just pulled the trigger on Unders before that breakaway Cry
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 8:56 AM GMT
Got slightly lucky and backed Reds,before that score at 1.7.
Now dumped all green on the Warratahs for a free bet.
I don't think there is much here between the 2(even at 17-3)
Game yesterday the Ref was only to quick too say advantage over without making ground,today unless they score,it's coming back.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:02 AM GMT
folau is having a complete maare
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:03 AM GMT
I did the same Dunc. Scrambling to get back now though it is still v early
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:08 AM GMT
Think it's safe to say I wont win on this game.But who do Australia actaully have the Lions should fear ?
A few months off,but Lions should have these for toast.
Pocock maybe the exemption.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:09 AM GMT
and Genia
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:11 AM GMT
I'll take that, 2 from 15.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:12 AM GMT
hells bells that is a shocker
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:15 AM GMT
cooper with a shirt tug there
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:15 AM GMT
Cooper balls up again Love
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:15 AM GMT
Knocked on here, Cooper a lucky boy
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:16 AM GMT
I'd add James O'Connor to that list re the Lions, think he is as good a back as there is around at the moment
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:17 AM GMT
Cooper will start for the Wallabies wont he ?
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:17 AM GMT
Ref cam pmsl
Report Latalomne February 23, 2013 9:18 AM GMT
'Tahs are having a shocker.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:18 AM GMT
Either Cooper or Beale at the moment, with Tomane a possible bolter. I'm surprised Beale is lining up at 10 for the Rebels with O'Connor at 15. Beale just as flaky as Cooper.
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:19 AM GMT
RM has always spoke highly of him Dunc.I just don't see it.Don't rate him at all.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:19 AM GMT
Christ Folau is awful, talk about a headless chicken
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:20 AM GMT
I'll still take 6 or 7/1 on the Tahs. Reds really haven't done that much and 14 isn't a big lead in this comp.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:21 AM GMT
You mean Beale stewards? He has plenty of ability but offers about as much control as Cooper does, which isn't exactly what you want at Test level. I'd have him in the team but at FB.

Big decision to turn down three here...
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
I just don't see how the Tahs get back into this.They have no linebreakers for starters.
Report Latalomne February 23, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
They've gotta stop coughing it up first.
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
No Dunc,I meant O'Connor.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:25 AM GMT
Tahs going for broke far too early here.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:26 AM GMT
Wtf is Cooper up to at the end? Kick it off the pitch you moron!
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:28 AM GMT
I'd have been happier if Tahs had ground back into it with a couple of 3s. Seemed sensible to kick a couple with loads of time on the clock.
Report Latalomne February 23, 2013 9:29 AM GMT
Indeed, especially since their handling's been pretty awful.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:52 AM GMT
Volavola bottled it big time there, scrum 5 Reds
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 9:58 AM GMT
tahs still can't hold the bloody ball
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 9:58 AM GMT
Huge chance bombed there, must have been 4/5 on 1
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 10:05 AM GMT
some swing this half
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:05 AM GMT
Fair old turnaround this second half. Tahs still bombing chances but coming right back into it anyway.
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:08 AM GMT
Knocking on 10 yards out is madness.

And advantage over when the Reds are 20 yards further back doesn't make a lot of sense either.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 10:10 AM GMT
I can't believe how much I have given away on the draw at big odds - but then it was a part of the plan as wanted the Tahs back in this
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:18 AM GMT
Great step and half-break, ball inside to..........Paddy Ryan??? Reds instantly turned over.
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:21 AM GMT
All that effort to get back into the game, then tackle like that. Game over.
Report northanlite February 23, 2013 10:22 AM GMT
schoolgirl tackling
Report Isotonic. February 23, 2013 10:22 AM GMT
Been seriously impressed with Quirke to day. Breaking tackles at will and that try caps it all. Id say he has broken 10-15 tackles today. Great display
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 10:25 AM GMT
4 MINUTES,and the Tahs need 2 scores.That is free money.
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:25 AM GMT
Reds have looked a whole lot better than last week for sure.

Helps that the Waratahs have coughed up a HUGE amount of possession.
Report TheVis February 23, 2013 10:26 AM GMT
Have to say ref cam is awful. Makes you feel sick watching the live pics.
Report stewardsenquirey February 23, 2013 10:29 AM GMT
Bit blinkered,but I only enjoy watching the NZ Super 15's.
Blues V Stormers was a bit of an arm wrestle for 3/4 of the game,but it was smash up rugby.
I do enjoy the basketball games(Not for the Puriests)
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 10:34 AM GMT
It's a bit like going into the changing rooms pre-match Vis. I have no idea why we need this element.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
Anyone watching this? Sharks were cruising at 26-5 and I was cursing my luck for forgetting to back them. Seems like I've dodged a bullet!
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
Person unable to dodge said bullet signing in. This was absolutely cruising, but is now in serious trouble.
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
That pen puts me back on the right side of the cap, but the way this is going I wouldn't be surprised if the cheetahs won the game.
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
That should see you home, Cheetahs won't be going for 3 now.

Fk me, could have been level there!
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
That was absurd from the Sharks, massive open space from the restart. Sharks are detrermined to lose this.
Report RugbyMan February 23, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
That was much sweatier than it ever needed to be!
Report big_dunc February 23, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
Don't know what they were doing throwing intercepts in the oppo half with less than 2 mins left on the clock. Job done anyway, nice one.
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