Blog recap: Hurricanes v Stormers
Palmerston North put on an entertaining night of rugby, but the Hurricanes weren't good enough to beat the Stormers at FMG Stadium.
A Beauden Barrett conversion charged down by Bryan Habana won the game for the Stormers, who took out the match 18-16.
See below for a blow-by-blow recap of the match.
Thank you for joining me for the match! The Dom Post private jet isn't sending me to South Africa, so I'll be back on May 17 for the Canes home game against the Chiefs! Until then, goodbye!
The Hurricanes played well in the second half, especially Shields and Leiua, but they didn't make the most of the wind in the first half. They head to South Africa tomorrow for two matches, against the Bulls, and then the Cheetahs.
80 mins: Scrum is fed again by the Stormers, and they kick the ball out. Good win for the Stormers, and it comes down to that charge down by Habana. An average comeback for him, but his charge down has won the game!
80 mins: That charge down by Habana is looking important now. Canes have one more chance, with the ball after a knock-on. Scrum inside their own 22m. Smylie feeds, but the Stormers have turned the scrum! Game over!
79 mins: Perenara is off, Smylie on. Can he produce something special in the final two minutes. Stormers feed the scrum, it spins, and the Stormers have another scrum. Canes working hard to get the ball back. This time the Stormers get it out. Forwards rolling forward.
78 mins: Takes a good minute to get to their own 22m, and then it's knocked on. Stormers have a scrum just inside the Canes 22m.
77 mins: Stormers looking to wind down the clock now. Forwards are slowly moving over half way. Leiua pulls in a bomb now after it bounced. Canes attacking from their own tryline. Long way to go.
76 mins: Canes win a penalty. Good strong defence. Barrett kicks the ball to halfway. Ash Dixon on for Matu'u who looks like he has a dead arm. Dixon throwing a lineout to start. It's no good, Steenkamp winning against the throw.
75 mins: Stormers have a scrum on the Canes 22m. They get a free kick from it, and opt for another scrum. This time they run a good set play. A try here could sew up the game or the South Africans.
73 mins: A good set play from the lineout is wasted when Leiua drops it. Canes have it back again though, until Matu'u knocks on. He saw the defender coming and tried to pass it before he had it. Stormers in dangerous position now.
71 mins: Canes are looking very dangerous here. Stormers have a scrum inside their own 22m. Pietersen with a mammoth kick, finds touch 50m down field, but the ball flew about 70m. Canes lineout on halfway.
70 mins: Levave comes on for Shields. He's been brilliant tonight. Savea making some ground up the middle. Canes moving towards the Stormers 22m. Great hands by Vito pulls in a Smith pass. Pisi breaks through, then Matu'u. Barratt throws a wild cut out pass when the Canes had numbers out wide, and it goes into touch. What a waste. Barrett knows it.
68 mins: Lovely grubber by Barrett is picked up by Leiua, then Aplon with a good turnover puts paid to the attack. Canes have been really good in this half against the wind. Stormers clear.
67 mins: Shields is a BEAST! He continues to rumble over, through, around defenders when he gets the ball. Ball is lost by the Canes. Then the Stormers kick the ball dead, and the Canes have a scrum just inside their own half.
66 mins: Pietersen misses the conversion slicing it Ben May is on for Ben Franks now. Pisi is on for Bateman. Stormers have the ball from the kickoff. They are leading 18-16.
65 mins: TRY! Stormers score from the set play. Aplon with the finish. Ball is played to the blindside from the scrum. Aplon took the ball at quite a pace, and got over the line.
64 mins: I'm hearing you could hear the Canes had scored from the Pak'n Save carpark in Palmy. Sounds like a loud crowd.
63 mins: Aplon fed into a gap, and then tackled 10m from the try line. The ball is unplayable, and the Stormers have a scrum in good position. Could be dangerous from this set piece.
62 mins: From the kickoff the Canes lose it, and the Stormers have the ball on the Canes 22m now. They are now spreading the ball wide for the first time today. They want a try back.
61 mins: Barrett kicking from the toughest place on the field, and misses again. Canes lead 16-13 now. That was the first try of the season for Taylor.
60 mins: TRY!!! Andre Taylor crosses. Ardie Savea, on for Lowe, rolls up field. It's then spread wide to the right, Shields rolls past one man then flicks the offload to Taylor, and the Canes have a lead again.
59 mins: Leiua with a good run, then hands it to Thrush. Canes up inside the Stormers 22m now. Great attacking rugby. TRY!
58 mins: Inches to the right of the posts by Barrett. Pietersen kicks the droppy deep. Taylor with a chip and chase, and the Canes nearly win it back. Big defence from the Canes now.
57 mins: Grubber kicked through by the Canes, Habana picks it up, but the Canes rumble over him and win it back. The Canes have won a penalty now. Matu'u made the grubber kick. Barrett having a shot at goal. Maybe Matu'u should have a crack?
56 mins: Canes moving forward well here. Have to be patient against the big Stormers defence. They are past the Stormers 40m line. Moving backwards now.
55 mins: Proctor takes a high ball after the kickoff. Smith with a good run beats a couple, and the Canes are up over halfway. Doing well with the ball this half, keeping it well.
53 mins: Penalty given against the Canes, not releasing the ball. Pietersen lining it up from 40m out. Slotted one earlier in the half from the same patch of grass. He slots it again. Stormers lead 13-11 now.
52 mins: Far, far too cute from Pietersen. Goes with a little chip and chase from the scrum but fails miserably, kicks it out on the full. Canes have a lineout, but lose it against the throw. Canes have it after Stormers make a clearing kick.
51 mins: Stormers have a scrum. A couple of their players are getting a look from the medic before the scrum. They're all patched up and we're back underway.
50 mins: Franks juggles the ball but keeps it. Canes going nowhere now, and Bateman loses the ball forward in the tackle. Stormers defence very strong. Canes had 18 phases there, but went nowhere for the second half of those.
49 mins: Shields has looked dangerous whenever he runs the ball. Beats one and then brought down. Canes inside the Stormers half now.
48 mins: Canes have the ball, and are trying to run it up from inside their own half. No longer kicking it away when they have it. All about possession against the wind.
46 mins: Canes win the scrum, just. Now the Canes keeping the ball in the forwards. Moving forward slowly. Franks acts as halfback with the dive pass. Trying to play halfback again, but this time Franks knocks it on. From one Ben to another, Franks needs to stay at prop.
45 mins: Pietersen slots the penalty, Canes lead 11-10. Strong play by the Canes, who now have it back and Andre Taylor on the counter. He looked to lose the ball forward, but it's called backwards. Then the Stormers lose it, and the Canes have a scrum.
43 mins: So close to a try! Chip and chase after the penalty advantage. Aplon gets a friendly bounce, but can't pick it up ankle height, and knocks on. Ball comes back for the penalty, and Pietersen to kick for goal from 40m out.
42 mins: Eaton spills the ball, Stormers have it inside the Canes half, 40m out. Good scrum by the Canes, but now the Stormers have a penalty advantage.
41 mins: Here we go again. 40 minutes to play. Canes against the wind this half. Let's see how both teams play with/without the wind this half. Stormers kick, Bateman takes it. Canes look to keep possession early on.
Well what an exciting end to the half. Two pro tips, if you're the Canes, don't let the Stormers maul it. If you're the Stormers, maul it! Have to think the Stormers will make better use of the wind in the second spell. Canes did finish the half well. I'll be back in 10 minutes for the second half! See you then!
40 mins: TRY! Matt Proctor scores his first Super Rugby try! Canes kept it in the forwards for a few phases, then gave it to Barrett. He throws a beautiful cut out pass and Proctor runs over. Great work to end the half. Habana charges down the conversion! What a play! 11-7 at halftime for the Canes.
39 mins: Thrush is back now. Scrum 10m from the try line. Perenara tackled out wide. Canes attacking well. TRY!
38 mins: Canes keeping it in the forwards and slowly moving forward. Toomaga-Allen, then Shields make good ground. Canes have a scrum with the ball unplayable. Thrush is due back anytime now, they need him for those scrums and lineouts.
37 mins: Perenara feeds the scrum, Vito pulls it out. Perenara with a great run. Runs it about 40m, then is tackled 10m out. Canes attacking 5m from the try line. Lost in a tackle though, and the Stormers will clear, only to the 22m line. Canes have a lineout.
35 mins: Stormers are working the ball up near halfway, but then knock-on. Ben Franks actually knocked that out, but Walsh didn't pick it up. Franks really bending the rules tonight.
34 mins: Canes have a lineout after the kickoff, but missing Thrush to pull it in. From there Barrett throws a forward pass and the Stormers have the ball back. Canes haven't made anything of this big wind at their back.
33 mins: TRY! Stormers have scored finally. Rhodes gets it. Well deserved with the Stormers forwards dominating. Pietersen with the conversion, he slots it. Stormers lead 7-6.
31 mins: Third time in a row the Canes have collapsed a maul. Walsh gives a final warning, next time will be another yellow. Ben Franks in question this time. Yet again the Stormers kick to touch. Time for another maul!
30 mins: Another penalty given away by the Canes. Stormers are literally mauling the Canes! They kick for touch and have another lineout. No reason not to have another go at that huge maul.
28 mins: Stormers have a lineout inside the Canes 22m. They are mauling. Huge maul, and the Canes collapse the maul. Penalty given after advantage was played. Yellow card to Thrush for a professional foul. Saved a try, but cost a penalty and 10 in the bin.
27 mins: Canes have a lineout which was won against the throw. Stormers have the ball, but then put up a bomb. The ball went backwards. Stormers have a penalty after a player was tackled without the ball.
26 mins: This time he kicks it. 100 points for the season and 300 for his career. It's 6-0 to the Canes now.
25 mins: Canes have a penalty after the Stormers didn't release the ball. Big hit by Shields on Habana, next play they win the penalty. Barrett having another shot at goal.
23 mins: Proctor with a good run from the set play. Ben Franks in their again, he's really fired up. Barrett kicks deep again, and the Stormers kick the ball into touch. Another lineout for the Canes just inside their own half.
22 mins: Ben Franks is grumpy after that, puts in a huge hit and wins the ball back as it's knocked on. Way to make up for the penalty! Canes with a scrum about 20m inside their own half.
21 mins: Walsh gives a penalty against the Canes as Franks threw the first punch. Didn't land it. Stormers have a lineout just outside the Canes 22m.
21 mins: Bit of a scrap after the scrum. Ref Steve Walsh asking for the fight to be brought up on the big screen to take a look at. Ben Franks and Kolisi throwing punches.
20 mins: Stormers clear and the Canes have a lineout 40m out. Eaton runs it up, and now it's a scrum for the Canes. Canes keep kicking the ball, and well through Barrett, but the Stormers are defending well and holding the Canes off.
18 mins: Throw is not straight by Fourie. Canes have a scrum 5m from the try line. Perenara feeds and then runs into the blindside. Canes forwards trying to rumble it forward, but then knock it on.
17 mins: Ball is spread wide to Proctor, in for Savea. His first run with the ball sees him shoved out of bounds. Stormers with the ball back now, but they kick and Proctor pulls it in. Barrett kicks 60m and finds touch a metre from the Stormers try line. Brilliant kick.
16 mins: Stormers have given away a penalty. Barrett with a deep, deep kick, gains about 60m despite being right on the sideline. Great kick. Canes have it just outside the Stormers 22m.
15 mins: Canes have a strong wind at their back in this first half, so using the kicking game well. They win the ball back after a good break by the Stormers, but hand it back again with a knock-on.
14 mins: Stormers have a lineout, but throw it straight to Jason Eaton. He moves to halfway. Strong defence by the Stormers, and now the Canes kick. Habana collects and runs it back.
12 mins: Canes find touch with a kick, Stormers with a lineout inside their own half. They pull it in and move straight into a maul. Moving down field well, and Canes give away a penalty for collapsing the maul.
11 mins: Smith loses the ball in the tackle. Stormers win it back, but then pushed into touch. Canes have a lineout on halfway.
9 mins: Stormers penalised for offside after the scrum. Barrett having a kick for goal. He's a good 45m out, on the angle, possibly a 50m kick. If he kicks it he'll have 100 points for the season, and 300 in his career. It's about 5m short. Canes have the ball back.
8 mins: Perenara kicks and Leiua is hammered while going for the ball. Wind has been knocked out of him by Habana. Scrum to the Canes for Habana's knock-on.
7 mins: Habana knocks on after a bomb was put up. Canes have a scrum just inside their own half. Matu'u being looked at by the medics.
5 mins: Penalty given away by the Canes at the scrum. Ben Franks collapsed. Pietersen lining it up 30m out. He pulls it to the left, and Barrett hits the 22m dropout.
3 mins: The Canes have knocked on from the restart. Stormers in a good attacking position, about 30m out. Both teams have identical pack weights.
1 min: Canes have an early penalty right in front 22m out. Stormers player offside. Barrett lining the kick up and negotiates the Manawatu wind well, slotting it. Canes lead 3-0.
0 mins: We're off! Hurricanes kick-off. Barrett returned to first-five for the Canes. Canes win the ball back and then Barrett with a lovely deep kick finds touch inside the 22m line. Stormers with a quick throw, then kick it back. Habana drops the ball into touch inside his own 22m. Bad start on his return to Super rugby.
Stadium is looking packed. A lot of people making the most of the rugby being in Palmy tonight.
We're in Palmerston North tonight. Teams have run out over the stockcar track and onto the field. We're having a minutes silence to mark Anzac Day.
Kick-off is in five minutes! Grab yourself some refreshments, get in your final toilet break, we're underway soon!
Been a tough week for the Hurricanes off the field, with all the drama around Julian Savea. It's time to put that behind them and keep their outstanding home record going this year.
Hello! Welcome to the blog! I'm Ben Strang and I'll be talking you through the action tonight.
Join us at 7.30pm for the live blog as the Hurricanes go toe to toe with the South African Stormers. Remember to regularly refresh your page for the latest run of play.
The line-ups are:
Hurricanes: Andre Taylor, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (c), Tim Bateman, Matt Proctor, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Victor Vito, Karl Low, Brad Shields, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Motu Matu'u, Ben Franks. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Ben May, Mark Reddish, Faifili Levave, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi.
Stormers: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Gary van Aswegen, Dewaldt Duvenage; Duane Vermeulen, Michael Rhodes, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Pat Cilliers, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff.
Reserves: Scarra Ntubeni, Brok Harris, Rynhardt Elstadt, Nizaam Carr, Nic Groom, Louis Schreuder, Damian de Allende.
- The Dominion Post
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