Wild weather threatens Canes clash

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 15:59 19/06/2013

Relevant offers

Hurricanes

Canes v Chiefs a super showdown Clark Laidlaw joins Hurricanes coaching team Mark Hammett did me a favour - Ma'a Nonu Ma'a Nonu's return to Hurricanes confirmed Ma'a Nonu's return to Hurricanes confirmed Robson: Hammer failed to nail it at Hurricanes Beauden Barrett re-signs with Hurricanes Judgment day for Mark Hammett's Hurricanes Bateman not ready to say goodbye to Canes All Black Facebook fake dupes school

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett is hoping the weather bomb that's about to hit the country won't threaten Friday's Super Rugby friendly against the Crusaders in Levin.

The Crusaders are scheduled to fly north on game day but could face a nervous wait as a polar blast sweeps its way across the country.

Heavy rain is set to hit Christchurch over coming days with the possibility of snow, while severe gales are forecast to batter Wellington into Friday.

The Hurricanes are doing their best to keep their preparation as normal as possible, but will have one eye on the Metservice during the next two days.

''Unfortunately that [weather] could play a part,'' Hammett said today. ''We actually haven't worried too much about the weather, we've just worried about he detail in our game especially in some of the tighter areas.

''So it [the wet weather] might actually work quite well in terms of testing it. We want to get back up to that intensity of Super Rugby and that's why we planned the game.

''We certainly hope the weather doesn't effect it to the stage where we don't get that out of it.''

The match provides a bridge for the two sides during a three-week break in Super Rugby to accommodate the All Blacks June test series against France.

More than 2000 tickets have been sold for the match, but a worst-case weather scenario could threaten the Crusaders' ability to travel north.

It wouldn't be the first time a Hurricanes-Crusaders match has been cancelled or disrupted by mother nature.

The two sides' regular season fixture in 2011 was called off following the Christchurch earthquake, while many believe the final between the teams in 2006 should not have gone ahead due to heavy fog.

Presuming Friday's match does go ahead, Hammett has named a squad of 24 players minus his seven All Blacks, three Samoan internationals and New Zealand under 20s captain Ardie Savea.

The feature of the side is the naming of former All Black and Hurricanes prop John Schwalger at tight-head.

Schwalger has re-signed with Wellington rugby and the Hurricanes for the next two seasons, but is not part of this season's Super Rugby squad after recently arriving back from France.

Taranaki hooker Timo Tutavaha and Manawatu fullback Nehe Milner-Scudder have been called up for the match.

Tutavaha could yet see more action with Motu Matu'u ruled out for the season due to his broken forearm after follow up scans.

Friday's match kicks off at 6.45pm. Children's admission is free.

Hurricanes: Andre Taylor, Richard Buckman, Reynold Lee-Lo, Ope Peleseuma, Matt Proctor, James Marshall, Chris Smylie, Brad Shields, Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave, James Broadhurst, Blade Thomson, John Schwalger, Ash Dixon, Reg Goodes. Reserves: Timo Tutavaha, Ben May, Mark Reddish, Jason Eaton, Callum Gibbins, Mike Coman, TJ Perenara, Samisoni Fisilau, Nehe Milner-Scudder.

Ad Feedback

Contact Toby Robson
Chief rugby writer
Email: toby.robson@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @TobyRobsonNZ

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Aaron Cruden's omission hurt or help the All Blacks?

Hurt - he needs as much game time as possible.

Help - finally Beauden Barrett will get a proper run.

Hmmm - no biggie, just a temporary hitch.

Who is Cruden? I support the All Whites.

Vote Result

Related story: Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content