Rebels Blow Away Hurricanes: Worrying Times for Hurricanes in Super XV

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  • Rebels Blow Away Hurricanes: Worrying Times for Hurricanes in Super XV

Rebels have been able to claw their way up in the overall standing as they comprehensively secured their win against the Hurricane earlier today.  A result that surprised the most and the outcome is actually the opposite of what has been predicted particularly with Hurricanes starring 8 All Blacks players in their line up. Be it the astonishing AAMI park or the Red’s Army, the end result of 42 – 25 not only provided them with their second win of the season but proved to more particularly after suffering the heaviest defeat in their game against the Reds during the last week.  Before the Match the Hurricanes were placed at number 10 with 11 points and Rebels were sitting on the bottom and game was considered to the easy affair for Hurricanes. Living up to the expectation the initial passage of play did demonstrated the superiority the Hurricanes hold over the Rebels with Hurricanes scoring tries through the Chris Eaton, Victor Vito and Kirkpatrick to take the score for visitors to 17 – 0. However, then onwards Hurricanes seemed to lose their way or in other word started to take the game lightly which proved to be futile. Rebels clawed back big time and leveled the score at the end of the 1st half play courtesy of the tries scored by Blake, Campbell and Lipman alongside the Cipriani scoring a 50 meter penalty to take the scores 20 – 20.

Rebels started the match with a massive defeat in bag and home crowd cheering them but till the half time they had the tempo of scoring and controlling the game with them and in the second half they showed the consistency and dominated the game with Cipriani scoring his second penalty for the match in the third minute of the second half to gave host the lead. The lead was extended further courtesy of Campbell’s second try of the match in the 49th minute followed by back to back tries in the 53rd and 59th minutes by winger Vuna and scrum half Phipps to firm their grip on the game.

The main attraction for Hurricanes in the second half was the Kirkpatrick  replacement hooker dan coles securing a try to take their score to 25. For Hurricanes this is their second consecutive defeat for with Blues earlier defeating them 41 – 17 and registering a single win, a solitary draw and four loses and most importantly suffering a defeat by the team placed at the bottom is very damaging for any team. The Hurricanes now will now meet the Bulls and find themselves in a must-win situation in Napier next Saturday. They need to improve on lots of things particularly to mend the confidence alongside the game basics to maintain control of the game for full length of game and to ensure that they don’t allow teams to pile up 42 point in little over the half hour and in contrast score just 8 points in last 63 minutes of the game. Troubling times for Hurricanes and for difficult times ahead it is mandatory that the units comes together to perform as well integrated unit, a team will integrated effort and combined approach to achieve a sole objective to play good rugby instead of putting up the individual effort which would come from a major overhauling in the players mindset.


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