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Hurricanes late wins – 10 of the best
Recapping some of the memorable late wins or wins after the hooter by the Hurricanes throughout the history of Super Rugby. 1997 Hurricanes 37 - Gauteng Lions 35, Johannesburg The Hurricanes encountered a Lions team unbeaten at home at Ellis Park in their first four matches of the year, having beaten Free State, the Highlanders, Brumbies and Waratahs. The Hurricanes made a flying start, piling on 19 points in as many minutes before the Lions came back and grabbed the lead with 10 minutes remaining...More
The perils of octopus wrestling
In his 2015 book “Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports”, Edward Brooke-Hitching refers to a group of sports, now forgotten, which dwindled and gradually died owing to “the enormous amount of personal risk involved”. The appeal of pastimes such as balloon-jumping, waterfall-riding and firework-boxing lay in their element of danger and voyeuristic spectator appeal. New Zealand was not immune to this spirit of “derring-do”. In 1899, “Captain Lorraine” (David Mahoney), a young Aucklander, proved himself a man of nerve in undertaking a balloon ascent from the Basin Reserve, and (from an estimated height of 2,000 feet), an exciting and graceful descent by means of a parachute into the grounds of Wellington College, after initially plummeting toward earth for several hundred feet, “like a rocket-stick”...More
Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Bulls
Where are you Phil Kearns? Your country may not need you but the Hurricanes do. We need your fat jokes. Your unfit jokes. Anything will do to rub salt into the wound.  Yes, what to make of the 21-19 opening loss at Pretoria. Well, for one thing, the hurricane is clearly not a weather system designed for high altitude. We saw that in Joberg last year. Surprising that a team, even so, at the start of the season should run out of gas but so it seems. It was by no means a down trou of Canberra proportions, so it was good to see Chris Boyd rank it where he saw it...More
Canterbury legend Crockett to bring curtain down on career
Talisman Cantrerbury, Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett has announced his retirement from international rugby with this year also to be his last season of Super Rugby with the Crusaders. The hugely-popular 35-year-old prop, who made his professional rugby debut in 2006, is the most capped Super Rugby player of all time and ran out for his 13th Super season and in his 188th Crusaders match on Saturday in their opening match against the Chiefs. He played his 71st and final Test for the All Blacks against Wales in the last Test of 2017...More
Cards influencing Super Rugby results
The alarming proliferation of cards in Super Rugby is showing no signs of abating. There were 49 more cards in Super Rugby last year than what they were in 2016. In the first full round of 2018, there were 10 cards in seven games and in four of those games the cards had a massive bearing on the final result. In fact of the 439 points scored across all matches last weekend, 149 or a third were scored when one side was undermanned.   The only match which featured no cards was the entertaining and competitive tussle between the Brumbies and Sunwolves...More
Ngarohi McGarvey Black new cap in All Black Sevens
All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw has named the squad to travel to the HSBC USA and Canada Sevens next month. Bay of Plenty’s Ngarohi McGarvey Black is the only newcomer, while Dylan Collier, Trael Joass and Andrew Knewstubb all return from injury. The squad is (*indicates new cap): Dylan CollierScott CurrySam DicksonTrael JoassAndrew KnewstubbVilimoni KoroiNgarohi McGarvey Black*Tim MikkelsonSione MoliaEtene Nanai-SeturoJoe RavouvouRegan WareJoe Webber Laidlaw said having a fully fit squad to pick from made for some tough decisions...More
Teams from far and wide competing at Central 7s tournament
Last year's Hawke's Bay 7s tournament was a wet one, but the forecast this weekend is fine and warm and the rugby should be hotter. A total of 31 teams from several provinces throughout the lower North Island are set to descend on Waipukurau tomorrow for the 35th Paladin Sports Hawke’s Bay 7s tournament. The tournament, hosted by the Central Rugby and Sports Club, features 15 Men’s, nine Colts and seven Women’s sides each vying to take home the spoils. Napier Pirates will be back to defend to their Men’s title, but new champions are set to be crowned in 2018 in both the Colts and Women’s grade, with four-time Colts defending champions Petone from Wellington not participating and three-time winners Feilding Old Boys-Oroua from Manawatu missing from the Women’s line-up...More
Hurricanes win well in final pre-season match in Mahurangi
Above: the local crowd swarms the players on the field afterwards. Photo by @hurricanesrugby Twitter. The Hurricanes took their game to North Harbour club Mahurangi this afternoon for their final Super Rugby 2018 pre-season fixture and came away with an encouraging 26-14 win over a full-strength Blues unit. In a stop-start match that never reached great heights as a spectacle, the Blues led 14-12 at halftime but were held scoreless by the Hurricanes after a disappointing second-half display. The Hurricanes opened the scoring in the fifth minute when halfback TJ Perenara sniped blindside in combination with No...More
Eden defends National Club Sevens title
Above: Eden celebrating their back-to-back title win after beating Napier Old Boys Marist in the Cup final. Photo credit: Eden Rugby Club Facebook  Auckland’s Eden has become the first club since Otago’s Alhambra-Union in 2009 to defend the Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup, winning the National Club Sevens title in style at home at Gribblehurst Park on Sunday afternoon. In wet conditions, Eden beat Hawke’s Bay Champions Napier Old Boys Marist, winning 24-14 in the final. Earlier on day two, Eden had defeated Northland’s Old Boys Marist 19-0 in their quarter-final and overcome Waikato’s Hamilton Marist 14-5 in their semi-final...More
Hurricanes see Blue in Brisbane
For the first time since 2003, the Blues have won a Super Rugby trophy. The perennial underachievers from Auckland beat the Hurricanes 10-7 in the final of the Brisbane 10s to capture the pre-season title for the first time. Two vital mistakes cost the Hurricanes victory. Ahead 7-0 with three minutes remaining, Brayden Iose conceded a cynical penalty which allowed the Blues to march into the Hurricanes 22 and strike out wide via Akira Ioane. In the final minute Jamie Booth lost the ball ten-metres shy of his own goal line and the Blues mounted a final assault which saw George Mola stretch out in the corner after initially being restrained...More
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