Hurricanes vs Crusaders : The Crusaders have whipped The Hurricanes 32-8 at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has reshuffled his loose-forward trio to make room for All Blacks captain Kieran Read against the Hurricanes on Friday.The Hurricanes will be looking to defend their proud home record against the might of the Crusaders in this one,
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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has reshuffled his loose-forward trio to make room for All Blacks captain Kieran Read against the Hurricanes on Friday.The international number eight will slot straight into his customary position, shifting incumbent Whetu Douglas to the blindside flank and Jordan Taufua to the bench.
The two-time defending champions have responded to their first loss of the Super Rugby season – 20-12 to the Waratahs last Saturday – with arguably their best available line-up for this week’s local derby.
Coach Scott Robertson is delighted he finally has the chance to unleash the All Blacks skipper.”He’s excited. he’s fully fit, he’s had that mental refresher and he has trained really well,” Robertson said.
“It means a lot [to have Read back]. He has the experience of playing in big games – he offers us a calm head and he has that ability to help out our captain with his leadership.”Read was expected back two weeks ago but his return was put on hold by All Blacks management. The two-time Rugby World Cup winner is excited to finally hit the park.
“The last few weeks have been about making sure everything is in top nick and getting the all clear from the medical team,” Read said.”It’s a pretty big year so you obviously have to take all that into account but right now I am confident I am good to go. I can’t wait – I feel like I am in as good a nick as I have been at any point of my career which was the aim this year. That’s what the long off-season was all about.”Now it’s time to go out there and get stuck in.”
The Douglas-Taufua decision is one area of debate, while Will Jordan’s emergence has put the established outside backs on notice.In Sydney, the Crusaders sorely missed rested All Blacks Scott Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, while international prop Owen Franks was a late scratching from his 150th outing for the side, after injuring his shoulder in training.
He will return to celebrate his milestone in Wellington instead. The Christchurch-based franchise is also without All Blacks props Joe Moody (ankle) and Tim Perry (arm), who continue to recover from early-season injuries.The Crusaders have picked up a very good win over the Hurricanes and beaten them 32 points to 8 in a display that will remind everyone why they are favourites to retain their Super Rugby title.
Ahead of the game there was a lot to be excited about with so much individual talent on the same pitch and both sides bubbling over with attacking weapons.In the end though the game was more about errors especially for the Canes. If you looked purely at the possession and territory stats then you’d be very confused by the result. The Canes had 61% possession and 57% territory but the real story is how ineffective they were with the ball and position.
20 turnovers in the game from the Canes highlights that despite the fact that they had the ball a lot, they just kept giving it back to the Crusaders and that will frustrate players and coaches alike.
The attacking back line of the Canes that drips with talent was ineffective tonight and Beauden Barrett will want to forget this game as quickly as possible. He wasn’t in control and he created very little for his side. In fact not only that but he also threw two intercepts and just was never able to stamp his command or quality on the match.
The Canes forwards were surprisingly competitive, especially at the scrum but they too made too many errors in the loose where they forced passes, dropped balls and gave away possession at the ruck.
The Crusaders absorbed and absorbed and just took advantage of Canes errors at the right times. Whether it be from kicks from the Crusaders that the Canes didn’t deal with cleanly or picking off intercept passes, the Crusaders seemed to know that if they waited patiently then their chances would come.
They looked far more confident with ball in hand and when they did attack both backs and forwards linked up seamlessly. They were also more patient as they built their attacks believing that they could stretch the Canes bit by bit before creating the gap or space. The Canes on the flip side looked like they were trying to score off of every attack and created few opportunities with all their possession.
The Crusaders will be very happy with the result and the performance while the Canes will be wondering how they are going to challenge their Kiwi rivals for that top spot.There’s loads more Super Rugby on The Roar this weekend so get involved! See you next time.
Take a former Test player with an evolving philosophy about what it means to be a coach, send him on a mission to absorb the best a champion Super Rugby side can offer and then bring it back to an enabling environment with players just as eager to embrace anything that can help them develop their game.
It sounds quite the recipe for improvement and Jerry Flannery believes he is beginning to see the rewards in what may just be a quiet revolution taking place at Munster.
Forwards coach Flannery and attack coach Felix Jones were both dispatched to New Zealand last summer as the province they served with distinction as players sought fresh impetus to take the next step towards a return to Europe’s top table.
With Jones spending his close season in Wellington with the Hurricanes and Flannery pitching up in Christchurch to work with the Crusaders, Johann van Graan’s assistants returned with eyes opened as to the way to take Munster to the next level following a 2017-18 campaign that saw the province come up short in two semi-finals.
Tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield may not see the culmination of their efforts but Flannery’s firm beliefs in player ownership and a commitment to consistent work on rugby’s fundamentals, all of which were confirmed during his spell with former team-mate Ronan O’Gara and the Crusaders, are beginning to blossom and the collective seems set to benefit from its individuals’ progress.