Hurricanes 26 Reds 22

The Hurricanes will be out for a good win this week against the Reds. A bonus point win will secure their Semi-final place and with the Crusaders and Brumbies taking each other on next week and the Hurricanes up against the Waratahs in Sydney this could be their last chance to get a 5 point win.

The Reds will be playing for pride after dropping out of contention for a semi final spot.

Almost Live match summary

Referee: JC Fortuin (SA)

Conditions – Good

Time: 0.00
First penalty goes to the Reds. Latham passes the ball but it goes to the Canes.
Piri Weepu goes down and stays down
Latham’s boot clipped Weepu’s eye ans he leaves the field
The Reds got the overlap but the ball is passed forward
The Reds are however awarded a penalty and Berrick Barnes goes for the posts.
He gets it – The Reds lead
Hurricanes 0 Reds 3
The Reds keep going offside. A penalty is awarded and the Hurricanes go for the lineout.
Bad lineout and the Reds have it. It turns out to be a wasted opportunity for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are awarded a penalty in front of the posts – Hardman not releasing
David Holwell goes for the posts and gets it
Hurricanes 3 Reds 3
Jerry Collins puts in a great grubber and follows through. He misses the try by inches as David Croft gets to the ball before Collins.
The Ball goes out and we have a 5m scrum – yellow ball
Masoe attacks but Croft pushes him out
Red lineout and Latham clears
Weepu who is back on, dodges a tackle and passes the ball (looks forward) to Eaton who is open for the try
Eaton dots the ball down and every replay that is shown is not from an angle where the forward pass can be seen. (very suspicious)
David Holwell gets the conversion
Hurricanes 10 Reds 3
The Reds are awarded a penalty in the Hurricanes 25 for not releasing
They opt for the lineout
The drive is good. 2m out.Hurricanes put hand in.Penalty to the Reds
Lineout. The Reds drive for the line but the ball is a little short. 5m scrum Red Ball.
The Reds stay on attack but the ball is turned over.
Hurricanes lineout. They keep on attacking but the Reds are keeping the Hurricanes back in their 25.
Lome Fa’atau gets the ball on the wing and chips up. Berrick Barnes jumps for the ball and gets it. He has one to beat its Toeava and he does !
Barnes conversion goes to the left
Hurricanes 10 Reds 8
Hurricanes get a penalty from a Reds player (Valentine)playing the ball on the ground
They go for the line out, and get the drive on.
16m out and the Reds play the ball on the ground again. Penalty.
The Hooter goes as Holwell sets up the penalty. It goes off the post and over.
Its half time
Hurricanes 13 Reds 8

2nd half is uderway
The Reds start off well attacking the Hurricanes line. They get over the line but are held up.
Red scrum 5
Penalty to the Reds for Masoe leaving the scrum early.
The Scrum is good, Croft gets the ball and puts it down on the line.
Barnes lines up the conversion, it’s good. The Reds lead again.
Hurricanes 13 Reds 15
Hurricanes on the attack again. Collins puts in a big kick again and gets behind the defence. Mitchell gets back and clears.
Hurricanes set up good field position but knock the ball on in front of the posts.
Hurricanes are awarded a penalty and Holwell gets it to put the Hurricanes back in front.
Hurricanes 16 Reds 15
Jimmy Gopperth comes on for David Holwell to spark up the back line.
The Hurricanes get a penalty and they keep the ball moving. Gopperth chips through for Umaga who scores the try.
Gopperth converts
Hurricanes23 Reds 15
Eaton has left

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