Hurricanes v Brumbies Super Rugby Semi Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Wellington based Hurricanes
and the Canberra based Brumbies the Canberra side have won four and the Hurricanes
two.

The last four matches between the teams have all been won by the Brumbies and
this will be the first time that they have faced each this year due to a quirk
in the Super Rugby draw.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 20 times in Super Rugby since
1996 and the Hurricanes have won 8 matches and lost 12.

That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 40% of their matches against
the Brumbies regardless of the venue. The average score when the Hurricanes
play the Brumbies is : Hurricanes 26 Brumbies 26.

This weekend the match will be played in Wellington which is home for the Hurricanes
and where the teams have met on 9 occasions.

In those nine Super Rugby matches the Hurricanes have won four times and lost
five times which gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 44% of their home
matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Brumbies in Wellington is Hurricanes
29 Brumbies 26.

The last two matches in Wellington between the teams have both been won by
the Brumbies and the Hurricanes have not beaten the Canberra side in their home
city since 2009.

The Hurricanes finished on top of the Super Rugby standings in first place
after sixteen matches. From those sixteen matches the Hurricanes have won 14
and lost two.

The Hurricanes lost to the Waratahs (at home) and the Crusaders (away) so they
have a home record of winning 88% of their matches in 2015. The Hurricanes had
a bye last week.

The Hurricanes have played 6 semi-finals in Super Rugby and they have won just
one – against the Waratahs in 2006 when they progressed to the final and then
lost to the Crusaders in the fog.

The Brumbies have played 17 matches this season and have won 10 matches. The
Brumbies earned 11 bonus points in the regular season which is the most of any
team this year.

The Brumbies have played 9 matches away from home and they have won 5 or 56%
of their away matches.

The Brumbies have played 8 Semi-finals in Super Rugby and they have won 6 and
lost two. In 1997 the Brumbies beat the Hurricanes 33-20 in a Super Rugby Semi-final
in Canberra.

In terms of selection the Hurricanes have made one change to the side that
beat the Chiefs in the final round of the regular season. Cory Jane has failed
to recover from a hamstring injury so Milner-Skudder will start on the right
wing and James Marshall has been given the fullback duties.

The Brumbies have also made one change although their change was not enforced
by injury but by suspension. Henry Speight has been banned for five weeks so
the Brumbies have named Lausii Taliauli in the starting line up on the wing.

The Bookies
have given the Brumbies a 7 point start for this Match
– with
an offer of a FREE $150 BET.
The Hurricanes might
be a little rusty at the start of the match while the Brumbies can be expected
to fade a little at the end. The Brumbies loss of Henry Speight is also a big
blow. The Brumbies were fantastic last week against the Stormers but the 2015
Hurricanes have been fantastic all year.
The Hurricanes should win this by 6 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Hurri

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