The first action in Super Rugby Round 14 sees the Hurricanes host Jaguares in Wellington on Friday and the early handicap looks tricky to call.
Hurricanes v Jaguares, Friday 17th May, Wellington, KO 09:35 (South African time)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Refs: Mike Fraser, Paul Williams
TMO: Aaron Paterson
Weather Forecast – Wellington
The Hurricanes made it 5 wins from the last 5 outings when they saw off the Blues 22-12 in Auckland last week. They now return to Wellington where recent results include a 29-19 win over the Rebels and a 47-19 hiding of the Chiefs.
The Canes have won 5 of their 6 home games this season with the Crusaders the only side to beat them in front of their own supporters. The last time the Hurricanes lost at home to opponents from outside of New Zealand came back in 2015 when the Waratahs won 29-25 in Wellington. Since then the Canes have won all 20 home matches against sides from Australia, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.
Coming into Round 14 the Hurricanes record comprises of 9 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats and they are 7 points behind the Crusaders in the standings.
Jagaures 4 match winning streak came to an end in Dunedin last week when they went down 32-27 to the Highlanders, their first match in Australasia this season. Of their last 6 matches 5 have been settled by no more than 5 points and prior to their Round 13 defeat their previous trip overseas saw them return from South Africa with wins over the Bulls (22-20) and the Sharks (51-17).
Jaguares now have an overall record of 6 wins and 5 defeats and after Round 13 they remained third in the ultra tight South African Conference, just 1 point behind the conference topping Sharks who have played 1 game more and are on a bye this week.
This will be just the third meeting between these teams with the first 2 going the way of the Hurricanes by comfortable margins. Jaguares did win both their matches in New Zealand in 2018, beating the Blues 20-13 in Auckland and the Chiefs 23-19 in Rotorua.
HURRICANES: Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, James Marshall, TJ Perenara (c), Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Vaea Fifita, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Toby Smith
Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Ross Geldenhuys, Kane Le’aupepe, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Finlay Christie, Fletcher Smith, Salesi Rayasi
JAGUARES: Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Tomas Cubelli, Javier Ortega Desio, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Enrique Pieretto, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Lucas Paulos, Marcos Kremer, Felipe Ezcurra, Domingo Miotti, Matias Orlando
Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 Buenos Aires Jaguares 9-34 Hurricanes (Tries 0-5)
2017 Wellington Hurricanes 40-22 Jaguares (Tries 6-3)
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
The Canes have a bye coming up before they head off on tour and they will be keen to make the most of this home fixture by picking up a bonus point win. Jaguares were game enough in defeat in Dunedin last week to make me think the early handicap looks well set and with that in mind I’ll look for a winning margin play.
If the cap does prove to be reasonably accurate then a home win by 11-20 points would get the weekend off to a good start.
Bet: 1.5 units Hurricanes win by 11-20 points, 23/10 BetXchange
(Unit Scale 1 to 5)
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