The Hurricanes are ready to welcome the Sharks for their Super Rugby clash this Friday. Sources say the ‘historic‘ visit in the eighth round of the Super Rugby tournament marks the first time the Sharks will have played in the Hawke’s Bay.
According to Sport24, the match will represent the eleventh time the Hurricanes have played a home match in Napier since they beat Transvaal 32-16 in 1996.
Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union chief executive Mike Bishop told the Hurricanes’ official website that the Hurricanes have a strong history of success at McLean Park with successive wins over the Bulls, Highlanders and Brumbies since 2014 and will be looking to build on that in front of their Hawke’s Bay fans in 2018.
It surely won’t be an easy win for the Sharks then?
Sharks team and injury news
The Sharks might’ve started their Australasian tour with two losses, but it seems they’ve caught some momentum from their massive win over the Blues (63 – 40) last weekend.
The Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named an unchanged team for their Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes. Luckily there were no injuries which led Du Preez to choose the same team that beat the Blues.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (c), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk
Hurricanes team and injury news
The Hurricanes are coming down with a massive win over the Rebels (50-19) from last weekend, and with only two changes to the team, and playing on home ground, they just might be unstoppable.
According to Sport24, both changes come in the forwards with Michael Fatialofa coming in to the second row where he replaces Vaea Fifita while Jeffery Toomaga-Allen takes over from Ben May at tighthead prop.
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen
The game is set to kick-off on 6 April at 09:35 (SAST) at McLean park, Napier.