Many experienced players will be back in the Hurricanes starting in the XV for the Super Rugby quarter-finals clash on Saturday night against the Bulls. Hurricanes players are happy to perform well in all these matches and keeping their eye on the Rugby World Cup Trophy.
TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett are expected to mark a significant milestone and play their 100th game in front of their fans. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
The duo was originally going to reach the goal during the Hurricanes tour in South Africa but was denied success after Barrett fell ill in Johannesburg. He missed the Hurricanes game against the Lions and was also absent last week when a young team defeated the Blues 29-24.
Barrett the Hurricanes point scorer will play his 124th game for the club while Perenara will play his 126th match. As well as equal the record number of club appearances held jointly by Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith.
Their return to the starter squad is two of nine changes made by Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree for the sudden death match.
The season’s top scorer Ngani Laumape will also be back in front of Barrett and Perenara. Wes Goosen wing has recovered from a hamstring strain which has kept him out of the side in the last fortnight.
Jordie Barrett was named defenseman due to Peter Umaga-Jensen’s excellent form against the Lions and Blues was awarded first place. There are four changes in the pack where highly experienced accessories Toby Smith and Jeff To’omaga-Allen are coming back.
Plumtree said there was growing excitement within the squad as they looked towards potentially their last home match of the season.
“I thought the whole squad got a real lift from the way our young side performed last week and that energy has started to really show through. We all worked really hard to earn a home playoff game and we can’t wait to get out in front of our fans and meet the massive challenge the Bulls will bring.”
The kick-off at the Westpac stadium is at 19:35.
Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Gareth Evans, Ardie Savea, Reed Prinsep, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Jeff To’omaga Allen, Dane Coles (c), Toby Smith. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Ben May/Alex Fidow, Kane Le’aupepe, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Richard Judd/Finlay Christie, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi.
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