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Hurricanes player ratings vs Brumbies | Super Rugby Pacific

By Mike Rehu
Josh Moorby. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/AFP)

With three Super Rugby Pacific semi-finalists already chosen, the fight for the last spot was in a chilly Canberra.

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The Hurricanes visited the home of the Brumbies and both teams reverted to experience in the knock-out realm, especially in the front row where Owen Franks and Dane Coles got the call for the Kiwi side.

It was all on at the breakdown with all but the kitchen sink thrown; it was viscerally physical as the Canes built a lead on the foundation of Barrett’s boot.

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Two players were carded for high shots; Ikitau got a red and Franks was brandished a yellow. Once Franks went off the Brumbies got their maul machine fired up but the Hurricanes regained the lead 22-15 at the break.

In the second half, the Canes lost their way with crucial experience in the form of Coles, Franks and TJ Perenara all leaving the park. Various young men in gold then took turns to drag their team into the mire but it ended 35-25 to the Brumbies, with the Hurricanes only grabbing three points in the second half.

Here’s how the Hurricanes rated:

1. Tevita Mafileo – 6/10
The beefy prop made his presence felt at the breakdown. With minimal scrums, there was plenty of petrol in the tank for collisions at the tackle and Mafileo won all of his contests. Off at 61.

2. Dane Coles – 6.5
He joined Brodie Retallick to wave a “pick me!” flag at the All Black selectors. A measured, professional outing where he did everything well with maximum effect. When he trotted off at 55, the rot seemed to really start.

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3. Owen Franks – 5.5
Old man Franks got it wrong against little Noah Lolesio and if it was up to the crowd he would have been off for good – but only got the yellow. Returned for the first scrum in the 37th minute, that might be a record! Off at 48.

4. James Blackwell – 5.5
Business as usual, industrious and accurate. Suspicions remain whether you can have 1.90cm lock in pro rugby – although he snapped up three lineout takes. Called offside at 59 for a valuable Brumbies three-pointer.

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5. Isaia Walker-Leawere – 6
Pinged at the fifth minute in the lineout but the big-bodied one was immense in the carry, reaching double figures in the first quarter. Couldn’t wipe the grin off his face either, even though he flagged early. Off at 55.

6. Blake Gibson – 6
Top lineout taker at the front for his team and made some very wise decisions during the match; anticipates well. Good to see him have an extended period fit, something that never happened when he played in blue. A very good rugby player who until now, has sadly never fulfilled his immense potential.

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7. Du’Plessis Kirifi – 5.5
A mixed bag, as usual. Penalised in the seventh minute in the tackle. Gave away three points but got one back a minute later, also made a good try-saving turnover in the 46th minute. Perhaps still just a little one dimensional. Off at 68.

8. Ardie Savea – 6
Looked a little jaded even though he pumped up 16 carries. Didn’t have the edge that we usually see from him and couldn’t single-handedly turn his team’s slide around in the second half. High expectations, maybe – but he’s done it before.

9. TJ Perenara – 5.5
150th Super rugby start for Perenara and got a little twist in his leg in the first minutes. Was quite sprightly though and his service and passing action seem to have sped up. Off at 61.

10. Aidan Morgan – 6
Got a mouthful of Ikitau shoulder at 22 minutes. The pint-sized 10 had some good moves from the backfield and is growing into the role in the attack line. Needs to lengthen his punt a little but one for the future.

11. Salesi Rayasi – 6
There was a lot to love about the wing’s first hour but it fell away pretty swiftly after that. He went looking for work, first with his booming punts off the left foot. Then early in the second half, we saw him pop up frequently – particularly on the right flank – and he ended as top carrier for his team. Tom Banks got around him a couple of times-  most notably for the 65th minute try. He also lost possession more than once with ball in hand. Then to finish him and his team off, a brain explosion; his kick was charged down, he played the ball on the ground and was yellow-carded for the rest of the match.

12. Jordie Barrett – 7.5
Barrett showed what he brings to matches that matter with five booming penalty goals. It looked like he’d had some extracurricular training from brother Beaudy too, with a beauty of a cross-kick for Moorby’s first try. Important defensive lapse when he slipped off Simone for his try and his HIA in the 58th was the death knell for his team.

13. Billy Proctor – 5.5
He’s the Blackwell of the backs, a good workman-like performance with solid straight runs in midfield and a lovely slip to Moorby for his second try.

14. Julian Savea – 4.5
The big bus had gearbox problems in the high gears tonight, had a couple of rumbles but needed the Hulk mode in the last 20. Off at 72.

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15. Josh Moorby – 6.5
Two lovely tries in the 17th and 40th minutes showcased his pace and finishing ability. However, made a shocker of a kick out on the full at 62 to give the Brumbies an attacking lineout and hammer another nail in the Hurricanes coffin.

Reserves:

16. Asafo Aumua – 4
On at 55 and expected more from an All Black wannabe who needed a big game.

17. Pouri RaketeStones – 5
On at 61. A couple of nice runs but couldn’t shift the dial.

18. Tyrel Lomax – 5.5
On at 48. Had some good periods in the open. Barely any scrums.

19. Caleb Delany – 4
On at 55. Ineffective.

20. Braydon Iose – 5.5
On at 68. He’s a great athlete but couldn’t break a firm Brumbies’ defence.

21. Jamie Booth – 4.5
On at 61. Surprisingly quiet from a guy who usually lights the touch paper.

22. Ruben Love – N/A
On late and penalised to end the match.

23. Wes Goosen – 5
On at 58 for Jordie’s HIA. Ran laterally a couple of times but provided no spark.

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Jon 53 minutes ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Sopoaga is going to be more than good enough to look up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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finn 9 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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