Jul 212017
 

Free Super Rugby Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming 2017 Online Super Rugby Qualifiers Rugby Union, at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, 22 July 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Crusaders vs Highlanders super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Crusaders enter under the unfamiliar cloud of defeat after they suffered a first loss of the Super Rugby season at the hands of the Hurricanes last week. Many will say it was better then than now and they will hope to bounce back with purpose at home this Saturday.

The Highlanders’ only loss since March 18 came against the Crusaders and that was because of that last ditch Mitch Hunt drop-goal. They’ve been in excellent form of late and enter on the back of a 40-17 hammering of the Reds in Dunedin. They also beat the British & Irish Lions.

The second Super Rugby Qualifier comes from Christchurch where the Crusaders and Highlanders battle it out in what should be an epic game.

An added time drop-goal from Mitch Hunt separated the sides in June and before that it was again three points the difference with the men from AMI Stadium coming out on top on both occasions. Prior to that though it was the Highlanders that had boasted back-to-back successes.

Yet again this should be a close encounter between these 2017 contenders as the Crusaders hunt that elusive eighth title while the Dunedin side look to repeat their 2015 triumph and get their hands on the coveted prize. Both are looking like genuine challengers for the trophy.

The Crusaders of course have lost just one match this Super Rugby campaign but the Highlanders have been progressing very nicely under the radar and have lost only one of their last 11 games. Their form has echoes of that title winning year when few expected them to go all the way but they turned it on when it mattered and once again it is their under-rated pack that continues to impress, skills wise especially.

Both will look to play with tempo which is great for the spectators but it’s unfortunate the weather forecast shows rain is expected, both on Friday and Saturday, which hopefully won’t detract from the spectacle. If it does limit expansive games and force the sides into a more forward oriented clash, one has to feel the Crusaders will be the happier side of the two, with their refreshed All Blacks back in action.

Kieran Read is also fit for this fixture which might also give the Crusaders an edge but in knockout rugby, anything can happen and we all know these Highlanders will back themselves and relish the underdog tag. It promises to be a bruising and breathless contest this weekend.

The last time these teams met: What a finish it was in Christchurch in June as Mitch Hunt’s late, dramatic drop-goal saw the Crusaders win 25-22. Mitchell Drummond, Seta Tamanivalu and Heiden Bedwell-Curtis crossed for the Crusaders while for the Highlanders their try-scorers were Richard Buckman and Waisake Naholo (2). It looked to be heading for a 22-22 draw but up stepped Hunt from long range with that drop.

Players to watch: The return of Ryan Crotty is huge for the Crusaders. His combination with young Jack Goodhue was deadly in their recent meeting with the Highlanders and they’ll hope to get the better of Rob Thompson and Malakai Fekitoa once again this week. Crotty’s smart lines and the ever-improving Goodhue’s intelligence with ball in hand could prove vital in Christchurch. Also watch out for Scott Barrett.

How can we not pick Waisake Naholo? He has scored a brace against the Crusaders in four successive clashes and will surely be a marked man on Saturday. It’s interesting the Crusaders have decided to move Seta Tamanivalu over to the other wing so he faces Naholo, with the much lighter George Bridge benched. The Crusaders will hope that helps limit the damage Naholo can cause but any sniff and he will punish them.

Players List:
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Elliot Dixon, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Marty Banks.

Jul 212017
 

Watch Super Rugby Brumbies vs Hurricanes Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union Final week 1, at GIO Stadium, Canberra, Bruce, Australia, Friday, 21 July 2017, Time 19:45 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Brumbies vs Hurricanes super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Brumbies vs Hurricanes Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.


The Brumbies will have to deliver their best performance of the season if they want to beat the Hurricanes in their quarter-final in Canberra on Friday.

Beating the defending champions is no mean feat and a Brumbies victory would be a momentous one as it would be the first triumph by an Australian side against New Zealand opposition in the 2017 competition.

This, after teams from the Land of the Long White Cloud won 25 matches on the trot against their Tasman rivals this year.

The Brumbies finished the 2017 regular season as the Australian Conference champions with a record of six wins and nine losses including a 56-21 loss to the Hurricanes in Napier in Round 9.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 23 times with the men from Canberra holding a 13-10 overall win-loss advantage. The Brumbies hold an 8-4 advantage at GIO Stadium.

The two clubs have faced each other twice before in play-off matches with the Brumbies winning 33-20 in Canberra in 1997 and the Hurricanes winning 29-9 in Wellington in 2015.

The Brumbies have won five of their last seven games against the Hurricanes (L2), although their two defeats in that run came in their last three meetings; they also conceded their equal most ever points against the Wellington side in their most recent clash (56).

Although his side scored a half century of points in a one-sided win against the Brumbies earlier this year, Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said his squad are preparing for a tough battle in Canberra.

“The Brumbies are a quality side and we’re not reading anything into their results this season,” he said.

“They have a proven record in Super Rugby over a long period and will be hard to beat at home.”

Despite playing at home, Brumbies skipper Sam Carter concedes that his side are the underdogs but said that does not faze them.

“We’re more than happy to take the underdog tag,” he said.

“That’s historically what the Brumbies have been over the past 20-odd years and we really enjoy that side of the game.”

Carter expects a tough assignment but said his side are ready for the challenge.

“They’re dangerous as we learnt earlier in the year in Napier,” he added.

“We were up 21-14 at halftime and playing some good footy. But in the second half we played too much in our end of the field and gave them too many opportunities.

“If you do that against a team like the Hurricanes then they can really capitalise and hurt you. I think we need to play smart football and sticking to our strengths such as the set-piece and breakdown.”

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Players List:

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Christian Lealiifano

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott,3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane

Jun 022017
 

Free Super Rugby Force vs Hurricanes Live Streaming 2017 Online Round 15 Rugby Union, at nib Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Saturday, 03 June 2017, Time 21:55 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Force vs Hurricanes super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Force vs Hurricanes Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Force chalked up a fourth win of the campaign away to the Reds last weekend, a second victory over the Queenslanders this season. The two other highlights came at home to the Kings and away to Jaguares and they finished Round 14 third best of the Australian sides, 11 points behind the Brumbies but just two behind the Waratahs. The Force have lost all four of their matches against New Zealand sides this season and they will want to forget the 55-6 hiding dished out by the Highlanders on this ground in Round 13. They did make the Chiefs work hard for a 17-6 win in Perth in Round 9 and earlier in the campaign they lost away to the Blues (24-15) and the Crusaders (45-17).

The Canes will have an eye on the earlier game between the Crusaders and Highlanders the outcome of which will tell us more about their chances of reeling in the Saders at the top of the NZ Conference. Coming into this round the gap was 11 points but the Canes had played one game fewer and if the Saders come unstuck earlier in the day, the door would be open to some degree especially as the Canes still have to host the Crusaders in Wellington. Two defeats this season came in local derby matches and the Canes have been foot perfect against overseas opposition.

The Hurricanes demolished the Force 41-6 and by six tries to zero when the Australian side visited Wellington last year. The Canes’ tries came from Dane Coles, James Marshall, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Ngani Laumape and Ardie Savea. Five of them only came after the 50-minute mark as the Force tired.

Force full-back Marcel Brache has scored in each of his last two games for the Force and is definitely one to watch as he seems to be getting back to his best form. Solid under the high ball, with a good touch-finder and pace to burn, Brache is turning into a dangerous number 15.

Keep an eye on fit-again Beauden Barrett. He is undoubtedly the best fly-half in World Rugby at the moment. He possesses electric pace but also has the intelligence of when to use it to full effect. He is partly the reason why the Canes’ are such an effective counter-attacking side.

The Force have won four of their 12 matches this season against the Reds (twice), Kings and the Jaguares. Their losses have come against the Waratahs, Brumbies, Crusaders, Blues, Chiefs, Lions, Sharks and Highlanders.

The Hurricanes have won 10 of their 12 matches this season. They have beaten the Sunwolves, Rebels, Highlanders, Reds, Waratahs, Blues, Brumbies, Stormers, Cheetahs and Bulls while they have lost to the Chiefs and Crusaders.

The Hurricanes should make it nine out of nine against the Force. Hurricanes by 20.

Players List:
Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Marcel Brache.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Loni Uhila.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Jun 022017
 

Watch Super Rugby Brumbies vs Rebels Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union Round 15, at GIO Stadium, Canberra, Bruce, Australia, Saturday, 03 June 2017, Time 19:45 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Brumbies vs Rebels super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Brumbies vs Rebels Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

Coming into this round of matches the Brumbies were nine points clear of the Waratahs and 11 better off than the Force in the Australian Conference with three rounds of fixtures for the Australian sides to fulfil. The Tahs face a tough trip to the Chiefs earlier on Saturday and after this the Force host the Hurricanes so in theory, the Brumbies could wrap the Conference up this weekend if other results go their way. This is their final home game with visits to the Reds and Chiefs to come after the internationals. The Brumbies won their first three Australian derby matches this season before they came unstuck at the Rebels in Melbourne in Round 8. That was the start of a four match losing stream but the Brumbies have bounced back really well in the last two rounds to win awkward looking away fixtures at the Kings and Jaguares.

That home win over the Brumbies is as good as it got for the Rebels. They did draw away at the Sharks a week after that win but five subsequent defeats have seen them add just one losing bonus point to their tally. Other Australian derby matches for the Rebels this season saw them go down 32-25 to the Tahs and 29-24 to the Reds in games staged in Melbourne and a Round 13 return with the Warartahs saw them beaten 50-23 in Sydney.

These sides met earlier in the season in Round Eight in what remains the Rebels’ only win of the season. A solitary Sefanaia Naivalu try as well as 14 points from the boot of Reece Hodge proved too much for the Brumbies, who scored through Jarrad Butler and a Henry Speight brace. Rebels won 19-17.

The Brumbies have won five of their 12 matches having beaten the Force, Waratahs, Reds, Kings and Jaguares while having lost to the Crusaders, Sharks, Highlanders, Rebels, Hurricanes, Blues and Lions.

The Rebels have lost 10 of their 12 games against the Blues, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Waratahs (twice), Highlanders, Kings, Lions, Reds and Crusaders. Besides that they have a win against the Brumbies and a draw with the Sharks.

Brumbies will avenge their Round Eight defeat. Brumbies by 10.

Players List:
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew.

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Leslie Leulua’Iali’I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Muirhead, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nic Stirzaker (c), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Will Miller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Jonah Placid.

Jun 022017
 

Free Super Rugby Chiefs vs Waratahs Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, 03 June 2017, Time 15:05 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Chiefs vs Waratahs super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Chiefs vs Waratahs Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Chiefs were involved in a mighty battle with the Blues on a wet Auckland surface last weekend and in the end the scores were locked up at 16-16. The Chiefs subsequently dropped a place to fourth in the NZ Conference and their chances of catching the Crusaders at the top of the log are extremely remote given the gap is 14 points and the Chiefs have three matches remaining. The more realistic target now is to attain the most favourable route in the play offs and with the Africa Conferences settled and the Australian group heading that way too, the picture is becoming clearer. The Chiefs clash with the Canes in Wellington next up and after the internationals they finish up hosting the Brumbies.

The Waratahs were beaten 44-28 by the Highlanders in Dunedin last weekend and they are now nine points behind the Brumbies in the Australian Conference with three rounds of matches to go. The chances are they will need to win all three of their remaining games which also include a home fixture against Jaguares and a visit to the Force to have any hope of extending the season. This would appear the most difficult of those remaining tasks with the Tahs already having lost all four of their games against New Zealand opponents this season. Before last week’s loss to the Highlanders the Tahs had lost to the Blues (40-33) in Sydney, the Hurricanes (38-28) in Wellington and the Crusaders (41-22) in Sydney.

Back in 2016 a commanding 45-25 win for the Waratahs enabled them to tighten their grip on top spot in the Australian Conference. Israel Folau, wearing 13, and Michael Hooper each grabbed two tries in a six-try demolition in Sydney, with youngsters Andrew Kellaway and Jack Dempsey getting in on the act. The Chiefs also scored four tries, through Seta Tamanivalu, Aaron Cruden, Nathan Harris and Augustine Pulu, but the boot of Bernard Foley proved to be the difference as he kicked six conversions and a penalty.

The Waratahs have won six of the last seven meetings between these sides including each of the last three in a row. The Waratahs’ six victories in that run have come by an average margin of 13 points, including a 27-point win in Waikato in 2010, the Tahs’ biggest win in New Zealand, and the Chiefs third heaviest home defeat.

Despite losing the last time the Chiefs hosted the Waratahs, they’ve won four of their last six home games against the New South Wales side and haven’t lost consecutive home matches against them since 2002. The Chiefs lost their last home game (v Crusaders), but haven’t lost back-to-back home matches in a single season since 2011. The Waratahs have lost their last four games in New Zealand, three of those defeats coming by 10 points.

A backlash from the Chiefs and the end of the Waratahs’ recent streak is expected. Chiefs by 12.

Players List:
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Solomon Alaimalo.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cameron Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Bryce Hegarty.