May 042017

Free Super Rugby Hurricanes vs Stormers Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, 05 May 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Hurricanes vs Stormers 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 Hurricanes vs Stormers Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Canes come off a bye and they return to action third best in the New Zealand Conference, eight points shy of the Crusaders and four behind the Chiefs, both of whom have played one game more. They have won all four of their home games this season, three of which were accompanied by a bonus point and the only handicap they failed to cover in that sequence came in Round 7 when they beat the Waratahs 38-28. Since losing to the Stormers in Cape Town in 2013 the Hurricanes have won 10 of 11 meetings with South African opposition.

This is the third and final tour match for the Stormers who have had a miserable time of it in New Zealand over the last couple of weeks or so. In Round 10 away to the Highlanders the Stormers were given a 13.5 point start on the handicap but they crashed and burned 57-14 (HT 31-7), shipping nine tries. It was a pretty similar story in Round 9 when the Stormers began their tour against the Crusaders in Christchurch with a 57-24 defeat, the cap was again set at 13.5 points and the Stormers were out of it by half time. After losing at home to the Lions before heading overseas the Stormers now have a record of six wins and three defeats this season but they still top Africa Conference 1 with plenty of daylight, 12 points clear of the Bulls. Having lost the services of JC Janse van Rensburg, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kurt Coleman the Stormers the injury situation is pretty alarming too but Juan de Jongh and Rynhardt Elstadt are potentially in line to return.

The visitors conceded 143 points in those three games and with the ‘Canes putting 56 on the Brumbies before their bye, the signs are not looking good for the Stormers against an outfit in excellent form, inspired by the likes of TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea.

What may ease the pain of recent weeks for Stormers supporters is the fact that those defeats came against teams not in their Conference, meaning they currently still sit in third place on the overall standings, despite being seventh if the table was judged on points alone.

They could also be warmed by the fact they have done well against the Hurricanes in the past, with their last meeting in 2015 seeing the men from Wellington prevail to end what was a four-game winning hoodoo from the Stormers. They’ve won six of their last eight games against the ‘Canes.

The Hurricanes ran out 25-20 winners in Wellington in 2015 thanks to tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett. Barrett also kicked 10 points while for the Stormers a penalty try and one from Huw Jones were their offerings.

Before their bye week the Hurricanes were enjoying a five-game winning streak, their last outing seeing them point 56 points on the Brumbies. They’ve lost just once in their eight games so far this season, with their only defeat coming away to the Chiefs in Round Three.

The Stormers, in contrast, are in terrible form coming into this game. After six wins on the spin to start 2017, they have suffered three successive losses, going down to the Lions, Crusaders and Highlanders in consecutive weeks. They leaked 57 points in each of the latter two games.

We can only see one winner at Westpac Stadium as the champions should dominate their struggling opponents. Hurricanes by 30.

Players List:
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Ben Lam.

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (c), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.

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