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Who will win it?
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PostSubject: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 8:55 am

Since this is the biggest game of the season so far I think it deserves its own thread. Both teams looking good. Hurricanes have found great attacking form in recent weeks and have been putting on some big scores. The Chiefs have just returned from a rather successful trip to South Africa winning 2 from 3 only losing to the another top 4 side, the bulls.

The winner of this game is guaranteed a top 4 spot and should finish the rounds at the top of the table meaning a home semi final.

Chiefs have a few key players returning for this one, Masaga, Sivi and possibly Leonard plus they have home advantage. However I tipping the Hurricanes 1-12 in a close high scoring game and wouldn't be surprised if the losing side (hopefully chiefs Very Happy) walked away with a couple of bonus points.

The NZ TAB odds currently are

1 $1.87 Chiefs
2 $1.87 Hurricanes

Make sure you're watching it. 19:35 (NZ Time) Saturday Night. It's going to be a thriller.

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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 10:51 am

I'm tipping the Canes 1-12 as well, reckon it will be a 7-point affair (both teams score 4+ tries and Chiefs will be less than 7 behind) and should be hugely exciting.

Leonard has been confirmed out of the team, but Masaga and Sivivatu are all but confirmed in the squad. Meanwhile Jane should return to the squad which will mean one of Smith, Guildford or Ellison on the bench - I'm picking Guildford with Ellison taking his wing spot. Gear is tipped to come back next week - if he can make the squad that is...the big question will of course be in the halves with Weepu potentially starting at 9 for the first time.

The big problem for the Chiefs is having just come back from their tour and Masaga and Sivivatu, while rested, haven't played for 3+ weeks. While the Canes came back via Perth, had the massive morale boosting victory over the Force, and then an easy opponent in the Stormers to come back to - the Chiefs are direct from SA and romped home against the Lions.

Who knows what will happen? Watch this space Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 10:56 am

I think we definitely should start Weepu at 9, sure Alby is a quality young half back who has been in pretty good form but Weepu is the no.2 Halfback in the country and coming off the bench last couple of games he has been very impressive, give Weepu the first 60min at Halfback then move him to Fly half with Alby coming on and Ripia to the bench, that's how I would do it.

In tight games that mean so much we always need experience and Weepu is one of the most experienced in the team especially in pressure matches.

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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 10:57 am

CANES 1-12 for me
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 11:39 am

Canes 1-12 too
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2009 12:07 pm

I can't wait.

Chiefs 1-12.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeThu May 07, 2009 8:19 am

Hurricanes 1-12

we are in such good form
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeThu May 07, 2009 9:18 pm

The Chiefs and Hurricanes will be close to full strength for what looms as a season-defining clash in Hamilton tomorrow night.
Strike wingers Sitiveni Sivivatu and Lelia Masaga return for the Chiefs after an extended absence, leaving All Blacks halfback Brendon Leonard as the only frontline starter not available.
It is a similar situation at the Hurricanes, who cannot call on winger Hosea Gear and flanker Karl Lowe but are otherwise flush with in-form players.
No excuses, then, for a match in which the stakes could hardly be higher. The winner will emerge with one foot in the semifinals and in pole position for a home playoff.
The loser will get another chance to book a semifinal place in next week's final round, but may well have to go through South Africa to claim the trophy - a path not often travelled with much success.
It's hard to overstate the value of home advantage in the playoffs. The Hurricanes have been to the semifinals four times in six years under coach Colin Cooper. But their only success came in a home game, a 2006 semifinal victory over the Waratahs. On the road they are 0-4 in finals games, including the 2006 final in Christchurch.


The Chiefs' solitary playoff match also ended in an away defeat, at the hands of the Brumbies in 2004.


But Cooper said such details hadn't even come into consideration in preparation for tomorrow night. "We really don't want to talk about home advantage. We have got to get there first. I think 42 points may get you into the top four and we are not there yet."
Cory Jane is back at fullback for the Hurricanes, while in-form utility Tamati Ellison must undergo tests on a head injury before taking his place on the wing. Zac Guildford will step in if Ellison isn't cleared to play.
Cooper has reinstated captain Piri Weepu at halfback, a move he described as a spot of "rotation" designed to give Weepu a chance to stake his claim after a season in which he has either filled in at first five-eighths or been out injured.
With Alby Mathewson shining at halfback and Willie Ripia seizing the playmaking role with some aplomb in recent weeks, Weepu has found himself stuck on the bench.
Ripia wasn't even in the 22 when Cooper named his side for the opening-round defeat by the Waratahs but the former Waikato product has re-earned the faith of his coach in recent weeks.
Despite the absence of key scoring threats Sivivatu and Masaga, the Chiefs plugged away to good effect in South Africa, notching two vital wins to stay in the playoff frame.
They did so playing a tighter brand of rugby than has been customary but the return of two of the game's best counter-attackers should herald a return to a more expansive approach.
They make their own decisions and they have a bit of a licence to read things as they see it and back themselves," coach Ian Foster said.
"Some of that stuff is not necessarily within the structure but you can't coach it either."
Foster has also reshuffled his pack, naming Sona Taumalolo at loosehead prop, switching Ben May to tighthead and returning James McGougan to the bench. Kevin O'Neill replaces Toby Lynn at lock, while utility Dwayne Sweeney is out with an ankle injury.
CHIEFS
Mils Muliaina (c)
Lelia Masaga
Richard Kahui
Callum Bruce
Sitiveni Sivivatu
Stephen Donald
Toby Morland
Sione Lauaki
Tanerau Latimer
Liam Messam
Kevin O'Neill
Craig Clarke
Ben May
A. de Malmanche
Sona Taumalolo
Reserves Chiefs: Hika Elliot, James McGougan, Toby Lynn, Serge Lilo, David Bason, Mike Delany, Sosene Anesi.


HURRICANES
Cory Jane
Ellison/Guildford
Conrad Smith
Ma'a Nonu
David Smith
Willie Ripia
Piri Weepu
R. So'oialo (c)
Scott Waldrom
Victor Vito
Jason Eaton
Jeremy Thrush
Neemia Tialata
Andrew Hore
John Schwalger
Reserves Hurricanes: Ged Robinson, Jacob Ellison, Bryn Evans, Faifili Levave, Alby Mathewson, Jason Kawau, Zac Guildford/Robert Fruean
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeThu May 07, 2009 9:18 pm

This is going to be a great game really looking forward to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeFri May 08, 2009 12:22 am

OH man - I'm getting excited Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeFri May 08, 2009 12:30 am

Pantherus wrote:
OH man - I'm getting excited Smile

Just think how excited you will be in a few weeks time when we meet again in the final Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeFri May 08, 2009 12:39 am

w000!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeFri May 08, 2009 3:03 am

Hurricanes v Sharks final at the cake tin will be good.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 9:32 am

this is gonna be such a good game, the two most exciting teams imo
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 9:35 am

Yeah its gonna be a high Scoring contest. atless 50 points will be scored i think.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 9:50 am

hopefully lol
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 9:51 am

samthaman15 wrote:
hopefully lol

Yeah.

Im like you i love trys. Thats why i like league better than Rugby because there is a few more tries.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 10:06 am

haha, i like the open play in union better
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 12:49 pm

Well that sucked...
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 1:50 pm

great performance by the chiefs, hurricanes will still win super14 though Razz.
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2009 6:04 pm

Pantherus wrote:
Well that sucked...

agreed

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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2009 1:26 am

Yeoow.

Game didn't live up to expectations. Not as free flowing as I would have liked. I reckon this game would have been the match of the year if it had been a day game in the sun

Good win for the Chiefs boys anyway
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2009 2:01 am

Why are you so happy?? Your Blues got smashed and now have no chance. Cant possibly be jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon now?

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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2009 2:01 am

Yeh poor display from the Blues.

Definitely not getting on the Chiefs bandwagon, I just hate them less than the canes
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PostSubject: Re: Hurricanes V Chiefs   Hurricanes V Chiefs Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2009 2:03 am

After all this region has done for you Neutral you should be chanting "Canes Till I Die"

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