Campbell Burnes' round 3 Super Rugby picks: Can the Blues shoot down the Lions?

This is moving weekend for the Blues, upwards that is. There is a more even feel to their XV for Joburg, while the form-horse Crusaders will edge the returning Hurricanes in the capital. The Highlanders will go 2-0 after tonight.

Highlanders v Stormers: Highlanders by 8

Fresh off the bye, the Highlanders are clear favourites, but will need to be on their defensive game to shut out the Stormers, who are more capable than ever of breaching the line. The home side have promoted Tevita Nabura, so will have little trouble making yards on the flanks.

Hurricanes v Crusaders: Crusaders by 2

The Hurricanes did a job on the Crusaders in their last meeting in 2017, and the TAB cannot separate them for this one. The onus, as ever, goes on the Hurricanes pack, where Ben May plays his 100th game of Super Rugby. Beauden Barrett also runs out for his Hurricanes’ ton and will look to boss Mitch Hint in the battle of the 10s.

Lions v Blues: Blues by 3

They are missing their captain, are clear underdogs and are 0-2, but something tells me the Blues might just get up. The return of Sonny Bill Williams and Jerome Kaino to the starting XV adds more starch to the defence, while it will be fascinating to see how Rieko Ioane goes at centre.


Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break. Super Rugby match, Crusaders v Hurricanes at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 13 May 2017 © Copyright Photo: Martin Hunter / www.photosport.nz
Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break against the Crusaders. Source: Photosport



LIVE: Taranaki hit the front against unbeaten Auckland in NPC clash

Welcome to 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of tonight's Mitre 10 Cup match between Taranaki and Auckland at Yarrows Stadium in New Plymouth.

51 mins: TARANAKI 20 AUCKLAND 19

TRY! After a number of attacking charges from the Taranaki forwards at Auckland's goal-line - Tom Florence goes in low and powers his way over to score a crucial try for the home team.

The conversion from Beaudein Waaka is online from out wide as he curves the ball from left to right over the crossbar. 

40 mins: TARANAKI 13 AUCKLAND 19

And we are back underway with Taranaki kicking off deep towards Auckland.

HALFTIME - TARANAKI 13 AUCKLAND 19

38 mins: TARANAKI 13 AUCKLAND 19

TRY! After being denied a try earlier Jonathan Ruru can thank his teammate Akira Ioane for the assist. Ioane darts down the right edge before making the perfect pass for Ruru to score down the right edge. Auckland hit the front.

Harry Plummer lands his kick from out wide, bringing the ball around from right to left and through the uprights.

37 mins: TARANAKI 13 AUCKLAND 12

THREE! Beaudein Waaka edges Taranaki in front after landing a penalty kick from about 25m out on the angle.

31 mins: TARANAKI 10 AUCKLAND 12

TRY! Harry Plummer sees acres of space behind the Taranaki defenders and he stabs in a grubber kick which sits up perfectly for Tumua Manu who dots down for Auckland's second try of the match.

Harry Plummer lands his kick from out wide, curving the ball from left to right over the goal posts.

22 mins: TARANAKI 10 AUCKLAND 5

TRY! Stephen Perofeta spots a hole in Auckland's defence and charges into it, he gets tackled inside Auckland's 22. Seta Tamanivalu spots some space down the blindside and goes himself. He bumps off the Auckland tackler Jordan Trainor with ease and dives over to score down the right edge. 

The conversion from the sideline by Beaudein Waaka is successful.

15 mins: TARANAKI 3 AUCKLAND 5

MISS! Taranaki's Beaudein Waaka misses his penalty kick at goal from over 25m out after Auckland were penalised for an offside play.

11 mins: TARANAKI 3 AUCKLAND 5

THREE! Taranaki are on the score-board after Beaudein Waaka's kick at goal goes soaring through the uprights.

8 mins: TARANAKI 0 AUCKLAND 5

MISS! Beaudein Waaka's penalty kick at goal for Taranaki from over 40m out is off target.

5 mins: TARANAKI 0 AUCKLAND 5

SCRUM! Taranaki are doing good on attack as they rumble into Auckland's half, but they lose the ball forward just outside Auckland's 22. Stephen Perofeta threw a little inside pass to his flanker Tom Florence who couldn't hold onto the pill.

TARANAKI 0 AUCKLAND 5 

TRY! It only takes 29 seconds and Akira Ioane has scored the first five-pointer, dotting over down the left hand corner.Troubling signs for Taranaki.

Harry Plummer misses his conversion attempt from the sideline.

KICK-OFF! And we are underway! Taranaki fumble the ball on their own 22m line.

TEAMS

Taranaki: 1 Chris Gawler, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 3 Reuben O'Neill, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Leighton Price, 6 Pita Sowakula, 7 Tom Florence, 8 Mitch Crosswell, 9 Brendon Leonard, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 11 Manasa Mataele, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 14 Regan Ware, 15 Beaudein Waaka.

Reserves: 16 Donald Maka, 17 Jared Proffit, 18 Kyle Stewart, 19 Tupou Vaai, 20 Jack White, 21 Logan Crowley, 22 Ciarhan Matoe, 23 Brayton Northcott-Hill.

Auckland: 1 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 2 Robbie Abel, 3 Marcel Renata, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 5 Jack Whetton, 6 Evan Olmstead, 7 Dalton Papali'i, 8 Akira Ioane, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 10 Harry Plummer, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 12 TJ Faiane, 13 Tumua Manu, 14 Melani Nanai, 15 Jordan Trainor.

Reserves: 16 Mike Sosene-Feagai, 17 Jarred Adams, 18 Marco Fepulea'i, 19 Lyndon Dunshea, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 Jacob Umaga, 22 Tanielu Tele'a.

Seta Tamanivalu, Taranaki v Waikato. Mitre 10 Cup rugby union, Ranfurly Shield challenge. Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth. 9 September 2018. Copyright Image: Andy Jackson / www.photosport.nz
Taranaki midfielder Seta Tamanivalu in action against Waikato during a Ranfurly Shield challenge at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. Source: Photosport


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Canterbury backs' counter-attack leads to superb long range try as Otago go down in NPC clash

Canterbury has outmuscled their southern rivals Otago 47-25 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin today.

The visitors led at the break 26-13.

Otago stormed their way back into the match after try by first-five Josh Ioane in the 49th minute.

But Canterbury were just too good, running in three tries midway through the second spell.

Midfielder Braydon Ennor scored a great try for Canterbury in the 59th minute, after an initial attacking run by his fullback George Bridge.

Bridge busted through Otago's defensive line before offloading the ball to Ennor around the 40 metre line, Ennor went on surging run down the left flank before fooling defenders with a dummy.

Ennor had no one in front of him and ran into score untouched for Canterbury's sixth try of the match.

Canterbury will take on Hawke's Bay next Sunday at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The visitors defeated Otago 47-25 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Source: SKY


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North Harbour hooker James Parsons nails sideline conversion in 100th NPC match

North Harbour's hooker James Parsons celebrated his 100th NPC match in style, nailing a side-line conversion in his side's 51-34 Mitre 10 Cup win against Hawke's Bay in Napier this afternoon.

The 31-year-old scored two tries in the match and nailed a difficult conversion on the angle, to put the icing on the cake in a see-saw battle with the Magpies.

The lead changed several times in the match with North Harbour scoring two late tries to secure victory over the home team.

Harbour will take on Taranaki next Saturday in New Plymouth in their next NPC fixture.

The first-five put on a big right foot step before scoring in his side’s 51-34 win over Hawke’s Bay in Napier. Source: SKY

North Harbour 51 (James Parsons 2, Matt Duffie, Shaun Stevenson, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Harrison Groundwater tries;Gatland 4, Parsons con; Gatland 2 pen).

Hawke's Bay 34 (Kianu Kereru-Symes, Jonah Lowe, JJ Taulagi, Brad Weber tries; Taulagi 4 con, 2 pen).

HT: 15-17.

Parsons didn't put a step wrong against Hawke's Bay, scoring two tries and nailing a conversion. Source: SKY


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Late attacking charge sees North Harbour outclass Magpies in tight NPC contest

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of today's Mitre 10 Cup clash between Hawke's Bay and North Harbour at McLean Park in Napier.

FULLTIME - HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 51

79 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 51

TRY! Pasqualle Dunn goes in over to score for Harbour as they secure the W in Napier. James Parsons steps up to take the conversion in his 100th NPC match and he nails it with his attempt grazing the left upright before going over the posts. 

72 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 44

TRY! Bryn Gatland steps off his right foot and charges over to score a crucial try for Harbour. Magpies are running out of time with only five minutes remaining in this NPC clash.

The North Harbour star is one of four new faces in the All Blacks' end of year tour squad.
Matt Duffie Source: Photosport

Gatland converts his own try.

69 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 37

THREE! Bryn Gatland fires a penalty kick from over 30m out and Harbour lead with 10 minutes left in the match.

61 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 34

TRY! Harbour hit back! This time Bryn Gatland finds his mark. He throws a skip pass wide to left winger Tevita Li who dives over to score down the left flank.

Bryn Gatland is off target with his kick from the sideline.

58 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 29

TRY! JJ Taulagi makes a break around haflway and finds a support runner in Brad Weber with the fullback throwing an inside pass to Weber. The halfback sprints away to score under the goal posts. Taulagi has been everywhere in this match.

JJ Taulagi bangs over his conversion with ease.

54 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 29

TRY! Shaun Stevenson runs an excellent line and steps his way over to score to level up the scores.

Harbour hit the front after a successful kick by Bryn Gatland. 

53 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22

NO TRY! Harbour butcher an easy walk over try with Bryn Gatland throwing a poor pass to Tevita Li who had no defender in front of him. Gatland's pass goes flying over the touch-line.

48 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22

TRY! Hawke's Bay hit back! Lincoln McClutchie holds up the ball and delivers a perfect pop pass to a charging JJ Taulagi who steps his way over to score under the posts.

JJ Taulagi converts his own try from in front of the sticks.

44 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 20 HARBOUR 22

TRY! North Harbour set up a great driving maul from a line-out 5m out of Magpies' own goal line and they rumble over to score. James Parsons' is the one who comes up with the ball and he has his second try of the match in his 100th NPC match.

Bryn Gatland is online with his conversion attempt from out wide.

42 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 20 HARBOUR 15

THREE! JJ Taulagi is on target with his penalty kick at goal to extend Hawke's Bay lead.

40 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

And we are back underway with Lincoln McClutchie kicking off deep towards North Harbour.

HALFTIME - HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

40 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

TRY! Shaun Stevenson spots acres of space in behind the Magpies and puts in a smart grubber kick for Matt Duffie to run onto. He gets to the ball first and delivers a killer blow to the home side just before the break. He dots down for his side's second try of the match.

Bryn Gatland's shot at goal hits the left uprights and his side trail by two-points at halftime. 

32 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 10

TRY! Hawke's Bay fire back! The Magpies have numbers out to the right and they give the ball to their speedster Jonah Lowe who gets on the outside of his defender before throwing a dummy. The North Harbour defenders fall for the dummy and Lowe brings the ball around and scores close to the uprights.

JJ Taulagi slots the coversion with ease, he is 3/3 with the boot today.

29 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 10

TRY! Harbour spin the ball wide down the right edge with Matt Duffie breaking through the defensive line, he throws an inside pass to his halfback Bryn Hall who then fires a perfect ball to Sione Teu.

Teu shows some great pace for a flanker and is tackled 5m out from Magpies' goal line. James Parsons is the first Harbour player to arrive at the breakdown and he goes himself. He scores Harbour's first try in his 100th NPC match.

Bryn Gatland adds the extras.

26 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

NO TRY! Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a is denied a try after the referee ruled Sione Teu of holding back Magpies flanker Marino Mikaele-Tu'u as Moala-Liava'a crossed the try-line.

14 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

NO TRY! Shaun Stevenson gets on the outside of his opposite Jonah Lowe, he attempts an offload for Harbour winger Tevita Li but he can't control it and fumbles the ball 5m away from the try-line. A great last ditch tackle by Lowe which forced Stevenson to throw the pass.

12 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

THREE! North Harbour are on the score-board after Bryn Gatland lands a monster 40m penalty kick.

6 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 0

TRY! Magpies hooker Kianu Kereru-Symes rumbles over from close range to score the first-five pointer of the match. It all started inside their own 22 when centre Stacey Ili made a break and put in a clever kick to get his side inside Harbour's 22.

The conversion is online by JJ Taulagi.

3 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 3 HARBOUR 0

THREE! JJ Taulagi lands a penalty kick at goal from 41 metres out.

HAWKE'S BAY 0 HARBOUR 0

KICK-OFF! Bryn Gatland gets things underway! He kicks off deep to Hawke's Bay.

TEAMS

Hawke's Bay: JJ Taulagi, Jonah Lowe, Stacey Ili, Pasqualle Dunn, Mason Emerson, Lincoln McClutchie, Brad Weber (co-captain), Gareth Evans (co-captain), Josh Kaifa, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Michael Allardice, Tom Parsons, Ben May, Kianu Kereru-Symes, Mark Braidwood.

Reserves: Ben Power, Joe Apikatoa, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Geoff Cridge, Devan Flanders, Folau Fakatava, Sasa Tofilau, Michael Buckley.

North Harbour: Shaun Stevenson, Matt Duffie (co-captain), James Dargaville, Harrison Groundwater, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Bryn Hall, Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a, Dillon Hunt, Sione Teu, Danny Drake, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Mike Tamoaieta, James Parsons (co-captain), Luatangi Li.

Reserves: Luteru Tolai, Chris Eves, Sione Mafileo, Jacob Pierce, Murphy Taramai, Lewis Gjaltema, Daniel Hilton-Jones, Mark Telea.

48 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22
69 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 37
The first-five put on a big right foot step before scoring in his side’s 51-34 win over Hawke’s Bay in Napier. Source: SKY


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