Jordie Barrett steals the show as Hurricanes snap Crusaders' unbeaten streak

The Hurricanes have broken the Crusaders' unbeaten run with a 31-22 win at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

HUR 31-22 CRU

FULLTIME: Thats it! TJ Perenara smacks the ball into touch for a final time as the hooter blows for a famous Hurricanes victory as they snap the Crusaders' unbeaten run.

HUR 31-22 CRU

78min: There was never any doubt! Jordie Barrett slots it right down the middle.

HUR 28-22 CRU

76min: Penalty to the Hurricanes right in front of the posts. A big chance now for Jordie Barrett to seal the deal as he points to the posts.

HUR 28-22 CRU

74min: Loni "Tongan Bear" Uhila has absolutely crunched Jordan Taufua, the Hurricanes get a subsequent penalty for offside before TJ Perenara takes a quick tap and catches the Crusaders napping. The Crusaders are then penalised again for not being 10 metres back.

HUR 28-22 CRU

72min: TJ Perenara saves a certain try as he takes down Drummond inches from the line. He's penalised for not releasing and the Hurricanes clear.

HUR 28-22 CRU

70min: Kieran Read goes for a run after the scrum before the attack is foiled by Ardie Savea. The flanker passes to Jordie Barrett who kicks it out on the full.

HUR 28-22 CRU

68min: Crusaders finally get their hands back on the ball after a recent flurry from the Hurricanes. They're awarded a scrum and desperately need to spark something as the game begins to slip away from the Southerners.

HUR 28-22 CRU

65min: TRY FIFITA IN THE CORNER! The Hurricanes make huge metres after the lineout before the ball is worked wide to Ngani Laumape. The hulking second-five takes a couple of defenders with him before flicking a ball to a lurking Fifita in the corner! Referee goes upstairs to check it but there's no issues. Jordie Barrett nails another difficult kick.

HUR 21-22 CRU

63min: Nervous moment their for the Crusaders! Havili has a kick charged, Jordie Barrett chases and forces Israel Dagg out for a lineout.

HUR 21-22 CRU

61min: Huge moment here for the Hurricanes they're awarded a penalty 55 metres out and Jordie Barrett puts his hand up to kick it. He takes one look at the posts and hits it but it doesn't have the legs and the Crusaders clear neatly.

HUR 21-22 CRU

59min: TRY HURRICANES! The home side right back in it after that scrum, Perenara takes it quickly before lashing a pass for Goosen who dives over the line in the corner! Jordie Barrett with a big kick now, he lines it up and puts it over! One point game now.

HUR 14-22 CRU

57min: Great strength there from the Hurricanes frowards to chase Goosen's kick down the wing and force Matt Todd over the line and a resulting scrum 5 metres out.

HUR 14-22 CRU

54min: TRY TO THE CRUSADERS! Crusaders with a scrum 5 metres out in front of the posts after that. Kieran Read pops his head up and flicks a killer ball to Israel Dagg who slices through the Hurricanes defence to score. Richie Mo'unga makes no mistake with the kick.

HUR 14-15 CRU

52min: Crusaders get a lineout shortly after and Mo'unga kicks deep inside the Hurricanes half. The men in yellow are on the back foot now as the Crusaders crunch their way closer and closer to the line. Taufua has a go at the line but is held up by a scrambling Hurricanes defence.

HUR 14-15 CRU

49min: Crusaders have it again inside the Hurricanes' half as they work it quickly down the left side before a penalty goes against the red and blacks and the Hurricanes with a chase to ease pressure as Otere Black clears.

HUR 14-15 CRU

47min: Crusaders now have a penalty and a chance to get back in front through the boot of Richie Mo'unga and the first-five doesn't disappoint with a great kick. Crusaders back in front.

HUR 14-12 CRU

45min: TRY! THE BUS SCORES! The penalty paid off for the Hurricanes as Julian Savea expertly pushes a cross-field kick backwards before regathering it and waltzing over. Jordie Barrett lines up the kick and nails it to give the men in yellow the lead.

HUR 7-12 CRU

44min: Hurricanes get a penalty after the Crusaders failed to roll away and they have a great attacking opportunity here.

HUR 7-12 CRU

42min: Great move from Hurricanes there, Otere Black puts in a highball and Jordie Barrett uses his skills in the air to take the ball nicely. The Hurricanes however knock it on shortly afterwards and its now a scrum to the Crusaders.

HUR 7-12 CRU

40min: The players are back on the paddock as Richie Mo'unga gets the match restarted again.

HUR 7-12 CRU

HALFTIME: There's just enough time for a lineout as the Crusaders have it just inside the Hurricanes' half. The ball finally makes it way to Crusaders half-back Bryn Hall before the Hurricanes win a penalty. The hooter's blown however and referee Glen Jackson calls time as the players run into the dressing room.

HUR 7-12 CRU

38min: TJ Perenara's kick goes no where and the Crusaders force a 22 metre drop out. Richie Mo'unga does the honours to get the match restarted as he kicks deep.

HUR 7-12 CRU

36min: Lineout to the Hurricanes after George Bridge runs out of space down the sideline after a Crusaders attack. Hurricanes are awarded a penalty after one of their players was taken out in the air. Another golden opportunity for the Hurricanes.

HUR 7-12 CRU

34min: Break in play now as both sides get a breather before another scrum. 

HUR 7-12 CRU

31min: TRY! JORDIE BARRETT SNEAKS IN! The make-shift centre picks a gap and goes for it after a marvelous pass from Otere Black while falling. The youngest Barrett brother is too quick for the Crusaders as he slides over the chalk in style. He converts his own try too.

HUR 0-12 CRU

29min: Laumape is down after busting through a couple of tackle after the Hurricanes managed to win the ball back. They've been awarded a penalty for their efforts too as Otere Black clears the ball out of their half.

HUR 0-12 CRU

27min: TJ Perenara has cost his team a great opportunity there. The half-back's back chat to the referee after a scuffle with a Crusaders player sees the penalty reversed.

HUR 0-12 CRU

25min: Hurricanes not deterred after missing out on their lineout opportunity a few minutes ago as they mount an attack just outside the 22. They work it left and right but the Crusaders defence is resolute as they force a mistake from the Hurricanes near the touchline. Lineout to the Crusaders.

HUR 0-12 CRU

23min: Great chance for the Hurricanes now after a fabulous kick from Otere Black following a penalty. The Hurricanes mess up the lineout however and Mo'unga manages to clear the ball.

HUR 0-12 CRU

21min: Hurricanes walk over the ball and Perenara has it. Milner-Skudder has it now and puts in a cheeky little kick but its well taken by the Crusaders, they then kick and Hurricanes have it again as Nehe Milner-Skudder breaks free on the wing.

HUR 0-12 CRU

19min: Hurricanes get into a spot of bother after Matt Todd and co force a maul and the Hurricanes get pinged. Referee has no other choice but call a penalty to the red and blacks.

HUR 0-12 CRU

16min: Penalty to the Hurricanes after the Crusader failed to roll away. The men in yellow and black take it cleanly before Jordie Barrett slings a wild pass behind Nehe Milner-Skudder who has to recover smartly. Both sides now trading a series of kicks before Israel Dagg finally puts things to bed with a great clearance.

HUR 0-12 CRU

14min: TRY! TAMANIVALU WITH A DOUBLE! Richie Mo'unga gets the ball after the 11th phase, he puts in a wide ball to Kieran Read who pops up a quick pass to the winger who after a slight fumble regathers the ball to pounce again in the corner. Richie Mo'unga smacks the ball against the upright and misses!

HUR 0-7 CRU

11min: Referee Glen Jackson has a word with both front rows after some early problems with the scrums. Crusaders take the scrum and move swiftly, punching inside the Hurricanes' 22 now.

HUR 0-7 CRU

10min: Crusaders win a penalty and turn the ball over after the second scrum. The kick from Mo'unga isn't out though! Hurricanes have it just inside the Crusaders half and look to mount an attack as Black puts in a high bomb for his teammates to chase.

HUR 0-7 CRU

8min: Penalty after the scrum with problems around the Crusaders front row's angling. 

HUR 0-7 CRU

5min: Hurricanes look to reply after that early set back through a lineout deep inside the Crusaders' half. They take it nicely as the ball is dropped to a lurky TJ Perenara who makes a few metres. Referee calls play back however and a scrum is called 5 metres out form the Crusaders' line.

HUR 0-7 CRU

2min: TRY! Early penalty to the Crusaders after a scrum. They take the lineout cleanly and begin to mount pressure right on the Hurricanes' 22, they get the advantage before Jordan Taufua and Scott Barrett combine before the ball is flung out wide to Seta Tamanivalu who crashes over in the corner. Electric start here! Richie Mo'unga nails the conversion from touch.

KICKOFF: Whistle blows and Otere Black gets us underway here in Wellington.

7:32pm: More last minute changes to the Hurricanes, Jordie Barrett has replaced Vince Aso at centre.

7:30pm: The Hurricanes have announced via twitter that star first-five Beauden Barrett is out of tonight's New Zealand derby because of illness.

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

PRE-GAME

It's just as well Hurricanes skipper TJ Perenara isn't a huge believer in momentum.

After a month's break from Super Rugby, his team needs to hit full stride straight away against the Crusaders in their final round-robin match in Wellington.

The match is a crucial one for the defending champions: a win results in a trip to Canberra to play the Brumbies in the quarter-finals, while a loss means they will fly to Cape Town to meet the Stormers.

"Getting in the play-offs, it doesn't matter whether you've won the week before or not, it doesn't matter how your season's gone," Perenara said yesterday.

"You could go through the season and just scrape into the play-offs or you could go through undefeated and it's whoever turns up on the day for that first quarter-final - eight can knock out one, seven can knock out two.

"It doesn't matter."

The Crusaders have welcomed back a host of All Blacks regulars for tonight's crunch match.

Fresh off their Test series draw against the British and Irish Lions, the likes of Kieran Read, Israel Dagg, Wyatt Crockett and Scott Barrett will all start in the capital, while Sam Whitelock is named on the bench.

Fringe All Blacks including Luke Romano, Matt Todd and Jack Goodhue have also been named in Scott Robertson's starting XV.

Front-rowers Joe Moody, Owen Franks and Codie Taylor have all been rested, while Ryan Crotty continues to nurse a hamstring issue.

While a home quarter-final is already assured for the unbeaten Crusaders, only a victory against the Hurricanes will guarantee a home final on August 5, should the Crusaders make it that far.

TEAMS

HUR: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 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 Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May
HUR Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Wes Goosen, 23 Cory Jane

CRU: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett
CRU Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Sean Wainui



Watch: Tasman winger stuns Turbos with explosive run to score superb solo try

Tasman have outlasted a spirited Manawatū to earn a 29-19 Mitre 10 Cup win in Palmerston North tonight.

The Mako were made to work all night by the Turbos but got off to a flying start thanks to a superb solo run by Jamie Spowart.

Spowart was the first receiver off a Mako scrum inside their own half and after a simple step back to his right, burst through a hole in the Manawatū defence.

The Tasman winger ended up running 60m untouched to score and give Tasman an early lead they would never surrender in the rest of the match.

That wasn't to say the Premiership side weren't tested by the struggling Championship outfit as Manawatū pressure Tasman's forwards all night.

As a result, the Mako's scrums and lineouts began to become a serious issue in the game as they gave up multiple knock-ons and penalties which the Turbos converted on twice.

Despite a try on halftime to cut the deficit to 14-12, the Turbos were ultimately undone early in the second half when they gave up two tries in the space of eight minutes.

A late score from Michael Tagicakibau wasn't enough to rein in the visitors either.

With the win, Tasman remain second on the table behind Auckland in the Premiership while Manawatū continue to remain trapped in second-to-last in the Championship with just one win in six games so far this year.

Jamie Spowart took the ball off a scrum, spied a hole and never looked back. Source: SKY


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As it happened: Tasman outlast scrappy Manawatū to take hard-earned win

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live updates of tonight's Mitre 10 Cup match between Manawatū and Tasman at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North.

FT: MAN 19-29 TAS

That does it for a scrappy ol' game in Palmy. A much better performance from Manawatū than in recent weeks but still not enough to get them a win. Tasman will have plenty they want to work on this week - especially the forwards at set piece after a horrid night in both scrums and lineouts. Still, it's a bonus point win and keeps them in the upper echelon of the Premiership table. That'll do it from us here tonight. Have a good evening.

77min: MAN 19-29 TAS

Manawatū look for a late line break but there's a forward pass from Malcolm. That'll probably do it. Mako scrum on halfway.

75min: MAN 19-29 TAS

TAS THREE! Hunt slots it with ease and pushes the lead to 10.

74min: MAN 19-26 TAS

Mako launch a composed attack and get to within 2m after 19 phases of play. Nothing fancy. Just forwards and backs hitting the line with hard, straight runs and getting over the advantage line. Manawatū finally give up a penalty for being offside. Looks like Tasman will play it safe and take the three.

70min: MAN 19-26 TAS

Black's kick goes to waste as there's another knock on at the lineout. Tasman scrum on their 22m.

69min: MAN 19-26 TAS

Tasman try to milk another penalty at the scrum but it backfires as they lose control of the ball at the back and get penalised for not releasing when Manawatū come through to steal it. Black hoofs it down field and it's a beauty. Turbos lineout on Tasman's 22m.

67min: MAN 19-26 TAS

Turbos straight back under pressure as their lineout throw isn't straight just outside their 22m. That's going to give Tasman an attacking scrum.

65min: MAN 19-26 TAS

MAN TRY! Tasman are penalised for an early push at the scrum. It's taken quickly but the ball is inches short. Turbos recycle quickly, numbers to the right and Tagicakibau goes over. Black adds the extras and Manawatū are back to within seven.

63min: MAN 12-26 TAS

Tasman's defence holds and they bundle Mafi into touch. Tasman's lineout 10m from their line but it's another shocker and they knock it on! Turbos with another chance as they get the scrum 10m from the Mako line.

60min: MAN 12-26 TAS

Turbos with a big chance to come back here as they get a penalty and kick for touch. The lineout will be 10m from Tasman's line. They're still down a man though.

57min: MAN 12-26 TAS

TAS TRY! Too easy. Hunt sees a hole off the lineout, pins the ears back and sprints through it to score under the posts. Big task coming up now for the hosts.

55min: MAN 12-19 TAS

MAN YELLOW! Ironically, Kiri Kiri is sent to the bin as he's penalised for a high tackle off the lineout. Mako kick AGAIN for touch and now the lineout is 15m from the Turbos' line. Three penalties for 80m. Not a bad trade.

54min: MAN 12-19 TAS

Mako get another penalty as their maul forces another offside play from Manawatū. The ref calls in Kiri Kiri and says another one will see someone in the bin. Tasman kick for toucha again and now their lineout is 10m inside Turbos' half.

53min: MAN 12-19 TAS

Mako scrum puts the shunt on and earn a penalty as Manawatū collapses. Mako kick for touch and get a lineout 15m from halfway.

52min: MAN 12-19 TAS

Turbos go absolutely nowhere for 12 phases until finally Otere Black makes a run down the left wing. Gets passed his man and finds support. Christie makes a try-saving ankle tap and there's a knock on. Mako scrum 15m from their own line.

50min: MAN 12-19 TAS

Manawatū with an attacking chance after kickoff as Tasman try to run the ball and a loose pass goes into touch. Turbo lineout 10m inside the Mako's half.

49min: MAN 12-19 TAS

TAS TRY! Mako get inside Manawatū's 22m shortly after the lineout. It comes to the left and somehow Fox-Mataamua holds onto a pass behind with a one-handed catch. He gets it to Jordan and the sub is in with his first touch of the night. O'Malley's conversion is off the post... seen that a bit lately.

47min: MAN 12-14 TAS

Big 30min coming up for one man as Jackson Hemopo comes onto the field. If he gets through this, could be in for a trip to Argentina with the All Blacks. On the field, it'll be a Mako lineout 10m inside Manawatū's half.

45min: MAN 12-14 TAS

Manawatū's defence holds for 12 phases and it forces Tasman to go wide. The pass is a big skip pass and it's forward! Turbos scrum on their 5m.

43min: MAN 12-14 TAS

Mako with another strong drive and it leads to a penalty as Turbos enter the maul offside. Mako kick for touch again and look to do the same with a 5m lineout.

42min: MAN 12-14 TAS

Mako immediately with a great attacking chance after Turbos are penalised for an illegal strip. Mako kick for touch and it's a lineout 15m from Manawatū's line.

40min: MAN 12-14 TAS

Mako get us going again.

HT: MAN 12-14 TAS

Halftime and the scoreboard is a fair reflection of the game so far. Close contest in the first half but Tasman have done more with ball in hand to earn a two point lead. What will really concern the Mako is their set play. Lineouts are a horror show at the moment and they've give up multiple penalties at the scrum too. For Manawatū, a strong first half and they'll be confident they're right in this one. It's on them now to keep that intensity up and force more errors in the second 40. Don't go anywhere. We'll be back soon.

40+2min: MAN 12-14 TAS

MAN TRY! Patience and power from Manawatū gets them a big try on halftime. They continue to pick and go for 13 phases to get within 5m of the line. Alaalatoa is at the back of the ruck and sees space on the left of the ruck. Picks, goes and stretches out to score. Plonks the ball right on the line to score. Big moment in the game.

38min: MAN 5-14 TAS

Turbos slowly burrow their way towards Tasman's 22m but there's a knock on and the Mako counterattack with Alaimalo on the left wing. He kicks ahead to chase but the bounce goes into touch. Manawatū's lineout 10m from halfway.

35min: MAN 5-14 TAS

It's a clean lineout for Tasman but a poor pass from the ensuing ruck leads to a knock on. Turbos scrum on halfway.

34min: MAN 5-14 TAS

Tasman's scrum earns another penalty as Manawatū buckle from the shove. Mako clear and get a lineout 10m from halfway.

33min: MAN 5-14 TAS

Tasman survive a horror restart. They completely misread the kickoff and Tagicakibau takes it on the full. He runs it all the way to within 5m. Manawatū go to pick and goes but one is too upright and the ball gets held up. It's a maul that dies and Tasman gets a scum 10m from their line. Lucky.

31min: MAN 5-14 TAS

TAS TRY! Tasman finally get a lineout right and it leads to Aumua scoring. They maul for a solid 20m before Makalio breaks from the back. He's taken short. It's recycled quickly and Aumua is over with ease. O'Malley converts and pushes their lead to nine.

29min: MAN 5-7 TAS

It takes a couple of resets but the Mako finally get a clean scrum. They attack down the blindside and it works as the Turbos make the tackle but they're penalised for playing at the ball off their feet. Mako kick for touch and get lineout on Manawatū's 22m. Can they get it right here?

26min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Manawatu look to score down the right wing again but they get isolated and penalised for not releasing. Tasman kick for touch and get a lineout 15m from halfway. It's yet another horrid lineout but they're lucky this time as Manawatū knock it on trying to steal it. Mako scrum 10m outside their 22m.

24min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Manawatū's defence doesn't budge for 13 phases and it forces Tasman to go wide. But that backfires as Alaimalo is driven into touch. Turbos lineout just outside their 22m.

21min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Turbos use a short lineout and get the ball to Kiri Kiri in the midfield. He hits the line hard but pops the ball loose in contact. Tasman scrum in the middle of the field bang on halfway.

20min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Turbos throw the ball away shortly after the lineout when they're penalised for not releasing. Great kick from O'Malley gives them a lineout just inside Manawatū's 22m. But it's another shocker from the Mako and a knock on leads to a Turbos scrum. Mako scrum is again penalised for collapsing so Turbos kick for toucha and it's a lineout on halfway.

17min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Tasman front row is penalised after they collapse it twice in a row. Turbos kick for touch and get a lineout 10m inside Tasman's half.

16min: MAN 5-7 TAS

Turbos clear early after the kickoff and Tasman look to attack. But after eight phases of hitting the line hard with straight runs there's a knock on. Manawatū scrum 15m inside their own half.

14min: MAN 5-7 TAS

MAN TRY! Turbos strik back with a brilliant team try. They launch an attack 40m from Tasman's line with a skip pass to the right win. Kiri Kiri fends off one before giving the ball to Waitokia. Waitokia is one-on-one and gets and offload to Malcolm who runs it 20m to score in the right corner. Great stuff.

11min: MAN 0-7 TAS

Turbos escape pressure after the Mako have another poor lineout. Turbos get the ball and Tasman are penalised for being offside soon after. Turbos kick for touch and get a lineout on halfway.

9min: MAN 0-7 TAS

Tasman right back on attack after Manawatū are penalised for hands in the ruck straight after kickoff. Mako kick for touch and get a lineout 10m inside the Turbos half.

8min: MAN 0-7 TAS

TAS TRY! What an amazing run from Spowart! Gets the ball from the base of the scrum at speed and he steps inside his man. Pins the ears back and he's away to score untouched. Superb solo run. O'Malley with the extas from the right wing and he's got it.

6min: MAN 0-0 TAS

Laloifi makes a great break down the left wing but he's driven hard into the ground. Unfortunately, his head hits the ground hard with whiplash and he stays down so that forces a stoppage in play. He's slow to get up. That's his night done unless he passes an HIA. Game will restart with a scrum to Tasman 10m inside their half after Laloifi also lost the ball in contact.

5min: MAN 0-0 TAS

Manawatū come up with a steal at the lineout and clear shortly after. But Tasman counter attack down the left wing and get all the way down to just outside the Turbos' 22m. That great attack from Alaimalo is undone though as Tasman are penalised for misconduct at the breakdown. Turbos clear and get a lineout on halfway.

2min: MAN 0-0 TAS

Tasman cleary early after kickoff and the Turbos return it from halfway. Blackadder comes up with a steal at the breakdown though and Tasman look to attack but the Turbos are penalised for being offside. Mako kick for touch and get a lineout 5m inside Manawatū's half.

KICKOFF

Turbos get us going!

PRE-GAME

Clear night in Palmy. Light northerly favouring the team playing left to right. 16 degrees at the moment dropping to 14. Pretty perfect conditions underfoot too.

PREVIEW

Tasman Mako player Tim O'Malley during their Pre Season Mitre 10 Cup rugby union game against the Manawatu Turbos. Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand. Friday 12 August 2016. ©Copyright Photo: Chris Symes / www.photosport.nz
Tasman Mako player Tim O'Malley makes a run against the Turbos in 2016. Source: Photosport

It's David against Goliath in Palmerston North tonight as Championship strugglers Manawatū host Premiership high-flyers Tasman.

After a positive start to 2018 with a 24-19 win over Waikato, Manawatū have suffered four straight losses to Taranaki, Otago, Canterbury and Northland.

On the other hand, Tasman have won all their matches in 2018 bar a hefty loss to undefeated Premiership leaders Auckland and enter tonight's game coming off a convincing 53-17 win over Taranaki.

One positive for the Turbos is the inclusion of All Blacks rookie Jackson Hemopo on the bench but they will be without strong performing midfielder Rob Thompson, who has been rested for the match.

Tasman have also made tweaks to their backline with captain David Havili making a rare outing at fullback with Will Jordan shifted to the bench.

TEAMS

MAN: 1.Fraser Armstrong, 2.Tim Cadwallader, 3.Michael Alaalatoa, 4.Tom Hughes, 5.Liam Hallam-Eames, 6.Samuel Slade, 7.Antonio Kiri Kiri (captain), 8.Brad Tucker, 9.Jamie Booth, 10.Sam Malcolm, 11.Michael Tagicakibau, 12.James Tofa, 13.Hamish Northcott, 14.Te Rangatira Waitokia, 15.Junior Laloifi.

Substitutes: 16.Sam Stewart, 17.Faalelei Sione, 18.Sione Asi, 19.Jackson Hemopo, 20.Adrian Wyrill, 21.Kayne Hammington, 22.Otere Black, 23.Lefeimi Mafi.

TAS: 1.Wyatt Crockett, 2.Andrew Makalio, 3.Tyrel Lomax, 4.Pari Pari Parkinson, 5.Quinten Strange, 6.Ethan Blackadder, 7.Sione Havili, 8.Taina Fox-Mataamua, 9.Finlay Christie, 10.Mitchell Hunt, 11.Solomon Alaimalo, 12.Alex Nankivell, 13.Levi Aumua, 14.Jamie Spowart, 15.David Havili (captain).

Substitutes: 16.Ray Nuiua, 17.Ryan Coxon, 18.Blair Prinsep, 19.Mike Curry, 20.John Akauolo-Laula, 21.Jack Grooby, 22.Tim O'Malley, 23.Will Jordan.

Jamie Spowart took the ball off a scrum, spied a hole and never looked back. Source: SKY


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Average Joe to Olympian: How NZR's new initiative paves a path for sevens triallists to Tokyo Games

New Zealand Rugby says the new initiative it has launched today could see some undiscovered Kiwi talent head to the Tokyo Olympics as part of the World Champion All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens squads.

The Ignite Sevens was announced today which will see New Zealanders under the age of 23 able to trial for spots in the two sides.

NZR head of high performance Mike Anthony says the programme was designed to "encourage talented athletes from all sporting codes, regardless of rugby experience, to come forward and have a go at sevens".

"Our national Sevens teams compete at the highest level on the world stage and we want to be sure we are casting the net as wide as possible and tapping into the huge reservoir of athletic talent that exists across New Zealand."

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People registered their interest earlier this year before NZR's high performance sevens coaches and trainers selected 96 players (48 men and 48 women) who will assemble in Auckland from 21 November to 24 November for a training camp and tournament.

The selected athletes will have their strength, speed, skill and agility measured before three days of training to start the camp.

Then, on the final day, players will be divided into four teams to play against each other in the inaugural Ignite7 tournament with three men and women selected by scouts to attend national development camps next year.

"The selected six players will be training alongside the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens in the New Year," Anthony said.

"It’s a massive opportunity that will give these players access to the full benefits of NZR’s high performance system and it effectively opens the door for selection into our two national Sevens teams."

After that, the chosen six can become full-fledged Sevens players in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan much like how Black Ferns Sevens players Michaela Blyde and Portia Woodman did in 2016 after a similar programme.

High performance manager Tony Philp says the Ignite 7s could be a big break for untapped Kiwi talent. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I will be joining an elite Test team' - John Mitchell confirmed as new England defence coach

Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell will be joining Eddie Jones' staff as England's defence coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Mitchell will leave his role of Executive of Rugby for South African Super Rugby side the Bulls and join up with former Wallabies boss Jones this month to help prepare for their upcoming run of internationals, including a clash against Australia on November 24 at Twickenham.

The 54-year-old replaces Paul Gustard, who took over as head coach of English premiership side Harlequins this season.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach," Mitchell said.

"I will be joining an elite high-performance programme, test team and coaching group where I will use all my experience and focus to bring the necessary clarity and confidence to the players from a defensive perspective."

England's defence has come under intense scrutiny after a poor run of form in 2018 that has included five defeats in eight internationals.

Three of those losses came in the Six Nations as the defending champions finished a dismal fifth, and criticism has mounted in the wake of their 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.

The hope is that Mitchell's experience will aid an upturn in form. The New Zealander previously served as forwards coach to Clive Woodward when the latter was in charge of England between 1997 and 2000.

As head coach of the All Blacks, he won 23 of 28 tests and led the team to a third-place finish at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and consecutive Tri-Nations titles.

"Defence is a key pillar of our game and John is an experienced coach," said Australian Jones.

"He's coached the All Blacks, USA Rugby and a number of Super Rugby sides so he will bring a wealth of experience and add to the coaching mix we have here."


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