Highlanders 13 – 20 Hurricanes
For all the Canes fans out there – woo hoo! Five on the trot. Who woulda thunk it?
For everyone else – you’ll get your chance to mock us soon enough. It’s the Hurricanes after all. We’ve all been at this place before: think we’ve turned a corner, only to get run over by reality coming the other way.
Not the prettiest match ever, especially the first forty. But the tackling from both sides would have almost nearly brought the hint of a smile to Shag’s face. Accurate, ferocious, disciplined, fast.
The goal kicking, not so much. Beauden Barrett, for all his beautiful poise and balance and skill, needs to kick the damn points when they’re on offer.
My player of the match is someone who is regularly overlooked by the commentators. They mention his name with a hint of surprise – oh, what’s he doing there, that was quite good – but then pass on.
Reggie Goodes is developing into a fine young prop. Strong at scrummaging, he’s also making excellent steals at the breakdown, and last night he scored the first crucial try for the Canes.
And he’s from the mighty Poneke.