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PREVIEW: Hurricanes v Jaguares

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Thursday, April 7, 2016    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

ROUND SEVEN: Hurricanes v Jaguares, Saturday April 10, 7.35pm, Westpac Stadium

TALE OF THE TAPE

A new fixture the game sees the Hurricanes coming off a bye having won three of their five games to date to be sitting fourth in the New Zealand Conference while the Jaguares have only the one win and are in third place in the Africa Conference 2. The game is notable for the 100th appearance for the Hurricanes by former All Blacks wing Cory Jane. He will be the eighth player after Tana Umaga, Rodney So'oialo, Neemia Tialata, Ma'a Nonu, Andrew Hore, Conrad Smith and Jeremy Thrush to achieve the feat. Jane made his debut in 2007.
POWERING UP
Four changes have been made by Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd for the game with All Black Julian Savea returning to the left wing. The concussion suffered by James Marshall has seen Jason Woodward named at fullback. In the pack Victor Vito is over a calf strain and will start at No.8 while Brad Shields has returned after suffering a cut hand against the Force and will be at blindside flanker. Also returning is prop Reggie Goodes who has recovered from concussion. There's also a chance that hooker Motu Matu'u will make his first appearance of the season after problems with a calf injury. He has been named on the bench.

OPPORTUNITIES LOST

Jaguares assistant coach Martin Gaitan made the point the Jaguares have to be more efficient in attack. "Against the Blues at the start of the match we had five chances to score. We could only realise one of them and it was a penalty goal," he said. That failure against the weakest team they are likely to face in New Zealand increased the pressure on the side. "Each team we have to face is more difficult than the last," he said.

TOURING LIFE

As newcomers to Super Rugby the Jaguares were still settling into the nature of the competition which is something they have not experienced. Touring was good for the side. "Players have more freedom and are getting used to handling this," Gaitan said. "It is important not to wear yourself out and fortunately the guys have been comfortable in our environment. After this game we have a group of guys arriving which will freshen the group and allow some of them to relax," he said.
TEAMS:

HURRICANES: 1.Reggie Goode, 2.Dane Coles (captain), 3.Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 4.Michael Fatialofa, 5.Blade Thomson, 6.Brad Shields, 7.Ardie Savea, 8.Victor Vito, 9.TJ Perenara, 10.Beauden Barrett, 11.Julian Savea, 12.Ngani Laumape, 13.Willis Halaholo, 14.Cory Jane, 15.Jason Woodward.

Reserves: 16.Motu Matu'u, 17.Chris Eves, 18.Ben May, 19.Vaea Fifita, 20.Callum Gibbins, 21.Jamison Gibson-Park, 22.Otere Black, 23.Matt Proctor.

JAGUARES: 1.Santiago Garcia Botta, 2.Julian Montoya, 3.Ramiro Herrera, 4.Guido Petti, 5.Tomas Lavanini, 6.Pablo Matera, 7.Rodrigo Baez, 8.Leonardo Senatore, 9.Martin Landajo (captain), 10.Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12.Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 13.Matias Moroni, 14.Matias Orlando, 15.Ramiro Moyano.

Reserves: 16.Facundo Bosch, 17. Roberto Tejerizo, 18.Enrique Pieretto, 19.Juan Cruz Guillemain, 20.Juan Manuel Lequizamon, 21.Gonzalo Bertranou, 22.Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23.Joaquin Paz.