Super Rugby 2018: Hurricanes v Sunwolves Preview

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The Hurricanes will be looking to secure the full five-point haul when they take on the Sunwolves on Friday the 27th of April.

The Hurricanes will be looking to put yet another massive score over the Sunwolves when the two sides meet at the Westpac this Friday morning. Last year's game between the duo saw the Hurricanes run out 17-83 victors out in Tokyo. We could be in for a similar scoreline here as the 'Canes have looked extremely slick with ball in hand this season.

Hurricanes v Sunwolves
Friday 27 April
Westpac Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Hurricanes 1/100
Draw 40/1

Sunwolves 18/1

Hurricanes (-37.5) 9/10
Sunwolves (+37.5) 9/10

It's been a solid start to the season for Chris Boyd's troops with the men from Wellington currently two points off the New Zealand Conference toppers, the Crusaders. The Hurricanes also have a game in hand over their local rivals and could go to the top of the standings should the Crusaders slip up against the Brumbies on Saturday.

The 'Canes have named a very strong side for Friday's clash with the Barrett brothers, Vince Aso and Matt Proctor all included in the run-on side. The hosts also have a strong bench to call upon, with pocket rocket Nehe Milner-Skudder set to make a big impact during the final 20-minutes of the game.

They may still be winless in this year's tournament but the Sunwolves have shown a hell-of-a-lot of heart. Jamie Joseph's men were gutsy in defeat once again last week as they went down 33-11 to the Crusaders in Christchurch. Having conceded 14 points inside the opening five minutes of the game, the Sunwolves fought back to go into the final 25 minutes of the game trailing their illustrious opponents by just three points.

The Sunwolves are unlikely to be able to keep things as tight this Friday, however, as the Hurricanes backline is a lot more lethal than that of the Crusaders. While the 'Saders failed to capitalize on every opportunity the Sunwolves granted them, the 'Canes are unlikely to be as generous.

Verdict: Hurricanes (-37.5) 9/10
I think the Sunwolves will struggle here. They are sure to be feeling their effects of last week's clash with the 'Saders. I can foresee the 'Canes running up a very similar scoreline to the one they managed last year. 

Written by Darry Worthington for

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