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    Smith cleared for Hurricanes

    2013-02-27 10:08
    Cape Town - Conrad Smith has recovered from injury in time for the Hurricanes' Super Rugby clash against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 12:20 SA time.

    The veteran centre was believed to be concussed during the clash against the Blues last weekend, but tests revealed that the injury wasn't serious. This means he retains his midfield spot alongside Tim Bateman.

    The only change to the starting XV sees Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen slot in at tighthead ahead of Ben May.

    On the bench, Motu Matu’u will make his first appearance for the Hurricanes in 2013 after suffering a pectoral injury during pre-season training. James Broadhurst will pull on the No 18 jersey as he comes in to replace the injured Mark Reddish.

    The Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at home against the Blues in their opening match, while the Reds have had a mixed bag of results to date, going down to the Brumbies in Round 1, before rebounding to beat the Waratahs last weekend.

    Teams:

    Reds:

    15. Aidan Toua, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Ben Tapuai, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Ben Lucas, 8. Ben Lucas, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Eddie Quirk, 5. Ed O’Donoghue, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper (captain), 2. Saia Fainga’a, 1. Greg Holmes

    Substitutes: 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Radike Samo, 20. Nick Frisby, 21. Mike Harris, 22. Luke Morahan

    Hurricanes:

    15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks

    Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo

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