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    Perenara, Barrett start for Hurricanes at Newlands

    2020-01-30 08:29

    Cape Town - All Blacks duo TJ Perenara and Jordie Barrett are set to start for the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

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    It will be the first time Perenara has led the Hurricanes in his new capacity as official co-captain.

    The 23-man squad also boasts the experience of Ngani Laumape at inside centre and Gareth Evans in the No 8 jersey.

    Fletcher Smith has earned himself a start at flyhalf with Jackson Garden-Bachop on the bench.

    Several Hurricanes debutants have been named in the starting line-up, including former Blues lock, Scott Scrafton, and former Highlanders prop, Tyrel Lomax.

    Head coach Jason Holland told the Hurricanes' official website that pre-season was useful.

    "We worked hard through our pre-season matches at improving parts of our game and performance. Nobody shows too much in pre-season games, so we are looking forward to trying a few things."

    Holland added that every player named in this weekend's squad knows it will be a tough game, especially since the Hurricanes haven't won in Cape Town since 2006.

    "The Stormers will be a physical challenge for us and we expect them to be very direct and attack us up front. We will look forward to that challenge and intend to put them under pressure with our style of rugby. We've had a thorough week in Cape Town and are in good shape heading into the weekend.”

    The Hurricanes walked away with a 34-28 win against the Stormers last season. Several players, including Ben Lam, Ricky Riccitelli, James Blackwell and Wes Goosen were in that team and have been selected this time around.

    Kick-off is at 15:05 on Saturday.

    Teams:

    Stormers

    Hurricanes

    15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong

    Substitutes: 16 Asafo Auma, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso

    - Hurricanes Rugby

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    Fixtures

    Saturday, 22 February 2020
    • Chiefs v Brumbies, FMG Stadium Waikato 08:05
    • Reds v Sunwolves, Suncorp Stadium 10:15
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Bulls v Blues, Loftus Versfeld 17:15
    Friday, 28 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Rebels, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Waratahs v Lions, Bankwest Stadium 10:15
    Saturday, 29 February 2020
    • Hurricanes v Sunwolves, McLean Park 05:45
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 10:15
    • Stormers v Blues, Cape Town 15:05
    • Bulls v Jaguares, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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