Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Bulls (quarterfinal)


By Kevin McCarthy It would be a cruel heart which was not sorry for the South African cricketers this week, who having dug themselves into a hole, then proceed to keep looking in the bottom of it for a way out. I personally was sorry for them. But then after about 10 seconds, I thought,

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Blues


By Kevin McCarthy  Never say Never but it’s hard to believe that Beaudie for the Blues is anything other than the sort of stuff that comes out when a player is off contract and trying to get the best deal. A move surely wouldn’t be about greater opportunity or moving out of another’s shadow to

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Short Passes 10 June


Above – Scott Waldom scored two tries on Saturday, you can’t teach an old wolf new tricks. A bumper weekend of rugby just gone, and it gets better. Confirmed school rugby this Wednesday at St Pat’s Silverstream and Porirua Park. The Silverstream First XV hosts Christchurch’s St Bede’s College at 11.00am at Silverstream No. 1.

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Lions


Above: Beauden Barrett kicks for goal against the Lions in 2018. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius.  By Kevin McCarthy Just another dull week in Wellington rugby – rock and roll on the field, drugs somewhere off it, and I’m pretty sure, there was sex somewhere too. Let’s stick to rugby shall we. Nothing much has changed equation

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes in South Africa week one


By Kevin McCarthy Say what you like about the convoluted Super Rugby system, and yes, no one will mourn its passing, but the competition is just that with three rounds to go. Looking of course at the Hurricanes, there is much to play for and be nervous about in the next few weeks – even

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Short Passes -13 May


        There are two rounds to play in the Premier Swindale Shield competition. Will Hutt Old Boys Marist win the first round competition? Can Oriental-Rongotai regroup from their heavy loss to Wainuiomata on Saturday to beat the Eagles this coming Saturday? Who make and miss out on the ‘top 7’? Follow the

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Blues in Auckland


By Kevin McCarthy  There were two draws last weekend, and while neither involved the Canes,  its our  fans who should be feeling like they just had to kiss their cousin. The Crusaders were so close to going down to defeat on Friday, yet bizarrely walked away with three points from a draw because the Sharks

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Short Passes – 6 May


  Welcome to a new week in rugby. A short breather then it is all again! With three rounds to play in the Swindale Shield, leaders and unbeaten Hutt Old Boys Marist have a 17-point buffer to eighth placed Tawa. This means that the Eagles are the first team to officially qualify for the second

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Rebels


By Kevin McCarthy There’s a metaphor somewhere in those loping Jordie Barrett runs on Saturday night. Something about it being what you fondly imagine could always be the case for the Hurricanes. As in untouchable, and a bit scary. Now granted, the defending was off – although that hasn’t stopped the Canes butchering tries this

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Chiefs in Wellington


By Kevin McCarthy Photos by Hugh Pretorius We’re well into the second half of the regular comp and the Hurricanes continue to feel like an Imposter Syndrome team. Sitting fourth on the blended log and second in reality, you’d expect the team to be in dominant shape, on a roll, being talked of as serious

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