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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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Short Passes 17 June


Short Passes in Club Rugby’s weekly news in briefs, happenings and noticeboard round-up Email if you want to contribute or have some news. +++++ The Hutt Valley High School First XV plays Whanganui High School at 11.30am on Wednesday as part of their annual sports exchange. The only other mid-week rugby in Wellington this

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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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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 – 20 May


Above: Like a rare bird sighting, Johnsonville tries have been few and far between this season so far. Here Hawks right wing Rohan Rawlings dives through to score on Saturday against the Upper Hutt Rams. The Rams won 34-17. PHOTO: Peter McDonald.  A massive Saturday coming up in the Swindale Shield. While Hutt Old Boys

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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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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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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Sunwolves in Tokyo


He’s only on the bench but the most pleasing news for me this week was the return of James Marshall. You may recall he suffered a nasty (is there a nice?) dislocated shoulder against the Waratahs in what seems ages ago. I and a lot of people probably assumed it was season ending. Now utility

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Aisle be Back – the bye week


By Kevin McCarthy  What are those stages of grief? Denial, bargaining, acceptance. Works pretty well with the Hurricanes this year, particularly those forwards. I think we’re now pretty much at acceptance. Denial was thinking the coaches could take a pack lacking stars and turn it into a solid unit. Yeah well injuries haven’t helped, but

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