Sunday, April 26, 2009

#691 ... ANZAC Rugby

Images left to right, top to bottom:
Hurricanes & Brumbies 'walking' out for the opening ceremony
At attention for the 'last post'
Airforce chopper flying in the match ball
Firing of the guns
The red poppie on the big screen
Mates saluting during the playing of the 'last post'
Chopper diappearing into the night sky
Generations & cultures at ANZAC parade (nzrumi Photo)
Airforce 'husband & wife"

GAME REPORT courtesy of the DomPost
Hurricanes 56
Brumbies 7

He is sporting a Zapata moustache, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the days of Freddie Mercury in the 1970s, but Cory Jane is a rugby player whose time may have come. The Hurricanes are finding their rhythm when it counts, putting together their most complete performance of the season to blitz the Brumbies in Wellington last night. The Hurricanes were more than steady - they were explosive at times, scoring four tries in 18 minutes to have the bonus point on the half hour.

From there the Canes ran in four more tries and even had the luxury of getting Piri Weepu back into the groove off the bench after a two-week absence.It was a performance that will send a shudder through the top end of the table where the Hurricanes have solidified their place in another mad scramble for playoffs spots.

Next week, it's sink or swim for the Blues in Wellington. After this form by the Hurricanes, the Blues might well pack their aqualungs.Portrayed as a potential title winner in the leadup to the tournament, the Hurricanes have spluttered along mixing brilliance with ordinary. But classy centre Conrad Smith said he knew they "weren't far off" a performance like this big win.

Hurricanes 56 (C. Jane, C. Smith, T. Ellison, D. Smith, F. Levave, Z. Guildford 2, V. Vito tries; W. Ripia 5 con, 2 pen), Brumbies 7 (B. Alexander try; S. Mortlock con). Halftime: 25-7.

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Sakiwi said...

Excellent collage.

Nice to see at least one NZ team winning this weekend.

Aimz said...

I was down at our local pub watching this game, felt sorry for the blues losing by such a big amount - they're my home team.