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Hurricanes v Waratahs Stat Attack

The Hurricanes earned a late 22-18 win over the Waratahs in their latest match in Sydney on Saturday night. Some facts and figures from the game below, by Peter Marriott.

Round 13 v Waratahs: Won 22-18

This was the 25th meeting between the Hurricanes and the Waratahs. The Hurricanes have won 15 times to the Waratahs 10. So far, there have been no drawn matches.

The Waratahs have always hosted the Hurricanes in Sydney but the Leichhardt Oval is the fourth different ground they have used. The two sides first met at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1996 and played there until 2016, followed by a gap of three years until they met again, this time at another venue. During those 20 years the ground was variously known as Aussie Stadium or Allianz Stadium but it was closed in 2018 pending a rebuild on the same site.

The first match played between the two sides after the closure of the Allianz Stadium was at Brookvale Oval in 2019, then at the Sydney Cricket Ground (2021) and now the Leichhardt Oval: four different grounds in succession. No other franchise has hosted the Hurricanes at more than two different grounds in the same city.

The Leichhardt Oval is the 35th different ground the Hurricanes have played a Super Rugby match on. The Hurricanes have won their last five matches on the trot against the Waratahs.

Not for the first time in a match the Hurricanes were behind at halftime (0-15). The last time was against the Stormers at Cape Town in February 2020 when after trailing 0-19 after 40 minutes, they went on to lose the match 0-27. The Hurricanes have never before won a Super Rugby match after being scoreless at halftime.

This match was the 50th played by the Hurricanes in Australia. For the record they have played the Brumbies 16 times for five victories, the Force five times (four wins), the Rebels four times (three wins), the Reds 11 times (seven wins), and the Waratahs 14 times (seven wins). Overall the Hurricanes have won 26 of their 50 matches in Australia at a winning average of 52.0%.

Ardie Savea led the Hurricanes for the 17th time, 15 of those occasions having been from the No 8 position.

The Hurricanes have now won more matches when led by a captain in this position, than from any other. To be exact, 42 matches have been won at a success rate of 60.9%, one more victory than teams led by a Centre (at 55.4%) or by a Hooker (56.7%). Savea is one of four winning captains in the No 8 position: Jerry Collins won one match, Rodney So’oialo 32 matches, Victor Vito two, and Ardie Savea has now won seven. It is interesting to note no Fullback or Wing has ever captained the Hurricanes.

Tevita Mafileo scored the first try for the Hurricanes and it was also his first in his 29th match, which includes seven appearances for the Chiefs in 2019.

Bailyn Sullivan scored the second try, his fifth for the Hurricanes, and sixth overall. His try brought up a milestone: it was the 150th to be scored by a Hurricanes player in Australia.

Ardie Savea scored his 24th try and now lies in 13th equal place with Conrad Smith on the Hurricanes all-time try scorers table. Only Dane Coles, with 27, has scored more tries by a forward than Savea.

Savea has scored three tries this year, against the Blues, the Chiefs and the Waratahs. (He also scored against the Waratahs in 2019). All three of Savea’s tries have been scored late in a match: against the Blues it was in the 80th minute when after trailing the opposition for 57 minutes he scored to bring his side to within one point whereupon Ruben Love kicked the conversion for the single point victory to the Hurricanes. In the 73rd minute against the Chiefs, when his side was trailing by eight points, Savea scored and although Jordie Barrett was successful with the conversion, the Hurricanes came up one point short.

In this match against the Waratahs the Hurricanes were never ahead throughout the whole match until Ardie Savea crossed the line in the 75th give his side the lead by two points. Once again, Jordie Barrett converted to this time put the “icing on the cake.”

Jordie Barrett kicked seven points against the Waratahs to take his total in 82 Super Rugby matches to 594. With the 11 points in the match against the British & Irish Lions in 2017 added, his tally is 605 and he has become just the third Hurricanes player to reach the milestone of 600 points. Those seven points against the Waratahs took his overall total against them to 49.

Jamie Booth and Aidan Morgan became the 58th different Halfback/First five-eighth combination to start a Super Rugby match for the Hurricanes and the fourth different one to be used this year.

For the Waratahs Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco scored his seventh try and Dylan Pietsch his fourth. For both players it was their first against the Hurricanes.

Tane Edmed’s eight points were his first scored against the Hurricanes.

Ben Donaldson kicked a penalty to add to the 13 points he scored when the two sides last met in 2021. He is unique in 2022 in that he is the only player to have dropped a goal. It happened back in Round 2 when the Waratahs played the Reds, at the Leichhardt Oval.

Paddy Ryan, who was making his first appearance of the season, was awarded a red card in the 77th minute after having gone on as a replacement in the 53rd minute. Ryan, however, has subsequently been issued with a warning by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee and is free to resume playing. There have now been four players who have had their red card rescinded.

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