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Hurricanes v Brumbies Stat Attack

Xavier Numia – made like Christian Cullen and scored two tries against the Brumbies.

The Hurricanes met the Horsemen in Canberra on Saturday afternoon, meeting their maiden loss of the 2024 Super Rugby season. Some facts and figures from that fixture by Peter Marriott below.

Week 10 v Brumbies: Lost 19-27

The Hurricanes and the Brumbies have now met on 32 occasions. The Hurricanes have won 13 matches to the Brumbies 19. There have been no drawn matches.

The 19 losses by the Hurricanes against the Brumbies equal the defeats to the other four Australian franchises combined: the Force (two), the Rebels (one), the Reds (six) and the Waratahs (10).

After winning a record eight matches in a row to start a season, the Hurricanes have lost for the first time in 2024. Despite their loss the Hurricanes remain at the top of the Standings for the third week in a row.

The loss to the Brumbies came in the Hurricanes 400th Super Rugby match. They had lost their 100th match (25-46) to the Brumbies at Canberra in 2004, won their 200th match (46-19) against the Force at Perth in 2012 and won their 300th match (34-9) against the Jaguares at Buenos Aires in 2018.

Of the 19 Hurricanes losses to the Brumbies, 14 of them have been at GIO Stadium. With the exception of their 41 losses at Westpac/Sky Stadium, this is the most defeats suffered by the Hurricanes on any one ground.

Next come 11 losses at both Eden Park in Auckland and FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.

The Hurricanes have lost their last six matches in succession in Canberra.

For the first time this season, the Hurricanes were behind on the scoreboard at halftime.

For the first time this season, the Hurricanes were the second side to score points.

The Hurricanes have now lost a match by the margin of eight points on 13 occasions including four times against the Brumbies. They have also lost 13 matches by 16 points and both losing margins are top-equal in terms of the number of times the Hurricanes have lost by a certain margin. Next up are losses by two and five points: 10 times on both occasions.

The Hurricanes made seven changes to their starting line-up from the fifteen who started in last week’s match against the Fijian Drua. There were three changes in the backs and four in the forwards.

This Round was designated ANZAC Weekend.

Before the match started there was an Ode of Remembrance followed by the Last Post and a moment’s silence.

The National Anthems were sung by Wesliam Tagaloa.

The second try scored by Xavier Numia was the 100th scored by a Hurricanes player against the Brumbies. The total now stands at 101. The Brumbies are the fifth franchise to concede 100 tries to the Hurricanes: the other instances are the Blues (125 tries), the Chiefs (133), the Crusaders (107) and the Highlanders (128).

Xavier Numia scored his fourth and fifth tries in his 55th Super Rugby match. They were his first against the Brumbies. They were also the first two scored by the Hurricanes in this match and follow the try he scored in the 82nd minute of the previous match against the Fijian Drua. In actual playing time it means Numia scored three tries in the space of 33 minutes.

It was the first time Xavier Numia has scored two tries in a match and only the 5th time a player has done so against the Brumbies. Numia is the second forward to score a “brace” after Chris Masoe in 2008.

Jordie Barrett scored his 29th try in his 104th Super Rugby match. It was his second try against the Brumbies and with 73 points off the boot he has now scored 83 points in nine matches against that franchise.

Jordie Barrett also started his 100th Super Rugby match and is the 11th Hurricanes player to reach this milestone. For the record the others are: brother Beauden (118 starts), Dane Coles (100), Andrew Hore (103), Cory Jane (113), Ma’a Nonu (121), TJ Perenara (146), Ardie Savea (113), Julian Savea (140), Conrad Smith (121) and Tana Umaga (118).

Brett Cameron kicked two conversions to take his total points in 14 matches for the Hurricanes to 99 points.

After four appearances off the bench, Peter Umaga-Jensen made his first start of the season.

Raymond Tuputupu made his second appearance for the Hurricanes having made his debut back in March 2022.

On that occasion he had rushed from Palmerston North as a late call-up and went onto the field to replace fellow debutant Siua Maile.

Tuputupu played a total of six minutes. Against the Brumbies he replaced James O’Reilly who went off for an HIA protocol, which he failed. Raymond Tuputupu was on the field in this match for 54 minutes.

After nine rounds of play only James O’Reilly and Pasilio Tosi have appeared in all of the Hurricanes matches.

A total of 39 players have now made at least one appearance this season for the Hurricanes.

Noah Lolesio scored his first try for the Brumbies against the Hurricanes. He also kicked 12 points and now has a total of 55 points in all matches against the Hurricanes.

Ollie Sapsford, who plays for Hawke’s Bay in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship, scored his second try against the Hurricanes.
Jahrome Brown, who was named on the bench, did not take the field during the match.

This was the 14th Super Rugby match Australian referee Angus Gardner has controlled involving the Hurricanes.

Overall it was his 111th in Super Rugby and he has equalled the record also held by South African Jaco Peyper who has been in charge of 15 Hurricanes matches.

Overall, the Hurricanes have now played 400 Super Rugby matches. They have won 230 (57.5%), lost 164 and drawn six.

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