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The Hurricanes met Moana Pasifika in Wellington this past Friday night, resuming their winning ways. Some facts and figures from that fixture by Peter Marriott below.

Week 13 v Moana Pasifika: Won 32-24

The Hurricanes and Moana Pasifika have now met on five occasions. The Hurricanes have won four matches to Moana Pasifika’s one. There have been no drawn matches.

Moana Pasifika’s first win in Super Rugby was against the Hurricanes at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland on 25 March 2022. It was Moana Pasifika’s third-ever Super Rugby match. They won 24-19 after the match went to Golden Point.

The 24 points scored by Moana Pasifika in this match equals their record total set in the first match between the two sides.

This week the Hurricanes celebrated Mana Moana Week.

This was the Hurricanes 10th win in 2024. They have not won that many since winning 13 (from 18 matches) in 2019.

For the seventh time in their 12 matches played so far this season, the Hurricanes were not behind on the score-board at any time during the match.

The Hurricanes have won their last eight matches at a home venue: all five played so far this year and the last three played last year.

The Hurricanes made 11 changes to their starting line-up from the fifteen who started in last week’s match against the Blues. There were five changes in the backs and six in the forwards.

This was the sixth match the Hurricanes have won by a margin of eight points. Four of those occasions have been in Wellington including the match in May 2015 when the Hurricanes beat the Sharks 32-24.

The Hurricanes played their 150th match at Westpac/Sky Stadium, if the non-Super Rugby match in 2017 against the British & Irish Lions is included in the total.

The Hurricanes remain in second place in the Standings for the second week in a row with 47 points, three behind the Blues who have 50 points.

Moana Pasifika has only ever attempted two penalty goals against the Hurricanes. Just one has landed. That was in the match at Wellington last year when Lincoln McClutchie was the successful kicker. The attempt in this match obviously failed.

Moana Pasifika have become the first side this season to concede 400 points. The total stands at 430 after this match.

Both Siale Lauaki and Raymond Tuputupu made their first starts for the Hurricanes in this match. It was Lauaki’s third appearance (and first in a home match) and Tuputupu’s fifth. Both players scored their first try for the Hurricanes.

Richard Judd also scored his first try for the Hurricanes, in his 18th match, spread over four seasons beginning in 2018.

The other try scorer, Peter Lakai, touched down for his fifth try in his 18th match. His first-ever try was also against Moana Pasifika, at Auckland last year.

Captain Brad Shields appeared in his 50th match at Westpac/Sky Stadium if the match in 2017 against the British & Irish Lions is included.

Shields gets his pass away to Lakai. 

Jordi Viljoen was recalled to the side having missed the last nine matches. He played in the Hurricanes first two outings this season against the Force and the Reds but those matches were played in Australia. So this was his first appearance in front of a home crowd.

Before this match Aidan Morgan had made 33 attempts at goal in 23 appearances but not one of them had been for a penalty. His first four attempts against Moana Pasifika were also conversions but he can now add two penalties (from two attempts) to his career record. He has scored a total of 72 points for the Hurricanes.

Pasilio Tosi maintained his record of being the only player to have appeared in all 12 of the Hurricanes matches played in 2024. The Moana Pasifika try scorers, Sione Mafileo, Abraham Pole, Fine Inisi and Alamanda Motuga all scored their first try against the Hurricanes.

Christian Leali’ifano kicked just a conversion but over the years he has scored many points against the Hurricanes. His total for Moana Pasifika against the Hurricanes may be only six points but in his former career at the Brumbies, stretching as far back as 2013, he successfully kicked 48 points.

Four of the Moana Pasifika players had previously appeared for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby: Pepesana Patafilo (two matches), Julian Savea (152), Jonathan Taumateine (nine) and Danny Toala (four). All of them are backs and all four have another thing in common: they all appeared for the Hurricanes in 2021. However, not all four played together in the same match. Three of them did though (not Toala) against the Waratahs in Sydney.

Tevita Langi made his debut for Moana Pasifika.

Tana Umaga, the former Hurricanes player who appeared 122 times for the franchise and scored 47 tries, is now the Head Coach of Moana Pasifika. Since making their Super Rugby debut Moana Pasifika have played 40 matches for six wins and 34 losses.

Overall, the Hurricanes have now played 403 Super Rugby matches. They have won 232 (57.6%), lost 165 and drawn six.

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