The 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season concludes this Saturday with a clash between the Hurricanes and Highlanders, the fifth all New Zealand Final in the twenty year history of the league, so expect plenty of bumps and bruises as they battle for the right to raise the trophy on their home soil.
Each side is chasing their first-ever title, so regardless of the outcome history will be made and you need not miss a minute of this exciting Rugby Union action when watching it on a standard or HD TV, as well as live internet and mobile streaming options using a Free Trial.
2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby Final Preview
The sides come into the championship after superb semi final wins, both against Australian opposition. The Hurricanes played host to the ACT Brumbies and dispatched them 29-9 while the Highlanders upset the reigning champs, the NSW Waratahs, 35-17 in what was a surprise given how strong the Waratahs looked in the weeks leading up.
The teams have met twice this year, with the Hurricanes winning on both occasions. The first resulting in a 20-13 win and then meeting again eleven weeks later, when the Hurricanes belted the Highlanders 56-20 in one of the most dominant displays from any team this season.
While the Hurricanes have rightly earned the title of favourites, the Highlanders will be seeking the ultimate redemption with a win when it counts most, so look for both teams to leave everything they have on the field in what should be must see Rugby TV.
When: Saturday, July 4, 5:35 pm Sydney Time
Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Super Rugby Final Replay
Tuesday, 7 July: Final Hurr v H’land at 3:30 pm AEST (Fox Sports 2)
Thursday, 9 July: Final Hurr v H’land at 11:30 am AEST (Fox Sports 2)
The replays on Fox Sports 2 are available using the Foxtel Play Free Trial displayed below, check local listings for exact dates and times for your Australian location.
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The Hurricanes have clearly been the best side of the entire competition, winning 14 of their 16 matches in the regular season before a dominant 29-9 win over the Brumbies last weekend. They go into Saturday as warm favourites, and rightfully so given their amazing season and their superb record against the Highlanders. Foxtel is the exclusive broadcaster of this Super Rugby Final on Australian TV, so you may wish to take advantage of their Free Trial offer if eligible.
Hurricanes Players to Watch
Nehe Milner-Skudder got his first cap for the All Blacks this season and that has translated to some outstanding football for the Hurricanes. He has been a big part of why the Hurricanes have been so successful this season, especially in attack. He was very dangerous against the Brumbies last weekend with his electric speed and silky ball skills. He is going to prove a tough job to handle for the Highlanders.
Ma’a Nonu has been a lethal back for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks for a number of years now, and that was there for all to see on the weekend against the Brumbies with a couple of blistering tackle busts. He is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but his experience at the highest level will be a definite advantage for a side which hasn’t had much experience in the big games.
The Highlanders advanced to the final thanks to a brilliant 35-17 over reigning champions and title favourites, the NSW Waratahs, with kicking long being the main reason, making the Waratahs big boys run back and forth all night. This will be their first final since 1999, which saw them lose to the Canterbury Crusaders 24-19. They claim to be peaking at just the right time, so expect a much closer contest then the first two meetings, and you won’t find this event on Free to Air TV at least here in 2015.
Highlanders Players to Watch
Richard Buckman was very good in the Semi Final win on the weekend, proving to be excellent in defence and then bagging himself a try. He might not be a big name that grabs all the headlines, but he is a very dangerous prospect when given some space, so the Hurricanes will need to be on guard when it comes to Buckman.
Lima Sopoaga leads the Highlanders in attack, and he was very influential in the second half against the Waratahs last weekend in the Semi Final, kicking balls to absolute perfection and sealing the game close to the end with a field goal. This will be the biggest game of his career, so if the Highlanders are to cause an upset, Sopoaga will need to control his nerves.