Match officials: Our referee is Brendon Pickerill. He will be assisted by Paul Williams and Jono Bredin. The TMO is Glenn Newman.
TJ Perenara returns to the Hurricanes team after a stint in Japan to partner Aiden Morgan at half-back. In another change Teihorangi Walden makes his Hurricanes debut at centre alongside Peter Umaga-Jensen,
Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Josh Moorby, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Aidan Morgan, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brayden Iose, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Reed Prinsep (c), 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Caleb Delany, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numia
Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Alex Fidow, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Tom Parsons, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Cameron Roigard, 22 Ruben Love, 23 Salesi Rayasi.
Moana have made four changes to their side that were beaten by the Chiefs. These include the following:
Samiuela Moli shifts from the bench to the starting line-up. Veikoso Poloniati makes his debut at lock and Samuel Slade joins Poloniati in the second row.
Moana Pasifika: 15 William Havili, 14 Tima Fainga’anuku, 13 Levi Aumua, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Neria Foma’i, 10 Christian Leali’ifano, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Henry Time-Stowers, 7 Solomone Funaki, 6 Sione Tu’ipulotu, 5 Sam Slade, 4 Veikoso Poloniati, 3 Sekope Kepu (c), 2 Sam Moli, 1 Ezekiel Lindemut
Replacements: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Taukiha’amea Koloamatagi, 18 Joe ‘Apikotoa, 19 Alex McRobbie, 20 Josh Kaifa, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Lincoln McClutchie, 23 Danny Toala.
In their previous game the Hurricanes narrowly defeated the Blues 33-32 in Auckland, while Moana Pasifika went down 59-12 to the Chiefs last Saturday.
The Hurricanes are eighth on the table, while Moana Pasifika are at the bottom, having only played two games due to various games being postponed as a resukt of the Covid-19 pandemic.
G'Day and welcome to the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland for our coverage of this Super Rugby Pacific clash between Moana Pasifika and the Hurricanes.
Kick-off! We are underway here in a very windy Auckland! The wind is currently blustering at 43 km/h.
It's first strike to the Hurricanes, as they secure the first penalty at the breakdown and Jordie Barrett finds touch on the 22.
The set-piece is secured and the Hurricanes go wide. Aidan Morgan is into a gap and makes good ground. This time the Hurricanes have an offside penalty. They opt for a scrum deep inside Moana's 22.
After a few resets at the scrum the Hurricanes earn a free-kick. Brayden Lose takes a quick tap.
TRY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 0-5: The Hurricanes clear a line-out and TJ Perenara finds Umaga-Jensen. He sends Jordie Barrett into a gap and the rest is HISTORY! Great running at an angle by Barrett.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 0-7: Jordie Barrett converts his own try.
Moana Pasifika mess up a line-out in the Hurricanes 22. The pressure is on and the Hurricanes secure another penalty. Jordie Barrett finds touch near halfway.
The Hurricanes string seven phases together before winning a high-tackle penalty. The referee wants to have a chat with the Moana Pasifika skipper. Needless to say Barrett finds touch.
Moana Pasifika are let off the hook after a rare Hurricanes mistake and they make their way into the Hurricanes half before kicking deep. Aidan Morgam has other plans and what a great kick, as he sends it back with interest into the Moana Pasifika 22.
Jordie Barrett sends Blake Gibson away, who kicks forward. The bounce of the rugby ball favours Moana Pasifika and they are let out of jail. If the ball bounced the other way it was try-time!
NO TRY, HURRICANES, MORGAN! 0-7: A great passage of play by the Hurricanes. Barrett into a gap for Teihorangi Walden. The ball is recycled before Morgan is OVER! However the TMO rules correctly that the final pass went forward. Moana Pasifika feed a scrum five metres out.
Relief for Moana Pasifika and they secure a free-kick after a reset at the scrum.
Gibson running hard at the line for the Hurricanes. Christian Leali’ifano gets his hand on the ball but is penalised at the breakdown for a fifth Hurricanes penalty. The subsequent line-out is secured and the Hurricanes go wide.
YELLOW CARD, MOANA PASIFIKA, KEPU! 0-7: It's another Hurricanes penalty and TJ Perenara takes a quick tap. Kepu is then sin-binned following a repeated offence and that's no surprise! The Hurricanes opt for a scrum on this occasion.
It's a good scrum by the Hurricanes but somehow Moana Pasifika come away with it after the ball pops out. They were very, very lucky there.
TRY, MOANA PASIFIKA, TIME-STOWERS! 5-7 : A great kick by William Havili takes Moana Pasifika to within five metres of the Hurricanes line. They secure the line-out and drive forward. Fantastic work again and eventually Henry Time-Stowers storms OVER!
CONVERION, MOANA PASIFIKA, LEALI'IFANO! 7-7: It's all square after a good Christian Leali’ifano kick.
It's yet another Hurricanes penalty for Barrett to find touch with. The Hurricanes are six metres out and secure the line-out. The Hurricanes opt for a five metre scrum after a penalty at the breakdown.
Once more Moana Pasifika secure a free-kick to relieve the pressure and run the clock down so Kepu can return.
The Hurricanes hit back with a scrum penalty of their own and TJ Perenara takes a quick tap. Great work by Henry Time-Stowers to turn the ball over after a Hurricanes player is isolated.
It's another penalty advantage to the Hurricanes, as Peter Umaga-Jensen storms into a gap.
Jordie Barrett takes the ball to the breakdown but is dispossessed. A silly handling error from Moana Pasifika hands the ball back to the Hurricanes.
After a few resets at the scrum TJ Perenara sends it wide but the referee awards a scrum penalty to the Hurricanes. A rare mistake and Barrett fails to find touch.
YELLOW CARD, MOANA PASIFIKA, AUMUA! Goosen is off to the blood bin after a collision of heads with Aumua, who is sin-binned. A strange decision indeed. That looked accidental.
Barrett finds touch and the Hurricanes swing it wide. Morgan is into a gap and the ball is recycled before the Hurricanes have yet another penalty. Again Barrett fails to find touch
HALF-TIME: MOANA PASIFIKA 7-7 HURRICANES. It's all square as we head to the sheds and Moana Pasifika will be the happier team. They have made a lot of handling errors and gave away far too many penalties but on defence they have been solid and Henry Time-Stowers in particular. The Hurricanes will get a good talking to at the break.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
Great handling after the restart by Moana Pasifika and William Havili is into a gap down the left. After a check for foul play the TMO rules that Aiden Morgan will not be carded for a dangerous tackle. A strange decison after Moana Pasifika received two cards already. Christian Leali’ifano finds touch.
TJ Perenara finds Salesi Rayasi down the left after a scrum and he clears.
William Havili finds touch after a Moana Pasifika penalty at the breakdown. The set-piece is secured and they drive forward toward the 22 and then the Hurricanes come away with the penalty. Good work TJ Perenara!
After a scrappy period of play the Hurricanes have an offside penalty and Barrett finds touch inside the Moana Pasifika 22.
WOW! Great work again by Moana Pasifika! A great tackle on TJ Perenara secures the turn-over and again they are out of jail five metres from their line!
JUST TOO FAR! Peter Umaga-Jensen kicks a grubber into the Moana Pasifika half. Josh Moorby shows some gas and kicks it again before chasing it, but the ball rolls over the dead-ball line before he can get there. CLOSE!
TRY, HURRICANES, MOORBY! 7-12: This time he is in! Jordie Barrett goes wide and then Peter Umaga-Jensen draws his defender before offloading to Josh Moorby, who runs home to score on DEBUT! He will remember that TRY!
Barrett sends the conversion wide! How did he miss that?
It's 16 penalties to six in favour of the Hurricanes now and Barrett finds touch again.
Levi Aumua does well to make good ground for Moana Pasifika down the right but the referee ends the fun and Moana Pasifika will feed a scrum near the Hurricanes 22 after two handling errors.
YELLOW CARD, HURRICANES, RAYASI! 7-12: A driving-maul from Moana Pasifika take them to within a metre of the Hurricanes line under a penalty advantage. No surprises and Rayasi is sin-binned for a repeated offence. Moana Pasifika go for the corner.
It's time for the Hurricanes to get out of jail, as Moana Pasifika rush it and Morgan gets hold of the ball. He sends it deep.
TRY, MOANA PASIFIKA, AUMUA! 12-12: Christian Leali’ifano goes wide and Moana Pasifika handles the ball well. Great work and it ends with Aumua, who SCORES after a superb pass from Funaki. Christian Leali’ifano sends the converssion wide.
TRY, HURRICANES, FIDOW! 12-17: Aidan Morgan is into a gap and sets off on a run. He offloads well and after superb follow-up play from Fidow, he is OVER!
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, LOVE! 12-19: Love converts the try and we have a seven point gtame with 10 minutes to play.
The Hurricanes clear a scrum on halfway and they make good ground. Once again Moana Pasifika turn it over and good work this time by Veikoso Poloniati.
The subsequent line-out is secured by Moana Pasifika. They go wide and manage to hold onto the ball with good handling. They string six phases together before securing a penalty at the breakdown.
Havili finds touch and they secure the line-out. It leads to another penalty and they opt for a scrum. This is a huge scrum in front of the posts!
TRY, MOANA PASIFIKA, FUNAKI! 17-19: Henry Time-Stowers collects at the back of the scrum and carries it before sending Funaki away to SCORE!
CONVERION, MOANA PASIFIKA, LEALI'IFANO! 19-19: Christian Leali’ifano converts and we are all square!
The Hurricanes secure a line-out inside the Moana Pasifika half and drive forward. A massive turn-over yet again by Moana Pasifika and they feed a scrum!
The hooter goes off and we will head towards the GOLDEN POINT!
Kick-off! We are off and will play until the first team scores!
Moana Pasifika carry the ball into the Hurricanes half but give away a penalty and the Hurricanes find touch.
TRY, MOANA PASIFIKA, TOALA! 24-19: The line-out is secured and the Hurricanes go wide. The Hurricanes make good ground and after 14 phases it is turned over! Funaki kicks deep and Toala follows up to SCORE and that will be that!
FULL-TIME: MOANA PASIFIKA 24-19 HURRICANES. What a finish here and Moana Pasifika have stolen this at the death, despite all the penalties and yellow cards. What an incredible game. Thank you for joining us!