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Super Rugby: Hurricanes must beat heat and Force

The Hurricanes will have to battle the heat as well as the Western Force in their opening game of the Super Rugby Pacific campaign on Friday night.

There have been highs of 43 degrees Celsius in Perth in the lead up to the game, and it could be another scorcher at HBF Park.

The Hurricanes will be keen to get the season off on the right foot as they go in search of grand final glory. They can be backed at 9.00 to do just that.

Western Force pick up their best results on home soil, but they will need to win points away from Perth if they are to get anywhere near the playoffs.

The Force can be backed at 3.70 to make the playoffs for the first time in their history.

WhatWestern Force v Hurricanes
WhereHBF Park, Perth
When21:00 (AEST) Friday 23rd February 2024
How to watchStan Sport
OddsWestern Force 3.75, Hurricanes 1.28

A Force to be reckoned with

It has been another off-season of change in the west, but following some impressive signings, hopes are high for a solid campaign.

Getting the team to gel will be crucial, and it is very important that the Force getting off to a strong start and build some early momentum.

Western Force got the 2023 Super Rugby campaign off to a winning start on home soil, and they will be looking to do the same again this year.

They beat Melbourne Rebels by seven points on that occasion, but will face a sterner test against the Hurricanes.

If they can pull off the win, the Force will pick up consecutive wins on the first day of the season, for the first time in their history.

Even though they do not have a great record against the Hurricanes, they can take heart from the fact they won their most recent meeting at HBF Park.

That came back in May 2022 when they won by five points.

If it is to be another close game on Friday night, the Force can be backed at 7.50 to win by 1-5 points.

Hurricanes keen to cure travel sickness

The Hurricanes have a great record against Western Force, winning 11 out of the last 12 meetings between the two sides.

But as already mentioned, that one defeat did come on their last visit to Perth, so there can be no room for complacency.

They have also been suffering from travel sickness in recent games, and have lost the last four games away from their home venue of Sky Stadium in Wellington.

The Hurricanes have given themselves the best chance of getting a win by arriving in Perth five days ahead of the game so they can acclimatise to the heat.

All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara was not on the plane as he battles back from an Achilles injury, but halfback Cam Roigard has travelled despite picking up a calf niggle.

The Hurricanes are hopeful the All Blacks star will be fit to play.

Jacob Devery and Richard Judd have also stayed home as they undergo treatment on injuries.

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