Super Rugby 2019: Beauden Barrett rests for Hurricanes against Jaguares

The Hurricanes have chosen to rest first-five Beauden Barrett for their match with the Jaguares in Wellington on Friday.

Barrett will take his second All Blacks stand-down week, allowing James Marshall to slide into the number 10 jersey against the Argentinians.

Marshall's inclusion is one of two changes to the side that beat the Blues in Auckland last week, with Du'Plessis Kirifi returning to the starting 15 for the injured Reed Prinsep.

Prinsep's facial cut sees Ardie Savea move to No.8 and Kirifi slot into openside flanker.

Coach John Plumtree is eager to see what Marshall can produce in a starting capacity, after an injury suffered in the opening round has limited his involvement.

"Beaudy has been playing well and has been crucial to our success," said Plumtree.

"But I'm relying on Jimmy's game nous and ability to be able to run the ship, his communication skills - I can't talk highly enough about his ability to read the play and help others get organised."

There are two other adjustments on the bench as Chris Eves replaces Fraser Armstrong, who has a minor back injury. Salesi Rayasi takes the outside back cover spot from Chase Tiatia, who has a hamstring injury.

Hooker Dane Coles is still steadily working his way back to health, and Plumtree is confident he'll have his regular captain back in time to make the trip to South Africa.

"We're hoping to get him on the plane. We're still treating him pretty lightly. He's had a couple of scans on his back to make sure his back is all good and we've had some good reports around that. 

"We're just taking our time with him. We were hoping he might play a part this weekend, but we're just taking our time."

The Jaguares had won four-straight games before their closely fought loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin last week, and currently sit third in the Soouth African conference.

"The Jags are a tough outfit. A bounce of the ball or a decision going the other way and they could've got a result in Dunedin, and we all know how tough that is."

The Hurricanes are riding a hot streak of their own, and will be looking to secure their sixth consecutive victory when they return to Westpac Stadium on Friday.

Hurricanes: 1-Toby Smith, 2-Asafo Aumua, 3-Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 4-James Blackwell, 5-Isaia Walker-Leaware, 6-Vaea Fifita, 7- Du'Plessis Kirifi, 8- Ardie Savea, 9-TJ Perenara (c), 10- James Marshall, 11-Ben Lam. 12-Ngani Laumape, 13-Matt Proctor, 14-Wes Goosen, 15-Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16-Ricky Riccitelli, 17- Chris Eves, 18-Ross Geldenhuys, 19-Kane Le'aupepe, 20- Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21-Finlay Christie, 22- Fletcher Smith, 23- Salesi Rayasi.


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