Hurricanes are less 'naive'

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:38
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree revealed his side will be less naive and more tactical against the Crusaders on Saturday.

The last time the sides met Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 20-12 in Round 12 in Christchurch.

However this time around, there is a lot more at stake for the defending Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes. Currently ranked fifth on the overall log, a win would mean they meet Brumbies in Canberra, however, should they stumble they would have to travel to Cape Town to take on the Stormers.

"When we played in Christchurch last time, we were probably a bit naive with our tactics," Plumtree told the New Zealand Herald.

"The ground was really slippery and the ball was wet, and we tried to play in all areas of the park, which wasn't over-intelligent. The onus will be on our pack to step because we know how good their pack is," he explained.

Plumtree confirmed that All Black's rookies Jordie Barrett, Ngami Laumape, Vaea Fifita, plus the Savea brothers, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett will be in the mix for the match this upcoming weekend.

"Our mindset will be doing our best to get a result this weekend, so the motivation is there," Plumtree said.

In the absence of regular captain Dane Coles, TJ Perenara will probably skipper the side. After the brutal British and Irish Lions tour, the scrumhalf relishes the chance to get back into Super Rugby action.

"I feel sweet and fresh and looking forward to getting back out there. I enjoy getting back, especially with the business end of the season coming out. We do need to switch on," Perenara said.

"The Crusaders defended very well against us last time. We have to trust our instinct a bit, and when we get opportunities, we have to take them.

"We'll play how the Hurricanes play. We aren't the All Blacks or Lions. We'll just be ourselves," he added.


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 25 May 2018
Crusaders v Hurricanes 07h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sunwolves 09h45 Melbourne
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sat, 26 May 2018
Chiefs v Waratahs 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Highlanders 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Brumbies 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 14h00 London
Stormers v Lions 15h15 Newlands
Leinster v Scarlets 17h00 Dublin
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 11 6 1 4 31
Rebels 11 5 0 6 25
Reds 11 4 0 7 18
Brumbies 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 0 9 10
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 10 0 2 46
Hurricanes 11 10 0 1 45
Highlanders 11 7 0 4 32
Chiefs 11 7 0 4 32
Blues 12 3 0 9 17
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 7 0 6 36
Jaguares 12 7 0 5 29
Sharks 12 5 1 6 28
Bulls 12 5 0 7 24
Stormers 13 5 0 8 23