Hurting Hurricanes look to bounce back

The Hurricanes are ready to move on after what coach Chris Boyd describes as a “brutal” review of their huge loss in Super Rugby’s opening round.

Last year’s finalists were thumped 52-10 last Friday night by the Brumbies, who scored seven tries to one in Canberra.

“We had a pretty brutal review this morning,” Boyd said on Monday.

“It’s still a bit raw but we’ve taken some pretty stern lessons around our performance and look forward to turning it around.”

Despite the scoreline, not all the statistics went against the Hurricanes.

They made more metres and also forced the Brumbies to make more tackles.

But a killer was the turnover count against them of 31-13.

“It’s not often that an opposition that wins comfortably makes more tackles,” Boyd said.

“We conceded points way too softly – and we’re aware of that – and made too many mistakes and came under pressure at the breakdown.”

The Hurricanes get to make amends when they face the defending champion Highlanders, who also suffered an opening round loss, in Dunedin on Saturday night.

However, they will are likely to be without skipper Dane Coles again.

Coles withdrew from the Brumbies match after picking up a calf strain in training.

Boyd rated the All Black hooker’s availability as 50-50, but cast doubt on whether he would run out at Forsyth Barr Stadium, citing the bigger picture of a long season.

The clash against the Highlanders is a repeat of last year’s title decider, but Boyd ruled out suggestions of revenge, saying it hadn’t been a topic of discussion.

“For some of the guys, the final is probably still a bit disappointing, but we won’t talk about that in-house at all,” he said.

“It’s 2016, it’s a different year and the Highlanders like us are in a position where we need to accumulate points in a very strong New Zealand conference.”

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