The 34-year-old prop is set to make his Hurricanes debut this weekend after recovering from a ruptured Achilles.
Super Rugby Pacific: Hurricanes v Fijian Drua. Where: Sky Stadium, Wellington. When: Sunday, May 8, 3.35pm. Live coverage: Sky Sport 1, live updates on Stuff.
Will the real Hurricanes please stand up. Now would be as good a time as any for the men from the capital to assume something resembling their normal Super Rugby identity.
It has been a far from vintage campaign for the seventh-placed 5-5 Hurricanes (24 points) in a rollercoaster inaugural season of the revamped Pacific competition, despite the promise of a signature victory in round 2 when they mowed down the Blues with a miracle in Dunedin.
Since then the form has wavered somewhat. There has been a three-game losing skid, and more recently a three-match winning streak, before last weekend’s deflating 42-25 defeat to the Brumbies in Canberra.
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But a strong finish could yet see the Canes climb the ladder ahead of the quarterfinals, and that starts with Sunday’s clash against the 1-9 Fijian Drua at Sky Stadium. It’s a match the men from the capital should win in a canter, but equally one they could drop if their heads are not in the right place.
Of course we all remember the Hurricanes slumping to that historic March 25 extra-time 24-19 defeat to Moana Pasifika at Mount Smart Stadium in a boilover that has no doubt been mentioned this week.
Coach Jason Holland made it clear he expects his players to know exactly what is, and isn’t, required follow
…. to be continued
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