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Sportal.co.nz     29 Mar 2013     Getty Images

The Hurricanes fullback had a stellar Investec Super Rugby campaign last year, scoring 10 tries and setting up plenty of others with his blistering runs from deep.

But this year, under closer scrutiny from opposition teams, the 25-year-old has struggled to have the same impact and has yet to score a try.

He has also had problems holding on to the ball which has further stymied his potency on attack.

"I don't think it's my form that's not as good, it's just those little handling errors that I need to sort out," explained Taylor who has been restored to the Hurricanes starting XV for Saturday's game against the Southern Kings after being dropped to the bench for the Highlanders game two weeks ago.

"My defence has been strong so if I can just tidy up those things I'll be back."

Taylor is an instinctive player but admits he has probably been over-thinking things on the field and trying too hard.

"I think I've been playing away from how I usually play. I've got to bring that back and that's just making a decision and going with it," he said.

"I was more focusing on the team and more the pattern play. But then in the Highlanders game Alama [assistant coach Alama Ieremia] was quite happy with me just playing my own game.

"He's said just go and do the same this week."

Taylor has also removed himself from the team's strategy group to take some of the pressure off.

"I haven't pulled myself out completely," he added. "I'm just having a couple of weeks just to try and focus on my footy.

"Once that starts coming back then maybe I'll join here and there. It's not completely out of the picture."

He's also banished any thoughts of the All Blacks after the disappointment of missing out last year.

"I was playing some of the best footy I've played in my life and not to make it was a big thing," Taylor said.

"I said to myself this year just go out and play for the Hurricanes and do what's best for the team at the moment. Whatever happens after that happens.

"I'm just fully committed to the Hurricanes and worrying about my job here."

Meanwhile, Ieremia confirmed that both captain Conrad Smith (bruised heel) and halfback TJ Perenara (calf) had been passed fit for the game at Westpac Stadium.

It is the first visit for the Kings, who replaced the Lions in the South African conference this year.

Matt Sexton's side were soundly beaten by the Crusaders last weekend.

"It was a tough game for them," said Ieremia. "They've done it tough. It's the first time they've been on the road. This is their second game here [in New Zealand] so they will certainly be adjusted to that. We're definitely not underestimating them at all."