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Hurricanes concentrating on securing points

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Lynn McConnell     24 Apr 2019     Getty Images

Apart from the Crusaders, who were out on their own, other sides in each of the Conferences were knocking each other over and the race for playoff sports was on.

Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland said it was a matter of the side focusing on what they could control, their performance and concentrating on getting the four points, and that was what they would continue to do.

In reviewing the win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo last weekend, Holland said while the side had benefited from having the bye in the week before that game, after eight weeks of action, they had taken momentum from their win over the Highlanders before the bye, to get their win in Japan.

They had been able to 'guts out' a win in Japan after the Sunwolves had come out and attacked hard during the first half and hard made the most of every error the Hurricanes made.
"Errors was the main thing, we didn't have patience with the ball and we made some key handling errors which let them in.

"It was just accuracy really. Accuracy around what we are trying to do let us down and it was lucky we could get that right," he said.

"You have to take the positives and negatives with that.

"Obviously we are not playing as well as we would like to, but it's big ups that we are finishing games off and coming from positions where we think we might be gone, so its awesome for our character.

"Getting those found points on the board, staying in the hunt and being in a good spot in a few weeks time is vital," he said.

While it may have been the Hurricanes' last [prospective] visit to Japan to play the Sunwolves, Holland felt it would be a disappointment for fans that they didn't get to play them in the future.

It was no longer an assured walkover win when going up there and there had been a great atmosphere in the full stadium in Tokyo.

Wing Ben Lam's injury in Tokyo had just been a niggle.

"We are just waiting to see what happens with that over the next couple of days. He could probably have played on, but we took precautions there."

Holland believed that if it became an issue Jordie Barrett was capable of playing first five-eighths. Another consideration was halfback TJ Perenara.

"It won't come to that for us. We have got some sturdy players at No.10 [Beauden Barrett, Fletcher Smith and James Marshall]. TJ is a good option as well," he said.