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Hurrricanes look to build on win

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Sportal.co.nz     05 May 2012     Getty Images

The five-tries-to-one victory - and first at Westpac Stadium this season - was the perfect tonic following heavy losses to the Crusaders and Chiefs in recent weeks - and with a trip to Dunedin to take on the Highlanders looming next weekend.

"We know we've got a lot to work on and we know we still haven't played to our full potential," the 20-year-old said. "But it's nice to get a win like that. It builds confidence and hopefully we take that into next week.

"We needed a big game tonight and the boys stepped up and fronted and we got the five points which gives us a big boost going into next week."

The Hurricanes found it tough going in the first half as they slipped off tackles and gave up kickable penalties which kept the Blues in the game thanks to Piri Weepu's accurate boot.

But whenever the back three of Andre Taylor, Cory Jane and Julian Savea had their hands on the ball they looked dangerous. Jane was involved in the Hurricanes' first-half tries to Conrad Smith and Taylor. In the first he put Blues left winger George Moala under pressure as he tried to gather a cross field bomb from Beauden Barrett. For the second he showed his pace - and fend - to give Taylor the time and space to score in the corner.

Things were less helter-skelter in the second half and the tactical kicking of Perenara and Barrett and some good go-forward from the forwards eventually resulted in tries for Savea, Perenara and Jason Eaton.

"It's the old story, if we get enough ball we know we can put a game together that will challenge any team," said coach Mark Hammett.

"Tonight we finally got that ball. It was good. We stuck to the plan. I thought our line speed on defence was a particular difference. It's something we've worked hard at all week. I felt we've been a bit passive so I put it on the guys this week to pick it up there and I thought we did."

He added: "We thought there was space on the outsides but we didn't think we were quite engaging enough [in the first half].

"The second half we engaged a lot more, we got on their outsides and we played at the right end and that was pleasing."