Hammett doesn't want the Crusaders to slow game down

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James Mortimer     01 Jul 2012     Getty Images

The Hurricanes head to Christchurch for round two of the intriguing rivalry, with the Crusaders winning 42-14 in their meeting earlier this season, a match that was defined by forward dominance of the then visitors to the capital.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith this week suggested that his team had learned much since that match, winning four of their last five and their last two.

The visitors will also be positive from the fact they won their last match in Christchurch 30-24 in 2009, and the fact they boast the most dangerous try scoring division in Investec Super Rugby.

They have scored 53 tries, more than ten better than any other franchise, but they come up against one of the most powerful packs in the competition this weekend.

Hammett told Fairfax Media the Hurricanes wanted a quick game.

"We understand we need to be at our best and we know that's when we create fast ball," said Hammett.

"The Crusaders are at their best when they slow ball down, so that's going to be an intriguing battle.  We've worked on a few things, certainly around our forward play."

No-one has beaten the Crusaders at their new home, and while Kieran Read has been ruled out for the most successful team in Super Rugby, they still boast numerous internationals up front.

The two teams last meeting saw the Crusaders run riot in the first half, with their scoring spree coming off a clear winning of the battle up front by the red and black machine.

Hammett, a former Crusaders' forward coach who knows well the tactics of his upcoming opponents, spoke like he was still coaching the team with his 'Crusaders' like advice to the Hurricanes.

"It's around our patterns, being clear on what we're trying to achieve, where we're going and getting the numbers in the right place, and, whether you like it or not, attitude will have a big part to play this weekend," he said.

"They've got seven in the pack who have played All Blacks, with the exception of Matty Todd, so they're a very physical team and before the break, that's where they were hurting teams."