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Conrad Smith believes Hurricanes on track

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Sportal.co.nz     01 Mar 2014     Getty Images

The New Zealanders lost the game in the last minutes 18-19 when the Stormers scored a late try and converted it.

"Rugby can be a cruel game as we played really well only to lose at the death," he said after the match.

"Our defence was outstanding and I am really proud of the boys.

"It was a game we could have easily won and if we just keep preparing the way we did and play the way we did, we will win more than we lose," he said.

Coach Mark Hammett said the loss was cruel luck.

"You love the game but it doesn't always love you back," he said.

"I thought we certainly created plenty of chances. I thought our forwards played particularly well.

"We put a lot of work into our scrum and lineout and I thought our defensive lineouts were outstanding," he said.

Stormers and South Africa captain Jean de Villiers said they were lucky and their performance was 'nothing special, nothing spectacular'.

"Our ability to bounce back was great and then come away with a win.

"It was a tough week emotionally [after losing to the Lions] but we took it on the chin and moved on.

"This one point is a huge one since it does not matter how we played because we won. We'll enjoy the win and focus on the next game. We look forward to playing the Crusaders and hope that we keep evolving," he said.