Bay boys keen to head Hurricanes' effort

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Born and bred in the area, he will be joined by Devan Flanders, Ben May and Isaia Walker-Leawere back on their home track as the Hurricanes come off their first bye of the competition on the back of wins against the Jaguares and Sharks

"It's going to be awesome. I think it's going to be 29 degrees on Saturday afternoon at 4.45pm, so really looking forward to getting home and hopefully, it's a good crowd," Evans said.

Having recently been back in the Bay, where it hadn't rained for more than a month the pitch, at McLean Park would be hard and fast.

"I embrace playing in nice warm weather, especially in afternoon footy, you can't beat it," he said.

Evans said the Sunwolves were a hard team to read at times. Some weeks they were good, other weeks they weren't.

"So from a defensive point of view, it is quite hard to prepare because you don't really know what is coming, not a lot of structure, a lot of unstructured. They like to throw the ball in quickly and create 'unstructure' which we've just seen in the past two games.

"We're just focusing on our detail and what we can achieve," he said.

The Sunwolves' first five-eighths Gareth April was a player with x-factor who ran a lot of their game so putting a stop on him would limit his ability to control their game.

"Without giving away too much I think they're going to be really hungry on the set-piece this week and obviously the Reds beat them up a bit around scrum time and lineouts so we're probably going to attack those areas and go from there," he said.

Coming off the bye had meant a break in their momentum but it was best for the longevity of the competition.

"A lot of people say the bye probably didn't come at the right time but for the players it was good. It was the end of a five-week block for us and a good mental reset and an afternoon game in Hawke's Bay," he said.

Evans said their win over the Sharks in their last outing had been a step in the right direction but there were still areas in their game they could improve on. From a forward's perspective, he felt that area of their game was growing and they were getting better.

Scrummaging issues had been a target on the back of the Hurricanes in recent years but against the Sharks, it had performed well, although Evans said it had only been one game.

"We're just trying to improve that area of our game each week because obviously, we've got some pretty electric backs there so we just focus on set-piece and hopefully we can provide them with some good quality ball," he said.


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