Bye well-timed for Hurricanes

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A bye week after a hectic schedule during the first three weeks of Investec Super Rugby has been welcomed by the Hurricanes.


Assistant coach Chris Gibbes said the bye had come at a good time for the Hurricanes.


"We've had a pretty intense start to our season with the travel and a short pre-season. We really focused on getting the start to the competition we were after out of these first three games. Now everyone can take a day or two off and put their feet up and relax for what is going to be a pretty busy eight-week period," he said.


Having gone scoreless in their first game against the Stormers, and then turned around to gain a last gasp win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, they returned to Wellington to soundly beat the Sharks.


The Stormers had exploited them, he said, and they went into the Jaguares game knowing they hadn't fired a shot.


"For us to bounce back and have what was a very tough encounter against the Jaguares and come away with a win was really good and it showed from a rugby perspective there's parts of our game when we apply them for long periods of time we can get the results and get the game flowing how we want it.


"From a character and team perspective we showed a lot of resilience and a lot of resolve and that never-give-up attitude, that Hurricanes' mentality that's centred around that came to the forefront at the end and we're pretty pleased as a whole organisation about that," he said.


All of which set them up for the Sharks, a massive team, he said, who had played very well in their first two games.


"We knew we had to front up again and being home at SKY Stadium in front of our people was our first chance to get home and show people what we were about.


"I think we did that. It wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but we got the job done in the end and if we can iron out some of the soft nature of some of their tries, and we can keep working on that, I'm sure this team is in good stead going forward," he said.


Gibbes said prop Tyrell Lomax had impressed in his first outings for the side. He was a determined player who was working hard to get all aspects of his game right.


"The thing that impresses everybody about Tyrell is how hard he is working since he has come up from the Highlanders last year the guy takes learning on and you've only got to tell him once and he applies it to his game and he works really hard," he said.


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