Finding momentum into the playoffs key for Hurricanes

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After their 25-36 loss to the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday, Coach Jason Holland said, "We'll be going out full-on.

"We'll be 100 per cent looking to bank as many competition points as we can.

"We've had a mindset these three derbies into [the] finals is an awesome opportunity. You can't just turn it on in the quarterfinals.

"We need to be building quickly towards performance and pressure. There's nothing in our heads that says we cruise next week."

Holland felt there was still plenty to be optimistic about for his side, even the prospect of returning to Eden Park if that was how the playoffs fell.

"I know we've got enough to compete whether it's here, Hamilton, Christchurch or Canberra…wherever it may be.

"It's not about opposition for us at the moment; it's about us. But 100 per cent, we've got enough to win knockout games.

"We've just got to do things better for longer. We gave a hell of a lot of gifts tonight—that first half - to give them field position, five-metre lineouts, and errors. We were scrambling, and to be 19-10 at halftime, I thought, 'Geez, how has this happened, with the number of opportunities we gave them?

"But in the second half, the boys came out with a different mindset, and there was a lot more intent. We'd do something well, score points, then make an error and give the Blues an opportunity to score immediately.

"That's the biggest thing in our game. We have to nail those pressure moments and not give easy points in knockout footy."

The Hurricanes lineout under-performed throughout the game, but Holland felt the problems did not rest with the throwing in by hooker Asafo Aumua.

"There were a couple of not-straights, and a couple we weren't overly smart with how we went about it. He's throwing really well at the moment. There will be a couple he'll be disappointed with, but he's playing some good footy."

The severity of injuries to wings Julian Savea and Salesi Rayasi during the game were unknown afterwards, but Holland said they had other encouraging options.


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