Hurricanes lay blueprint with Drua performance

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Coach Jason Holland said that after last week's disappointing loss he was happy with the way the Hurricanes held onto the ball and applied pressure to the Drua.

 

"They weren't able to hold us out once we held onto the ball, and did the simple things well. That's what we fought was missing last week, and a little discipline as well," he said.

 

Holding onto the ball reduced the counter-attacking chances for the Fijians and wore them down, as they had to defend for so long.

 

Fullback Josh Moorby was the type of player who was always in the game when he could get his hands on the ball.

 

There had been no luck in his hat-trick of tries - it reflected his involvement in the game.

 

His form added to the selection dilemma the selectors had around choosing their back three each week, but it was a welcome situation.

 

"Continuity is important but it is also really important to have guys competing and knowing they have to do the job every week," he said.

 

 

No8 Tyler Laubscher made the most of his chance in contributing several carries in the lead-up to tries.

 

Holland said he should have been playing 14 months ago, but injuries had denied him the chance until Sunday.

 

"He's been patient and had some times through not really knowing if he was going to get back or when he was going to get back. We're delighted for him, he's a powerful athlete. He's still learning about what happens with Super footy, but he's a great prospect," he said.

 

All Black hooker Dane Coles' return to play meant the Hurricanes had used nine hookers to date in the campaign, while centre Riley Higgins was the 50th player to have appeared in the side in 2022.

 

That was a reflection of the impact of Covid, and other injuries, on the side, and all teams had similar experiences this year.

 

"Everybody's been up to it, and have taken their opportunities and it has only been good for those guys even if they only got one or two caps. They've got a taste for it and hopefully it's driving them on to want more," he said.

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