Hurricanes seek a change of luck in Hamilton

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They knew that and having got a lot of things wrong when visiting Hamilton in the past they would be looking to get a lot of things right this time around, he said.

"If we do that reasonably well we're in with a chance. We don't play particularly well in Hamilton and that needs to change," he said.

As a result of the pounding the Hurricanes took up front in their 25-22 win over the Highlanders last weekend, changes have been made in the front row.

Plumtree has brought Toby Smith, who he said was probably their No.1 loosehead prop from a scrummaging perspective, back into the front row while Ben May had been given a starting role. May and Jeff Toomaga-Allen were being rotated all the time anyway and with Alex Fidow available again it was about keeping all guys fresh and interested.

"We're just looking for solutions. It obviously wasn't a good performance from us up front against the Highlanders. It's [about] working hard really. I know they've all been doing that.

"We know the battle is going to be hard up front again at the weekend against the Chiefs. Nothing changes for the group but I'm sure the Chiefs will be coming for us in that department," he said.

Vaea Fifita will start at lock as a chance to give Liam Mitchell a chance for a break after the rugby he had been playing so far. He said while Fifita had said he wanted extended time in the blindside flanker's position, he had been fine with this week's choice.

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