Hurricanes set to tackle Perth's heat wave in round one

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Sunday's temperature was 41 degrees Celsius, and coach Clark Laidlaw said adapting to the heat and getting over the travel were the first areas of concentration for the side.

"We're going early to plan for the week and train well in preparing for Friday's game.

"It gives us a couple of training days in the head and should get us ready."

Laidlaw was pleased with the side's win over Moana Pasifika in Upper Hutt on Friday but said it wasn't about winning. Instead, they needed to play better.

"There's a balancing act between trying to be game-ready, to get field-ready and getting guys live rugby while trying to stay injury-free and prepared as well as you can.

"So we were happier with the performance on Friday and it sets us up for an exciting week ahead."

Laidlaw said he is looking for improvements in every area of their game.

"We've got a massive amount of work ahead of us, we're realistic."

All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara didn't travel with the side and will play for the Hurricanes development side at the weekend.

His 22 minutes against Moana Pasifika was his first game since he injured his Achilles tendon on the All Blacks tour to the northern hemisphere in November 2022.

"We were encouraged [by his showing]. He played better than we thought he would. He had a long time out of the team and out of rugby, so there's a huge credit to not only him, and the medical and strength and conditioning staff who have put in a huge amount of work and time to get him back on the field.

"We're excited to watch him play for our development team this week, and there's a possibility he becomes available for the Reds [in Melbourne in 12 days] or certainly for when we come home from Australia.

All Blacks squad incumbent halfback Cam Roigard has travelled with the side. He injured his calf while doing his All Blacks fitness testing last month. He could have played one of the warm-up games if necessary.

But they opted to manage his return and get him back up to speed, and as a result of that, he was ready to be considered for the Force game.

Players who didn't make the trip were hooker Jacob Devery who suffered a knee injury in pre-season, while halfback Richard Judd injured a bicep in training on Wednesday.

"Those two guys would have been close to making the team but having a reasonably fit and healthy squad is exciting. We've been able to pick more or less everybody that we wanted to pick so that is encouraging and a credit to the performance staff."


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