Hurricanes wary of classy Reds

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"The Reds and Brumbies, the two teams we play in the next two weeks, have been playing some awesome footy, [they] present a pretty good challenge and a different challenge to what we are used to.


"We want to impose Hurricanes footy on them, but we know we are in for a bit of a challenge," he said.


Flanker Blake Gibson said it was exciting to be playing different teams, and it would be enjoyable to pit themselves against the Australians.


"The Reds are big physical players so they will look to dominate us up front, and at set-piece, but they also have some players who can break the game open, so [it will be] running footy and set-piece oriented," he said.


"We know they are tough to stop when they get their big ball carriers into the game and get their roll on."


They hadn't taken a lot of confidence from their 22-21 win over the Highlanders at the weekend.


"We know we can be a lot better than what we did play last week. We probably kept them in the game for too long and it came down to the wire at the end. We know we need to look after the ball, and when we do we can score lots of tries," he said.


Midfield back Peter Umaga-Jensen said it was exciting having a new brand of rugby thrown at them.


He expected the Reds would try to impose their big forwards in their game, but he was confident the Hurricanes could absorb that while also having the 'razzle' in their side to put pressure back on them.


Having consecutive wins gave them the chance to get a roll on in Australia. The Highlanders game had been messy, but they took the win and were aware if they could get little things right, more success could follow, he said.


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