Love cleared of serious injury as Hurricanes look towards Rebels

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The side has had a horror season with injuries to their first five-eighths Simon Hickey and Jackson Garden-Bachop but Love's news comes as a relief, although he won't play this weekend while going through concussion protocols.


The Hurricanes beat the Waratahs 64-48 in Sydney and will face the Rebels on Friday in Wellington.


Hurricanes Under-20 five-eighths Aidan Morgan trained with the side on Monday, and assistant coach Tyler Bleyendaal said he was sure he would get a chance to play at some stage of the competition.


He added that wing Wes Goosen was recovered from injury and was fit to be considered for the game.


Bleydendaal said considering it was a young squad that went to Sydney, they were happy with the outcome, especially securing a bonus point.


"We're aware there's a lot we need to improve on if we want to go far in this competition," he said.


The travel involved meant they faced some different challenges, and there were issues with how they adapted to some of those features.



There was still a need to be on the game because, while there were moments when games had blown out, the beaten sides had been in the contest well into games, he said.


"We're going to have to earn a victory this weekend, we are expecting a big challenge," he said.


With a bonus-point win to lift what had been sagging confidence, they had never lost hope, and it was good to start the new competition with a winning boost.


Lock James Blackwell said any time 50 points were scored, it was natural to feel the attack had done well, but the margin had not been as wide as they would have liked.


As a result, an early concentration on Monday was some areas of concern in their defence.


"Overall, it is pleasing to get a win, and a bonus point win, and a good way to start the competition," he said.


While there were a few concerns defensively, it wasn't a case of panic stations, but looking at what went wrong and preparing for the weekend. They hadn't been as efficient defending around their rucks that the Waratahs capitalised on, and there had been some individual issues.


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