Maiden victory up there with 2014 title - Kepu

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That starts on Tuesday with their first game of two against the Blues at Mt Smart Stadium.


Kefu said acknowledging those players who had gone before them and their families had resulted in a feeling of pride after achieving the win.


"We look at the boys, and we see this talent, and what they are capable of. We are still on the wrong side of the penalty count but, just to see what they can produce, and now they can believe and have self-belief, and grow that. I'm proud, and it's right up their with the 2014 Super Rugby final," he said.


It had been nice having their families able to attend the game, and he hoped the result would mean a larger crowd would be at Tuesday's game to cheer them on.


"They definitely got us going at the end, it was nice," he said.


Coach Aaron Mauger said the side had enjoyed their first 'proper' week back at their Auckland base, and being at home had made a difference for the side.



He was proud the feedback from their lesson received at the Chiefs' hands a week earlier had been actioned after their 12-59 loss, something he felt was due to not preparing to the level they needed to or executing the basics they wanted.


"We, and the skipper, asked for more around preparation and sacrifice, all the little things that allow you to play 80 minutes and got everything right so we're proud," he said.


There was still a lot they could improve on - discipline, playing less in their half. Doing that would create more trouble for teams, he said.


Mauger felt at halftime, they were still fresh and were able to pressure the Hurricanes on attack and the message to the team was it was a chance to have teams respect them.


"I could see a little spark in their eyes around that challenge," he said.


Mauger said he had played and coached in some special teams. But the Moana Pasifika experience went deeper because it went back to his, and the team's, origins. That meant a lot to the side.


"I have never been so well supported in a team before, from the outside. That means a lot," he said.


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