Ruben Love up for Crusaders challenge

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Experienced five-eighths Simon Hickey and Jackson Garden-Bachop both received season-ending injuries before the season had kicked into action.

 

Holland said Love had spent time in the team environment, was settled in and it was an opportunity for him while he added that it was no reflection on stand-in Orbyn Leger who had done a fine job.

 

"I just want him to be Ruben Love, I don't want him to try to figure out how to be any other 10. He's going to do what he does. He's an absolute student of the game and would have done his homework so all he needs to do is go out there and make decisions and have a crack at whatever he sees," he said.

 

Holland said Love would be an attacking five-eighths. He had speed, acceleration and also the smarts about basic aspects of his game.

 

"He's just a small cog, but I'm confident he'll slot in and do his job," he said.

 

But Holland couldn't say that Love's long-term future was at first five-eighths. He said he liked him at fullback, but he had the talent to play in many backline positions.

 

"I don't think he's in any hurry to decide exactly where he needs to be, but he's really comfortable at 10 or 15 at the moment," he said.

Wing Wes Goosen said Love was an exciting talent who worked extremely hard and he put in a lot of work that no one saw.

 

"It's good, he gets a reward for doing all his hard work, and it's very exciting. He's got massive talent, he can go all the way," he said.

 

For the rest of the side, it was about providing confidence to allow Love to play his game. Goosen agreed with Holland in feeling that Love's best position could be at fullback.

 

He was an elusive player but at the same time it was good he could play first five-eighths or on the wing, he said.

 

With the Crusaders in mind on Sunday, he said the side had reverted to aiming to play the Hurricanes style of game, something they had gone away from recently.

 

They would take something from their win in Christchurch over the Crusaders last year, and look to apply it on Sunday.

 

It was important that they get back to their game, and enjoying it while having fun in their quest for success, he said.

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