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Hurricanes seeking more consistent effort

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Monday, May 1, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Captain and halfback TJ Perenara believes the side is not being accurate for long enough, especially after scoring. When they were scored against they had a policy of trying to get back in the game straightaway but off their own restarts they were executing as effectively.

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They needed to dominate those moments after either team had scored, he said.

Perenara said he didn't think the side had played its best rugby and they still had a lot of work to do.

While the Stormers had endured a tough tour of New Zealand, Perenara believed they would be competitive in Wellington.

"They're a good team and they can play some very good footy. They beat the Chiefs at home and, yes, they've lost the last couple of weeks but we know the threats that they hold and how good they can be so we're reading too much into their last two results.

"They'll be coming out here with a point to prove on Friday night so we've got our hands full," he said.

The Hurricanes were mindful that last year they had paid the price for letting their standards slip in a couple of games and had been given a hiding but their thinking now was about their own expectations and standards.

"We want to get out on that field and be better than we were the week before," he said.

Coach Chris Boyd was of similar mind to Perenara in assessing the Stormers.

He said the Hurricanes had talked about putting themselves in the Stormers' boots if they were on tour and had suffered two losses. They would be wanting to right the wrongs and that is what the Stormers would be wanting to do.

It would be a 'massive, massive mistake' to take the Stormers lightly and they were going to work hard to avoid 'falling into that space', Boyd said.

Hooker Dane Coles would not be considered and Boyd said with calf injuries patience was required.

"His time is going to come very soon," he said.

It would need a week to 10 days from the time he was symptom free before he could get the required high intensity preparation into his legs to play.