Hurricanes turn attention to the Reds
Monday, May 14, 2018 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
The challenge for Friday against the Reds would be to maintain their high expectations mindful of the fact the Reds had been beaten by the Sunwolves.
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Assistant coach John Plumtree said: "We haven't been beaten at home for a fair while, we've got a proud home record so we talk about the things that make us proud of what we do, not too much about them.
"The Sunwolves played some good footy at the weekend. It was a tough game over there, it was hot so we know that Brad Thorn will fire them up and they'll bring probably their best game against us this weekend," he said.
The Hurricanes had expected a tough game against the Blues and they hadn't played particularly well, Plumtree said.
The bonus point scored on fulltime had been welcomed because they hadn't been sure where it might come from and to keep the Blues out of the hunt they had opted for a penalty kick at goal instead of the lineout/try option.
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"It was just a little bit of freaky stuff from Ngani [Laumape] with a cross-kick and some good work by Jordie [Barrett] and Ardie [Savea] that got Matty [Proctor] over.
"You never know with us, we can come up with a try from nowhere and that's just how we go. It was a nice surprise," he said.
"We were good in some areas but we went away from some of the things that we were good at over the past couple of weeks so there is something for us to work on."
It was likely that Beauden Barrett and Ngani Laumape would be missing from the side due to their required All Blacks stand down. Tight-loose forward Vaea Fifita is also likely to be absent having suffered concussion against the Blues at the weekend.
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