25 Mar

The entertainers
by Zand Moloney
25 Mar 2004

Just as I start to get despondant the Hurricanes come to play, showing exactly what they can do against the Cats and the Stormers, and then are unlucky losers against the Sharks.
The Stormers game was just the sort of gritty performance that was needed after two losses, then the Cats performance? Well that is why we ‘Canes supporters put up with some abysmal games, tryfests like that.
Perhaps I was a touch harsh about the earlier games, Colin Cooper’s game plan seems to be coming together and those areas that were poor have got much better.
The scrums are improving, and the loose trio have been a revelation, especially Ben Herring who despite his size seems to be the sort of ball-winning terrier we need at openside.
Brent Ward has really taken over well from the great Cullen, but the outstanding backs for me so far have been Ma’a Nonu and Tane Tuipoluto who have formed a great partnership it the midfield.In fact there seems to be depth in all postitions and even stalwarts like David Holwell and Jason Spice know there is pressure for them to perform.
Although much needs to be done for a semi-final place the ‘Canes are looking much more like the team of last year, the one worry is that next up are The Blues who have terrorised us fans since the start of the Super 12.
No matter how badly the Blues play against anyone else they seem to get it together to beat the Hurricanes so I am not at all confident, despite the Blues poor showing so far.
However, if the Hurricanes can overcome what seems to be a mental block about the Blues we may see a new confidence about the team.

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