‘It will be hard to hold my head up’: Hore

Hurricanes captain Andrew Hore blames himself for his team’s 41-17 loss to the Blues at Eden Park after he was sin-binned.

The Hurricanes were fighting their way back into the match when Hore was shown a yellow card which allowed the Blues to run away with the result.

“We fought our way back into it and then the captain gets sin-binned towards the end there and they got away on us,” Hore said.

Hore was shown the yellow card for obstructing Blues ball at the breakdown but the match referee Vinny Munro said that he did not see the incident and acted on the advice of his assistant.

“It will be hard to hold my head up but we played some of the better rugby we’ve played all year so we’ve got something to build on.” added Hore.

The result moved the Blues into the play off qualification zone but Blues captain Keven Mealamu revealed that the Blues had an extra motivation to win the match.

Mealamu’s Blues and All Blacks front row partner Tony Woodcock was celebrating his 100th Super rugby match and the Blues wanted to win the match for him.

“We knew it was 100 games tonight for Woodie (Woodcock).” said Mealamu.

“We really wanted to celebrate it and we had some tough times in the middle there but we really stuck to our guns and we were able to come away with the win,” Mealamu said.

“We had a tough week and we really wanted to show playing back in front of our crowd, in front of our people, that we could produce a good one.”

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