Smith : Poor defence cost Hurricanes their record

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith says that poor defence cost them their first loss in eight Super Rugby matches.

Current Super Rugby champions the Waratahs ended the Hurricanes 7 match winning streak in Wellington on Saturday and now every team this season has lost at least one match.

The Waratahs won the match 24-29 but the Hurricanes earned two bonus points for the result.

The Hurricanes were one result away from beating their best ever wininng streak and instead could only equal a seven match streak which was achieved in 2003.

The Hurricanes record now stands at played eight and won 7 with one loss. They earned two bonus points from the loss so they remain at the top of the standings and have a match in hand over the Brumbies in second and the Chiefs in fourth place.

The Hurricanes also have a nine point lead over current South African Conference leaders the Bulls.

Both teams scored four tries each but Smith said that some poor defence from the Hurricanes cost them what would have been an eighth victory in a row and a record result for the Wellington franchise.

“We felt we could create a lot of opportunities on attack, and we did that, but we leaked too many tries,” said Smith after the match.

“(Defence) is something we’ve done well so far this season but it wasn’t good enough tonight,” added Smith.

The Hurricanes are away from home in Brisbane next weekend but they still have eight matches left and four of those are at home in Wellington.

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