Smith : Hurricanes need to step it up in the final

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith says that they will need to “play a lot
better than they did against the Brumbies” when they face the Highlanders
in the Super Rugby final.

The Hurricanes comfortably beat the Brumbies 29-9 to reach the final while
the Highlanders booked a place in the final by beating the Waratahs 17-35.

The two teams deserve to be in the Super Rugby final as they finished the regular
season as the first and second placed teams and proved their worth in the play
offs.

Hurricanes captain Smith and Highlanders captain Nasi Manu both admit that
they fear their opponents attacking power.

Manu said that the Hurricanes have a star-studded pack that can start an attack
from anywhere in the park.

“They have got a lot of x-factor player’s. I think we just need to make
our tackles especially with their back three,” said Manu.

“It’s going to be a massive game,” he told ONE News.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said that the Highlanders are so powerful in
their attack that the Wellington side will not be able to afford to make the
mistakes they did against the Brumbies in the final.

“We have to step it up. We have got to play better than what we did against
the Brumbies,” said Smith.

“In terms of leaving points out there, that’s a little bit of the nature
of how we play. ”

“We are going to take risks and they don’t always come off. But hopefully
we can keep creating opportunities,” he said.

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