So’oialo wants more ‘accuracy’ from ‘Canes

Hurricanes captain Rodney So’oialo said his team will need to be a lot more “accurate” in the execution of their plays when they go head-to-head with the table-topping Crusaders in a Super 14 blockbuster at Jade Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.

The Hurricanes, in eighth place on the standings and just four points (one win) behind the fourth-placed Chiefs, face a tough run-in into the play-offs.

They are up against the high-flying Crusaders this week, then face their South Island rivals the Highlanders in Wellington the next week and finish the league stages with a home game against the lowly Waratahs.

That makes this week’s encounter with the Crusaders vital if they are to realise their play-off dreams. Losing this week may leave them with too much ground to make up in the last two weeks.

So’oialo is well aware of the importance of his team’s outing against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

While they managed a morale-boosting 37-15 bonus-point win over the Cheetahs last Friday, the Hurricanes captain feels they will need to lift the bar considerably against the Crusaders.

“The confidence is slowly coming and the boys are willing to run the ball, which is a very good sign,” So’oialo said of the win over the Cheetahs.

But he said a lot of work awaits this week.

“We have to watch the accuracy of what we do, the handling errors and the passing.

“Hopefully that will come as the confidence grows in the team.”

He also spoke of the line-out problems the team experienced against the Cheetahs.

“That comes down to our mistakes and choosing the wrong options at the wrong times … and accuracy as well.

“However, those are things that can be fixed.

“It’s obviously not going top get any easier from now on.

“Playing against a team like the Crusaders it is very hard to come away with a win, let alone the bonus point.

“The boys know they will really need to be on top of their game.”


365 Digital

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