Hurricanes v Highlanders
My two cents on the game yesterday, I managed to get along after deciding last minute to head in. It was a weird game, good crowd but the atmosphere was dull.
We were hot on attack for long periods but the crowd offered no support whatsoever. Not sure if it’s Kiwi crowds in general or just Wellington crowds but they could do with some amping up.
From a Canes perspective, it felt really similar to last week against the Chiefs. I felt we were never going to the lose the game but we really struggled to put the Highlanders away. I guess a big work on is our finishing.
It was good to see Aumua take his opportunity with two hands, rock solid on defence and showed he can still be devastating with ball in hand.
Devan Flanders was impressive from the stands, he seems to have all the tricks in the book and seems to be surprisingly strong for such a young kid.
It was also good to see Scott Scrafton put out another strong performance.
Players that didn’t hit the mark for me yesterday were Ben Lam and Vaea Fifita off the bench.
Just poor decision making from two guys that should know better by now. Lam seemed disinterested the whole game until the ball came his way, poor work rate. Fifita, well he botched about three hit ups in the space of ten minutes, either knocking the ball on in contact or losing it in possession. Would prefer Flanders moving forward.
On the Landers, I was really impressed with Frizzel and MMT, they will both go close to All Black selection this year IMO. Very physical on defence and equally sound taking the ball into contact.
Aaron Smith once again proved his worth but I felt TJ Perenara edged that battle (only slightly)
I thought Hunt had a good game and threatened with almost every run. (bar the one when he ran into Aumua)
Overall the Highlanders just lacked a little sting in everything they did and that’s where the Hurricanes were able to get on top.
All in all, it wasn’t the best game but as a Canes fan I will take the W all day of the week.
Bring on the Blues.