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Depleted Canes look for attitude lift

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016

Skipper Dane Coles wants the Hurricanes to put the disappointment and disruptions of the last week behind them, and rediscover their best when they tackle the Reds in Wellington on Saturday.

Five players, including three All Blacks, have been dropped for breaking a curfew in the lead-up to the 32-15 defeat to the Sharks in Durban last weekend.

Wingers Julian Savea and Cory Jane, and No.8 Victor Vito, along with openside flanker Ardie Savea and reserve prop Chris Eves will sit out Saturday's match at Westpac Stadium.

Coles is eager to put the disappointing episode behind the team.

"There are three key guys there that lead this team and they're feeling pretty stink, as they should. But we've dealt with it now and hopefully we can move on," he said.

The All Blacks hooker wants to see more commitment from his players against the Reds, who are coming off a 38-5 trouncing by the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend.

The Hurricanes and Sharks were tied at 8-8 at halftime at Kings Park in Durban, but the home team ran in three unanswered second-half tries to wrap up the game.

"Our attitude was poor, to be honest," Coles said.

"The first half, we were in the game but the way they came back in the second half, we were just way off the mark.

"We've had a bit of a drumming from the coaches - we let ourselves down."

Despite the Reds' sub-par record, with just two wins from 10 starts, Coles expects the Queenslanders to provide a stern challenge.

"They're a very good set piece side, so the scrum and lineout will be a massive key this week."

And he's keen for the Hurricanes to respond in kind, particularly after their disappointing last home result, a 27-28 loss to the Chiefs.

"We just have to get our attitude right for this game, especially as we let ourselves down playing at home last time," he said.

Julian Savea's unavailability means a Super Rugby debut for 20-year-old Wes Goosen on the left wing.

Jason Woodward comes in on the right wing for Jane, Blade Thomson replaces Vito, and Callum Gibbins takes over from Ardie Savea.

Loni Uhila takes Eves' place as loosehead back-up in the reserves.

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