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Hurricanes ready to zero in on Cheetahs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

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Coach Chris Boyd says the Hurricanes have drawn a line under last week's disappointing loss to the Crusaders, and are ready to start again against the Cheetahs in Wellington on Saturday.

Out-muscled 20-12 in Christchurch, with a back-pedalling scrum, the Hurricanes couldn't muster a single try against the Crusaders despite averaging seven tries a game previously this season.

Boyd says lessons have been learnt from the loss, but the Hurricanes aren't going to dwell on the defeat.

"The bits that failed in the weekend - and there's a fair few of them, to be honest - we've put a bit of time into," he said after training on Thursday.

"There are patches we clearly need to do better in, but it's very difficult to translate a performance from one side to another.

"What we need to do to get our result this week, and what we needed to do last week, are different things.

"We've just adapted and moved on."

Boyd has made four personnel changes, the main one coming with Beauden Barrett shifting from first five-eighth to fullback in place of younger brother Jordie, who will make his impact from the bench.

Otere Black will wear the No.10 jersey, while Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane of the right wing, Ben May returns at loosehead prop and Sam Lousi will make his starting debut in the second row.

The Cheetahs have only two wins from their 11 games to date, but Boyd says they still pose a real challenge.

"Of all the South African sides, they play closest to the Kiwi style of game, so they're going to be a handful," Boyd said.

"They've got a really good drive - with or without the ball, their lineout is a big weapon for them.

"New Zealand sides have conceded on average 31 points to the Cheetahs. They're a very, very good attacking side."

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