Tuesday, April 05, 2011
The defending champion Bulls picked up a convincing 26-14 Super Rugby away win over the Hurricanes in Napier on the weekend. The Canes dug deep though, and one of their players stood out despite being on the losing side.
The Hurricanes have now only won one game from five, a poor stat for a side with such top level representatives. Of course going down to the Bulls is nothing to be ashamed of, but sitting at the bottom of the New Zealand conference and 12th overall is a bit of a worry for the Wellington outfit.
"It's too early in the season to chuck it in. We have to carry on. The heads aren't up too high, but we can look at ourselves in the mirror and say we dug in all week and fronted up pretty good," said coach Mark Hammet.
One of the players who certainly did front up was flanker Jack Lam, whose work rate and fierce tackling perhaps went some way towards keeping things respectable for the home side.
He managed to get the Hurricanes going forward, cross the advantage line, and when the Bulls did the same, he smashed them back on more than one occasion. Great commitment, technique, and heart as part of a losing cause.
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