The Low Down
Look, we all know the Hurricanes are an up-and-down bunch and at the start of every season we have great optimism and enthusiasm for how the side will go. Sadly, in the past few seasons that optimism has turned to anguish as they have faded away late in the season or gone on lethal losing streaks. We look at the side on paper and genuinely think that we have a chance.
This year the side looks better than ever and we most definitely do have a chance. The backline could possibly boast six out of seven All Blacks with the exception being Jason Woodward who is a better than average player. The forward pack has a number of players with All Blacks experience and across the park it looks promising.
I'm not saying we will win it all this year but a playoffs berth should be a focus and we, the fans, need to get right in behind them.
The All Blacks prop is leaving after the World Cup and will want a big season. Needs to up his work rate around the park.
The experience with the All Blacks over the past couple of seasons has done Coles no end of good and his running game and high work rate will be key.
The late bloomer will again be the hardest working player on the paddock in any game. He'll need to be to make the World Cup squad.
Hasn't lived up to the hype of 2013 and with Jack Lam now gone, Savea needs to walk the talk on a consistent basis.
Two words: work rate.
Consistency please. Needs to show it week in and week out.
A great impact player who can change games. Kicking game needs to develop.
Will have a point to prove after a couple of lean years with the Blues and Highlanders. He's home now and alongside Conrad Smith, will be all action.
The Hurricanes captain will want to make his final season his best yet.
Do what you do young fella!
How to Win
[quote]It all starts with a simple effective game plan. Create it and stick with it week in and week out. With routine comes consistency and with consistency comes wins. [/quote]It all starts with a simple effective game plan. Create it and stick with it week in and week out. With routine comes consistency and with consistency comes wins.
The tight five needs to function as a tight-knit group. They need to lay on good, front-foot ball for a backline that should be the most feared in the competition. Too many times in the past have guys tried to put it all on themselves.
Barrett's kicking game needs to be refined. He needs to get the side into good spots on the field and then work from there. Attacking from inside your own 22-metre line all the time doesn't add up to wins.
Finally, a bit of ticker and a genuine fight for the cause will ensure a good season.