What has happened at the Hurricanes?
What I mean is, how have the Hurricanes gone from a strictly up-and-down, throw-it-around-and-hope-for-the-best team to leading the competition in a single season?
In previous years you could bet your house on the fact that the Hurricanes would be exciting, explosive and win one week and then leak 30 points and lose the game the next.
So what exactly has changed?
We still have the same core of guys that have been around for a few years.
Guys like Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Victor Vito, Jeremy Thrush, James Broadhurst and Dane Coles were all there and to an extent, a part of the Hurricanes problems, in the last few years.
They're all still here this year.
So I ask again, what has changed?
I'm not going with the old "great coaching" call because let's face it, none of us really knows the ins-and-outs of how a Super Rugby franchise works unless you're part of it.
I'm sure that Chris Boyd has had a lot to do with it though.
I've got a theory or two, granted, they are pretty weak but we'll see what you think.
- They actually stick to a game plan and are playing a lot smarter;
- The x-factor players like Nonu and Julian Savea are playing more as a team, letting the game come to them a bit more rather than trying to force things;
- We have a first-five who can control the game (Yeah I know Barrett was there last year too but he is better for his time in the All Blacks)
- The tight five are tighter than I've ever seen and are doing their core jobs well, like hitting rucks rather than ranging out wide;
- They got on a role and confidence is high.
Weak I know but unless someone can offer a better reason...
Long may it continue.